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 

Thursday 16th Janaury 10 miles

Ryanair flight is at 12:25. Fly to Faro and arrive at 15:40 . Taxi pickup ay 16:00 and transfer to hotel.

Friday 17th January 20 miles

Early start at 8:30 for morning cycle to coastal town of Cabanas where we will have breakfast on the seafront. Todays routes passes through a variety of scenic countryside and also some interesting coastal towns including Monte Gordo, Cacela Velha and Cabanas. A beer stop in Monte Gordo while we watch the fisherman sort their nets. Proabable ferry over into Spain where we eat lunch. Train back from Vila Real de Santo Antonio. Trains at 16:07, 17:40, 18:45  €3

Saturday 18th January 20 miles

Breakfast in town. Cycle to Faro passing through Olhao the old fishing town, renowned for its moorish style architecture. The old Marina, the fish and vegetable markets and restaurants serving traditional Portuguese cuisine and sea food are only a few minutes walk away on the sea front. Train back. 16:25, 17:25, 18:25 €3 This evening we eat in Tavira’s best restaurant, Castelo café e restaurante where they serve Black Angus steak and seafood

Sunday 19th Janaury

Taxi to airport at 9 am. Ryanair flight is at 11:40 arrives Edinburgh 15:00

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