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Small circular trail on the highest mountain in the Algarve - Fóia
Distance: 10 km
I In the northwest of the Algarve lies the Serra de Monchique. The Fóia is with 902 m the highest mountain in this area. Due to the proximity to the Atlantic and the southern sun, you will experience a subtropical maritime altitude climate there. These conditions have transformed the Serra into a botanical garden with over a thousand different plant species. The Serra de Monchique is volcanic origin and consists of slate and granite. You will see a fantastic landscape with incredible views!
The reservoir Bravura CIRCULAR TRAIL
Distance: 12,5 km
Climb: 157 m
The lonely Barragem de Bravura or Barragem de Odiáxere is a quiet alternative to beach tourism. The bike ride can be perfectly combined with a cool bath in the water. The reservoir, which has countless arms, is used for irrigation and power generation. The lake is surrounded by a hilly forest landscape. A dreamlike backdrop, which hardly attracts attention. As so often in Portugal, you have this paradise mostly all to yourself. You will experience an unique landscape on this tour. Because of the reservoir and some rivers in this region it could developed an impressive biodiversity. You can see cork oaks, rock roses, grapes, strawberry trees, pines, eucalyptus etc. surrounded by birdsong. A paradise for every nature lover. The paths are all very easy to ride and suitable for beginners. You can concentrate completely on the environment. In the rainy season it could be that the small rivers that you have to cross may be too high and it can get very muddy ....
Be sure to bring food. You will not find any rest points on this tour.
This tour can be combined with the route "Hills and Valleys of Alezur"
From Marmelete to the reservoir Bravura and back
To combine with the circular trail "The reservoir Bravura"
Distance: 28 km
Climb: 553 m