In this pretty town at the north-eastern edge of the Algarve, an unforgettable experience awaits, and it starts next to the river beach. Always bountiful, nature unveils magnificent views that help make the ride up to Santa Marta easier. An interesting stage of the route begins here; the road to Giões is narrow but it provides an opportunity to encounter the friendly hamlets so typical of the inland Algarve. Hunting is very common in this upland area so it is not at all unusual to spot wild animals such as hares and wild boars. The EN 124 road is much wider and the route is flat all the way to Pereiro and Balurcos, giving you a chance to catch your breath in preparation for a demanding descent between Corte das Donas and Guerreiros, with the enigmatic River Guadiana as the backdrop.