Horizontes – Turismo Desportivo

SEPTEMBER 30 TO OCTOBER 15 2023

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OPEN FROM 15 DECEMBER
TO 31 AUGUST

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SEPTEMBER 30 TO OCTOBER 15 2023

THE RACE

Let’s cross Portugal?

It takes 1001km and 15 days to complete the entire challenge that is PT1001. A huge immersion in a country with a unique history that marks a whole era of the world as we know it today.

There are 15 stages, spread over as many days, with distances between 60 and 80 km with positive gradients between 1536 and 3750 meters. The longest stage is the 14th, which links Vila Nova de Milfontes to Vale da Telha.

It takes, on average, a daily 71,5 km to link the various towns that are part of this long journey.

The 1001km cross more than 30 counties, 8 intercity communities, 4 Portuguese Tourism regions, 3 Natural Parks, and 2 Unesco Geoparks. We will cross rivers, bridges, and old railway lines. Run along Roman roads, and shepherds’ paths, and pass by Castles, convents, and century-old churches. We will have long climbs, as well as many descents, scenic roads, and a whole lot of time to enjoy the sites and the people. We will cross a country in 14 days.

HALF PT1001 (HPT1001)

A Portugal in halves is a solution for those who cannot spend so many days of their professional life or for whom the distance of 1001km is still something daunting. It still is, a very intense challenge, very immersive in all the cultures of these people who were Heroes of the sea and are noble and brave.

BC / AC
Before the Centre / After the Centre.

No. No, this has nothing to do with electric charges or the famous band. It is Before the Center and After the Center of Portugal. We have divided Portugal into two halves. Two halves with very different landscapes. If the first half, AC, up to the center, runs through areas where nature presents itself more explosive, denser, more forest, and more landscape diversity, the other half, DC, after the center, is more uniform, and flatter. In the second half we connect the interior Alentejo to the coast and from there to the Algarve.

AB – Before the Centre
Chaves – Castelo de Vide.
BC – 518Km / 18102m

AC – After Center
544Km/10272m

1ª STAGE: Chaves - Vila Pouca de Aguiar

From Alto Tâmega to Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro

We start in Chaves, a Portuguese border town known for its thermal waters. Cross the Tâmega river by the Trajano bridge, follow it along one of the cycle paths by the river, pass through villages and cross the river again by the Poldrado de Curalha bridge.
Following the old Corgo Railway Line, known in the past as the “Jewel of the Crown”, which today has been transformed into the Ecopista da Linha do Corgo, which leads to Vila Real along a panoramic route.

Very scenic and fast route.

2ª STAGE: Vila Pouca de Aguiar - Lamego

The stage is under construction.

Considering the previous experiences, the organisation considered it necessary to introduce changes at this stage. We will publish the data soon.

3ª STAGE: Lamego - Viseu

Considering the previous experiences, the organisation considered it necessary to introduce changes at this stage.

We will soon publish the details of the stage.

4ª STAGE: Viseu - Manteigas

This is a new stage and a new course. We will update the information soon.

Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain in mainland Portugal is the great challenge of the 4th day. It is, for the most part, a stage of dirt roads, with long climbs and very different vegetation. Here and there, in the vicinity of villages, some stone paths and also Roman pavement.

The landscape is superb, whether you look to the west or towards the mountains.

5ª STAGE: Manteigas - Fundão

We leave Vale do Zêzere, Manteigas, the district of Guarda and enter Beira Baixa. The landscape is modified by the fires of 2022. The marks will last, but as you pass by you will be aware of nature’s ability to renew itself.

Very scenic stage, beautiful, but with some very difficult descents.

6ª STAGE: Fundão - Proença-a-Nova

From the purest interior of Beirão to Alto Alentejo, we leave the north to go beyond the Tagus

We are in the heart of Serra da Gardunha and we walk through the large cherry orchards of Cova da Beira. We enter Beira Baixa and cross the entire region on long dirt roads, also many municipal roads and agricultural paths. It is a path of large spaces of pine forest dotted, many times, by small agricultural areas and for own consumption.

Note, also, that it is a long step and with a large positive difference.

Up to Almaceda, the route crosses some villages, where it will be possible to get supplies, and the floor varies between asphalt and earth.

The path through pine forests and new forest plantations will be on asphalt or by land, passing through several villages to Proença-a-Nova.

7ª STAGE: Proença-a-Nova - Castelo de Vide

Proença-a-Nova will be a transition stage between the pine forest area, with a steep slope towards the long plains of Alentejo. Closer to Vila Velha de Ródão, flanking and crossing the long olive groves, we begin to notice a change in the landscape. We are still in the heart of the Naturtejo Geopark, the first in Portugal, but soon, after crossing the Tagus River near Portas de Ródão, we will be in the long plains of Alto Alentejo.

The paths of this stage allow for comfortable navigation, without big turns that often lead to the mistake of the most distracted. Route with few villages and many kilometers on asphalt.

