The second-highest point in the Monchique Mountains is the first goal of this route starting in Albufeira. Skill, a camera and some vigorous pedaling are needed for this ride up to Picota and its stunning peak. The road through Paderne is winding but in good condition and you will soon reach Benafim and Salir, taking in short but very steep inclines that will get your adrenaline going as you climb to a height of 750 meters. The entire region looks like a watercolor painting and you will surely succumb to its charm as you prepare body and mind for yet another tough endurance test. Califórnia, Vermelhos and Corte de Pinheiro will take you to the top of Malhão and from there you can ride down the slopes made famous by the Tour of the Algarve. It’s 20 kilometers to Bartolomeu de Messines and then Algoz, followed by a steady pedal on a good road back to Albufeira.