Algarve Bike Tour

Scenic Cycling on Portugal’s Southern Atlantic Coast

6 days / 5 nights Level: 2Price From: $5,295Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Experience the essence of Algarve cuisine during a cooking class paired with regional wines
  • Boat out to a natural lagoon with stops at Atlantic sandbanks and the oyster beds of Ria Formosa
  • Enjoy a guided visit in the market town of Loulé and connect with local craftsmen
  • Meet Octávio—a sustainable surfboard shaper to the pros—and learn about his specialty trade
  • Relax on a private beach or sip poolside cocktails while overlooking the Atlantic

Eat

Seafood cataplana, local fish grilled with a pinch of salt, red-wine stewed octopus from Santa Luzia, fresh oysters from Ria Formosa, and black pork raised in the Algarve’s cork forests

Drink

Medronho liqueur from wild arbutus fruit, local craft and national beers, crisp white wines made from Arinto, and fruit-forward reds using Aragonês and Touriga Nacional grapes

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  • Pre-tour

    Faro Pre-Tour Package

    Welcome to Faro! Spend the day exploring this culturally rich and historic city at your leisure, then get settled in downtown Faro at the luxurious 3HB Faro. At sunset, find your way to the hotel’s rooftop for stunning views of the city and the Ria Formosa nature park. In the morning, breakfast will be included at 3HB before your DuVine tour begins. The amount listed is the starting price and subject to availability.

    Inclusions: Hotel, Breakfast
    Accommodations: 3HB Faro
    Price per person in double occupancy: $165
    Price in single occupancy: $310

    To reserve call +1 888 396 5383 or email your Tour Coordinator

  • Day 1

    Olá to the Islands

    Meet your guides in Faro, then transfer to the luxury hotel that we’ll call home for the next three nights. Our adventure begins with a quick ride to Olhão, the fishing town where we board a boat bound for the deserted tip of Culatra Island. Clams and oysters are the star cultivars of Culatra, thanks to its unique position separating the tidal estuary of Ria de Formosa natural park and the Atlantic Ocean. You’ll get to try some for yourself when we take a seat for a seafood lunch on the island. As we head back to shore (and depending on the tides), our skipper will show us the Ria oyster beds and share everything he knows about oyster cultivation. After, bike or transfer back to our hotel and squeeze in some time by the pool or stroll the property gardens. Tonight, we toast the week ahead with a welcome drink, followed by a fabulous farm-to-fork dinner.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Moncarapacho, Olhão
    Accomplished: 8 miles / 13 km, elevation gain: 226 feet / 69 meters
    Longer Option: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 994 feet / 303 meters
    Accommodations: Vila Monte

  • Day 2

    Surf and Sip

    Fuel up with a hearty breakfast and a steaming cup of coffee before we begin today’s climb inland to the town of São Brás de Alportel. Portugal’s legendary surfing spots have recently piqued the public interest, and our friend Octávio’s trade is one of the most unique in Portugal—or anywhere. We’ll visit the workshop where he custom-shapes cork and other sustainable surfboards for renowned professional surfers like Alex Botelho. Back on our bikes, we continue riding on spectacular country roads to a tiny hamlet where we stop for a delicious tapas-style lunch of fresh salads, home-cured olives, and fruity Portuguese wine—all prepared by our friends Maria and Zé. Ride or transfer back to the hotel before an evening at a family estate where we’ll learn to cook with Inês, an expert of local gastronomy. Our meal is paired with wines from the Algarve.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: São Brás de Alportel, Moncarapacho
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 41 km, elevation gain: 1,260 feet / 384 meters
    Longer Option: 32 miles / 52 km, elevation gain: 1,528 feet / 466 meters
    Accommodations: Vila Monte

