Are you thinking about arranging an MTB holiday for you and your friends or your local bike club? Then check out our Guided Trans Algarve MTB Holiday. Ride in a clean, safe & beautiful setting. Individual rooms are available. Book last-minute and come cycling in the MTB paradise of the Algarve.
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You will love this when you:
✅ have no time to plan routes and hotels
✅ want to ride with just your friends
✅ prefer to ride with an MTB guide
✅ feel happier knowing there´s a 4×4 broom car for support
The Guided Trans Algarve MTB Holiday For Groups
If you want to organise a guided MTB holiday in the sun then you’ve come to the right place. Over the past 15 years we’ve entertained many groups of mountain bike enthusiasts and have developed the Guided TransAlgarve MTB Holiday to be adaptable to groups of all skill levels.
The Trans-Algarve, also known as GR13, is established on the old pilgrims’ route, the Via Algarviana. It runs from Monte Gordo, at the Spanish border, through the interior of the Algarve, to Sagres. The iconic lighthouse of Cape Saint Vincent marks the most south-westerly point of Europe and also the final point on our trip.
Our bi-lingual Portuguese MTB guide will lead you over double and single tracks, through fields and woodlands. The daily distance is on average 60-70km, with a final push of 85km on the last day. Although this last day is mostly downhill from the Serra de Monchique to Sagres, there is still a climb of around 1000 high metres to cover.
Three dinners are included in your package and will be served in the hotel, as well as a nutritious breakfast every morning.
Custom-Made Algarve MTB Holiday
Although this is a guided week, you are free to ride alone at your own pace using our detailed GPS routes if you wish. Or you can join other like-minded riders with similar interests and travel in a group.
For extra ease and safety, a back-up 4×4 vehicle will always be nearby to offer support if needed. It will also deliver your luggage on to your next destination.
The car has a bike pump, toolset and some spare parts for any little fixes that need to be made. It functions as a broom car too, if you find yourself needing a little break from riding. The 4×4 can carry 6 bikes on the roof, and we can also bring a bike trailer for additional space.
You can start your trip on any day of the week, any week of the year. However, in our opinion, it is too hot between mid-June and the beginning of September to ride the Via Algarviana. And as it’s the peak holiday season, accommodation availability is low and prices are high.
Hire A Hard-Tail Giant, KTM E-Bike, Or Bring Your Own
The bikes we use are Giant 29ers with 2×10 or 3×10 gears and hydraulic disc brakes. A helmet and a bottle holder are provided. If required we can mount SPD pedals, but please bring your own shoes.
We work together with a large KTM dealership so we can supply you with a KTM Macina Race 29er E-bike if you’d like. Please contact us for more details.
Alternatively, feel free to bring your own bike. We’ll transport your bike from the airport to your first hotel and keep your bike box in storage for the week.
Get in touch and let us know how we can help.
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.
The Guided TransAlgarve MTB Holiday is best suited for you if…
- You are between 16 – 70 years old
- You have some mountain bike experience in off-road conditions
- You have technical skills
- You are fit enough to cover the daily high meters.
Required fitness level nº 4, technical D
Make sure that you and your equipment are in excellent shape for this demanding week. Spare parts are not always quickly available on location.
You have the freedom to depart in the morning at any time you like, however, we do suggest that you stick around for the daily briefing just after breakfast at around 08:30/09:00.
- Any day start
- 2 x airport transfers
- transport of your bike or hire bike
- 7 nights in rural B&B´s or 4* hotel
- 7 x daily healthy breakfast
- 1 x tasty Portuguese dinner
- daily luggage transport
- GPS route with POIs
- Portuguese MTB guide 6 days
- 4×4 broom car
- daily support
- liability insurance
- Portuguese guarantee fund
- personal accident insurance (mandatory)
- repatriation insurance (mandatory)
- Giant hard-tail 29er – €120 per week
- KTM Macina e-bike – €279 per week
- lunches (allow €10-15 pp)
- diner, except on day 2
- extra drinks, water during dinner
- extra transport, taxis
Contact us with your request and the number of participants. We will then confirm availability and the total cost.
See our conditions page for booking & cancellation conditions. Should we need to cancel your booking due to an outbreak of coronavirus there is no need to worry. We will issue you a full refund.
Last-minute Bookings Welcome
We understand that due to the current situation with the pandemic, you may prefer to wait and see how things develop before booking any travel to/from Portugal. That’s why we are welcoming last minute bookings
See here our special Corona Cancellation Conditions.
Below you will find the full itinerary for the TransAlgarve by MTB holiday. Should you have other ideas about the routes you’ll like to take, or the length of the daily distances, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’ll get right back to you and design the perfect itinerary for you.
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Guided Trans Algarve MTB Holiday
Itinerary For Mountain Bike Groups Or MTB Clubs
Day 1: Arrival – Transfer To Hotel In Faro
When you’ve arrived and settled in, why not wander around the city of Faro on foot. We’ll provide you with a map and GPS route. Or you can follow our GPS route for a short afternoon ride to the beach.
Sleep in a fantastic 4* hotel overlooking the marina, with free use of the spa and gym included. Dinner is included.
33 km -100/ +100 m
Day 2: Ride To Monte Gordo
Enjoy the sea views on this coastal ride, passing through local fishing villages, to the Spanish border. Stop halfway for a lunch of fresh fish, washed down with a glass of sparkling green wine, the Portuguese version of Prosecco.
Sleep in a 4* hotel, one step away from the beach. Dinner is included.
72 km -390/ +367 m
Day 3: Ride To Baranco Do Velho
Cycle inland over rolling hills and through remote countryside. Did you know that Portugal provides 50% of the world’s cork? And this is where it’s grown.
Sleep in a comfortable B&B where the owners will delight you with a local gastronomic experience, which is included in the package.
65 km -910/ +1724 m
Day 4: Ride to Silves Via Alte
Take single and double tracks over the peaks of the beautiful Rocha de Pena, then ride down through valleys lined with fruit trees, to the Moorish town of Silves
Sleep in a 3* hotel in Silves. We can recommend some of the best places to eat in town.
71 km -1360/ +900 m
Day 5: Rest Day/ Ride To The Beach
Sunbathe by the pool, or use our GPS route to visit an idyllic beach for a swim. You’ll find plenty of places serving delicious grilled sardines along the way. And no trip to Portugal is complete without a sardine lunch.
Sleep in Silves in the same 3* hotel, and try out another fantastic local restaurant.
45 km -290/ +290 m
Day 6: Ride To Monchique
Travel 900m uphill, through vast eucalyptus forests, to Mt. Foia in the Serra de Monchique.
Spend the night in a small B&B, on the south slope of Foia, with magnificent views across the Algarve. Dinner will be a traditional speciality of the region.
On-road: 47 km -810/ +1290 m (1 peak included)
Off-road: 44 km -985/ +1690 m (2 peaks included)
Day 7: Ride To Cape St. Vincente
Today you’ll cover a climb of 1000 metres, even though it feels like it’s all downhill. Cruise over rolling hills past ancient cork trees and perfumed eucalyptus forests. When you arrive at the café, at the bottom of the iconic lighthouse of Cape St Vincent, you can finally relax with a well-earned drink. This is the south-westernmost point in Europe! If you’re there in time for the sunset you’re in for a real treat.
Return transfer to the 4* hotel in Faro.
91 km -1530/ +1050 m
Day 8: Return Transfer To Faro Airport
Get picked up approx 2½ hours before your return flight departs. You’ll have time to wander around duty-free shops and pick up some bargains. As you settle into your seat on the plane you can take a moment to relish in all the memories you’ve made during your amazing trip with us.