Volta ao Algarve Bike Tour Portugal

Hot bike race action on the great cycling roads of Portugal

This superb race in the sun the Volta ao Algarve as become an important early season race for the best professional cyclists in the world.  Make this your perfect start to the year with a visit to Portugal and enjoy all the spectacle of this fantastic race route in the Algarve. An event not to be missed with this amazing cycling week in Europe this February.

About the Volta ao Algarve:
The Volta is the only Portuguese stage race on the UCI Pro Series circuit, with the race route exploring the Algarve in the south of Portugal.
The format of the race stays the same each year, and includes a time trial, challenging mountains of the Serra de Monchique and Serra do Caldeirao ranges, and sprint stages.  Some thing for everyone and the ideal all-round test for the professional cycling peloton.
The 51st edition of the Volta ao Algarve Tour consists of 5 stages and will cover 752.9 kilometers and have an elevation gain of 14,455 meters,
Each year the Volta route includes quiet cycling roads we’ve been exploring for over 10 years.
Bike race tours are more enjoyable when you Unpack Once, Ride Everyday with this small group cycling vacation. With an exciting variety of contrasting stages on offer, join the action live and enjoy a selection of superb, tailored rides to suit all abilities.

Volta ao Algarve

Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step) won the 50th Volta ao Algarve in 2024. Grand tour winners are choosing these great roads to start their cycling season, the perfect roads for you also.
Watch the World Tour teams including; Alpecin-Deceuninck (Belgium), Arkea-B&B Hotels (France), Astana Qazaqstan Team (Kazakhstan), BORA-hansgrohe (Germany), EF Education-EasyPost (USA), Groupama-FDJ (France), INEOS Grenadiers (UK), Intermarché-Wanty (Belgium), Lidl-Trek (USA), Soudal Quick-Step (Belgium), Team dsm-firmenich PostNL (Netherlands), UAE Team Emirates (United Arab Emirates) and Visma | Lease a Bike (Netherlands).
In addition teams from; Spain, Switzerland, Norway and Portugal make this a truly International event and the perfect place to be this February for great cycling and action in the sun of southern Portugal.

This premium bike tour brings you up close and personal at the Volta ao Algarve bike race with our “unique viewing spots” only achievable from the experienced Algarve based bike tour team. Enjoy an amazing variety of tailored rides, fully guided among breathtaking scenery in the natural Algarve, Portugal. This proven PB cycling formula of the ideal balance between quality rides, race viewing and relaxing is enjoyed by all our discerning bike riders.

Experience live bike race action!

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Bike Race Tour

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Cycling Guides & Support Vehicle

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Comfortable / Challenging
35-95km /22-59mi

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4* Beach Hotel  AU$ 4034 pp
4* Hotel  AU$ 3950 pp
Rides Only:
No Accommodation  AU$ 3392 pp

One Hotel Cycling

Portimao, Portugal

Dates

11 – 17 Feb 2025 (5 Stages)(Tbc)

Duration

6 Nights / 7 Days

Small Group

6 Guests

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Single Occupancy  AU$ 558
Bike Hire  AU$ 400

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The Perfect February Cycling Destination Algarve Portugal

Since the very first visit to the Algarve in 2013 the PB Team have been cycling, living and exploring all that this natural cycling region in southern Portugal has to offer. Sharing this wealth of local knowledge with you today with your Volta ao Algarve bike race tour.
Praia da Rocha on the stunning Atlantic Coast located in the centre of the sunny Algarve offers the best of cycling and relaxing with your visit to Portugal in February.
Our bike race tours offer spectacular days spent cycling in the natural Algarve landscape with fully supported tailored rides, and the convenience of returning to your own perfect cycling base on the coastal resort of Praia da Rocha.
Join us for your next cycling vacation at the Volta ao Algarve, for your bike race tour with a difference.

