An introductory site to this popular & wonderful route.

An introductory site to this popular & wonderful route

Overview

The Ecovia Litoral Km 0 at Cabo de São Vicente
The Ecovia Litoral Km 0 at Cabo de São Vicente

The Ecovia do litoral is a 214 km cycle route which completely runs in the Algarve region, South Portugal. It connects Cabo de São Vincente, on the Atlantic Ocean, to Villa Real de Santo Antonio, on the Spanish border. Along its course (or with short diversions) you can see the main landmarks of Algarve, as for example Ponta da Piedade, Ria Formosa Natural Park, and many other wonderful beaches, castles and towns.

The Ecovia do litoral partly coincides with the EuroVelo 1 international cycle route and runs mainly on secondary roads with limited

Despite the fact that the maximum altitude of the Ecovia does not exceed 100 meters, it is not to be considered as an easy route because you will find hard uphill gradients, possible adverse wind, challenging terrain and orienteering difficulties due to lack of signs.

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21 comments on “Overview

Aileen Nicholson

Hi. Thanks for setting up this website as we (my husband and I) are finding it extremely difficult to pull information together on this route. We will be flying from Glasgow to Faro in September and looking to hire bikes with panniers when we get there. We have lots of questions and wonder if you would mind if I messaged you with them to see if you can assist? Many thanks in advance. Aileen.

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Lorenzo

Thanks Aileen! Why don’t you post your questions here? I’ll be happy to answer you and to share info with the other site visitors!

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john vrskovy

Hi
My wife and i are spending most of November in Tavira. We are both seniors but we are still very active. Our hope is to spend most of our time hiking and possibly cycling in the Algarve. Hiking would definitely be day trips but am wondering about longer trips on bicycle. Also thought that e bikes might work for us.
We are from Canada so we are hoping for better weather than we will have here but we’re wondering how much rain we should expect. Also we’re not sure if we need to rent a car but we’ll likely need one to get to the starting point of our hike and possibly bike ride.
Any information would be greatly appreciated.
John

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Lorenzo

Hi John! Wikipedia climate statistics for Algarve say that there are an average of 10 precipitation days in November for a total of 90mm over the month.
You could consider to rent a car only for some days, there are car (and also bike) rentals shop in town.

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hi – I see the original site has disappeared – I have a KML map for anypone who finds it helpful – https://drive.google.com/open?id=1m86nlvxdgDhZwlwphav-T_eag68&usp=sharing

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Lorenzo

Thanks a lot Andrew!

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paul dudley

Hi. Can you tell me if there are any plans for the local authority to replace the closed bridge on the cycleway between Tavira and Cabanas which has been shut for 12 months
Many Thanks

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ENRICO TREVISAN

Ciao Lorenzo,
complimenti per il tuo sito, io e la mia famiglia abbiamo iniziato le nostre avventure come cicloturisti nel 2015, percorrendo 222 km. della ciclabile francese Vélodyssée che si affaccia sull’atlantico. A suo tempo Zoe la più piccola aveva 4 anni e mezzo e Gioele 7 e mezzo, muniti di carrettino con tenda, sacchi a pelo e tutto il necessario per campeggiare abbiamo trascorso quasi venti giorni pedalando e godendoci l’oceano atlantico.
Entusiasti di quest’esperienza abbiamo provato a replicarla, purtroppo non c’erano itinerari completamente ciclabili che si affacciano sul mare ad eccezione dell’ecovia dell’Algarve di cui già a suo tempo non c’erano informazioni sufficienti per poter affrontare il viaggio con famiglia a seguito, così negli anni successivi abbiamo fatto altro, sempre con le biciclette; questa premessa per chiederti:
-la ciclovia si sviluppa non solo in strade riservate alle biciclette, il resto, sono strade a bassa percorrenza di auto e/o secondarie e in ogni caso “sicure”?
-la larghezza della ciclovia nei punti più stretti consente il passaggio di un carretto per bici?
-c’è la possibilita di rifornirsi d’acqua durante il tragitto?
-scaricando il percorso che hai tracciato è possibile visualizzato con un app sullo smartphone o è consigliabile l’acquisto di un gps dedicato?
-sono presenti campeggi nelle vicinanze del percorso e se sì sai dirmi approssimativamente con che frequenza?
Ringraziandoti per il tempo che vorrai dedicarmi per rispondere ti saluto cordialmente.
Enrico

