Challenging hill ride

Challenging hill ride

We have a variety of routes and these can be adapted to suit the group. They can be tackled at a more frenetic pace, or you can adopt a more comfortable, leisurely momentum. Either way here is a flavour of what you can expect on two of our most popular hill rides.

Foía is the highest point of the Monchique mountain range and known locally as the 'Roof of the Algarve'. We are able to start this ride from a number of different starting points and this can make a substantial difference to the lenght and difficulty. This is always discussed with the guide before setting out. Whichever option is taken, the climb to the top is always 8 km with an average gradient of 6%. The first km of this final climb is the steepest with gradient of over 9%. After that t's a long steady hill that allows you to get into your own rhythm and pace as you make your way to the top, which stands at 902m. Along the way you can enjoy superb mountain scenery with views stretching for miles. With the climb under your belt there's an obligatory and rewarding water/coffee stop at the Foía summit or just down in the village.


Malhão is a different proposition. At only 2.5 km long, you could easily assume this is the lighter of the two challenges. But don't be fooled with the shorter climb. What it lacks in distance it makes up for in gradient, with the steepest section almost reaching a respectable 19%. It's relentless and you will need to become acquainted with your lower gears on this ascent. However it provides you with a great sense of achievement and it's a perfect training route for those who are looking to improve their hill climbing techniques. Unlike Foía, there really is only one way up Malhão and in order to reach it you get to cycle some of the best roads in the region.

Distances vary, but typically range from around 80 to 110 km. This tour is appropriate for advanced riders.

We run this tour every Friday and will last around 4/5 hours including a café break.

Price of €60.00 includes: Transfers from accommodation in central Algarve region if needed, 4/5 hour guided cycling tour, insurance, bike & helmet hire. You just need to bring water, appropriate clothing and sun screen on hot days.

For group bookings, bespoke tours and special requests, don't hesitate to contact us. We will do whatever we can to help.

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