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On the Road - Cycling Route [Stage 5]

Road biking · Portugal
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Journey from Mértola to Aljustrel, passing by the village of Castro Verde and through UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to close the 400 Km route.
Distance 96.3 km
5:12 h
636 m
513 m
252 m
23 m

The journey starts in Mértola and it follows secondary roads, with almost no traffic along the Alentejo plains rich in biodiversity. The route will go along Namorados, crosses the river of Oeiras near Água Santa da Morena and it passes through Alvares. The presence of bird species will be frequent bringing good opportunities for short birdwatching stops.

In direction to Castro Verde the journey will go by Santa Bárbara dos Padrões and the viewpoint of São Pedro das Cabeças, near to a historic chapel, providing a good opportunity to rest for a while.

A good part of the journey will take place in the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, with emphasis on the road section connecting São Marcos da Atabueira to Entradas. The cereal steppe offers good habitat conditions for many endangered species such as the Great Bustard.

The road will be followed towards Carregueiro and a few quilometers away the village of Aljustrel will appear as the final destination, where you may explore its impressive mining heritage.

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Manuel Franco 
Update: July 23, 2021
Highest point
252 m
Lowest point
23 m

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Coordinates:
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37.642240, -7.658490
DMS
37°38'32.1"N 7°39'30.6"W
UTM
29S 618353 4166968
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///meteors.tightrope.coincidence
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Coordinates

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37.642240, -7.658490
DMS
37°38'32.1"N 7°39'30.6"W
UTM
29S 618353 4166968
w3w 
///meteors.tightrope.coincidence
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Distance
96.3 km
Duration
5:12 h
Ascent
636 m
Descent
513 m
Highest point
252 m
Lowest point
23 m

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