BC

AC

8ª STAGE: Castelo de Vide - Alter do Chão

Land of white houses and generous people with horizons as far as the eye can see

Historical and secular crossing between Castelo de Vide and Marvão along old walled paths, with some sectors still in medieval pavement. It should be noted an important representation of the black oak that, in this region, forms small forests of high ecological value. The last 3 km, always uphill, are a challenge that has as an attenuating factor the magnificent, and well preserved, medieval footpath that crosses the famous chestnut groves of Marvão.

We are in the Alentejo of the long plains and this is starting to be noticeable. The slope is less steep and views extend beyond the horizon.

9ª STAGE: Alter do Chão - EStremoz

The solitude and evasion in the immense Alentejo plain and many kilometers without towns and possibilities of getting supplies.

Up to Évoramonte, we will have a long journey of intimacy with the cork and holm oak forest, snaking through the dark green of the cork oak forests and the buildings of the few farms. It is essential that everyone prepares themselves, both in terms of physical supplies and mental strength, as it is not foreseeable that we will find any type of support on the Path. It is an immense path of loneliness.

We are in the heart of Alentejo. Very sparsely populated region with long distances between villages. Get ready for a journey of solitude. Don’t despair, at some point we will be there to help you.

10ª STAGE: EStremoz - Évora

Only you and the way, a long journey to test physical strength and the ability to manage the necessary goods and a total absence of villages

Up to Évoramonte, we will have a long journey of intimacy with the cork and holm oak forest, snaking through the dark green of the cork oak forests and the buildings of the few farms. It is essential that everyone prepares themselves, both in terms of physical supplies and mental strength, as it is not foreseeable that we will find any type of support on the Path. It is an immense path of solitude.

We are in the heart of Alentejo. Very sparsely populated region with long distances between villages. Get ready for a journey of solitude. Don’t despair, at some point we will be there to help you.

11ª STAGE: Évora - Alcácer do Sal

Considering the previous experiences, the organization considered it necessary to introduce changes at this stage.

We will soon publish the details of the stage.

12ª STAGE: Alcácer do Sal – Vila Nova de Santo André

The long sandy paths announce the proximity to the sea and the patches of cork oak forest protect us from the inclement sun.

We start a new phase of the race. We walked with long strides toward coastal areas and we began to notice the type of vegetation, more humid air, and, sometimes, the smell of the sea air.
This stage takes place along rural paths at the beginning of the day and they are part of the environmental routes of Monfurado. Interconnecting paths take us to the various villages of the municipality and access some megalithic monuments.

It’s a long stage, 74km, but one with the smallest positive difference. The paths of this stage allow for comfortable navigation, without big turns that often lead to the mistake of the most distracted. Route with few villages and many kilometers on asphalt.

13ª STAGE: Vila Nova de Santo André - Vila Nova de Mil Fontes

Finalmente o mar e as praias tranquilas do Sudoeste Alentejano

Vamos começar a sentir o cheiro a mar.

A sair de Santigo do Cacém, o trecho desenvolve-se numa paisagem caracterizada pela abundância de montado de sobro, velhas ruínas, linhas de água e caminhos arenosos. A navegação continua por caminhos sinuosos e estreitos junto a pequenas propriedades agrícolas. 

A parte final deste percurso combina a verde placidez das pequenas quintas, as suas hortas e pomares, com um sentimento de progressivo abandono. Á medida que vamos entrando na serra teremos momentos de puro deleite, pelas paisagens inesperadas, pelas panorâmicas deslumbrantes sobre o litoral, pela flora única e rica.

Ao longo desta etapa são muitas as marcas de grandes rotas de BTT facilitando a navegação.

14ª STAGE: Vila Nova de Mil Fontes - Vale da Telha

Imposing cliffs make us realize our smallness and enjoy peace because we are almost at the end of this odyssey

The sea, the cliffs, the sand.

The route guides us along a spectacular coastal path along the imposing cliffs of the Alentejo Coast, crossing several villages to Cabo Sardão, and for 6 km, along the cliffs with beautiful views of the sea. Then, following an asphalt road before descending a dirt road to the beautiful village of Odeceixe. This village marks the border with the Alentejo coast. We enter Algarve.

The irrigation canals of Odeceixe take us along gravel paths to Aljezur, the heart of the Costa Vicentina. We are in the Algarve.

15ª STAGE: Vale da Telha - Sagres

… finally the end of this small but glorious Portugal.

We ended our journey where 500 years ago the Portuguese set out to discover new worlds.

With the ocean on one side, and hills and valleys on the other, we walked down to the canal beach, with a unique view of the coast and the sand. This is the last stage and everything seems to come together in a rhythm of nostalgia. The landscape feels more soothing.

With an easy follow-up of the route, this stage has very sandy terrain and some asphalt at the end of the route.

We end this epic in one of the most emblematic and representative places in Portugal: Sagres.

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