Let us drive you up to Foia, with 902 mtr the highest peak in the Algarve.
Your bike guide follows quiet and good forest roads. You´ll stop and learn about eucalyptus and cork trees, and about medronho and honey making.
Our support vehicle carries your belongings and a tasty lunch is included.
- Family friendly from 12 years
- Quiet and good forest roads
- Friendly and informative local bike guide
- Tasty lunch included with fresh orange juice
- Uphill transport included
|Duration||6 Hours or 0 Hour|
July/August: We recommend to bring sunglasses and sun protection with factor 30 or more. With a sensitive skin you might want to bring a long sleeve shirt.
Rest of the year: The top of Fóia at 902 meters (2960 feet) might always be more chilly or even cold. An extra vest or wind jacket is recommend to bring, and can be left in the support car after a while.
|Participants||Tour takes place with minimum 4 participants and takes maximum 15 participants|
Spectators free of charge
Provide us with your height, so we shall reserve the right size of bike.
Pleae meet us 10-15 minutes before the start time
|Additional information||Downhill Family Cycling - Info sheet 2018 - Outdoor-Tours.pd|
Rua Francisco Bívar 142A, Portimão, Portugal
Family friendly cycling tour through the Serra de Monchique.
The tour starts at the office in Mexilhoeira Grande at the south coast. From here you are brought to the highest peak in the Algarve in the middle of the Serra de Monchique, by a mini-van. Enjoy here the stunning views to the west & south coast. The restaurant on top of this mountain is always open (except Saturdays) and can serve you a lovely coffee before you start your downhill cycling tour through the Serra de Monchique. After a clear safety briefing you will cycle back to the Algarve south coast… easy going downhill! The guide will stop at the most picturesque sites and shares information about the local wildlife and nature. While cycling close to little farms, the local shepherd will always greet you.
Family friendly with minimum age 12 years
Since 2001 we offer these downhill cycling tours. We have developed this tour into a safe & fun concept of downhill cycling in the Monchique Mountains. This trip is suitable for young people and for the not so young. We usually see that everyone between 12 and 75 years old with some cycling experience can enjoy this downhill cycling tour.Young (teenage) cyclists should be able to touch the ground with both feet whilst seated. For our smallest bike (14″ frame) we normally see that the minimum height required is 150 cm (4ft9).The largest bike size is suitable for riders up to 200 cm (6ft6). To deliver optimal service during the downhill cycling tour a service car will follow with water and your belongings.
New MTB Giant 29-ers & smaller sized 26″ All Terrain Bikes
The aluminium ‘all terrain’ MTB bikes are custom made and have safe hydraulic brakes from Giant or Magura, comfortable gel seats and front suspension. The handle bar is higher than on a normal bike, so you will enjoy a safe and comfortable sit position. We provide you with a helmet and a water bottle. The bikes come with an easy click system to change the 24 – 30 gears. Every winter we completely service the bikes inside and out.
Days of the week and lunch
We run these downhill cycling tour every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. We´ll meet at 09h15 at our office in the authentic village of Mexilhoeira Grande. Here you can park your car and we´ll return there at around 15h00. In July and August we´ll start one hour earlier to avoid the hot afternoon. In case you can´t do these days, please contact us to see which alternative days are free, especially when you are with a larger group.We normally limit the group size to 15 participants. In case you are with a larger family/group of friends or wish to do a company day-out, we do cycle with larger groups. Also a more extended lunch is optional. Contact us. Included is a healthy and tasty home made pick nick lunch with vegetable soup, a pasta salad with vegetables and tuna, and a freshly squeezed orange juice. In the summer months we change this to a rich Portuguese gazpacho, a freshly squeezed orange juice and locally grown melon from the fridge.
Included on all trips
All trips include lunch, transport up the mountain, a professional bike guide, All Terrain Bike available in the sizes XXS to XXL (26″ All Terrain Bike for rider length 150 – 170 cm & 29-er Giant for rider length 170 – 200 cm), helmet, gloves, a service car following the group and cooled water to drink during the whole day.
Great weather, great views & great company!!!
The last climb didn't put us off so see you the next time we're out.
Thanks a lot for joining us and looking forward to cycle with you again. best regards, Frank
Isn´t it great to just ride downhill most of the way !? :) We do have a an Downhill off-road trip for the more skilled rider, or try our famous Foia Uphill Challenge ! hope to hear you again, regards, Frank