Day 2 - Vaqueiros to Salir - 58.40 km
Starting Point
Minimum Altitude
170 m
Maximum Altitude
515 m
Water available
Yes
Length
58.40 km
Cumulative elevation gain
3021 m
Cumulative elevation loss
2999 m
Local corner shops
Yes
Starting Point
Minimum Altitude
170 m
Maximum Altitude
515 m
Water available
Yes
Length
58.40 km
Cumulative elevation gain
3021 m
Cumulative elevation loss
2999 m
Local corner shops
Yes
Description of Itinerary

On the second day of the crossing, you can travel along the Via Algarviana between Vaqueiros and Salir, along approximately 60 km.
Learn more about each of the Sectors here:: 

Sector 4 - Vaqueiros to Cachopo
Sector 5 - Cachopo to Barranco do Velho
Sector 6 - Barranco do Velho to Salir


On this day you will ride in the middle of Serra do Caldeirão, and you'll easily feel that. With the accented cumulative elevation gain and loss, this is one of the most demanding days in physical and technical terms, in both directions.

Your physical condition will be put to the test. If you are not properly prepared for this degree of difficulty, you should divide this route according to your physical preparation.

The long climb to Parises is one of the toughest, and calls for a stop arriving to the village, in one of the cafes, to regain energy. Don't forget to pack some energy bars and plenty of water to keep hydrated.

If you start the route in the opposite direction to the recommended, you will have an extensive climb that is also worth mentioning, almost upon Barranco do Velho.

Despite the demand, enjoy the journey, stop at the viewpoints to catch your breath and enjoy the panoramic views.

 

USEFUL INFORMATION

The route is fully signposted, but it is advisable to use GPS and download the tracks we provide in the GR13 - Via Algarviana stages for MTB.

Attention: All the information is presented in the recommended direction, from Alcoutim to Cabo de São Vicente. If you decide to travel in the opposite direction, don't forget that you have to reverse the line with the cumulative elevation gain and loss values. The level of difficulty of the sectors can vary depending on the direction in which you make them.

 

Useful contact information
  • Almargem Association: (+351) 289 412 959
  • Odiana Association: (+351) 281 531 171
  • Terras do Baixo Guadiana Association: (+351) 281 546 282
  • In Loco Association: (+351) 289 840 860
  • Algarve Tourism Bureau: (+351) 289 800 403
  • National Republican Guard - Alcoutim: (+351): 281 540 010
  • National Republican Guard - Salir: (+351) 289 489 136
  • National Republican Guard - São Brás de Alportel: (+351) 289 840 800
  • National Republican Guard - Loulé: (+351) 289 410 490
  • National Republican Guard - Tavira: (+351) 281 329 030
  • Salir Health Centre: (+351) 289 489 516
  • Alcoutim Health Centre: (+351) 281 540 140
  • Cachopo Health Centre Branch: (+351) 289 844 135
  • Alcoutim Town Hall: (+351) 281 540 500
  • São Brás de Alportel Town Hall: (+351) 289 842 616
  • Loulé Town Hall: (+351) 289 400 600
  • Tavira Town Hall: (+351) 281 320 500
  • Alcoutim Volunteer Firefighters: (+351) 281 546 623
  • Cachopo Municipal Firefighters: (+351) 281 322 122
  • São Brás de Alportel Volunteer Firefighters: (+351) 289 842 666
  • Loulé Municipal Firefighters: (+351) 289 400 560
  • Cachopo Civil Parish Council: (+351) 289 844 112
  • Vaqueiros Civil Parish Council: (+351) 281 498 200
  • Salir Civil Parish Council: (+351) 289 489 119
  • São Brás de Alportel Civil Parish Council: (+351) 289 842 174
  • Tavira Tourist Information Office: (+351) 281 322 511
  • São Brás de Alportel Tourist Information Office: (+351) 289 843 165
  • Loulé Tourist Information Office: (+351) 289 463 900
  • Querença Tourist Information Office: (+351) 289 422 337
  • Salir Tourist Information Office – “A Espiga” Shop (handicrafts): (+351) 289 489 733
  • In the event of an emergency, call 112
  • If you see a fire, call 117
Downloads
Track GPX: Day 2
Track KML: Day 2
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