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Portugal Motorcycling Holiday

Algarve, Portugal
5 star hotel dinner, bed and breakfast

An outstanding 5 day, 4 night break with 3 days riding for those who want to escape the worst of the British winter and get some riding in the Portuguese sun.

On this guided motorcycle tour you will ride some of the best motorcycle routes in Algarve

Mertola Alentejo Portugal The Market at Louve Algarge Portugal Salir Algarve Portugal Silves Castle

Available tour dates:

Tour 89/140 begins Tuesday 19 February 2019 and ends Saturday 23 February 2019

Additional dates and tour variations available for groups of 3 or more riders

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The weather in the Algarve region of Portugal is mild in mid-winter, this tour visits in February when the average daily temperatures around 13 cent. (55 far), highs reaching 20 degrees and lows highly unlikely to be below 7 cent and that will be overnight. Rain is generally light with about 25mm spread over around 5 days of the whole month. This climate and the quiet roads makes it ideal for winter riding.

Participants are recommended to fly into Faro from where we shall arrange transport to our hotel, the beach front Crowne Plaza in Vilamoura or the equally nice Hilton Vilamoura As Cascatas Golf Resort & Spa either way the accommodation is half baord for all the four nights of of the tour. From this base we shall tour the Algarve, the southern most part of Portugal.

As many riders will not have ridden over the winter and there are only about 6 hours of sunlight in February daily distances are generally lower than we typically ride. The maximum time in the saddle will be under 5 hours. We usually ride 45 to 90 minutes between each stop. The roads we have lined up offer a broad range from tight twistys to long straights but all provide interesting places to stop, great views and being off season relatively traffic free roads.

Look at this itinerary and discover some of the most interesting motorcycle routes in portugal

Vilamoura relaxing

Hotel Crowne Plaza VilamouraThis is intended as a relaxing day. Flights arrive at differing times and not all will fly into Faro so we need to allow time for all participants to gather. Those who arrive first can go off exploring the town.

Vilamoura and neighbouring Quateira are interesting towns with lovely sandy beaches. Quateira has an old harbour and Vilamoura a relatively new marina. These are very much beachfront holiday resorts and you will find many of the stores closed during January and February but there will still be enough open to address most needs.

Both the Hilton and the Crowne Plaza are 5 star hotels and have excellent facilities including indoor swimming pool and those who simply wish to unwind with a drink will find the surroundings most comfortable. The Hilton is located in a golf course whilst the Crowne Plaza is beach front so each will appeal to a different group of clients.

The evening meal is a buffet and it always offers a wide variety so there will be something to suit every pallet.

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Vilamoura, Silves circuit 240km (150 miles) circa 5 hours riding.

Silves CastleDeparting the Vilamoura hotel heading east to Olhau a charming fishing port then on to Fuseta which sits behind a low barrier island and continuing we reach Taveria, a small town with over 30 churches! We take a coffee break in Taveria before turning north west passing through Santa Catarina, Sao Bras de Alportel, Querencia and Bartolomeu de Messines all towns unaffected by tourism to reach waters at Pergo Escuro where we take a brief stop before reaching Sao Marcos da Serra. Those of a religious persuasion will be interested to note that there have been several apparitions of the Virgin Mary in and around the town. Sao Marcos da Serra nestles between two mountain ranges and so most of the properties are huddled together on the steep slopes around the town centre. We take a break here for lunch.

The next leg of this route takes us back to the south. Along the road you will note large chunks of bark stripped from the trees around this countryside. This is for cork production. The route brings us to Silves where we take a look at the ancient castle. There has been a fortress here since Lusitanian times. The Romans then occupied the site and later Umayyad Caliphate before being conquered by the Moors. Much of what you see today dates from the Moorish occupation during the 12th and 13th century. We take our afternoon break in Silves then make our way back to the hotel in Vilamoura.

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vilamoura Salir circuit 170km (110 miles) about 4 hours riding

Loule Municipal MarketThis will be a leisurely day with some lovely towns and villages and roads with gentle curves. We begin this journey with a run around some streets to the east of Vilamoura and Quateira to familiarise the group with the surroundings before we head away from the coast to Loule to visit the castle and the Market. The Castle is of Roman origin although the oldest parts of what can be seen today date from the early 1400’s and it is a protected building. The market is an interesting mix of Arabian and Art Nouveau styles and is over a century old. It won the Prize Turismo de Portugal in 2007 and within you will find a diverse range of goods and produce.