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Lorenzo

Ciao Enrico,
grazie per il messaggio! Allora parto subito per dirti che l’Ecovia non si affaccia sempre sul mare, sebbene ovviamente lo costeggi e quindi non si sia mai a eccessiva distanza. A differenza di altri percorsi ciclabili (visto che vi piace il mare vi consiglio la ciclabile nazionale n.1 in Olanda) è poco segnalato, ai tempi non avevo il tracciato e ho dovuto improvvisare in molte situazioni. Per questo non posso dare grandi garanzie sulle risposte alle domande che mi fai. Comunque, purtroppo ci sono alcuni tratti su strade nazionali e trafficate, nella maggior parte dei casi con corsia riservata. E’ possibile che comunque rimanga qualche tratto poco sicuro, direi massimo il 5% del percorso. Nel percorso che ho fatto io ho dovuto fare alcuni piccoli tratti su sentierini, anche qui piuttosto rari, ma forse con il tracciato giusto questa cosa si evita. Nonostante non mi ricordi di fontane pubbliche sul percorso, raramente si è a più di 5km di distanza dagli abitati, quindi si fa presto a deviare verso un bar o un supermercato. Ti consiglio di usare il link del tracciato postato da Andrew Wallace, puoi visualizzarlo direttamente sul browser e funziona su tutte le app di mappe senza dover acquistare un navigatore. Per i camping vedi la pagina specifica https://www.ecoviadolitoralalgarve.com/campsites/ – la frequenza non è costante ma in tutti i principali centri ne trovi. Concludendo, l’Ecovia è stata per me un’avventura che ha richiesto pazienza (visto che mi sono perso almeno 2 volte al giorno) e anche energia (ci sono alcune salite piuttosto ripide), quindi considera bene questi fattori nel decidere se affrontare questo percorso con la tua famiglia. Non ti dico di non farlo, perché dipende anche dai caratteri: se avete abbastanza tempo e lo spirito giusto potrebbe essere una bellissima esperienza.
Se posso, ti faccio anch’io una domanda: quale tratto della Vélodyssée avete fatto? Come mai avete scelto quel tratto, lo considerate preferibile agli altri?

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David Stebbing

Hi

I have just completed the ecovia route. I cycled for 6 days from Vila Real da Santo Antônio to Sagres, and stayed in 5 very good hotels. The route is EXCELLENT. It follows remote roads, through peaceful farmland and along the best parts of the coast. The hotels were good value.

BUT… the route is very difficult to follow. The blue lines have mostly disappeared. Some places have bicycles painted on the road and yellow stickers on poles (one side only), but in most places there is nothing.

This would not be a problem if the map on the website was helpful, but it is not. It is a plain PDF format, so it’s not interactive. If this were on Google Maps, then it would be easy to work out where we are and plot a route. It is very difficult to find your way in the Ecovia map.

This tour is a fantastic tourist attraction, but you are chasing tourists away. The simplest thing would be to create an interactive map. Then they’re would be no need for blue lines and yellow stickers.

I would be interested to hear your comments.

Thank you.

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Lorenzo

Hi David! You’re completely right. All of us are cyclists from abroad and we are not in touch with the administrative authorities, this site was born for the love of this tour. It would be helpful if the next one who goes through the Ecovia would track his/her route…

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Michael Paul

Hi Lorenzo
Cycled part of ecovia from VRSA to Faro in Feb this year with my mate. Our intention is to cycle from Faro to say Portimao over 2 days, breaking trip at Albufeira next Feb. Assuming this is reasonable, how far will it be from Faro to Albufeira and then from Albufeira to Portimao.
In addition to this, we will probably have to stay in Portimao on our first night, hire bikes there and get the train back to Faro the following day and work our way west, travelling light with an overnight stop in Albufeira. Are there bike shops open in Portimao on a Sunday in February.
Any help or alternative suggestions would be appreciated.
Cheers Mike

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Lorenzo

Hi Mike, your plan looks pretty good: Faro-Albufeira is about 40 km, and Albufeira-Porimao the same. I am afraid that bike shops will be closed on Sunday, I advise you to contact one of the big rental shops listed here. They can deliver bikes in one location and pick them up in another, usually also on Sundays, but I don’t know if it is the same in low season: https://www.ecoviadolitoralalgarve.com/bike-rentals-and-shops/

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Grainne

Hi, where can I start to access the route in Lagos. Hoping to make my way to Sagres?

Thanks

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Kim

Hi! I’m thinking of cycling from Faro to Lagos (mid-November). I’m wondering how many kilometres it would be and if 3 days sounds reasonable for this trip. I’m quite active, but don’t specifically have experience in a cycling trip like this. Because of this I’m wondering if you think it’s doable by myself and what kind of bike you would recommend as a minimum requirement.
Next to that, do you know if it’s possible to rent a bike in Faro and leave it in Lagos, so I can take a bus back to Faro? Or would it be better in that case to buy a bike and then sell it after the trip for example?
Thanks a lot!

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Lorenzo

Hi! Faro to Lagos is ok in 3 days. A common cross-terrain bike will be ok. Check out any rental service listed in this page, usually you can organize pick up everywhere you want, but I don’t know now that it’s low season and in Covid time. https://www.ecoviadolitoralalgarve.com/bike-rentals-and-shops/

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Hi everyone.

This might be odd but I have a very specific question with regards to ecovia algarve road.

I am Stelios and I work as a fact-checker for Ellinika-Hoaxes.gr.

My team and I were wondering if this picture [https://i.pinimg.com/originals/44/b4/6a/44b46a4e440614997b9a4ddead9feeb4.jpg] depicts the ecovia cycle route in southern Portugal…?

Thank you in advance,

Warm Regards

Stelios Pournis,
Fact-Checker,
Ellinika-Hoaxes.

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Lorenzo

Hi Stelios, it could be, but I can’t offer guarantees about it.

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Robert Mellish

I am a resident in the Western Algarve. I am writing to complain that a landowner has obstructed a branch of the Ecovia in the Freguesia of Budens in VdB with a chain. The exact Google co-ordinates are 37.075608, -8.794149. I have photos of the obstruction taken today, if you are interested.

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Lorenzo

Hi Robert, this website is managed by an Italian fan of the Ecovia and has no relation with the local authorities, to whom you should forward this complaint. However, sorry for what is happening.

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