The highlight of this short MTB holiday is taking part in the famous Transalgibre, a classic mountain bike event for all Algarvean riders. Ribeira de Algibre is the name of the river that the route follows, from its source at Fonte Filipa, near Loulé, downstream to end up on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean at Vilamoura, some 60 kms away. Traditionally this ride is organised on the 10th June, which is a national holiday to celebrate Portugal Day, as well as to commemorate the life of the country’s greatest poet, Luís Vaz de Camões.
Riding along the meandering banks of the Algibre river is a true MTB fest in itself! It is due to this precious valley’s single tracks that mountain biking in the Algarve has gained so much popularity amongst residents, as well continuing to surprise visiting bikers; reason enough for the local MTB club of Loulé to organise this classic circuit every year.
But no need to stop there. Whilst you are here we will take great pleasure in showing you more of the MTB “goodies” that the central Algarve and the Loulé area, in particular, have to offer for keen bikers. Your break will incorporate three additional tours, which we can do on two different levels of physical and technical difficulty to ensure that all participants enjoy themselves. We aim to combine cross country riding on a moderate level with an introduction to the area’s best natural scenery.
The town of Loulé is the lively heart of the rural hilly surroundings and an interesting base to spend time, when not on the bike. Your comfortable hotel is situated right in the centre, close to the emblematic market building, castle walls and many small, winding cobbled streets, with a good collection of charming local bars and restaurants.