A NEW OPPORTUNITY FOR BIKE LOVERS!
Up until now the Historical Way was one of the only options for mountain-bikers. But in 2019, the Rota Vicentina will offer a network of dedicated bicycle routes, as a structured response to a growing market of cyclists who seek nature, adrenaline and contact with the rural world that is so characteristic of the hills and valleys of the Alentejo Coast!
Athletes, beginners and families will all find a wide range of trails among the over 1000 km of cycle routes on the Vicentina Route, many of them marked so that nothing is missed!
For travellers on hybrid bikes, the Association also offers a mixed-trail GPS Touring Bike route linking Lisbon and Faro airports, as well as all the tourist opportunities in the Rota Vicentina territory and the support structures for cyclists.
A network with over 1,000 kilometres of mountain bike routes (MTB) distributed throughout Odemira Municipality, for all levels of practitioners, with the main start and end points in the villages of Odemira, São Teotónio, São Luis, Santa Clara-a-Velha and Colos.
There are 38 circular routes and one long distance route, organised in 4 levels of difficulty making them accessible to all. From the beginners to the most experienced, these routes are created be done independently and safely, preferably from September to June
For those who wish to travel by bike through the Southwest of Portugal, we offer a GPS route plan that connects the airports of Lisbon and Faro, therefore complementing the network of MTB cycling routes.
This is a 510km course, organised into 5 stages of approximately 100km each or 10 half-stages of 50km each, with the directions for bike friendly services, bicycle support structures and the entire network of local services and activities within the Rota Vicentina.
It should be noted that the route avoids busy roads whenever possible, not only allowing you to discover less crowded sections along the coast, but also to make long inroads through interior regions outside the traditional tourist circuits.