Fruitful seasons for riding the Algarve
The summer heat would make southern Portugal particularly challenging for cycling, but spring and autumn – with cooler temperatures and coastal breezes – are perfect for it. This new cycle holiday from Chapters Holidays is a week-long trip around the lesser-known eastern Algarve based in Monte Gordo and starting this autumn. Cyclists will ride around 25km a day on coastal paths, finding secret beaches and small islands, while also snaking inland to cobbled hill towns. There’s also a day-long jaunt across the Guadiana river into Spain. Each day will end with a spread of local food and wine; expect fresh seafood and red wine from the vineyards of Tavira.
Balkan beauty: Dubrovnik circular
For those after a more challenging trip, this eight-day Balkan Trilogy tour offers a decent workout, with about 80km covered each day. Starting and finishing in Dubrovnik, the tour encompasses some of the region’s best road rides. It takes in villages, vineyards and the Dinaric Alps, crossing into Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro, with a ride around the Bay of Kotor and the Lovćen national park. It’s an incredibly varied route with the chance to clock up some beach time on the Dalmatian coast including a trip out to the island of Korčula.