Following our stop in Loule we head north towards Beja taking a somewhat circuitous route to Salir a small town with pretty church, ruined castle and a water tower that commands great views across the surrounding country. We shall take a lunch break in Salir before continuing our journey.

After lunch we take another loop up into the hills passing through mainly farmland. Travelling the backroads the road surface can be a little irregular, broken at times and with the occassional pot hole but they are fun to ride and lead us to Alte a village on a steep hill with another of those pretty white washed churches and houses. Alte is renowned as one of the most typical and unspoilt villages in the Algarve region and features fresh water springs.

We complete the journey returning to our hotel in Vilamoura. As we descend back towards the coast you will no doubt see vendors at the road side selling fresh oranges. If you have not already tried the produce you should stop and buy one because they are absolutely delicious!

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Vilamoura Martinlongo circuit - 215km (135 miles) circt 5 hours riding

Looking down on Mertola from the CastleWe follow the coast past Faro and on towards the Spanish border making a brief stop at Fabrica before heading north onto twisty mountain roads and past a few resevoirs on our way to Martinlingo where we break for lunch. The village is a fine example of the old Algarve, filled with charisma and beauty and a sharp contract to the tourist beaches we passed earlier in the day.

Our return journey brings us back towards Loule but on the back roads passing through farmland where the roads varies from great twistys to long straights. We circumnavigate Loule and return to the hotel.

View Route Guide (indicative only, actual may differ)

Route Variation

Please note that maps are indicative because it is not always possible to enter all the waypoints and on the day of departure as we need to review our routes based upon the latest traffic and weather information available making changes as and when necessary.

Currency Euro €

The default currency for this tour is Euro €. Any price given in another currency is indicative and will be checked against exchange rate when paying. Once your tour package has been paid in full the price is locked and will not adjust regardless of what happens to exchange rates.

Portugal Motorcycling Holiday from 19/02/19 until 23/02/19

Location: Algarve
Accommodation: 5 star hotel dinner, bed and breakfast
Tour begins Tuesday 19 February 2019 and ends Saturday 23 February 2019
Additional dates and tour variations available for groups of 3 or more riders
Motorcycle Hire Available: Yes (Riders can bring their own bike or hire one from the list of available bikes below.)
Typical Motorcycle Hire (all options below): Euro €110
Rider in Double room (single occupancy): Euro €630
Rider and Pillion/Guest (sharing double or twin room): Euro €860
Two Riders sharing twin room: Euro €980 (Euro €490 each)
Rent a motorcycle from our range or bikes listed below.

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Motorcycles For Rent in Algarve, Portugal, Available on this Tour

Most motorcycles available for hire are obtained directly from local mainstream dealers. We do not have exclusive access to these rental motorbikes and so availability must be confirmed. Prices and terms are set by the dealers who supply the machines.

  • BMW F700GS Rent BMW F700GS

    • Entry level Adventure style bike with 75HP 798cc engine
    • Restrictions: Minimum 25 years old. 3 years old an appropriate Driving License
    • Daily Hire: Euro €90
  • BMW RNineT Rent BMW RNineT

    • The BMW R Nine T Scrambler has 110HP and is a great looking lightweight alternative to the large GS models.
    • Restrictions: Minimum 28 years old. 3 years old an appropriate Driving License
    • Daily Hire: Euro €110
  • BMW R1200GS Rent BMW R1200GS

    • There is no better Enduro bike. BMW created this class with the R 80 GS over 30 years ago and it's gone from strength to strength ever since.
    • Restrictions: Minimum 28 years old. 3 years old an appropriate Driving License
    • Daily Hire: Euro €140
  • BMW R1200RT Rent BMW R1200RT

    • The most accomplished touring motorcycle for many years and it remains the bike of choice for long distance touring.
    • Restrictions: Minimum 28 years old. 3 years old an appropriate Driving License
    • Daily Hire: Euro €140

Further details

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