Monchique Mountain Ride
Availability: Friday morning
Bike type: Road Bike
Duration: c. 4-5 hours
Activity Level: Intermediate & Advanced
Distance: c. 80 km
Price: €65 per person
This is a spectacular ride that will challenge the most accomplished of cyclists as we aim to reach the top of Foia, which is 902m above sea level. Not surprisingly, Foía is the highest point of the Monchique mountain range and of the Algarve.
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We start the ride close to Silves, situated a little above sea level, making for a serious climb accumulating around 1550 m. d+ over a distance of around 80 kms . We have a variety of routes up and also down so the route can be varied to suit the group . Our efforts are more than rewarded by the changing scenery as we climb away from the tourist trail; from the orange groves in the Odelouca river valley, the eucalyptus plantations and traditional cork oak and chestnut forests to the huge granite blocks exclusive to the hillsides of Picota and Foía as a former volcanic area.
After passing through the mountain towns of Alferce and Monchique we tackle Foia from the northern side, which guarantees minimal traffic and superb mountain scenery with views stretching miles to the North and East.
With the climb under our belt there’s an obligatory and rewarding water/coffee stop at the Foía summit. Don’t forget your cameras! Whilst on a clear day you can see a vast area of the Algarve, right down to the south coast and the Atlantic ocean, the elevated situation can bring with it other challenges such as fog and low cloud cover.
Starting the descent can be a cool affair.
But as we cruise down the smooth tarmac of the southern slope the warmth of the sun soon returns and it makes for a very comfortable ride back towards the coast, in the knowledge that we have made it to the roof of the Algarve by bike!
Times can vary but we aim to complete this ride in approximately 4 to 5 hours.
Price: €65 per person
- Quality Aluminium framed road bike (optional upgrade to a carbon fibre framed bike)
- Cycling mainly on smooth & quiet tarmac roads
- Transfer from your accommodation in the central Algarve region
- Cafe stop
- Water, sun screen and energy gel/bar, which we recommend that you bring along.