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    We start the ride in Alcantarilha or Silves, both of which are situated a little above sea level, making for a serious climb accumulating around 1600 m. d+ over a distance of 110 km. But 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 and 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 5 hours.
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    Reviewed yesterday

    The Friday Challenge Ride was superb, the climb to Foia (highest point of the Algarve) was tough in parts, but so so rewarding. Marcos was a great guide and his local knowledge and advise enabled me to concentrate on the ride, with Marcos updating me...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Garry B
    Paul B, Owner at Algarve Bike Holidays, responded to this reviewResponded today

    Garry, Thanks for your review, much appreciated . Glad you enjoyed the tour . Regards Paul

    Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

    Fantastic morning Ride. Enquired late into holiday about challenging ride on a Friday. Excellent communication via phone and email meant I could burn off some of the all inclusive I’d accrued over the week. Picked up and dropped off at hotel (which was really helpful)...More

    Thank Philhowmac
    Paul B, Owner at Algarve Bike Holidays, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

    Hi Phil, Thanks for the positive review , much appreciated . Paul

    Reviewed July 12, 2019

    Should have writen this long ago, but better late than never! I booked a weekend cycling including the Algarve Gran Fondo which went exceptionally well. Everything was organized spot on, Marco provided great guidance on our "warm-up" ride (including the obligatory vist to the bike-cafe...More

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank scotty23
    Paul B, Owner at Algarve Bike Holidays, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2019

    Hi, Thanks very much for the review . Pleased that everything went well. Regards Paul

    Reviewed September 16, 2018

    I did the intermediate ride earlier in the week as a chance to stretch my legs over a holiday and enjoyed it so much that I then booked onto the more challenging ride on Friday, which to be fair was slightly more suited to my...More

    Date of experience: September 2018
    Thank jethroh76
    Reviewed August 27, 2018

    Did the Friday ride up to Foia. The other rider ended up cancelling on Friday morning but they still went ahead with the trip. Marc was a great guide and although the area was damaged from the recent wildfires it was still a great ride....More

    Date of experience: August 2018
    Thank John T
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