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Off the Road - Into the Wildscapes

· 1 review · Long distance cycling
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This 400 km cycling adventure is divided into 6 journeys, along very scenic gravel paths and quiet roads of Lower Alentejo. It brings you through fantastic natural landscapes and includes unique heritage sights along the way.

difficult
386.7 km
26:00 h
3101 m
3101 m

“Off the Road” cycle route Into the Wildscapes includes: 

1. Journey from Castro Verde through the steppe land of the Great Bustard into the mining heritage of Aljustrel.

2. Journey from Aljustrel to Ourique passing through the charming rural village of Messejana.

3. Journey between Ourique and Almodôvar exploring the secrets hidden in archaeological sites along the way.

4. Journey through the hills and valleys, from Almodôvar to Mértola, to find the Guadiana, the grand southern river.

5. Loop journey from Mértola along the East bank of the river Guadiana, cycling through the Natural Park and the mining heritage of São Domingos.

6. Journey from Mértola to Castro Verde, closing the 400 Km route, crossing the lands of the Iberian lynx and the plain fields of Alentejo where an epic battle was fought.

Portugal Wildscapes offers a natural experience that journeys through unique landscapes. The cycling is on gravel and dirt paths but also includes secondary quiet roads.

Author’s recommendation

For more information check the sugessted stages

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Portugal Wildscapes
Updated: January 21, 2020

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Highest point
402 m
Lowest point
12 m
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Rest Stop

Casa do Alentejo
Mina de S. Domingos- Palacete dos Alcaides
Tasca do Filipe
Restaurante Imperial
Churrasqueira "O Fogareiro"
Pizzaria Rafaelo
Restaurante Alengarve
1680 gourmet taste
Adega do Pescador
Al Andaluz
Aliança
Bangula
Café | Restaurant Almodôvar
Cantinho Azul
Casa Fatana
Churrasqueira Pátio de Ourique
Fio d´ Azeite
Hotel São Domingos
O Novo Coimbra
Pateo Da Villa
Pizzaria "O Forno"
Pizzaria Ricordi
Pizzaria Campo Branco
A Planície
O Lobo
Restaurant "O Cabecinha"
Restaurant "O Celeiro"
Restaurant "A Cavalariça"
Restaurant "Adega do Monte Velho"
Restaurant "As Piscinas Aljustrel"
Restaurant "Boa Viagem"
Restaurant "Camões"
Taberna do Serafim
Restaurant "Castro Da Cola"
Restaurant "Cegonha Branca"
Restaurant "CIGA"
Restaurant "Castro"
Restaurant "Migas"
Restaurant "Mirante"
Restaurant "Novo San Remo"
Restaurant "O Bombeiro"
Restaurant "O Brasileiro"
Restaurant/Guest House "De São Domingos"
Restaurant/Pizzeria "A Paragem"
Restaurant/Pizzeria "Villa Itália"
Restaurant "Regional A Esquina"
Restaurant "Repuxo"
Restaurant "Seara"
Casa de Pasto - Cafetaria Tamuje
Tavern "João das Cabeças"
"Tasquinha do Medronho"
"Terra Utópica"
Seppia - Alentejo Star Hotel

Tips, hints and links

Our suggestion is a six days journey along the route but you may customize your own adventure.

If you pretend to ride in a self-supported way, plan your route in advance. Although there is a wide range of services along the route, it is recommended to confirm their availability in advance.

It will be possible to refill your water canteen in the villages along the route. Not all existing fountains will have drinking water, but there are many cafes and local people available to help when in need.

Avoid the summer months due to the high temperatures. In July and August, crossing the Alentejo can be a very intense experience!

During winter and in limited periods of heavy rainfall, some river passages may be temporarily conditioned.

Start

Castro Verde (247 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
37.700076, -8.085189
UTM
29S 580644 4172932

Destination

Castro Verde

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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Questions & answers

Question about Anna Gurnhill · November 01, 2019 · Community
Hi guys - this looks amazing. Would it be suitable for gravel/CX bikes; or road bikes with 32mm tyres? The gravel roads all look pretty good condition from your images? Any other gravel routes you would recommend across Portugal for CX/gravel style bikes please? thanks in advance! regards, Anna
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Reviews

5.0
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Manuel Franco
January 14, 2020 · Community
Wonderful route to discover Southern Alentejo secrets
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
386.7 km
Duration
26:00h
Ascent
3101 m
Descent
3101 m
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Long distance cycling · Portugal

Off the Road - Into the Wildscapes [Stage 1]

August 23, 2019
moderate Stage 1
55.4 km
3:40 h
145 m
205 m
Journey from Castro Verde through the steppe land of the Great Bustard into the mining heritage of Aljustrel.
from Manuel Franco,   Portugal Wildscapes
Long distance cycling · Portugal

Off the Road - Into the Wildscapes [Stage 2]

October 31, 2019
Stage 2
64.7 km
4:42 h
501 m
479 m
Journey from Aljustrel to Ourique passing through the charming rural village of Messejana.
from Manuel Franco,   Portugal Wildscapes
Long distance cycling · Portugal

Off the Road - Into the Wildscapes [Stage 3]

October 31, 2019
Stage 3
58.2 km
4:31 h
643 m
546 m
Journey between Ourique and Almodôvar and explore archaeological sites along the way.
from Manuel Franco,   Portugal Wildscapes
Long distance cycling · Portugal

Off the Road - Into the Wildscapes [Stage 4]

October 31, 2019
Stage 4
73.9 km
5:23 h
486 m
725 m
Journey through the hills and valleys, from Almodôvar to Mértola, to find the Guadiana, the grand southern river.
from Manuel Franco,   Portugal Wildscapes
Long distance cycling · Portugal

Off the Road - Into the Wildscapes [Stage 5]

October 31, 2019
Stage 5
61 km
4:51 h
705 m
705 m
Loop from Mértola along the East bank of the river Guadiana, cycling through the Natural Park and the mining heritage of São Domingos.
from Manuel Franco,   Portugal Wildscapes
Long distance cycling · Portugal

Off the Road - Into the Wildscapes [Stage 6]

October 31, 2019
Stage 6
73.5 km
5:28 h
622 m
435 m
Travel from Mértola to Castro Verde, closing a 400 km route, which crosses the lands of the Iberian lynx and the fields of Alentejo where an epic ...
from Manuel Franco,   Portugal Wildscapes
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