Category Archives: Portugal

Tavira

A trip in eastern Algarve staying in a 3 floor house in central Tavira. Chance of rain at this time of year and a westerly wind. Trip directions and itinerary may change according to weather.

Prices – £35 bike hire,  £34 airport transfer and all trains and ferries

Tuesday 17th  January

Meet at Edinburgh airport bar through security at 14:45. Ryanair Flight 6827 at 16:45 to Faro arriving 20:00. Taxi to Tavira with YellowfishTransfers organised so should be there about 21:30.  Stay in  3 floor house in central Tavira with a room each for £19 per night. drinks and tapas?

Wednesday 18th January – 15 miles

Pick bikes up from Abilio Bikes. We have confort type with many gears and lights. We will cycle to Montegordo today and get train back from Villa Real. Singer on at 21:00

Thursday 29th January-  20 miles

Cycle to Olhao.

Friday 20th January – 20 miles

Cycle circular route today and back early. Special mystery night out and we have to be ready to leave the house at just after 16:30. Meal booked for 19:00

Saturday 21st January – 20 miles

Taxi to Faro at 11. Flight is 13:45 FR6827 arriving Edinburgh 17:05

Monte Gordo

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Fishermen tend nets

A trip in eastern Algarve staying in a four start hotel in Monte Gordo and easy access to restaurants. Chance of rain at this time of year and a westerly wind. Trip directions and itinerary may change according to weather.

Prices – £35 bike hire, £76 4 nights 4 star Spa accommodation with own room and breakfast,   £34 airport transfer and all trains and ferries

Friday 22nd January

Meet at Edinburgh airport at 12 noon. Ryanair Flight 817 at 14:10 to Dublin arriving 15:15 Dublin. Flight FR7032 at 17:20 to Faro arriving 20:15. Taxi to train station and train to Monte Gordo at 21:06 arriving 1 hour later. Last train is 21:46. Stay in Monte Gordo Hortel Apartamentos  & Spa  with a room each for £19 per night. Price includes breakfast.

Saturday 23rd January – 15 miles

Pick bikes up from Angela Pestana at Rua Digo Cão Edificio Arenilha tlef. 00351 967457602. at 9:30. Cycle to Tavira for curry.

Sunday 24th January-  20 miles

Cycle north to lake 20 miles. Hearts game on at 12:30.

Monday 25th January – 20 miles

Ferry to Spain, change time on watches,  and cycle east in circuit

Tuesday 26th January

Get 9:12 train arriving 10:17 in Faro. Taxi to airport. Flight Faro to Edinburgh 12:55 arriving 16:15

Olhao

Cycling Portugal with Gibraltar Scotland game included. We stay in a Portuguese fishing town where we buy food and fish from the market every morning as described here.

Wednesday 7th Oct

10:40 – 12:00 Ryanair Flight Edinburgh to Stansted £18.99, wait 7 hours, 19:15 – 22:10 Ryanair flight to Faro £74 return. Transfer and stay in Olhao in this apartment next to the station for £316.

Thursday 8th Oct

Cycle to Tavira, Scotland v Poland tonight.

Friday 9th Oct

cycle Faro salt flats

Sat 10th Oct 

cycle to Spain, ferry over

Sun 11th Oct

Scotland game

Mon 12 th Oct

freeday

Tues 13th Oct

Ryanair flight 15:55 FAO –18:50 STN, 90 min gap then 20:30 – 21:50 Stansted to Edinburgh

Lagos

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A trip in western Algarve staying in a four start hotel in the old quarter of Lagos and easy access to restaurants. Chance of rain at this time of year and a westerly wind.

Prices – £35 bike hire, £68 4 nights 4 star accommodation, £60 return flight,  £34 airport transfer

Tuesday 20th January
Meet 14:30 in bar through security. Flight at 16:40 arriving Faro 20:00. Transfer to hotel by minibus.

Stay in Lagos Tivoli 4 star with indoor pool and gym for £15 pppn including breakfast. Drinks in Star Bar where beer is £1.10 wine 80p

Wednesday

Cycle to Portimao inland then round coast 25 miles where we have lunch. We eat lunch in the Portuguese restaurant Bacalhoada selling the traditional fish. Train back. This evening we try one of the 7 Indian restaurants in town, the Maharajah Tasty Indian.

Thursday

Train to Portimao at 9 am or cycle the 14 miles. Lunch to be decided. PIzza probably. This evening we eat in Onda Norte a traditional steak and sea food restaurant. Train back 16:17, 17:17.

Friday

Train to Albuferia at 9 am and cycle past Vilamoura to Quartieria where we have lunch in a seafood restaurant that gets its food off the trawlers. Team decision fro evening meal. Train back 16:17, 17:17.

Saturday
Transfer to Faro airport by minibus. Flight home 12:55 arriving 16:20

Extra cycle route

Porto

We cycle the North East coast of Portugal through fishing villages, past castles and stay in walled towns. We will see fisher-women in traditional costume selling fish, sample the many kinds of Port, stay in luxurious country resorts, sample cheap wine and saty in the walled city of Obidos in a 4 star hotel with a swimming pool under the walls. Map here

Porto

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Tavira January 2014

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A trip to the Roman town of Tavira in a 4 star hotel with indoor pool for 3 days cycling. Mixture of Portuguese home cooking, 3 Indian restaurants in cobbled street town. Bike path off road (mostly) along the coast in both directions. Trains are every two hours along south coast.

Cost is £40 return plane, £30 bike hire, £30 for 3 nights 4 star accommodation with in and outdoor swimming pool  3 bars etc etc . £48 for single for three nights. Map here showing accomodation and bike routes

Temperature and rain chart Faro January 2012. shows no rain and 17 degrees max. Weather can not be guaranteed!

Sunrise 07:40 sunset 17:40  Continue reading Tavira January 2014