Thanks so much for a wonderful week at the Volta Algarve Tour! It's been hard to return to work with images of bikes, fish, orange trees, and the ocean in our mind 🙂
We loved the starts and finishes of the stages with our VIP up-close access, were thrilled by the sight of the riders passing, savoured our most delightful coffee and lunch stops. That gorgeous lunch in Monchique stands out as a highlight!
I know now why David considers his previous trip with you to the Tour de France in Annecy as such a special memory - the care and thought that you put into our journey made it an extraordinary experience.
Testimonial by Polly & David - USA
Polly & David - USA

Dates

Portugal bike race action live in February click on the ‘Book Now’ button to join the action in the sunny Algarve.

7 Day Tour
2025
  • 11 February — 17 February Book Now Enquire

Volta Algarve Itinerary

Don’t miss out on great cycling and amazing Portugal live race action at the Volta ao Algarve.
Volta ao Algarve Bike Tour
Tuesday Feb 11th - Arrival Day in Portimao / Praia da Rocha
Welcome to Portimao / Praia da Rocha and your Volta ao Algarve bike race tour.
Today is your arrival day in the sunny Algarve the Southernmost region of Portugal the ideal destination for a quality week of cycling and professional bike race viewing in February.
Your package includes a private transfer from Faro Airport (Portugal) to Praia da Rocha. With the race action starting tomorrow, enjoy a relaxing afternoon at your hotel and the amazing spectacle of this unique Algarve coastline of rocks, beaches, and sea.
This evening we welcome you to your Volta cycling vacation with an Algarve feast restaurant dinner!
Volta ao Algarve Bike Tour
Wednesday Feb 12th - View Volta Algarve Stage 1: Portimão – Lagos, 200.8 km
2024 details below
*Planned Ride Options:
Distance 55km/34mi Ascent 550m/1800ft route Portimao
Distance 80km/50mi Ascent 660m/2100ft route Marmelete
Distance 95km/59mi Ascent 1150m/3700ft route Lagos

The Volta Algarve action begins today with the opening stage of 200km and 2510m of climbing not the easiest way to start your season on the roads of Portugal. The first stage of this superb week is often one for the super-fast sprinters of professional cycling as the stage route weaves its way between two of the Algarve’s most popular summer holiday destinations Portimao and Lagos.
It is also our first opportunity to catch up with all the stars of the peloton at the stage start before your first taste of this amazing cycling destination as we explore inland and the natural beauty of cycling in the Algarve. With a choice of tailored rides on offer from the Practice Bicycle team pick the ideal ride distance for you to catch the peloton live from the roadside on the great roads of the sunny Algarve.

Volta ao Algarve Bike Tour
Thursday Feb 13th - View Volta Algarve Stage 2: Lagoa – Alto da Fóia, 171.9 km
2024 Details Below
*Planned Ride Options:
Distance 58km/36mi Ascent 700m/2300ft route Monchique
Distance 76km/47mi Ascent 1200m/3900ft route Foia
Distance 88km/55mi Ascent 1800m/5900ft route Alferce

Today the Volta Algarve stage race hots up in more ways than one with a route into the Serra de Monchique and the highest point of the Algarve at the summit finish line of Foia (900m). Included in the stage route are several very steep inclines, hidden amongst the pine forests, with this terrain expect the peloton to split up and the general classification and potential winners to show their climbing form at the summit of Foia.
This is going to test early season legs with 4 Category Climbs and 4100m of ascent during the stage route very similar to an Alpine stage in the Tour de France. After the longest stage of the Volta yesterday this climbing stage will highlight which riders are targeting the General Classification and challenging for this early season important stage race victory! This morning enjoy one or several climbs as we explore this fantastic mountain range to watch the race action live. With a great network of cycling roads this perfect ride route show cases the amazing Algarve with a fantastic day in the saddle and incredible panoramic views on offer throughout the day.

