Algarve Outdoor Tours

Algarve Downhill Cycling Trip

Mountain Cycling Made Easy.
Algarve cycling tour from the peak of the highest mountain in the Serra de Monchique, all the way down to sea level. Let gravity do the hard work on the Algarve Downhill Cycling Trip.

tripadvisor about algarve downhill cycling tripDownhill cycling tour in Portugal The scenery was amazing and the little stops at intriguing sites along the way gave us the feel of real rural Portugal. …”

This trip is perfect for you if you:
✅ love cycling through stunning natural scenery
✅ have some recent cycling experience
✅ would like to bring your children along(12+ yrs)

Algarve Downhill Cycling Trip

Safe, fun, and eco-friendly cycling tours from the pinnacle of Foia, the highest mountain in the Algarve, at an elevation of 902 meters.
Enjoy the beautiful, uninterrupted views to the West & South Coast.

We’ll rendezvous in the charming village of Figueira, where the salty ocean breeze tickles your senses and the quaintness of the town enchants you.

Usually, pick-up from here is at 9.30, however, if you were to book a Private Tour, we´re flexible in the start time.

From Figueira you will be transferred in our van(s) to the highest peak in the Algarve where the bike tour starts.

Whilst we prepare the bikes, the restaurant at the top is the ideal place to enjoy a coffee and take in the view before you start your trip.
It’s open every day except Saturday, and they serve the best homemade cakes in the Algarve.

Since 2001, we at Algarve Outdoor Tours have been cruising down this mountain.
We have designed this trip to be a safe, enjoyable way to experience mountain cycling.
Suitable for anyone from the age of 12 up to 75, depending on health and fitness.

Let gravity do the work on the Monchique Downhill Cycling Trip!

Downhill Cycling Trip on quiet roads

After a short safety briefing, we will begin our descent to the coast. Cycling at a relaxed pace, without strain. It’s an easy-going ride. Downhill all the way.

Our experienced, multilingual, MTB guide will lead you down quiet country roads and through the green valleys of the Serra de Monchique. We’ll make pit stops at the most picturesque sites so you can take some photos, and learn about the local flora and fauna.

After our calm, effortless descent through the spectacular nature of Monchique, we’ll head further south.

For the last leg of our journey, we will cycle cross-country, through beautiful valleys, on quiet tarmac roads. We are usually greeted by one of the local shepherds as we cycle past charming little farms.

Downhill Off-road Ride

The Algarve Downhill Cycling Trip is a relaxed ride, through lush scenery. But if this all sounds a bit too easy for you and you’re looking for something to get the adrenalin pumping then check out our Downhill Off-road Trip. This one is for skilled riders only!


We’ll end our trip on gravel roads that lead to the fertile estuary lagoon of the Ria de Alvor, where we are often lucky enough to spot flamingos or spoonbills.

Support/Broom Car

To make sure we are delivering optimal service during the tour a service car will follow along carrying water and your personal belongings. The service car is also available for you to use if you wish to take a rest during the trip.

Equipment – Giant 29ers

We ride Giant 29ers. These aluminium, all-terrain bikes have safe hydraulic brakes from Shimano, comfortable gel seats, and front suspension. The handlebar is higher than on a normal bike, so you’ll feel safer and more comfortable whilst seated.

Helmets and water bottles are provided by us on this Algarve cycling tour.

Tour Options

INDIVIDUAL – Meet other riders.

Meet the guides and other riders on our shared Summit Transfer from Figueira at 9.30

Book this alone or together with your friends and family and ride downhill back to the coast in a small group.

A Giant 29er & light lunch is included. With Guide and Support Car. €95 pp.

PRIVATE – Private Tour.

Bikes and Private Summit Transfers for up to 5 pax are included – no other people will join today.

Choose some off-road tracks, stay longer for lunch, or stop for an ice cream if you wish, this is all up to you today!

A good MTB Giant 29er & light lunch are included. With Guide and Support Car.
Per Private Group up to 5 riders €500. Extra Riders €90 pp.

tripadvisor about algarve downhill cycling tripDownhill Cycle Ride
We did the ride down from Foia. It was very enjoyable with an excellent guide. It wasn’t too strenuous, even in 30 degree heat, and they provided plenty of water from the support vehicle. A great way to see the Algarve countryside …”

tripadvisor about algarve downhill cycling tripBest day in our holiday! We joined Outdoor Tours on Thursday on a downhill cycling tour. This day has been one of the best days of our holiday in the Algarve! We are a family with 2 adults, a 17, 15 and a 12-year old and all of us liked it a lot. Everyone was able to complete the route at his/her speed …”

Best suited for

Anyone between the ages of 12 and 70 years old, with some cycling experience.

There is a minimum height requirement of 150cm (4’9”). The largest bike will accommodate riders up to 200cm (6’6”).

To deliver optimal service a broom car will follow the Algarve Downhill Cycling Trip, carrying cool water and personal belongings.

Required fitness level nº 2, difficulty B


  • Summit Transfer to Foia
  • Support vehicle/broom car
  • Professional bike guide
  • Info about local flora & fauna
  • Light Lunch in Café
  • MTB Giant (sizes XS to XXL)
  • Suits rider length 150 – 200 cm*
  • Helmet
  • Cold Drinking Water

Adventure starts here

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