At Mértola cross the bridge to the East bank of the river Guadiana. After the harder initial climb, the asphalt and dirt roads will become more fluid and in perfect harmony with the landscape.
In the village of Pomarão, you can visit the pier and enjoy the company of the river. This was where the ore from the old mines would arrive by rail to be transferred and shipped by boat.
From here you can follow the road towards Minas de São Domingos and Santana de Cambas. As you continue along the path will soon become the old railway and the landscape will radically transform.
At the end of the day return to Mértola to enjoy a second night by the river.
Rest StopHospedaria Rita
Casa de Pasto A Taberna
Hotel São Domingos
Restaurant "Cegonha Branca"
Restaurant "Novo San Remo"
Restaurant "O Brasileiro"
Restaurant/Guest House "De São Domingos"
Restaurant/Pizzeria "A Paragem"
Restaurant "Regional A Esquina"
Casa de Pasto - Cafetaria Tamuje
Seppia - Alentejo Star Hotel
Tips and hints
If you are travelling by self-supported bike packing, for this loop stage you may leave your luggage in Mértola and enjoy the freedom of riding without the extra weight.
In Pomarão, if the morning is already long, enjoy lunch with a view of the river and enjoy the local cuisine.
In Santana de Cambas you can visit the Museum of Smuggling and enjoy a nice lunch.
During the summer season, you can take a dip and relax at the beach of Tapada Grande, near the village of the Mine of São Domingos.
On the way back to Mértola, if there is still time and you are up to a few more miles, take a detour to get to know the Guadiana Canals. The scenery is stunning and is the perfect place to relax in the company of the river.
As an alternative to the suggested stage, you can stay overnight in Minas de São Domingos where there are several accommodation options.