For a while, the Algarve was a bit of a blank space on this website – but I’m pleased to say that situation has now been rectified!
Particularly as the Algarve has got to be one of the best places in Europe to go cycling in the winter or early spring. (Not so much in the summer – way too hot!)
Anyway, as part of an ongoing overhaul for the site, I’ve redone descriptions of each of the five main areas of Portugal listed under the Day Rides heading – including advice specifically about The Algarve.
Now – greatly helped by fellow cyclist Andy Smallwood – I’ve added three day rides in the western half of the Algarve:
- Aljezur & The Beaches – a short but fairly tough ride with some spectacular ocean views
- Algarve Hills – a long day through some beautiful scenery (or two shorter ones)
- Monchique Explorer – another good ride with the option to split it into two and more good hill climbing!
For anyone interested in more reading on cycling in the Algarve (and the Alentejo), I can also recommend a look at The Sportswool Diaries, a blog from riders Esther Tacke and Warren Sanders about their ongoing quest to find the nicest places in the world to cycle. (Nice challenge!)
Portugal – of course! – is on their list of places to cycle. In Esther and Warren’s opinion: “Portugal is undervalued for cycling – we would rate it as one of the best destinations in Europe – particularly for early spring touring.”
If anyone else has any favourite rides in the Algarve (or any other part of Portugal) do let me know… that’s assuming you’re willing to share!
Have a good weekend, Huw.