Explore the Azores’ alluring volcanic landscapes by mountain bike for a unique and exhilarating experience. The islands boast a plethora of trails ideal for all levels, as well as an array of fascinating nature and unusual volcanic terrain.
From ultra-technical single tracks which connect mountains, beaches and fajãs to roads surrounding lakes and mountain ranges which flourish with native fauna and flora, the Azorean islands offer a mountain biking experience for every taste and skill level.
If you would rather bike on the road, the islands also provide a large road network flanked by hydrangeas and Japanese cedars. These roads connect some of the Azores most fascinating places for breath-taking landscapes and culture, pastures, mountains and villages.
In addition, you can cool off after a long day biking at one of the archipelago’s many bathing sites, natural, warm water baths which are located in tidal pools or the ocean.
TIPS TO ENJOY MOUNTAIN BIKING IN THE AZORES
1- Bring a XC, all mountain or DH bike for the most challenging trails.
2- Avoid riding alone, bring some friends along.
3- Before you go, check your bike and ensure that the trail you choose is right for your physical condition and skill level.
4- Always wear a helmet and other protection equipment, such as elbow pads, knee pads and a vest.
5- Always bring a mobile phone.
6- If you stop, pull over to the side of the trail.
7- Always take the marked trails.
8- Take emergency equipment with you in case of a flat tyre or damage to your bike.
9- Do not throw rubbish on the trail, such as paper, food, plastic or bottles.
10- If someone falls, do not leave them alone and call 112 in an emergency.
11- Mountain biking involves some risks, so do not risk your own health or others.
12- Be careful, and HAVE FUN.