Volta ao Algarve Bike Tour
Friday February 14th – View Volta Algarve Stage 3: Vila Real Santo Antonio – Tavira, 192.2 km
2024 Details Below
*Planned Ride Options:
Distance 52km/32mi Ascent 200m/700ft route Tavira
Distance 69km/43mi Ascent 550m/1800ft route Santo Antonio
Distance 95km/59mi Ascent 830m/2700ft route Odeleite

With the Volta ao Algarve general classification starting to take shape after yesterday’s finish at the summit of Foia, the fast finishers get a chance to show their sprinting legs once again with a bunch sprint expected on the streets of Tavira. Starting in Vila Real de Santo Antonio on the Spanish border, the stage route takes the peloton on a big loop following the border and the Guadiana River, no stages are comfortable in this early season race with 2800m of climbing on this undulating route before the finish line on the south coast of the Algarve.
We will transfer by vehicle this morning to start our riding adventures on the roads of the East side of the Algarve. Enjoy a comfortable or challenging route as we work our way across the Algarve, with several race viewing opportunities on offer using hidden roads great for cycling before the perfect café stop for that well-deserved break. It won’t be long before the speeding peloton arrives, and we can be amazed at the speed of the best professional cyclists on the amazing roads of the Algarve.

Volta ao Algarve Bike Tour
Saturday February 15th - View Volta Algarve Stage 4: Albufeira – Albufeira, 22.2 km (ITT)
2024 Details Below
*Planned Ride Options:
Distance 35km/22mi Ascent 170m/600ft route Albufeira
Distance 80km/50mi Ascent 475m/1500ft route Alcantarilha

Today is the “Race of Truth” the Individual Time Trial stage for the professionals, it will be the most decisive 22.2km of the Volta and could decide the winner. With a variety of different stage viewing opportunities during the week it makes a visit to the Volta Algarve stage race a great spectacle for all bike race fans and it is not only about the big blue skies and fun in the sun!
The Individual Time Trial is now a regular inclusion in this stage race, this year it’s a new and exciting route starting at the Albufeira Marina and finishing at the Town Hall. It could spring a surprise with the undulating route on unseen and proven roads at the 2024 Volta ao Algarve. With your legs tested throughout the week enjoy a relaxing day with a comfortable ride along the coast and what could be a better excuse than watching the world’s best riders against the watch in full flight on the wonderful roads of the Algarve coast.

Volta ao Algarve Bike Tour
Sunday February 16th - View Volta Algarve Stage 5: Faro – Alto do Malhão, 165.8 km
2024 Details Below
*Planned Ride Option:
Distance 48km/30mi Ascent 350m/1100ft route Alte
Distance 90km/55mi Ascent 600m/1900ft route Picota
Distance 110km/68mi Ascent 1050m/3400ft route Malhao

Our final cycling adventure together today will trace the picturesque Algarve landscape passing row after row of citrus trees, this area is renowned for some of the best tasting oranges in the world as we join the race action in the Serra do Caldeirao mountains. With a great variety of rides on offer throughout the week enjoy these roads every pedal stroke as we head towards the race action.
This gripping Volta Algarve race maybe decided on the slopes of Malhao (508m) climb, with this short but difficult climb making for hard fought racing. Many of cycling’s absolute best stage race riders have shown their form at the Volta Algarve each year, expect to see one of them to take the victory at the summit of Malhao.
This is the perfect end to a great week of cycling and race viewing on the sunny roads of the Algarve, this evening enjoy one final feast together with dinner of the best flavours of the Algarve and Portugal.
*As with all the Practice Bicycle planned rides you have the option of taking it easy and enjoying the comfort of the support vehicle and all the spectacle of the day at a more leisurely pace.

Volta ao Algarve Bike Tour
Monday February 19th - Departure Day from Portimao / Praia da Rocha
Today is your departure day from the Volta ao Algarve cycling tour. Your team will say goodbye this morning and transfer you to Faro Airport (Portugal) for your midday departure.
Practice Bicycle Tours wish you great cycling until we ride together again.

Tour Arrival & Departure Meet Point: Faro Airport (Portugal).

Volta ao Algarve Bike Tour is based on the amazing cycling roads surrounding the town of Portimao / Praia da Rocha in the sunny Algarve, Portugal. This tour package includes airport pick-up and drop-off to your hotel in Praia da Rocha (3.00pm arrival/ midday departure days).

