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.

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.

Since 2001, we at 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 70 and beyond, 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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

clean & safe Algarve Downhill Cycling Trip

Covid-19 “Clean & Safe”
Portugal takes Covid19 seriously and has low numbers of cases and fatalities. Algarve Outdoor Tours is committed to follow its coronavirus policy.

Instant booking

Tour Options

SHARED – Book individually.
Summit bubble transfer, Giant 29er & packed lunch included. Safe & Clean.
€90 now: €79 pp. Best value/money.

BASIC – Private Tour.
We will meet you on the top.
Bring your own bike, or hire from us. MTB guide €160. Support vehicle €145. Giant 29er + helmet: €14. Lowest price.

LUXURY – Private Tour.
Bikes and summit bubble transfer for up to 5 pax included.
Per group €450 €399. Extra rider €30 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


  • Support vehicle/broom car
  • Professional bike guide
  • Info about local flora & fauna
  • Lunch break (self-catering)
  • MTB Sizes XS to XXL*
  • Suits rider length 150 – 200 cm*
  • Helmet*
  • Cool Drinking Water
  • uphill transport in your bubble.

Adventure starts here

map foia monchique

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