Cycling in Algarve: stay at Vale d'Oliveiras resort in Carvoeiro

The perfect base for your Algarve cycling holidays

If you are planning your cycling holidays in Portugal, Carvoeiro makes the perfect base to begin your trip.

Bike hire in Carvoeiro is easy and straightforward and the Health Club at the Vale d'Oliveiras resort has mountain bikes available for hire from half a day up to a full week or more.

The health club also offers guided mountain bike tours in the surrounding area for groups of two or more cyclists. The 22-acre resort is also perfect for taking short bike rides with the family.

Take your bike along the Carvoeiro boardwalk to get a feel of the area and for an easy start to your Algarve cycling, but don't leave it at that because there's so much more to enjoy.

Portugal bike tours: Start your tour of the Algarve in Carvoeiro

Hire a bike in Carvoeiro for your Algarve cycling holidays and with a bit of planning, you can ride on all kinds of terrain and experience a wide variety of landscapes.

Try the coastal route from Carvoeiro to Alvôr via Ferragudo and Portimão, for example. It's 31 miles long and takes in the craggy Carvoeiro coastline and a bike path along the river in Portimão.

There are lots of picturesque spots to stop and catch your breath and look out over the amazing seascapes and traditional rural villages along the route.

Another Algarve cycling tour option that starts in Carvoeiro takes the route to Armação de Pêra along interior roads and back again along the coast for a total ride of about 40 miles. Are you up for the challenge?

Algarve cycling for serious bike enthusiasts

Use the Vale d'Oliveiras resort to sort out your bike hire and then make the most of your borrowed wheels to see a wider stretch of the Algarve region.

Cycling holidays in Algarve give you the opportunity to literally get off the beaten track and see the real Algarve as you peddle.

Numerous websites describe some of the most challenging cycling routes into the Algarve's mountain ranges of Monchique and Caldeirão, for example, there are even apps for your smartphone that will point you in exactly the right direction.

It will be hard going on the way up the mountains but the view across the Algarve from the top will make it more than worthwhile. The only question is can your calves take the strain?

Portugal bike tours in the winter sun

Although Algarve cycling is possible in the summer, it's best to restrict outings to the early morning or late afternoon because of the often scorching heat.

If you come in the summer, stay well hydrated and cycle at the coolest times of the day. If you plan to do any serious amount of peddling on your cycling holidays, there's no better option than coming off season.

In winter, the Algarve still has plenty of sunny days and you can enjoy your bike tours almost without breaking a sweat. Get those legs pumping and book it now.

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