This is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Algarve and it offers a route featuring some impressive examples of the region’s treasure trove of natural and historical heritage. After a flat start through Salgados, Pêra and Alcantarilha, you will encounter a landscape dotted with color, thanks to the orange trees growing alongside the road to Silves. In this city that was the Algarve’s first administrative capital, take the opportunity to visit the castle, classed as a National Monument, before continuing on to São Bartolomeu de Messines, Alte, Rocha da Pena and Salir. The exhilarating uphill and downhill stretches on the way back south include climbs to Tôr and Cruz da Assomada, from where there is a marvelous view over the immense Atlantic Ocean. The route down takes you through Loulé and Boliqueime on your way back to Albufeira.