Cross the sunny Algarve interior by MTB
The Via Algarviana rides from the Spanish border to the SW cape in Sagres. Stay local, eat Portuguese specialities. With luggage transfers & GPS routes.
“Excellent service from Outdoor – Tours … bike trip with eleven people across the Algarve to Cape St Vincent. Certainly recommend this company.”
You will love this when you:
✅ believe a week in the saddle is awesome
✅ enjoy luggage transfers between B&B´s
✅ experience new landscapes from a bike
Great Portuguese country side
The route of the TransAlgarve is based on the Via Algarviana, also known as the Grande Route 13, and is leading you from the Spanish border in the East, to Europe´s most South-West cape; the Cabo São Vicente in Sagres.
The Via Algarviana is relatively unknown and quiet; on an average day we encounter only a handful of couples walking or biking on the tracks.
Mostly you will ride the Via Algarviana by MTB on double and single gravel tracks in cork oak- and eucalyptus forests or on grasslands and woodlands. Needless to say we will not meet much traffic nor dense population. Instead you will ride through old villages where time stood still and the local farmer sells his produce in the small market.
Originally designed as a hiking path, we have now re-designed it for mountain bikers and have selected the best accommodations for you when you come and ride the Via Algarviana by MTB
Ride part, or the complete Via Algarviana
Ride daily between 60 – 80 km and challenge an average between 1000 – 1500 altitude meters per day. The route is a mix of mainly double and single tracks. Every day there are some sections on tarmac/asphalt to connect to the next offroad track. As the Via Algarviana was originally designed as a hiking route, we have made extra loops around some obstacles such as stairs and stepping stones.
This TransAlgarve mountain bike week will challenge your physical skills and it will make an excellent (winter) training for you. These are 350 kilometers off-road fun, in one week.
SHARED – Book individually.
Join one of our pre-planned departures. Ride individually with our GPS route or join others.
Clean & safe. Best value/for money
PRIVATE – Book as a group (min 2 pax).
Start on any day of the year you wish. Ride exclusively with your group. Use our GPS route,
or ride with our MTB guide.
Min 2 riders – max 20 riders.
Covid-19 “Clean & Safe”
Portugal takes Covid19 seriously and has low numbers of cases and fatalities. Algarve Outdoor Tours is committed to follow its coronavirus policy.
Ride with a MTB guide or GPS
Start any day in the year and this mountain bike week is available for groups with a maximum of 20 riders. We donnot recommend to bike the Via Algarviana in the hot summer months of July and August. In addition, accommodations have limited availability. However please do contact us if these months are your only opportunity.
Before you travel to Portugal you will receive the GPS route by email, therefore you can upload and install at home the complete route onto your device. The TransAlgarve is generally well signposted, however we strongly recommend to use a GPS device for reference. We have cycled the TransAlgarve ourselves many times over the past few years. The GPS route sent to you, is the result of all this experience. Additionally you can hire a MTB guide from us. The guide knows the area very well, speaks the local language and has specific technical skills to help with a repair should that be required.
Airport and luggage transfers
The airport transfers are private and exclusive for your group. You are flexible in the time for your group transfer. On your arrival day, one free transfer to the first hotel is included. Would you need additional transfers, feel free to request a quote with us.
In case you bring your own bike we will transport it from/to the airport as well. We strongly advice to protect and box your bike securely. During the week your bike box will be stored safely and dry in our bike storage. In addition each day we´ll deliver your luggage to the next accommodation. After that the van and its driver are available and stand-by for assistance during the day.
Beste suited for
This trip is suitable for everyone between 16 – 70 years with mountain bike experience and a good fitness level. Although it´s more a social then a competitive event, please make sure that you and you´re equipment are in excellent condition for this demanding week. We assume that when you book this holiday, you have already some mountain bike experience, and that you will not join this tour to learn to ride, or see it as a try out.
Our bike guides and team members hold valid First Aid certificates and know the quickest ways to emergency health services. We have an excellent safety record, and it´s our ambition to keep it like that.
When to ride the Via Algarviana by MTB
For this mountain bike week we recommend to avoid the busy and hot summer months July and August. The interior of the Algarve is hotter compared to the coast. Besides that, availability in the accommodations is hard to find and higher priced.
The Algarve “winter” months are great for biking, but the weather in December, January and February is a bit less stable. You could ride your bike in blue skies for weeks, but there are days with occasional showers. Day temperatures are between 15 – 19º C.
We normally see that riding the TransAlgarve is the most pleasant in the months March, April, May, June and September, October and November. Day temperatures are between 20 – 30º C and generally you will enjoy sunny and dry weather.
Itinerary Via Algarviana
You will bike through the interior of the Portuguese Algarve. You will pass Algarve villages lost in the past, and discover amazing landscapes of the Sotavento and Barrocal, the eastern and western Algarve. This route will show you the sub-tropical fauna and flora from the most interesting sites in the Algarve interior.
The overnight stays will be in rural accommodations, located in unique settings in the Portuguese countryside. Here you will rest and fill up your reserves for the next day with a healthy and nutritious diner. And, we´ll make sure there is a cold drink available when you arrive.