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Road Cycling Holiday in Monchique

5 nights from £495.00

Cycling Trip Highlights

  • Stunning natural landscape in west Portugal
  • Located in the beautiful mountain range of Serra de Monchique
  • Incredible riding through routes featured in the Volta a Portugal
  • Spectacular sun all year round
Road Cycling Holiday in Monchique
5 nights from £495.00
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WE LOVEStunning Riding Environment
How and where you ride is completely up to you, rest assured you will be on quiet, traffic free roads. You can choose between stunning views of the rugged mountainous landscape or golden sandy beaches. For great climbing you can head towards the Serra de Monchique mountain range.
WE LOVE300 Days of Sunshine a Year
There is never a bad time to visit Portugal as it offers year round sunshine. The autumn months of September and October are a great time to visit but whether you’re looking for some temperate winter sunshine, a warm Spring or Autumn cycle or a hot summer, this area rarely lets you down.

What's Included

Our suggested cycling holiday in Portugal

We can tailor make this trip for you
Day 1Arrival into Faro

Remember this trip can be tailor made and is completely flexible. This itinerary is simply a suggestion.

Arrive into Faro and you will be picked up and taken to the foot of the Monchique mountains. We have a variety of accommodation for you to choose from, different models of bike and holiday dates and times to suit you.

Day 2Ride to Foia

The Serra de Monchique mountain range offers some of the best climbing in Portugal. The most famous climb Foia which at 902m, offers scenic views over the Atlantic, the Serra da Arrabida in the north and Cape St.Vincent to the west. We highly recommend riding out through the mountains today to get a taste of some stunning and very quiet roads.

Day 3Ride to the Atlantic Coast

Today you will cycle to the west of the country towards the coast through the towns of Marmelete and Aljezur, which are decorated with beautiful whitewashed houses. At the coast you will reach a gorgeous beach named “Praia de Monte Clérigo”. Stop for a break here, enjoy a pastel del nata and dip your toes in the water. You only have one real climb today which is a small 8.5% for a few kilometres, although there are quite a few long drags to get into your rhythm.

Day 4Portimao

You can get a long distance day in today by riding a loop to Portimao. The ride from Monchique to Portimao is almost falt or downhill all the way. You will cycle through the city then onward to Beach Tres Irmaos. Enjoy lunch on the beach before an ascent up towards Marmelete with a gentle climb for 13.7km. You will ride back through incredibly quiet roads and picturesque views over vineyards and glorious countryside.

Day 5Departure

Today you will be taken back to Faro airport but remember, our trips are entirely tailor made and bespoke so this itinerary can be altered in any way you want.

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What to ExpectFrom challenging mountain rides to traffic free roads

The mountains and west coast of Portugal offers a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle of the Algarve’s thronging beaches. You will stay inland in the Serra de Monchique, a rolling mountain range with slopes made up of deciduous oaks, chestnut woods and dazzling colours. Your rides will take you out onto roads used by the pros and tested by bike manufacturers, and towards the quiet west coast beaches where the only noise comes from waves lapping at the shore.

How's the Weather? in Monchique

The SpringMarch to May
The cycling season begins as early as March and April which offers cool Spring riding. The weather gets progressively warmer into May and June.
The SummerJune to August
Monchique is hot in the summer and can be quite humid. This is tempered by the breeze on the coast so you can enjoy some excellent coastal cycling in the summer.
The AutumnSeptember to November
Autumn is a great time to cycle in in Monchique. The summer heat has passed and the weather becomes cooler.
The WinterDecember to February
The winter can become quite wet, especially in December, however temperatures are still good for cycling.

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