The eastern Algarve’s delightful climate is an open invitation to set off on the coastal area and explore the delights of the hinterland on the way to Vila Nova de Cacela. The first few kilometers are flat but are then followed by a series of uphill and downhill stretches as you head towards Castro Marim. Here the challenge becomes more exciting as the uphill ride to the hamlet of Azinhal becomes progressively steeper. The EN 122 road takes you to the Odeleite dam and the pure fresh air will recharge your batteries for the demanding climb to Furnazinhas and on into the municipality of Alcoutim, passing through the hamlet of Soudes. Considered one of the most traditional villages in the inland Algarve, Cachopo awaits you at the top of the Serra do Caldeirão, on the way to Barranco do Velho. Following the descent to São Brás de Alportel, you return to Tavira along the undulating EN 270.