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Mountain Biking in Portugal - The Algarve Pack

8 Days • $1123 per person

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    The Algarve region of Portugal boasts scenic castle towns, historic villages, cork trees, hillsides painted with flowers and nationally protected nature reserves. Pristine beaches and wild coastlines house mainland Europe's most southwestern point, Cabo de Sao Vicente. Fresh seafood caught daily by local fishermen, coastal activities, access to nature preserves and many dynamic mountain bike routes are offered by the bounty of the region. Either enjoy fun rides by the coastline over red dirt trails while gazing breathtaking ocean views, or ride along the river and among almond trees that cross through Algarve's typical villages, important monuments of our region's history.

    The trails are a mix of easy and technical red dirt single tracks. Some offer rocky tracks with winding turns, but all are framed by great views from the top to surrounding hills and ocean. To sum it up, it's a true All Mountain bike experience. If you are more into challenging and fast descents, you will surely enjoy the trails at Serra do Caldeirao and Fonte Ferrea National Park that are surrounded by Algarve's typical vegetation such as cork, eucalyptus and pine trees. Here you will find a mix of technical and fast flowing single tracks. This area receives the Portuguese Enduro and Downhill series every year.

    With unbelievable scenery of the Atlantic Ocean, Serra de Monchique is the highest point in the Algarve, at over 900 meters of altitude. At its peak you will be overwhelmed by the incredible views of the south-west coast of Portugal. Monchique presents us with different tracks and riding levels, from speedy single tracks to challenging technical trails, with lots of rock gardens, roots, cutbacks and natural drops. You will feel completely at one with nature in Monchique, as most of the trails were made by shepherds and their animals' tracks, which preserves the most natural and morphological features that ride past one hundred year old oak trees. After an intense riding day, you can relax and swim in some of the most beautiful beaches in the world or simply enjoy the typical, scrumptous food that is abundant in the region.

    Itineraries

    Take some time to explore this beautiful capital, known for its stunning natural light. There's lots to see in this multicultural metropolis that's bursting with culture, architecture, charm, great food, and a fantastic atmosphere.

    Today we'll begin our riding adventure in Sintra, the Mecca of Mountain Biking in the Greater Lisbon area. In the morning we'll have training in bike skills focused on the basic techniques. In the afternoon we'll take on some of Sintra's most epic trails: riding, checking lines and track walk some demanding and technical sections. There's something for everyone, from fast flowing single tracks to technical steep trails, long winding berms, dense oak forests and granite rock gardens.

    After being more familiarized with Sintra's Trail it's time to have fun. A full day riding with some uplifts and long runs on our trails. Finishing a day at the beach and a sunset is sure to be an epic moment of the day.

    Lisbon also has a great trail network - the 'backyard' as we call it - in the urban forest park named Monsanto: fast flowy single tracks with root sections, drops and fun features like small jumps and berms. It's a place for all levels of riding and packs lots of fun. After a late afternoon in Monsanto we'll lead into the city, whose history spans back thousands of years. We'll find streets filled with heritage and characteristic neighborhoods where the city first developed, which can still be experienced at its most genuine level. Influenced by many different remote cultures over time, there is still a village-like feeling in every historical neighborhood, and Fado, awarded World Heritage status, is the most significant expression of what it is to be Portuguese. Lisbon's historic streets are perfect for urban night riding, with lots of stairs and alleyways that will allow you to feel and live the city with a different perspective. Ride in a castle, visit fantastic viewpoints, stop to eat and drink at all the hot spots, meet fantastic locals and see all the wonderful sights.

    On our fifth day and after we put our bikes and stuff on the trailer and van, we'll drive for about 3 hours south of Lisbon, through the beautiful countryside of Alentejo. After lunch, we will be ready for an easy and breathtaking ride along the coast and red cliffs typical of the Algarve Coastline.

    In this corner of Algarve, the trails are a mix of easy and technical red dirt single tracks, some of them a bit rocky, winding turns, all framed by great views from the top to surrounding hills and ocean. To sum it up, it's a true All Mountain bike experience. If you are more into challenging and fast descends, you will surely enjoy the trails at Serra do Caldeirao and Fonte Ferrea National Park that is surrounded by the Algarve's typical vegetation such as cork, eucalyptus and pine trees. Here you will find a mix of technical and fast flowy single tracks. This area also receives the Portuguese Enduro and Downhill series every year.

    With incredible scenery of the Atlantic Ocean, Serra de Monchique is the highest point in the Algarve, with over 900 meters of altitude. At its peak, we are overwhelmed by the incredible views of the south-west coast of Portugal. Monchique presents us with different tracks and riding levels, from fast rolling and flowing single tracks to challenging technical trails, with lots of rock gardens, roots, cutbacks and natural drops. You really feel one with nature in Monchique, as most of the trails where were made by shepherds and animal tracks, which preserves their most natural and morphological features that ride through 100 years old oak trees. After an intense riding day, you can relax and swim in some of the most beautiful beaches or simply enjoy the typical food with local and regional products at a local restaurant reserved for our group.

    Being in Faro, you could fly directly to your destination using the airport in town. Alternatively, you can take our van back to Lisbon and fly from Lisbon Airport. Please, consider that this journey will take about 3 hours. Preferably, book an afternoon flight.

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