Tours from Bike My Side are a huge success in Lisbon, where the innovative company’s vintage black sidecars negotiate the steep and narrow streets, showing visitors the highlights of the capital. Now the concept has come to the Algarve—and partner Delfim Martins will tailor a sightseeing tour just for you. We suggest an historical drive starting in medieval Silves, with its impressive 12th-century cathedral as well as its imposing Moorish castle which dominates the surrounding landscape of orange groves. Continue onward to the hill town of Monchique, famous for its local honeys, its Medronho (aguardente made from the fruit of the area’s many arbutus trees) and its thickly cut slices of presunto. Do visit the town’s early-16th-century igreja, or church, for its pretty Manueline doorway of stone columns resembling knotted rope. This style of architecture, named after Manuel I the Fortunate, King of Portugal and the Algarves, incorporates maritime references—a nod to the vast wealth being brought home from overseas by the Portuguese navigators during that era. From here, climb further up the wooded mountain range to the Algarve’s highest point, Foia, where, beyond the olive trees and cork groves, shimmers the distant sea.
With a variety of tours available, we recommend starting in Silves, continuing to Monchique and heading up to Algarve’s highest point. Once you book your sidecar tour, Bike My Side will let you know where to go to start your cool ride.
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