Algarve Walking & Cycling Holidays Made Easier with New Website

The Algarve Tourism Bureau has unveiled a new website to provide a useful online resource for those looking to explore the region by bike or on foot

The website, www.cyclingwalkingalgarve.pt provides details of numerous marked trails in the Algarve that showcase the varied scenery and historical villages of this beautiful part of Portugal.

Each recommended route is categorised by its difficulty, the estimated time for completion, the sights and landscapes which can be enjoyed along the way. There are also handy preparation tips on what to pack, itinerary planning tools, with brochures and maps available to download, plus accommodation suggestions and guided tours with recommended partner links.

Visitors can for example get details on the longest of these trails, the Via Algarviana, which spans across the whole region from east to west, offering more than 300km of paths. The trail covers three types of landscapes in the Algarve. From the start at Alcoutim, the route goes through the mountainous Serra, before reaching the plains and fields of the rural countryside Barrocal, and finishes on the coastline in Cape St Vincent, where the Costa Vicentina Natural Park meets the Atlantic Ocean. The path is officially recognised as a Grande Rota, meaning that it is clearly marked and easily accessible, and it is also divided into 14 segments of approximately 30 km, making it ideal for those seeking to walk/cycle shorter distances or who wish to concentrate on one area in particular.

The Rota Vicentina is popular among cyclists and walkers alike, as several routes offer panoramic views over the ocean, whilst allowing visitors to discover a more rugged and preserved part of the Algarvian Coastline. The circular path of Troviscais to Mira is a pleasant hour’s cycle that winds through dense woodland. Cyclists can enjoy sights such as cork oaks, eucalyptus and arbutus trees before meeting the still waters of the Mira Riva.

The Santa Clara route is a walk for the whole family to enjoy. Departing from the village of Santa Clara-a-Velha, hikers can behold the beauty of the caerulean Santa Clara Lake with a backdrop of lush rolling countryside. This scenic trail roams through village of Sabóia, and offer sights including the old railway station, open views across the mountainous district of Alentejo, with water always close by.

For those that like to incorporate history into a walk, From Bordeira to the Sea is a great opportunity to explore the picturesque parish of Bordeira in Aljezur. It is the coast that dictates the climate and the pace of life in this zone. The trail meanders through the flourishing pine forest of Bordalete, and the beach of Bordeira. Carrapateira beach is also on route, which is a must-see, famous for its sand dune landscape that roam as far as the eye can see.

Further highlights include the Grande Rota do Guadiana, a walking and cycling trail which departs from Vila Real de Santo António to Alcoutim and follows the river Guadiana, offering stunning sights along the way such as the Castle of Castro Marim.

The Ecovia do Litoral offer routes that showcase the magnificent beauty of the Algarve coast. Connecting Vila Real de Santo António to Sagres, the route is also part of the EuroVelo1, the Route of the Atlantic Coast that runs from the North of Scandinavia down through to Sagres. For cyclists and hikers that like to stop every so often and take in a picture-perfect, Instagram-worthy scene, the EcoVia can certainly deliver.

For more information on cycling and pedestrian routes in the Algarve, or to book a guided tour visit: http://www.cyclingwalkingalgarve.pt/en/

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