The closest airport to Portimao is Faro Airport (Portugal) situated in the south of Portugal and serviced directly from Lisbon, Geneva, Paris, London, Dublin, Munich & Amsterdam by many airlines including EasyJetAer LingusBritish AirwaysTAP PortugalLufthansa and Ryanair.

For international guests arriving in the capital city Lisbon (Portugal), join Practice Bicycle Tours in the town of Portimao / Praia da Rocha by the following options:
Air Travel: Many major airlines operate international flights to Lisbon Airport (Portugal) including, Emirates, British Airways, Delta, Aer Lingus, United, Air Canada with connecting flights to Faro Airport (Portugal).
Train Travel: Rail Service Network operates between Lisbon and Portimao.
Bus Travel: Public bus transport operates between Lisbon Oriente and Portimao with a coach service from Rede Expressos and also Flixbus
Car Travel: Many worldwide Car Rental companies are also available and the A12 – A2 Portuguese motorway network will bring you directly to Portimao / Praia da Rocha.

The Volta Algarve Cycling Tours offers a choice of 4* Hotel Accommodation at Praia da Rocha, on the outskirts of the centre of Portimao, the ideal location to relax with your Portugal Bike Race vacation.

The 4* Oriental Beach Hotel is our first choice of stay. This class establishment with it’s quiet atmosphere superb relaxation in luxury surrounds, right on the beach!

The 4* Jupiter Algarve Hotel conveniently located close to an endless choice of bars, restaurants & shops, with a short walk to the beach.

4* Oriental Beach Hotel

4 Star Oriental Beach Hotel Praia da Rocha              4 Star Oriental Beach Hotel Side Sea View Room              4 Star Oriental Beach Hotel Buffet Breakfast


4* Jupiter Algarve Hotel

4 Star Jupiter Algarve Hotel Praia da Rocha                 4 Star Jupiter Algarve Hotel Praia da Rocha Premium Room Frontal Sea View                4 Star Jupiter Algarve Hotel Praia da Rocha A La Carte Buffet Breakfast

Choose our Rides Only package to join this bike race tour without any included hotel accommodation.  The ideal flexible cycling holiday, choose your own stay and take advantage of the large selection of apartment and hotels available at the beach resort of Praia da Rocha.

Each day join the PB Team at a convenient meeting point in Portimao, just like you would for a ride back home.  Fully escorted and supported to the best race viewing locations to catch the Volta Algarve stage race action live, including your own opportunities to ride and discover this amazing cycling destination.

What’s included:
* 5 superb fully guided rides, with a choice of distance tailored for your enjoyment throughout the tour.
* Welcome Algarve feast restaurant dinner perfect preparation for your volta week
* 5 Restaurant lunch or dinners of local flavours of the Algarve
* Cafe stops facilitated during each action packed Volta Algarve stage
* Unique, contrasting and spectacular live viewing of the Volta Algarve
* Highly experienced PB Algarve ride leader
* Sports drinks & nutritional bars
* Support team & vehicle for all rides offering mechanical assistance, sports drinks & nutritional bars
* Airport pick-up & drop-off Faro Airport (Portugal) to Praia da Rocha (3.00pm tour arrival & midday departure)

Your Volta Bike Race Tour package includes a Welcome dinner and either 5 x restaurant lunch or dinners on each Volta stage depending on race viewing, offering the very best local flavours of the Algarve from the coast to the mountains.
Please note that drinks are not included in this trip package.

Your evenings are free to dine as you please, for your added convenience your 4* Resort/Hotel accommodation has a brilliant restaurant offering dinner each evening also available to you with Half Board (dinner) as an Optional Extra with your package.

With a world of ‘individuality’ today and cyclists in particular, this is the perfect cycling tour for you to choose when to eat, what to eat and where to eat!
Whatever your preference, you will find a perfect choice of restaurant/pubs and cafes to satisfy all tastes! All within walking distance from you hotel (for the tired legs!)
Should you wish for dining suggestions, Practice Bicycle are happy to recommend some local favourites!

