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GR22 - Historical Villages of Portugal - Long Distance Mountain Bike Route

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Wild nature. Medieval castles. Places replete with legends, flavores, and traditions. Whether on foot or by bicycle, follow the Grande Rota of the Historical Villages of Portugal and explore this magnificent route that unites all 12 villages in nearly 600 km.
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525 km
62:00 h
10296 m
10124 m
For adventurers on two wheels, the GR22 is the route you have always dreamed. An intensely varied route unlike any other in the world, with passages that cross mountains, plains, agricultural landscapes, riversides, natural parks, and protected reserves, a bike adventure through the region of the Historic Villages of Portugal cannot be more exciting. A large portion of the route coincides with the walking trail; however, there are alternative bike trails that provide new perspectives for discovering the region’s history, heritage, and nature. Approved and classified nationally as a Grande Travessia (Great Crossing), throughout its extent, the GR22 offers a network of MTB Centers and Bikotels that guarantees support to bicycle lovers. Go on an unparalleled adventure through the Historic Villages of Portugal!

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Responsible Trails Criteria:

(last audit by LQT at 24/10/2019)

 

Waymarks - 4- it has all the needed marks and signs to navigate without support

Conservation of the path - 4- In a good overall status of conservation with some isolated situations.

General conservation - 3- some place present some degradation but with no negative impacts on the experience.

Information boards and signs - 5- Very well maintained and with superior quality

Complementary boards - 4- Well maintained and with interest

Safety and suport structures - 4- Well-maintained essential structures

Local community integration - 5- Strong connection to the community in which it operates and stimulate interaction

Landscape integration - 4- Well integrated into the landscape and with points of interest

General Safety - 4- Has occasional low-risk situations

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Updated: September 30, 2020
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Highest point
1588 m
Lowest point
269 m
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Public transport

Public transport friendly

Coordinates

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40.359900, -7.348200
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40°21'35.6"N 7°20'53.5"W
UTM
29T 640257 4469013
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Rafael Romano
September 11, 2020 · Community
No dia 26 de junho iniciei esta aventura nas Aldeias Historicas com o meu padrinho. Mesmo depois de ouvirmos várias pessoas dizerem que era uma volta de loucos, por ser feita nesta altura do ano, decidimos avançar com um único objetivo: conquistar as 8 Aldeias Históricas do Loop Norte. Foi uma experiência muito exigente, difícil, com bastante calor, alguns furos mas ao mesmo tempo magnífica. Durante estes 4 dias sabiamos que algures entre uma subida de mais de 20% de inclinação e uma descida digna de uma bike de downhill, um terreno bastante acidentado e um estradão de gravilha havia sempre alguma vista panorâmica capaz de deixar qualquer um de boca aberta, uma aldeia com muitas histórias para contar e uns locais sempre prontos para ajudar com a mais pura bondade que se pode encontrar. Sem dúvida, uma volta a repetir.  Mas primeiro, que venha o Loop Sul para conquistarmos as restantes 4 Aldeias Históricas ✌️
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Done at July 29, 2020
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Manuel Franco
April 17, 2020 · Responsible Trails
A mais antiga grande rota portuguesa continua a surpreender-me. Recomendo vivamente a todos!
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
525 km
Duration
62:00h
Ascent
10296 m
Descent
10124 m
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