People Cycling Rides

Western Iberia - Portugal and Santiago de Compostela.

This is a Approved Ride
Difficult
Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Marty Fink
Tour Dates
5/2/2021–5/20/2021
Start Location
Faro, Portugal
End Location
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Cost (est.)
$3200 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
Deposit
$100 (USD
Payment Due
3/31/2021
Avg. Distance
50 mi / 80 km
Avg. Elevation
2500 ft / 762 m
Ride Description

OVERVIEW

Portugal is well known as a popular vacation destination.  As a cyclist you can see so much more of this country – home to an abundance of nature and wildlife, with stunning natural beauty.  Portugal is geographically fascinating with remnants of ancient volcanic activity like rugged rock formations, wondrous caves and cliff faces.  You’ll bike through beautifully tended olive groves and cork plantations, and bike along sandy beaches, which sprawl for miles on end on the fringes of the Atlantic Ocean.  Cyclists have the opportunity to experience the rich history, beautiful architecture and strong religious influence while enjoying, for the most part of the year, lovely sunshine. The Portuguese are also well known for their warmth, hospitality, and vibrant culture.

Our magnificent 'end to end' trip takes riders from the southernmost tip of Portugal all the way to Valenca in the very north, before crossing into northern Spain to finish in Santiago de Compostela.  We’ll start in the city of Faro, ancient and rich with touches of Phoenician, Roman, and Moorish culture still sprinkled around the city.  From there we head north, briefly joining the Guadiana River, with views across to Spain, before riding through the Guadiano Valley Natural Park and the completely unspoiled interior of southern Portugal.  Our direction gradually bears northwest until we reach the coastal t… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling's Ride Rating

People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy
Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Challenging
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

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