Long distance cycling Stage 3

Off the Road - Into the Wildscapes [Stage 3]

Long distance cycling · Portugal
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Journey between Ourique and Almodôvar and explore archaeological sites along the way.
Distance 58.2 km
4:31 h
643 m
546 m
402 m
133 m

At first, the path will be fast and fluid through the montado open landscapes.

The archaeological site of Castro da Cola will be the first highlight of the morning. Located near the Mira River, it has been an important settlement since the Neolithic period, occupied throughout the ages by Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans and Arabs.

You will then follow along the Mira river, crossing it several times. When passing through the villages of Gomes Aires and Santa Clara-a-Nova don’t forget to refill your water canteen and to enjoy a bit of small talk with the local people.

On the way to Almodôvar you should stop by the archaeological site of the Mesas do Castelinho to understand more about the history of the region.

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

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Rest stops

1680 gourmet taste
Café | Restaurant Almodôvar
Churrasqueira Pátio de Ourique
O Novo Coimbra
Pizzaria "O Forno"
Pizzaria Ricordi
O Lobo
Restaurant "Adega do Monte Velho"
Restaurant "Boa Viagem"
Restaurant "Camões"
Taberna do Serafim
Restaurant "Castro Da Cola"
"Tasquinha do Medronho"

Tips and hints

In Castro da Cola, in addition to visiting the ruins and the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Cola, you may visit the Interpretive Centre to learn more about the archaeological site. You may have lunch at the restaurant nearby or, in case of an alternative configuration of the stage, you may also find accommodation options.

In Santa Clara-a-Nova, visit the Archaeological and Ethnographic Museum "Manuel Vicente Guerreiro".

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Coordinates:
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37.651308, -8.228365
DMS
37°39'04.7"N 8°13'42.1"W
UTM
29S 568067 4167408
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Coordinates

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37.651308, -8.228365
DMS
37°39'04.7"N 8°13'42.1"W
UTM
29S 568067 4167408
w3w 
///aspects.chillier.trickled
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Distance
58.2 km
Duration
4:31 h
Ascent
643 m
Descent
546 m
Highest point
402 m
Lowest point
133 m

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