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Long distance cycling Stage 5

Off the Road - Into the Wildscapes [Stage 5]

Long distance cycling · Portugal
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Loop from Mértola along the East bank of the river Guadiana, cycling through the Natural Park and the mining heritage of São Domingos.
Distance 60.9 km
4:50 h
705 m
705 m
207 m
12 m

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.

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Manuel Franco 
Update: June 20, 2022
Highest point
207 m
Lowest point
12 m

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Rest stops

Restaurante Alengarve
Restaurant "Cegonha Branca"
Restaurant "Repuxo"
Restaurant "CIGA"
Hospedaria Rita
Restaurant "Migas"
Restaurant "Regional A Esquina"
Casa de Pasto - Cafetaria Tamuje
Vila Velha - Restaurant and local shop
Al Andaluz
Casa de Pasto A Taberna
Restaurant/Guest House "De São Domingos"
Seppia - Alentejo Star Hotel
Restaurant/Pizzeria "A Paragem"

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.


37.642030, -7.658880
37°38'31.3"N 7°39'32.0"W
29S 618319 4166944
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37.642030, -7.658880
37°38'31.3"N 7°39'32.0"W
29S 618319 4166944
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60.9 km
4:50 h
705 m
705 m
Highest point
207 m
Lowest point
12 m


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