Come along and join the ride !
On the Via Algarviana for Individual Riders, you will join similar riders in a clean & safe setting. Individual rooms are available. The food provided will be delicious Portuguese specialities. We’ll also provide GPS routes, a 4×4 support vehicle and luggage transfers.
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The Via Algarviana for Individual riders – 2024 dates
Every year we organise multiple mountain biking weeks for individual riders who want to ride the Via Algarviana. Meet new friends and join like-minded people on the bike. You can ride together, or plan your day alone and meet again at the dinner table.
Also known as the GR13, this route leads you from Monte Gordo, on the Spanish border, through the heartland of the Algarve to the town of Sagres. You’ll reach the end of your journey at the iconic lighthouse of Cape Saint Vincent, perched on top of the rocks, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.
You will follow our GPS route every day over double and single tracks, through dense forests and open grasslands. Daily distances are on average around 70km, with 85 km on the last day. Most of the last day will be on downhill trails from the Serra de Monchique to Sagres, but there are still around 1000 metres to climb so you will need to be fit!
Dinner will be served in a nearby B&B, and they’ll also provide you with a nutritious breakfast the next morning.
Our detailed GPS routes give you the choice of riding alone at your own pace or joining up with a group of other like-minded riders.
MTB groups and clubs can contact us for a guided Trans Algarve MTB Holiday.
Hire a bike or bring your own
Feel free to bring your own bike. We’ll provide transport for you and your bike from the airport to the first hotel. We will also securely store your bike box for the week.
Giant 29er hard tail
Our bikes are Giant 29ers Hard-Trails with 2×10 or 3×10 gears and hydraulic disc brakes. They come with a helmet and bottle holder. If you wish we can mount SPD pedals, but you will need to bring your own shoes, please. Price: €120 for one week (6 days), including delivery.
Fully Carbon XT + FOX 32/FLOAT
This 29-er carbon MTB full suspension with XT set up makes you fly through the Algarve. Available in various frame sizes for €279 for 7 days.
KTM 29er E-Bike
We work together with a large KTM dealership from where we can supply you with a KTM Macina Race 29er e-MTB. Please contact us for more details.
Price: €279 for one week (7 days), including delivery.
Guaranteed Tour dates
2024: Start in Faro
Soon October 2024
If these dates don´t work for you, contact us with your preferred dates and we’ll see what we can do to accommodate you. Perhaps we have another great MTB holiday in the pipeline that would be a perfect fit.
Get in touch about your preferred dates, group size and any other requirements. We will be happy to help you out.
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 Via Algarviana Individual Riders Is Best Suited For:
- Anyone between 16 – 70 years old
- Anyone with mountain bike experience in off-road conditions
- Anyone with some technical skill
- Anyone with a good fitness level to cover the daily high metres
Required fitness level nº 4, technical D
You and your equipment need to be in excellent condition for this demanding week. It’s difficult to get hold of spare parts at short notice in the Algarve.
You are free to set off at any time you like. However, we suggest that you attend the daily briefing before you go. This takes place just after breakfast at around 08:30/09:00.
- 1 x transfer back to Faro
- transport of your bike or hire bike
- 5 nights in rural B&B or 4* hotel
- 5 x daily healthy breakfast
- 1 x tasty Portuguese dinner
- daily luggage transport
- GPS route with POIs
- daily support
- liability insurance
- personal accident (mandatory)
- repatriation insurance (mandatory)
- MTB guide (available on request)
- hotel on arrival & departure days
- Giant hard tail 29er €120 per week
- KTM Macina ebike €279 per week
- lunches (allow €10-15 pp)
- dinners, except on day 2
- extra drinks, water during dinner
- extra transport, taxis or broom car
Itinerary to MTB the Via Algarviana for Individual Riders
Day 1: Arrival – Transfer to 4* hotel in Faro
In case you have an early flight, visit Faro by foot or use our GPS route for a 30km ride to the beach. Use of the fantastic Spa & Gym in the hotel is free and included.
30 km -100/ +100 m
Day 2: Ride to Monte Gordo
Today is a coastal ride through fishing villages to the Spanish border. Stop halfway for lunch with fresh fish and a sparkling green wine, the Portuguese prosecco.
Sleep in a 4* hotel, one step away from the beach. Dinner is included.
73 km -390/ +390 m
Day 3: Ride to Baranco do Velho
Inland over rolling hills and remote countryside. This is the land where the famous Portuguese cork grows which provides 50% of the world’s cork.
Sleep in a comfortable B&B that delivers you a truly authentic gastronomic experience. Dinner is included.
67 km -910/ +1390 m
Day 4: Ride to Silves
Single tracks along the river Algibre and ride along valleys with fruits trees.
Sleep in a 3* hotel with a view over the Moorish town of Silves. We can advise you on the best restaurants in town.
75 km -1000/ +540 m
Day 5: Rest day/ Ride to the beach
Relax by the pool with your favourite book, or follow our GPS route to the nearest beach for a refreshing dip in the ocean and a sardine lunch. Choose from the 2 GPS routes available.
Sleep in Silves in the same 3* hotel, and try out a different local restaurant.
45 km -290/ +290 m
Day 6: Ride to Monchique
Today is goes uphill to Mt. Foia at 900m/2900ft, the highest point in the Serra de Monchique. Ride through well scented air of the eucalyptus forests.
Sleep in a rustic B&B, on the southern slope of Foia, with magnificent views all the way to the sea. Dinner is a regional speciality that this B&B is famous for.
On-road: 47 km -810/ +1290 m (1 peak included)
Off-road: 44 km -985/ +1690 m (2 peaks included)
47 km -810/ +1290 m
Day 7: Ride to Cape St. Vincente
Although it looks all downhill, today you still cover 1000 high metres. Rolling hills through freshly scented eucalyptus- and ancient cork tree forests. provide the backdrop to your trip. Finish your ride with a deserved cold beer in the little café near the iconic lighthouse of Cape St Vincent.
Return transfer to the 4* hotel in Faro.
85 km -1530/ +1030 m
Day 8: Return Transfer to Faro Airport
We’ll pick you up approx 2½ hours before your flight to make sure there is enough time to check-in. Once onboard, you can take a moment to look back over the very satisfying week you’ve just spent in the saddle, on the Via Algarviana for Individual Riders.