Mountain Biking in Lagos, Faro, Algarve Portugal

Route length:
6km (3.73mi)
Fitness level:
nº 3- nº 2
If you like nature, the big forests, dirt roads and the smell of the wood, then you should try mountain bike. Choose your trail and let your feet guide you in an adventurous experience. If you are looking for the right paths, then visit Lagos in Portugal.

The spot is located in the Barlavento region of the Algarve, along the Atlantic ocean and at the mouth of Bensafrim River. In the region there are 1000 m/3280 ft extinct volcanoes, natural parks that are waiting for you. Pedal with passion and give life to the volcanoes, with the adrenaline explosion. Up in the mountain range behind Lagos, you’ll find the dose of ecstasy you need.

This place is full of history. The old part of the city is circled by the walls, that were constructed during the 16th century. In the Praça Infante Dom Henrique you can find the status of prince Henry, or Henry the Navigator. He was instigated the discovery voyages, when the trade between Portugal and Africa brought wealth in to the place. After the voyages, slaves were brought back, that were sold in the ‘Slave Market’. You can find it in the opposite side of the famous Lagos ‘golden church’ of St. Anthony. On the hill, behind the fish market, you can find the church of St. Sebastian.

The view from up there is amazing. But, the view from Foia, the highest mountain in Algarve at 902 m/2.959 ft is just unique. Take your mountain bike and let’s explore the beauty of the nature. There is a hand built shuttle route, 10 km/6 mi long. Start from the road with the gravels through the windmill park. Continue by flirting with the eucalyptus forests and the small farms. You can take another route, the beautiful  Serra de Monchique. Follow the 6 km/3 mi black route to Monchique town.

If you choose the downhill off-road trip, then the fitness level that is required is nº 3 and the difficulty is C. If you prefer the downhill nature trip, the difficulty is B and the fitness level that is required is nº 2. There are mountain bike schools, with experts at your disposal. They can provide you with the right equipment and they will help you with any difficulty you encounter in your route.

Lagos is a place for all ages. Take your family to the zoo, and give them the opportunity to meet beautiful animals and be connected with the nature. For those who want to see life from a different perspective, the vineyards are open for them and the wine testing can give you a big smile. In Lagos, there are accommodation options and other leisure activities.