Portimão is the setting-off point on a route that will let you visit the countryside of the Baixo Alentejo region. Take the EN 125 road to Odiáxere, then turn away from the coast to begin the long ride inland. The first stage comes as a sudden surprise, with the calm lakes of the Bravura dam seeming to compete with the lush greenery of the surrounding woodland. This is an ideal place to stop for a rest, since the next stretch up to Marmelete involves a steep uphill ride. And the little civil parish has another challenge in store, since a fair amount of skill is needed for the tricky downhill ride until you reach a part of the uplands where it’s a constant up-and-down until you reach Nave Redonda in the municipality of Odemira. On the way back, you can admire the sublime view over the Odelouca dam. The final part of the route begins in Alferce, but we suggest you stop to visit Caldas de Monchique on the way.