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Núcleo de São Luís

23

Troviscais and Mira

40 KM

Difficult, demanding and varied route, ideal for ambitious mountain bikers!Its main difficulties are a climb of almost 5 km at 11km, another at 25 km just after the first visit to the Mira river and, finally, the hardest, from 30 to 37 km in the vicinity of São Domingos, one of the highest points of the network.The route includes several low level technical single tracks, except for the descent to 20 km which, although short, justifies technical level 3.At 10 km it follows along the Torgal stream for 1000 m by a picturesque and refreshing path, almost in single track.The route goes through small farms, oak groves and pastures, in a rural setting that is a reminder of other times, when Alentejo agriculture was thriving.Along the way you are unlikely to encounter anyone, so it is recommended that you travel with at least one more cyclist.It crosses Bairro Azul, passing by Cova da Zorra, Zambujeira, Castelão, Troviscais, Carrasqueira and Vale Bejinha.

Datasheet

LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY: Difficult

TYPE: Clockwise Circuit

LENGTH: 40 km

DURATION: 1h45 to 2h45

MARKED ROUTE: Yes.

ACCUMULATED LEVEL: 725m

MAX ALTITUDE 236m
MIN. ALTITUDE : 1m

TECHNICAL LEVEL: 3 (5)

PHYSICAL LEVEL: 3.5 (5)

ADVISED SEASON: All year round avoiding temperatures above 30º

Tips

Take the opportunity to enjoy a short stop at around 25km, on your first visit to the River Mira, at Casa Branca, an ancient and formerly important river harbour.

At 37 km, if you still have the energy, make a diversion of 750m to the right (a climb of 85m) to the top of Cerro de São Domingos where there once was a chapel and from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Monchique mountain range, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Porto Covo, Sines and trace where the Mira River snakes through hills and valleys to its estuary.

Support Points:
3 Km – Cova da Zorra (water point)

15 Km – Castelão

19 Km – Troviscais

24 Km – Carrasqueira (in the proximity)

32 Km – Vale Bejinha

Warnings

The route crosses and runs along some streets in the centre of São Luís, it crosses the N120 twice, sometimes follows small roads and lanes and you may find some traffic.

A part of the route coincides with the Historical Path (GR11) and some Circular Routes, all of the Rota Vicentina, so it is very likely that you will encounter walkers.

It may be necessary to open livestock protection gates. Close them after passing through.
After heavy rainfall some paths may be flooded or very muddy, requiring caution.

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