The charismatic city with perpendicular streets, built in 1773 as a result of political contingencies against Spain and the unshakeable will of the Marquis of Pombal, opens its doors to cyclists with a route that begins next to the River Guadiana. After riding through the serene Castro Marim Marshland you head northwards, passing through Monte Francisco and Junqueira, until you reach the Beliche dam.
Energised by the pure, fresh air, you must get ready for a fairly steep ride up to Enho Hill, where a splendid view over the Algarve coast is a worthwhile reward. Thereafter, the route is like a roller-coaster ride all the way to Vila Nova de Cacela and then the crossroads on the EN 125 to visit the welcoming village of Cacela Velha.
Manta Rota and Altura welcome you on the ride back to Vila Real de Santo António.
Distance – 54 km
Accumulated Climb – 600 m