Cycling in the Algarve is amazing for all cycling abilities, if you’re also a fan of professional bike racing, this bike tour is for you!
Each cycling route during your Volta Algarve bike tour will be tailored specifically to your bike riding experience, so pick which ride distance is ideal for you to catch up with all the race action on the sunny roads of the Algarve this February.

If your looking for challenging cycling during your Volta ao Algarve cycling vacation. We love a challenge as much as we love cycling. The team at PB Tours has a history in professional bike racing and coaching, rest assured we can definitely find just the right rides for you during this race action cycling week.

For the ultimate Winter / Spring cycling week of challenging and epic rides, don’t miss our Algarve Cycling Tours and Serra da Estrela Cycling Tours.

Our specialty bike race viewing tours are designed to give our guests an unique insight into the world of bike racing, which includes viewing the Volta ao Algarve race on a variety of different stages.
Tailoring the best selection of daily guided rides with a choice of routes available for all cycling abilities.
To see the quality of rides you will enjoy, take a look at the detailed daily itinerary above.

The PB team have over 10 years of cycling experience on the roads of the Algarve developing a premium choice of the very best variety of ride routes. This extensive local knowledge allows the daily rides to be altered or changed to suit riders of all levels.

‘Unpack Once, Ride Everyday’
The one location bike tour experience is the brainchild of Bridget (Owner/Operator).  On retiring from professional cycling it was the pure pleasure of cycling that evolved the proven PB cycling philosophy of one location.  Including everything enjoyable and removing the less pleasurable is our goal of your perfect cycling holiday experience.

Packing and Unpacking each day is tiring, stressful and time consuming. With insufficient time to relax, enjoy and experience the destination before it is time to move on again.
With a life spent discovering the very best destinations to Practice Bicycle, including the joy of endless ride routes exploring in every possible direction from the one perfect location.
Experience the very best cycling of your life when you Unpack Once, Ride Everyday!

For your added convenience we have quality carbon road bikes as an optional extra available to you with your Volta ao Algarve Bike Race Tour.
With KTM carbon road bikes recent models with Shimano 105, Ultegra  or Di2 11speed groupsets.

KTM Revelator 3500 105 Carbon Shimano 105 11s Rim Brakes 50, 34 x 11-32              KTM Alto Elite Carbon Shimano Ultegra 11s Hydraulic Disc Brakes Mechanical Groupset 50, 34 x 11-32 Mavic Aksium Wheelset              KTM Revelator Alto Ultegra D12 Disc Brake 11s 50,34 x11-28 Mavic Aksium Wheels

Premium Volta ao Algarve bike tour package includes:

  • 6 Nights quality 4* hotel accommodation on the Algarve Coast
  • 6 Buffet breakfasts to fuel up for a day of action
  • 5 Superb fully guided rides, with a choice of distance tailored for your enjoyment throughout the tour
  • Welcome Algarve feast restaurant dinner perfect preparation for your volta week
  • 5 Restaurant lunch or dinners of local flavours of the Algarve.
  • Cafe stops facilitated during each action packed Volta Algarve stage.
  • Unique, contrasting and spectacular live viewing of the Volta Algarve
  • Highly experienced PB Algarve ride leader
  • Sports drinks & nutritional bars
  • Support team & vehicle for all rides offering mechanical assistance, sports drinks & nutritional bars
  • Faro Airport (Portugal) pick-up & drop-off service 3.00pm arrival / midday departure days

Volta ao Algarve Tour Highlights:

  • Get close to your favourite superstars of professional cycling in a relaxed environment
  • Europe’s hidden cycling secret, the Algarve ‘Rocha Praia Mar’ – cliffs, beaches, ocean
  • Get your cycling season off to a flying start with kilometers / miles in the sun!
  • Great cafe stops during the tour at unique Algarve towns & villages; Silves, Monchique, Portimao, Lagos, Alte, Tavira, and Albufeira.
  • Spectacular rides of the natural Algarve including the challenging mountains of the Serra de Monchique and Serra do Caldeirao.
  • Insight to stage race action live from the roadside each day with stage starts, sprint finishes, mountain action, time trial power.
  • Amazing Algarve, friendly Portugal, superb cycling & great local food!
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