Stage 6
Stage 6 / Mértola - Altura / 99 km / 22 May
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Mértola

The tranquility prevails in Altura, a tourist destination built for other tastes in the Algarve, with much more leisurely groups of tourists, and with much less bars and nightclubs than other major cities in the Algarve.

At this time of year, enjoy the sea by far on one of the many terraces of bars and restaurants that line the beach, the ideal place for a relaxed stroll.

Those who like to take a stroll will surely love the proximity to the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park and the Cachopo Waterfall, which is best explored on foot. Spain is less than ten kilometers away and also offers plenty of opportunities for a day out.

In the city there is a daily market with fresh products coming from the sea and the surrounding agricultural farms: the perfect ingredients for a traditional Portuguese meal cooked in the comfort of your own home.

If you like to go out at night from time to time, the nearby town of Monte Gordo has a good offer of bars and nightclubs as well as a casino.

Altura

The tranquility prevails in Altura, a tourist destination built for other tastes in the Algarve, with much more leisurely groups of tourists, and with much less bars and nightclubs than other major cities in the Algarve.

At this time of year, enjoy the sea by far on one of the many terraces of bars and restaurants that line the beach, the ideal place for a relaxed stroll.

Those who like to take a stroll will surely love the proximity to the beautiful Ria Formosa Natural Park and the Cachopo Waterfall, which is best explored on foot. Spain is less than ten kilometers away and also offers plenty of opportunities for a day out.

In the city there is a daily market with fresh products coming from the sea and the surrounding agricultural farms: the perfect ingredients for a traditional Portuguese meal cooked in the comfort of your own home.

If you like to go out at night from time to time, the nearby town of Monte Gordo has a good offer of bars and nightclubs as well as a casino.

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The 6th and final stage of Ride Across Portugal best closes this challenge.

The Guadiana River is the highlight on this first part of the stage, with the course accompanying the winding path of the river that separates Portugal from Spain, providing fun and challenging moments on the bike.

Mértola and Alcoutim, both situated on the banks of this river, are among the most beautiful villages in Portugal, being other highlights of this stage.

Still with the mind processing the images of the Guadiana and the special atmosphere of these two villages, it is now turn to leave the river and head to the sea, on the south coast of Portugal.

A constant soft rollercoaster brings participants to the place where land meets the sea.

Where the Atlantic blue serves as background for the celebration of this challenging conquest. Also by the sea is the final party that will consecrate as a winner every athlete finishing the race, and among these the fastest woman and man athletes' crowned as Ride Across Portuga's King and Queen.

More than just six days crossing a whole country from north to south, this is an unforgettable journey full of challenges and personal overcoming. And above all, a week full of conviviality, emotions and the sharing of a common passion with people from all over the world.

Alentejo Star Hotel

The Alentejo Star Hotel-São Domingos, founded in an old palace gives you a unique experience: we are under one of the most starry skies in the world and it is at night that the magic of staying with us happens - from our observatory you can see a number of stars without end, constellations and distant galaxies like the Milky Way.

Surrounded by beautiful gardens with extensive grass, it is surrounded by magnificent nature and a step away from the river beach.

As for leisure, the Alentejo Star Hotel-São Domingos has various activities and ways to occupy your time: from water sports such as kayaking and canoeing, jeep tours and hiking; or simply reading a book in a quiet corner of our garden or a relaxing afternoon by the pool.

Our observatory gives you the opportunity to see billions of stars, constellations and distant galaxies like the Milky Way.