With golden beach rides, historic towns to visit and explore, and luxury resorts to enjoy on a day off the bike, Portugal is quickly becoming the choice of keen cyclists. Lush rolling hillsides and sunshine draw riders from all over Europe, especially in the cooler months. Quinta da Lago is an exclusive resort, catered for discerning clients and high performance athletes. You will pick your bike up in the brand new state of the art 'Campus'. The Campus has performance hard surface tennis courts, padel tennis courts and a football pitch frequented by some of the leading club sides in the world and its epicentre is 'The Bike Shed'. Grab an espresso from the bar whilst you use the touchscreen tv to have an advanced look at the routes that we will provide you with, or have a chat with Mark Rohan who maanges the bike Shed and find out what it takes to be a champion. Mark is a Paralympics 2012 gold medal winner in the men's road race.
Upon arrival in Faro, you will be picked up and taken to the Quinta do Lago resort. Check in, relax and discover the beautiful resort.
Pastel del Nata
Total distance 105km
Total climb 1500m
For the Portuguese speakers, yes the title of this ride is a pastry! The ride is 105km and there is a stop en route where you can enjoy the best Pastel de Nata in the Algarve. Your ride takes you into the hills via Son Bras and Salil before you arrive into Alte. Stop at Germano Bicicarte cafe where Pedro can serve you some of the best pastries and cakes in the Algarve, and you can marvel at the bikes and the art. What’s not to love?
Total distance 120km
Total climb 1700m
If you want to get some good mileage under your belt with a decent amount of climbing, we recommend the route out to Sao bras and then into the hills. Your riding will be on pristine tarmac and you will hear the zip of your wheels as you loop back around to Santa Catarina. Head back to Estoi and then back to the resort. Feel free to extend or decrease this ride depending on how you’re feeling.
Total distance 75km
Total climb 1000m
A great, relatively easy ride of 75km taking in 1,000m of climbing. You will ride via Estoi, Querenca and Loule, passing through countless vineyards and orange groves. If you get a chance to sample some of the oranges and satsumas, you won’t be disappointed.
Joao Clara Wine Estates
Total distance 70km
Leaving the Campus, you climb into the Serras, cycling along quiet roads and through the Algarve’s Orange groves. This 70K ride will deliver you to the Vineyards of Joao Clara for some wine tasting and a meal if you fancy ending your day on a high. The evening will end with a transfer back to Quinta do Lago.
Enjoy breakfast before you are transferred back to the airport.
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- 5 Nights 4* accommodation
- Incredible riding in the Algarve
- Stunning beaches
- Airport transfers
- Bed & Breakfast
- Emergency assistance
- Great bike hire
- Essential bike repair equipment
About the Operator
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We are Love Velo, a cycling travel company that was set up to challenge the concept of cycling holidays. If you've never ridden a bike, or if you ride hundreds of miles a week, we can send you away on new exciting experiences. We have holidays for people who want a beach break with bike hire for a day or two, all the way through to specific overseas training camps. Most of our trips are totally flexible so there is no finding dates to match your holiday. Tell us your holiday dates and we will match a cycling experience for you. We know what we do and how we do it but WHY do we do it. Why do our team come into the office every day aside from it being their job? Why are we so passionate about cycling? Fundamentally, it's because we believe time is precious. Whether it's time for yourself, to clear your head, time with your friends or partner, or time with your children, cycling gives you that time. We believe that we enable our cyclists to have the best time on their bike.