OUR HOLIDAYS PROVIDE
Airport transfers from Faro, villa accommodation with pool, breakfast, workshop facilities, secure mountain bike storage, spares and repairs, fully qualified guides, uplift service and most important of all: the best available downhill biking tracks in the area.
If you wish to experience bolt-on activities on your rest days, our office provides all that is available at discounted prices. Check out our bolt-on slide show.
We have built a large number of downhill trails to accommodate all levels of ability. Our ever-growing collection of downhill and all-mountain trails are built to utilise the amazing features and landscape, and you will love the unique style and challenge they provide keeping you on your toes and out of your seat.
View our video and pictures - we are confident they will show our commitment to providing previously unavailable riding in beautiful surroundings.
We have been mountain biking in Portugal's Algarve since 1997. Every day our qualified guides take you to explore the best of what's on offer in the area from our west coast adventure xc to a day's downhill - the potential of the area is being used by Ride Portugal to its fullest.
WHAT YOU NEED
For our holiday packages extreme sports insurance is essential - you should never go riding uninsured. Bring your mountain bike, kit and body armour. We always wear helmets and neck braces for downhill - if you don't own one we can hire leatt brace for a minimum extra charge. The weather in the Algarve and Portugal in general is very hot for the most part of the year so if you own a camel back type bag it's a good idea to bring it.
Pack your bike well!
Our downhill trails are long, technical and dry so your bike will take a lot of abuse. Spares to keep you riding are always a bonus if you have them. The granite rock of the Monchique hills will wear your tyres down fast if you're riding every day so a variation of tyres and spares are beneficial. We keep a good selection of Maxxis tyres in stock to keep us on the trails should you need them.
Lagos, our nearest large town, is full of restaurants and bars attracting people of all ages and origins. It's a great night out and a chance to experience some local food and hospitality so bring some beer money!
For 2012 booked downhill and all-mountain biking holidays we can provide new, quality mountain bikes for hire should you need them.
If you wish to hire mountain bikes and are not staying with us we hire bikes with maps, locks, helmets, spares and tools to keep you going as you explore. Cycle hire starts from just €10 per day and are delivered to and collected from you. All mountain bikes for the 2012 Portugal downhill season will be new and in perfect mechanical order.
Should you wish to explore further, our guided tours get you out into the countryside and mountains to experience the best of area.
The Ride Portugal bike house is our centre of operations: a private villa with pool, Wi-Fi, satellite TV, BBQ area as well as private wash and laundry room. It's a great place to chill, watch some film, grab a drink and take a swim!
We are based near Lagos, one of the most vibrant and diverse holiday locations in Portugal. Full of bars and restaurants, Lagos attracts people of all ages and origins. Bring some spending money for a great experience during your stay.
Long weekend breaks are a great value introduction to mountain bike riding in Portugal. Fly in to the Algarve's airport at Faro first thing in a Friday and be on the all-mountain trails in an hour. You will have 2½ days uplifts, airport transfers and accommodation for two nights all for the cost of 265. Flights into Faro can be purchased for as little as €20 if you book ahead, so if you fancy a bargain quick break get planning and contact us.
7 day holidays start at 495. For this all you need is your flight to Portugal - transfers, guiding, accommodation, uplifts etc all in. Should you wish to tweak your trip or stay for a different period or add some bolt on activities to your mountain biking holiday contact us to confirm the price.
bolton 1: Enduro
The Algarve has miles of unspoiled national park. Perfect for mountain biking, this huge area provides one of the best areas in Europe for Enduro riding also. If you have a motorbike licence or have experience in MX or Enduro don't miss the chance to ride on your spare days when you're not mountain biking. Full guiding bikes and equipment are provided.
Our Enduro prices are exclusive and unbeatable due to our sponsor ticket2ride
bolton 2: Wakeboard
Wake boarding has to be one of the best water sports available in Portugal. Luckily for us we get to use the Mastercraft Xstar, the best boat available for the job. Both fresh and saltwater riding is available and if you're new to the sport full instruction is available.
Ride Portugal get special prices unavailable anywhere else for this activity via our sponsor ticket2ride.
bolton 3: Surfing
Just a short distance from the Bike house is Portugal's west coast, and for surf in Europe it's hard to beat. Every day surf trips pick up from the house and take for for a day's adventure with your instructor.
Again lucky for us surfing is at a special price thanks to our sponsor.
bolton 4: Kiteboard
The Algarve coast is a great place for kiting due to the evening winds. The Alvor lagoon provides a safe area for both learners and experienced riders. We can provide you with all equipment and full IKO certified instruction courses should you be new to the sport.
bolton 5: Skydive
Tandem jumps operate locally and run every day, weather permitting. After flying over the western Algarve coast, you will jump from 12000 feet and free fall for approximately 40 to 50 seconds. You can opt to have a camera man to jump with you to film the entire jump, especially the look of terror as you leave the plane, always entertaining to watch after!
bolton 6: Diving
Lagos has a 5 star PADI dive centre and you can dive all year. Discover Scuba courses are a great way to introduce yourself to ocean diving and cost €100. Qualified divers can dive twice with all equipment and guides for €85.
bolton 7: Kayak
Ocean kayak trips are very popular in Lagos due to its unique grottos along the coast. Trips leave twice a day and are great value at €25.
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