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Off the Road - Into the Wildscapes [Stage 1]

Long distance cycling · Portugal
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m 500 400 300 200 50 40 30 20 10 km Igreja Nossa Senhora do Castelo Birdspot - Vale Gonçalinho Nossa Senhora do Castelo - Aljustrel Birdspot - road Carregueiro - Entradas Mines of Aljustrel Entradas Old train - Aljustrel Museum of Rurality - Entradas

Journey from Castro Verde through the steppe land of the Great Bustard into the mining heritage of Aljustrel.
moderate
55.4 km
3:40 h
145 m
211 m

You will start your journey in Castro Verde before heading to the rural village of Entradas. As you ride through the Biosphere Reserve you will be crossing the heart of the steppe land. We suggest a short detour to get to know the Vale Gonçalinho Environmental Education Center. Depending on your pace you might decide to have lunch at Entradas.

The route continues along the plains of Alentejo, which starts to transform from the extensive steppe land into lush vineyards. You will pass by Herdade da Malhadinha Nova and Vila Galé Clube de Campo, two options for rural lodging.

As you start to approach Aljustrel you will begin to see the first traces of the rich mining heritage of the area. In Pedras Brancas you can visit the Teleiras which are old stone structures where the ore was burned. Once inside the village, you have several options to explore more about the 2000 years of  historical mining legacy which shaped how Aljustrel has developed to this day.

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Manuel Franco
Updated: June 30, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
248 m
Lowest point
143 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Casa do Alentejo
Tasca do Filipe
Restaurante Imperial
Churrasqueira "O Fogareiro"
Pizzaria Rafaelo
Sabores do Monte
Patataki
Adega do Pescador
Aliança
Cantinho Azul
Fio d´ Azeite
Pizzaria Italiana
Pizzaria Campo Branco
Restaurant "O Cabecinha"
Restaurant "O Celeiro"
Restaurant "A Cavalariça"
Restaurant "As Piscinas Aljustrel"
Restaurant "Castro"
Restaurant "Mirante"
Restaurant "O Bombeiro"
Restaurant "Seara"
Tavern "João das Cabeças"

Tips, hints and links

In the village of Entradas there are several restaurants where you can get to know the local cuisine. You might also enjoy a visit to the Museum of Rurality to learn more about the traditions of Alentejo.

As an alternative to the suggested route, you can shorten the day and choose to stay overnight in one of the several suggested accommodations on the way.

Start

Castro Verde (247 m)
Coordinates:
DD
37.700076, -8.085189
DMS
37°42'00.3"N 8°05'06.7"W
UTM
29S 580644 4172932
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Destination

Aljustrel

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Coordinates

DD
37.700076, -8.085189
DMS
37°42'00.3"N 8°05'06.7"W
UTM
29S 580644 4172932
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
55.4 km
Duration
3:40h
Ascent
145 m
Descent
211 m
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