From 902m/ 2959ft to sea level – off-road !
Ride the best single and double tracks through the forests of the Serra de Monchique. From mountain top to sea level, the Algarve Downhill Off-Road Ride will take you through some of Portugal’s most stunning scenery.
“Excellent Experience using smaller paths through trees etc. More technical and need to be able to ride a bike on rougher ground well, but not Olympic level …”
You will love this when you:
✅ believe a day on the bike is awesome
✅ have recent off-road/trail experience
✅ miss your MTB & don’t mind getting dusty
Algarve Downhill Off-road Ride
We’ll start from the pinnacle of the Algarve’s highest mountain, Foia, at 902 metres above sea-level. While we get the bikes ready, you get to enjoy the stunning panoramic views and have a strong coffee to prepare you for the ride.
After a safety briefing by your multilingual bike guide, you are ready to start your epic Algarve Downhill Off-road Ride.
We will start our descent on gravel roads near the windmill park continuing on along single tracks through the eucalyptus forests and rural farmland.
Then we’ll stop for a pic-nic style lunch in a small mountain village.
After lunch and a short uphill climb, we’ll meander all the way down, off road, to the Autodromo, the Algarve’s Formula One race track.
From here we’ll follow the water channels, the levadas, to the Special Conservation Area of the Ria de Alvor wetlands.
To deliver optimal service during our tour, a 4×4 will follow us with cool water and your personal belongings. The service truck also works as a broom car if you find yourself needing a rest along the way.
If you’d like to bring your children along or you’re travelling with less experienced cyclists, you may prefer to try out our Algarve Downhill Nature Cycling Trip. This is a much more relaxed ride, cycling on good roads with minimal effort.
Equipment – Giant 29ers
We ride Giant 29ers with Shimano or XT Shadow 2×10, and Suntour lockable 100mm shocks. Schwalbe´s Smart Sam and Rapid Rob will keep you on the trail. The Shimano hydraulic disk brakes are mounted US/ European style with the rear brake on the right. We have sizes S, M, L and XL available.
Covid-19 “Clean & Safe”
Portugal takes Covid-19 seriously. We have been able to maintain low numbers of cases and fatalities. Algarve Outdoor Tours is committed to following a strict coronavirus policy.
SHARED – Book individually.
Summit bubble transfer, Giant 29er & packed lunch included. Free beer at the bottom. €85 pp.
BASIC – Private Tour where we meet you on the top. Bring your own bike, or hire from us. MTB guide + support vehicle €279 per group. Giant 29er + helmet €14.
LUXURY – Private Tour with Giant 29ers and bubble transfer for up to 5 pax included.
€450 €399 per group. Extra rider €30 pp.
“Best 5 hours The downhill trip was an excellent day out on good bikes, mostly on a mix of trails, dual-track, single track, unpaved road and a little paved road. The tour leader was well informed about the surrounding terrain and natural features, sharing that info with the group at frequent picturesque stops …”
“Great Biking Day Out The route down is a good mixture of dirt tracks and roads (never busy roads) and through some nice countryside and small towns and the guide stopped regularly to explain point about the area (cork harvesting etc) …”
Best Suited For
Anyone over 16 years old, with MTB experience on dirt roads, trails and tracks.
Minimum rider height is 160cm/ 5’3” and the largest bike frame will suit 200cm/ 6’6”.
This Algarve Downhill Off-Road Ride is a social ride, not a race. If you enjoy playing about in the woods and want to be with like-minded people, come along and join us on the ride.
- Support vehicle/ broom car
- Professional bike guide
- Info about local flora &fauna
- Lunch break (self-catering)
- MTB sizes S to XL*
- Suits rider length 160 – 200 cm*
- Cool drinking water
- Free beer at sea level
- Uphill lift/ transport in your bubble