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Ecovia Litoral section 1

Eastern section of the Ecovia Litoral do Algarve - the biking and hiking trail along the southern Algarve coast - from the Spanish border to Quinta do Lago

The eastern section of the long-distance biking trail to discover the beauty of the southern Algarve coast with a length of 82 km leads along the Sotavento Algarvio from Vila Real de Santo António on the estuary of the river Guadiana to Quinta do Lago on the western tip of the Ria Formosa nature reserve.

Vila Real de Santo António (Marina) – Monte Gordo – Praia Verde – Altura – Manta Rota – Cacelha Velha – Cabanas de Tavira – Tavira – Santa Luzia – Pedras d’El Rei – Torre d’Aires – Pinheiro – Fuzeta – Olhão (CEAM) - Olhão (Porto de Pesca) – Faro (Marina) – Faro (Parque Riberinho) - Faro (Aeroporto) – Quinta do Lago/Ludo


Ecovia Litoral do Algarve is a long-distance biking trail with a total length of ca. 228 km, connecting Vila Real de Santo António on the Spanish border with Cape St. Vincent, the most south-western tip of continental Portugal. The trail runs as close as possible to the coast, on small roads and dirt tracks. The trail is partially marked. In the bigger cities, a blue line on the road indicates the Ecovia. The trail consists of three sections:

The Ecovia Litoral do Algarve is the southernmost sector of the route n°1 of Eurovelo, the Europe-wide network of biking tracks, that goes up to the North Cape in Norway. With a bike, the whole distance takes 3 days:On both ends the route is linked to further trails:

  • Via Algarviana, a long-distance hiking and MTB track in the interior of the Algarve, connecting Cape St. Vincent with Alcoutim
  • Rota Vicentina in the natural park of the Costa Vicentina, going along the unspoilt western coast up to the Alentejo
  •  Grande Rota do Guadiana, following the lower course of the river Guadiana from Vila Real de Santo António to Alcoutim

Originally planned as Bike-Trail, many parts are very beautiful to walk, especially in the Tavira area and west of Albufeira.

FPCUB – Federação Portuguesa de Cicloturismo e Utilizadores de Bicicleta
Rua Bernardo Lima 35, 2º B

1150-075 Lisboa

Phone: +351 213 159 648 / +351 912 504 851


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