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Algarve Downhill Cycling Trip from Foia

Product ID: 36777
Explore the Portuguese countryside on a 5-hour downhill cycling trip from Mexilhoeira Grande. Enjoy the beautiful panoramic views from Fóia, the highest peak in the Algarve, and ride through the green valley of the Serra de Monchique.
About this activity
Duration: 5 hours
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  • Bike along quiet tarmac roads through sub-tropical forests in the mountainous interior with local villages
  • Visit Fóia, the highest peak in the Algarve in the middle of the Serra de Monchique
  • Enjoy a tasty local lunch in a small mountain village
  • Enjoy the stunning views of the west and south coast
  • Stop at the most picturesque sites and learn about the local wildlife and nature
  • Cycle across the country through beautiful valleys
Full description
This cycling tour takes you to the Portuguese countryside the natural way. The tour starts at the office in Mexilhoeira Grande at 09:30. From here you transfer by minivan to Fóia, the highest peak in the Algarve in the middle of the Serra de Monchique. Here you can enjoy the stunning views of the west and south coast. The restaurant on top of this mountain is always open (except Saturdays) and can serve you a lovely cup of coffee before you start the cycling trip.

The total distance of the ride is 35 kilometers (22 miles), of which 60 percent is downhill and 40 percent goes through quiet and flat valleys with only a few gentle and light hills. After a thorough explanation of the route you begin to cycle downhill back to the coast. The experienced multilingual guide will lead you downhill on to quiet land roads. You’ll stop at the most picturesque sites and the guide will tell you about the local wildlife and nature.

After a long and easy descent with spectacular views you head further south. For the remaining part of the ride you cycle cross country through beautiful valleys with quiet tarmac roads. The local shepherd will greet you as you cycle close to the little farms. You end the trip by riding along gravel roads to the warm estuary lagoon of the Ria de Alvôr, where you can spot flamingos and spoonbills in the winter. You arrive back at the office between 16:00 and 16:30, where you can enjoy a beer or cold drink.
  • All terrain bike (for all sizes between 150 - 200 cm height)
  • Helmet and gloves
  • Cooled water
  • Lunch (soup, green salad, pasta/tuna salad, freshly squeezed orange juice)
  • Bike guide
  • Uphill shuttle from the office
  • Service car following the riders
  • A beer or coffee after the ride
  • Local honey tasting
  • Full insurance cover
  • All local and national taxes and licenses
What’s Not Included
  • Pick-up and drop off at your hotel (can be booked as add-on in certain regions)
  • Any extra drinks or food during the day (not mentioned above)
Not suitable for
  • Children under 12 years
  • Pregnant women
  • People with heart problems

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Meet at the office at 9:30 AM at the village entrance of Mexilhoeira Grande (Portimão), Algarve, Portugal

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Important information
What to bring
  • Sunglasses
Know before you go
• Rest of the year: The top of Fóia might be chilly or even cold. You should bring an extra vest or wind jacket. Outdoor-Tours can also provide wind jackets or fleece pullovers in the winter months
• The minimum height is 145 centimeters. The maximum height is 200 centimeters. The maximum weight is 120 kilograms
• Bikes are available in various sizes for riders between 150 and 200 centimeters tall
• Helmet, gloves, and cooled water are available throughout the day from the service van.
• The trip is suitable for everyone between 12-70 years with some cycling experience. Young cyclists should be able to touch the ground with both feet while seated. The minimum age is 12 years
• The service van follows you during the tour with water and your belongings, and is available for riders who want a rest
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    5 / 5
  • Organization
    5 / 5
  • Value for money
    5 / 5
  • Safety
    5 / 5
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Time flies !! why? because I had a lot of fun. Nice group, nice guides and amazing views and tour! recommend it 100% might do it again next year

April 13, 2017


Dieser Ausflug war eines meiner persönlichen Urlaubshighlights. Hier geht es definitiv nicht um Massenabfertigung. Die Stimmung war locker und amüsant und es mangelte zu keiner Zeit an Informationen, Verpflegung und viel Spaß. Auch die Sicherheit wurde keinesfalls vernachlässigt. Absolut Empfehlenswert.

September 26, 2017


September 20, 2017

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Product ID: 36777