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.
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.
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
4. Santa Eufemia, Sintra – Elev 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.
5. Arnaso to Calcedonia – Elev Diff 347 m. Length 6 km. Avg Grade 6%
Reason to go? Just go….. it’s stunning!
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
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.
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%!
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
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.
Remember, ride the descents carefully and on the higher altitude climbs, always carry a base layer or a gilet to wear on the descent.
Team Director at Volta Pro Tours