Challenging 300km trail across the Algarve

Challenge yourself by cycling 300km across the entire Algarve from East to West!

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Recommended times of year:

Winter, Spring and Autumn

Bike Type: Gravel, MTB

Number of riding days: 6

Tour Type: Guided

Airport Faro

Km / day: 80-120km

Elevation gain / day: 800-2500m

Overall Difficulty: Medium

Accommodation: Rural Hotels

Via Algarviana Self Guided Mountain Bike Tour


Do you enjoy heading off the beaten track? Seeing communities and landscapes almost untouched by modern western society? Then our Via Algarviana self-guided mountain bike holiday might be just the challenge for you. Dive into the depths of the Portuguese countryside, taking a glimpse of the traditional Algarve rural lifestyle that is still very much alive in the interior.

The Via Algarviana traverses the Algarve from East to West over 300km through some of the most picturesque areas in the region. It is a  challenging track, suitable for medium to experienced level cyclists. If in doubt, then we recommend hiring an e-Bike, or giving yourself a little more time to complete it. ´

Each day has significant climbing, as well as technical parts (i.e. loose stones, steep) if you are not an experienced mountain biker you might find yourself walking some small sections. There are also some river crossings, where it might be unavoidable to get wet feet. But that’s all part of the adventure, right!?

Taking on the challenge of the Via Algarviana self-guided mountain bike tour is a truly incredible experience, and a challenge for any level of cyclist. You will see the very best of the ‘real’ Algarve, the landscapes, the animals, the people and the tranquility. The stars at night can be spectacular as parts of the Via Algarviana are far away from light pollution.

Choose between 5, 6 or 8 stages depending on how much cycling you would like to do each day.


What’s Included?

Airport transfers
5/6/8 spectacular days of cycling
5/6/8 Nights Hotel accommodation
Buffet breakfast
GPX files of all stages
Communication throughout with our friendly team to ensure that your trip goes smoothly each day
Restaurant and café recommendations each day, plus we can reserve tables for you should you wish
5* service – our promise!

Guided Option:

All of the above, plus:
A guide with you every pedalstroke of the way
Luggage Transfer each day
Mechanical Assistance



Not Included

Bike Hire


Via Algarviana Self-Guided Mountain Bike Tour Itinerary Options Explained

Choose which number of days you wish to do. We can create a custom tour too – simply contact us.

Via Algarviana

Via Algarviana

5 Days

Day 1 - Alcoutim to Cachopo, 75km

Day 2 - Cachopo to Salir 70km

Day 3 - Salir to Silves 70km

Day 4 - Silves to Marmelette 70km

Day 5 - Marmelette - Cabo de São Vicente, 70km

Via Algarviana

6 Days

Day 1 - Alcoutim to Vaqueiros, 60km

Day 2 - Vaqueiros to Barranco, 50km

Day 3 - Barranco to Alte, 50km

Day 4 - Alte to Monchique 50km

Day 5 - Monchique - Bensafrim 50km

Day 6 - Bensafrim - Cabo São Vicente 50km

Via Algarviana

8 Days

Day 1 - Alcoutim to Furnazinhas, 40km

Day 2 - Furnazinhas to Cachopo, 40km

Day 3 - Cachopo to Barranco, 40km

Day 4 - Barranco to Alte 40km

Day 5 - Alte - Silves 40km

Day 6 - Silves - Monchique 40km

Day 7 - Monchique to Bensafrim 40km

Day 8 - Bensafrim to Cabo São Vicente 40km

Pricing – Guided Tour

Pricing – Self-Guided Tour

More than 5 people?

We are highly experienced at organising large group challenges and events. We can offer unbeatable pricing for the group trip you have in mind.



Send us a reservation request below for the Via Algarviana MTB Tour and one of our friendly team will get back to you within 1 working day to help finalise and plan your trip.

Don’t forget! We create bespoke trips too – anything you would like to add, please don’t hesitate to ask us and we will do our best to make your ideas a reality.



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What is your cancellation policy?
You can book in confidence with a very flexible cancellation policy which can be read in detail here.

We strongly recommend that you travel with adequate travel insurance to cover the cost of flight cancellation and holiday cancellation.


Is the Via Algarviana too difficult for me?

Our Via Algarviana self-guided mountain bike tour is recommended for people of at least medium to advanced level. It’s not suited for beginners, unless they are prepared to take the 8 day option, potentially combined with an e-Bike too.

This is because there are some demanding sections of steep and rocky single tracks that require some experience to ride. That being said, all difficult sections can be walked so the Via Algarviana is suitable for any level of rider with an adventurous mindset!

Can I hire a mountain bike?

Of course. Just get in touch to let us know exactly what you would like and we will give you a quotation. For the Via Algarviana we recommend a good quality mountain bike or E-mountain bike.

I would like to create my own bespoke holiday - can you help?

Of course! We would love to help you put together the perfect cycling holiday for you and your group.

We can assist with:

  • Booking hotels, villas or BnB’s
  • Hiring bikes
  • Plotting cycling routes (road or off-road)
  • Hiring guides
  • Car Hire
  • Booking restaurants
  • Recommending cafes
  • Airport transfers

We charge really reasonable prices for all of the above, making your life as the organiser really easy. Let us know what you have planned and we will help you plan an unforgettable week of cycling in Portugal for you!

Get in touch!

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