Hard trail running tours in the Algarve mountains (Serra) in Portugal, More than 20km

Join an experienced guide from the Ontrail Algarve team for a hard level trail running tour in the Algarve Mountains (Serra), covering betwwen 24 and 32 kilometers.




Trip Duration

1+ day

People per Guide

3 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip



  • Take your pick from 3 possible trails in the Serra areas in the Algarve

  • Discover unique landscapes, mountains and villages along the way

  • Enjoy spectacular panoramic views from the mountains to the ocean


If you are looking for a challenging running experience in the beautiful Algarve region, we have just what you are looking for. Join us on an advanced or hard level trail running tour in Serra and discover this unique area in Portugal.

Bearing in mind the concept that “Algarve is not just a beach”, we created trail running tours for small groups, where we combine running with the possibility of exploring the region.

We offer different itineraries in the Serra area. The tours include three different trails, located in the mountains of the Algarve, covering from 24 to 32 kilometers. They have a duration of more than 4 hours, with an elevation gain of more than 1000 meters(1700m on the Monchique tour!).

Take a look to the trail running tours and make your choice:

-São Brás de Alportel Tour (Fonte Férrea). This tour takes you to the Park of Fonte Férrea in São Brás de Alportel. We will reach Barranco do Velho, a small town in the Serra do Caldeirão.  Following great trails you will discover the unique landscapes of the Algarve mountains, with views from the mountains to the ocean. Distance: 24km / Duration: Trail Running > 4h  /  Hiking > 7h / Ascent: 1.030m.

Cachopo Tour. Passing by places such as Casa Baixas, Garcia and Currais, you will discover the Serra do Caldeirão through the Cachopo trails. At the end of the our, we will visit the Park of Leisure and Pools of the village, a great place to observe local flora and fauna and to recover forces before we get back. Distance: 29km /Duration: Trail Running > 4h30  /  Hiking > 7h30 /Ascent: 1.050m

Monchique Tour. From the Monchique village we will follow a trail up to Picota and Foia, the highest peaks and the highest point of the Algarve, at 902 meterse of altitude. From the amazing Foia viewpoint, you will see part of the coastline, from the Barlavento and Ria de Alvor to Cabo de São Vicente, as well as the Serra de Espinhaço de Cão and the Fencho and Arade reservoirs. Distance: 32km /Duration: Trail Running > 5h30  /  Hiking > 8h30 / Ascent: 1.700m

Are you in for a challenging trail running experience in the Algarve? Then just contact us and book your trip! Get ready for a great running adventure while discovering a unique region in Portugal. 

If you are looking for an intermediate level trail running tour in the Algarve, check out this program in Barracal!

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Price per person, per day

Group of 1
75 EUR

Group of 2
70 EUR

Group of 3
60 EUR


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
 The price includes guiding fee, 2 bottles of water 0,5 lts and 1 energy bar.

Other details

Skill level required


Fitness level required

Extremely Fit

Meeting point

We pick you up from your accommodation. The tour starts at 8 am every day (if you wish we can change the schedule).

More info

Running Gear: comfortable running clothes and shoes


About the Guide


We are a company based in the beautiful Algarve region in Portugal. We are focused on Active Tourism, especially on trail running and hiking tours. Our company is registered in Turismo de Portugal and recognized as a Nature Tourism company by the ICNF–Institute of Nature Conservation and Forestry.

João Mendes is our guide. He started practicing trail running in 2012, as an amateur athlete. Since then he has participated in several regional and national races, covering different distances and developing a special interest for endurance races, where he participates in the national circuit.



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