Cycling in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal

Cycling is one of my favorite activities and in Montemor-o-Novo this activity is queen.

I visit Montemor-o-Novo sometimes, more quietly with friends, enjoying the countryside at other times, in a sportier way, so more intensively, but equally pleasant.

Montemor-o-Novo, in addition to being a fantastic city where you can eat very tasty chicken pies and bifanas to cry for more, is also the starting point for a web of bicycle trails.

The region has few slopes and that is why we can ride more accessible routes, for those who are not athletes or simply want to stroll and enjoy the Alentejo landscape.

But what makes us like to ride these tracks?

I believe the answer is simple and unpretentious, it is the typical Alentejo landscape with its photographic simplicity, the countryside odors amplified by the heat that surrounds us, and all this together while walking or biking.

There is also our imagination of what the Alentejo region is, which in this region of Montemor-o-Novo, our imagination coincides with reality.

Near the old train bridge, you can find the start of the bikeway.

The cycle path crosses the restored bridge and continues to Torre da Gadanha. This bike path uses the structure of the old train line and therefore you almost can’t feel the slope.

For those who are less daring, making the 12 km from the beginning of the bike path to Torre da Gadanha and returning the same way will be a very well spent morning.

For the more athletic, after completing the above-mentioned stretch, I invite you to discover the way to São Sebastião da Geesteira passing through São Mateus, return directly to Montemor-o-Novo and you have done 56 Km if you don’t get a little lost.

Please check the below map for some information:

Red line – 12,1 Km (Montemor-o-Novo to Torre da Gadanha)

Greenline – 13,4 Km

Blueline – 10,8 Km

Yellow line – 19,5 Km

Exit A – in case you feel tired of not wanting to continue, for whatever reason, from Exit A you can get the road directly to Montemor-o-Novo.

One way or another, it will have been a well-spent morning and then it will be time for lunch.

Suggestions for lunch?

In Montemor-o-Novo and the surrounding area, there is no shortage of suggestions for lunch, but that will be the subject of another post.

Have fun.

David Monteiro

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