Algarve, Southern Portugal
300 hundred days of sunshine makes the Algarve a great destination for both Road & MTB. Hills, valleys and great coastal views! Host to the Tour of Portugal, this destination will not dissapoint beginners and more advnace riders.
Mountain biking is popular in the Algarve, especially along the coastline near Albufiera nd Faro. Great for both the adventure cyclist and the family.
The Algrave is no comparison to the Pyrenees or the Alps, however there are some cheeky little climbs that have some challenging sections.
The Foia is a popular climb and is situated in Algarve. Starting from Monchique, the Foia ascent is 8.37 km long. Over this distance, you climb 427 heightmeters. The average percentage thus is 5 %.
Alto do Malhao
Alberto Contador won stage 5 of the tour of Portugal in 2016 by making a solo quest to the top fo Alto do Maihao. The climb is a mere 2.49km but packs a punch with a 200M climb with sections at 20% with an average of 8.9%.
Portugese food where the spotlight is naturally on fresh fish and seafood, either grilled or in a stew. But there are meat dishes, more common inland, and almond and fig cakes such as morgados or Dom Rodrigos, which go perfectly with the local almond liqueur or arbutus aguardente. If you are looking for a healthy diet to optimise your fitness and cycling, then look no further, this destination has it all.
- Average flight time from the UK to Algarve is 2hr 30min
- Faro airport is just 40km from the popular resort of Albufeira
- The Algarve has over 3,000 hours/300 days of sunshine per year
- Great for serious roadies with its vast network of roads and hilly terrain
- Thousands of Km of hidden tracks with varying technical challenge