Monchique down hill nature cycle tour

Monchique down hill nature cycle tour

Nature friendly, fun and safe cycling tour from Foía, with 902 meters, the highest mountain in the Algarve. You will cycle down hill with our guide through the green valleys of the Serra de Monchique. Enjoy the panoramic views and let gravity do the work!

The trip starts at the meeting point on national road 125 in Mexilhoeira Grande. From here you are brought by mini-van to the highest peak in the Algarve in the middle of the Serra de Monchique. Enjoy stunning views to the south and west coast. The restaurant on the top of this mountain can serve you coffee or tea before you go. After being carefully explained about cycling technique and bike handling you can start cycling back to the coast...easy going down hill! The experienced multilingual guide will take you on quiet land roads. He will stop at the most picturesque sites and give you all information on local wildlife and nature. 

The aluminium all terrain bikes are custom made and have safe hydraulic Magura brakes, comfortable gel seats and front suspension. The handle bars are put a bit higher than usual to ensure a safe and comfortable position on the bike. We provide you with a safety helmet and a water bottle. A service car will follow the participants with extra water and your personal belongings that you don't want to wear or take with you while cycling.  

After a long and easy initial descent with spectacular views we continue to cycle south surrounded by rural scenery. Quiet tarmaced roads passing by small farms, streams, herds of goats and the shepherd greeting you. On the way there is time for a break and a local, light and tasty lunch is provided. The last part of the tour is off road on easy going gravel tracks towards the estuary of Ria de Alvor. The trip will end at this birdwatcher's hotspot where we may see spoonbills, or flamingos amongst many others.      

The total cycling distance is 35 km, of which 60% is down hill. This tour is a classic in our program and being done since 2001. It is a safe and fun concept of cycling in the mountains, suitable for young people and for those who stayed young! Everyone between 14 and 70 years old with a moderate level of fitness and some cycling experience is welcome to join us. 

This cycling tour can be done every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday all year round. In the morning we meet at 10.30 hrs, and we will be back in Mexilhoeira Grande at 16.00 hrs.

Price per participant: 48 euro

Bookings and enquiries: toursandtracks@mail.telepac.pt