10 Best Climbs in Portugal….

….you didn’t know about !!

 

1.  Castelo de Marvao –  Elev Diff 311 m. Length 5.2 km. Avg Grade 6%

Gaze at the panoramic views extending into Extremadura, Spain whilst having a coffee at the bar outside the castle.

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Dr Hutch with Volta Pro Tours

 

2.  Castelo de Monsaraz – Elev Diff 115m. Length 2.0 km. Avg Grade 5%

Views across the lake and popular place to watch the spectacular sun set over the Alentejo.

Monsaraz

 

3.  Montejunto – Elev Diff 548m. Length 11 km. Avg Grade 5%, final 2 kms 15-20%

Regularly climbed by cycling legend the late ‘Tinho’ – Joaquim Agostinho. At the summit you’ll find the ghostly ruins of the 12th Century Convent and far reaching views to the Atlantic Ocean. 1,780 feet/7 miles

Montejunto

Antonio – a brief stop to admire the view

 

4.  Santa Eufemia, SintraElev Diff 107 m. Length 0.6 km. Avg Grade 18% with parts at 27%

For a particularly challenging climb take on this partly tarmac, part Calcada cobbles of Rua da Santa Eufemia. Leads to the pretty little chapel of the same name.

Santa-Eufemia

 

5.  Arnaso to Calcedonia – Elev Diff 347 m. Length 6 km. Avg Grade 6%

Reason to go? Just go….. it’s stunning!

Geres

 

6.  Torre – Covilha – Elev Diff 1,217m. Length 18.9 km. Avg Grade 6%

A gruelling road winding it’s way to the summit at Torres. A famous stage from the Tour of Portugal. 4,000 feet/12 miles

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Adriano and Daniela Reis

 

7.  Serra d’Arrabida – Elev Diff 129 m. Length 1.3 km. Avg Grade 10%

Part of a longer climb that rewards the rider with views over the Atlantic Ocean. Also a very good Pasteleria to stop at the bottom of the descent.

Arrábida 2

 

8.  Santo Antonio – Elev Diff 704 m. Length 6.9 km. Avg Grade 10%

A peaceful and picturesque climb at the most northerly tip of Portugal. Not for the feint hearted though with plenty of sections over 20%!

Santo-Antonio

9.  Torre – Seia – Elev Diff 1,443 m. Length 28.4 km. Avg Grade 5%.

The famously tough 18 mile ascent of 4,690 feet that regularly features in Stage 8 of the Tour of Portugal

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Carlos on the 2 hour climb

10. Subida à Glória –  Elev Diff 39m. Length 265m. Avg Grade 17%

This famous leg shredder of a steep climb in Lisbon has been an annual race event since 1910.

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Daniela Reis feeling the burn

 

Remember, ride the descents carefully and on the higher altitude climbs, always carry a base layer or a gilet to wear on the descent.

Adriano Placidi

Team Director at Volta Pro Tours