  • Day 3

    The Artisans of Loulé

    Get an early start with our morning ride to the market town of Loulé. Inhabited since the late Paleolithic period, Loulé became an important trading post for the Phoenicians and Carthaginians before the arrival of the Romans. Later, the Moors made it their stronghold until the 13th century, when it was conquered by the king of Portugal. Today, Loulé’s history is on full display: our local guide João will take us on a tour of the town’s medieval streets and ancient ramparts, visiting the lively indoor market and artisan handcraft producers that have gravitated to Loulé over the years. After lunch, go 600 feet underground to visit the Loulé salt mines before we hop in the van back to our hotel. Dinner tonight is back in Loulé, where we’ll start with a sunset apéritif followed by a rooftop dinner.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Loulé
    Accomplished: 19 miles / 31 km, elevation gain: 1,417 feet / 432 meters
    Longer Option: 36 miles / 58 km, elevation gain: 2,394 feet / 730 meters
    Accommodations: Vila Monte

  • Day 4

    Coasts and Rivers: Between Spain and Portugal

    Today we’ll bike east, loosely following the Atlantic coast towards Spain and the Guadiana River that separates the two countries. Pedal into Tavira, known as Venice of the Algarve: we’ll have coffee and head out by way of the famous bridge that lends the town a little medieval romance. Next, reach the picturesque coastal village of Cacela Velha, called one of Portugal’s prettiest coastal villages by Condé Nast. Fill your lungs with some sea air, then continue eastward to Vila Real de Santo António, a town situated right where the river meets the sea. Our well-deserved lunch is served at the Beach Club, a breezy bohemian spot with unobstructed views across the river to Spain. Our next hotel is just a short ride away, an artfully restored Grand Dame built during the Belle Epoque and overlooking the Guadiana River. This evening, enjoy dinner on your own at one of the countless restaurants in town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Santa Luiza, Tavira, Cacela Velha, Vila Real de Santo António
    Accomplished: 35 miles / 57 km, elevation gain: 1,266 feet / 386 meters
    Longer Option: 37 miles / 60 km, elevation gain: 1,312 feet / 400 meters
    Accommodations: Grand House Hotel

  • Day 5

    Cruising the Guadiana

    Eager to add some extra miles to our final day of cycling? Warm up your legs with an early ride, or start later on today’s route that follows the Guadiana River upstream to the fortified town of Alcoutim. Alcoutim was once a safe haven for smugglers of coffee and alcohol, spirited across the river between Spain and Portugal. Lunch is served at the aptly-named Contrabandista restaurant—although the menu leans more on fresh salads and fish than Iron Age contraband. If time allows, we’ll check out the town’s 13th-century castle for striking views all the way to Spain. Then, board a boat for a river cruise right back to our hotel. Tonight we toast our week together at the rooftop bar before heading down to an elegant meal in the hotel’s Grand Salon.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Alcoutim, Castro Marim, Vila Real de Santo António
    Accomplished: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 1,958 feet / 597 meters
    Longer Option: 43 miles / 69 km, elevation gain: 2,752 feet / 839 meters
    Accommodations: Grand House Hotel

  • Day 6

    Adeus, Algarve!

    After a final gourmet breakfast, choose to extend your stay at our final hotel or catch a ride with your guides back to Faro for your journey home.

    Meals: Breakfast
    Destinations: Faro

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Faro, Portugal Pick-Up Location: Hotel 3HB Faro Pick-Up Time: 9:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Faro, Portugal Drop-Off Location: Faro Airport Drop-Off Time: 9:15 am

Please note that Arrival + Departure Details for 2025 tours could be subject to change.
Travelers Take Note

Our Day 3 visit to the Loulé salt mine is in an underground environment, so those who experience scotophobia (fear of the dark) or claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) may wish to skip this activity. Comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes are recommended.

Any scheduled tour can be made private. Your group, your dates. Go Private

2024Single Supplement From: $1,100
2025Please speak to a Travel Specialist to confirm the hotel lineup for a particular tour date.Single Supplement From: $1,100

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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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Synapse 2 RLE

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Road

Included in trip price

Quick 1 Disc

Manufacturer: Cannondale

Type: Hybrid

Included in trip price

Roadmachine AMP TWO

Manufacturer: BMC

Type: Road E-Bike

$400 supplement, subject to availability

Turbo Vado SL 4.0

Manufacturer: Specialized

Type: Hybrid E-Bike

Included in trip price