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Top 11 Portuguese Gran Fondos for 2020

Cycle tourism in Portugal has grown very strongly in the last few years with a huge influx of cyclists from over the world visiting it's warm and friendly shores!

Top 10 Portugese Gran Fondos for 2020

At last year's World Tourism Awards, Portugal was elected Europe’s best travel destination for the third time, following previous wins in 2017 and 2018, consolidating it's prestige as a top tourist destination. In total, Portugal took away 39 awards last year - 3 more than the previous year!

Lisbon was elected "Europe’s Leading City Break" destination and cruise port. Madeira won the award for leading island destination and the Passadiços do Paiva was awarded Leading Adventure Touristic Attraction of the year of 2019.

Portugal is home to a long list of prestigious and Internationally renoun Gran Fondo's and Pro Cycling races starting with the Volta ao Algarve, February 19 - 23, 2020.

From a surfer’s standpoint, Portugal has it all. It’s not just the awesome waves, but also the surf culture, its authentic charm, and the fact that it’s inexpensive that make it one of the world’s top surfing destinations!

Date Event Location Routes Diff  Type My Rides
Feb 23 Algarve Granfondo Cofidis Loule, Portugal 60, 100km C GRANFONDO
Mar 15 Granfondo da Arrábida Palmela, Portugal 103, 135 km D GRANFONDO
Jul 26 Aveiro Spring Classic Aveiro, Portugal 120km C GRANFONDO
Sep 20 Monção and Melgaço Granfondo Melgaço, Portugal 75, 98, 125 km C GRANFONDO
Oct 04 GFNY Portugal Cascais, Lisbon, Portugal 83, 168 km C GRANFONDO
Oct 18 Love Tiles Douro Gran Fondo Peso da Régua, Portugal 60, 112, 162km D GRANFONDO
Nov 08 Lousã Granfondo Lousã, Portugal 69, 98, 152 km C GRANFONDO
Mar 28 Gran Fondo Lisboa Lisbon, Portugal 134 km D GRANFONDO
Apr 11 Montemuro Granfondo Cinfães, Portugal 55, 91, 120 Km C GRANFONDO
Jun 06 Gerês Granfondo Vila do Gerês, Nr Porto, Portugal 100,160km C GRANFONDO
Jul 11 Bragança Granfondo Bragança, Portugal 70, 103, 155 km C GRANFONDO
 

1. Algarve Granfondo Cofidis

February 23, 2020, Lagoa

Algarve Granfondo Cofidis - February 23rd 2020, Lagoa

The Algarve Granfondo Cofidis is the mass participation event that compliments Portugal's top professional race, the 46th International edition of Volta ao Algarve, taking place February 19 - 23, 2020.

Departing and arriving in Lagoa, the 2020 edition  take places on 23rd February, the same day as the last stage of the professional race and is an excellent opportunity for a family day out!

Everyone can watch the final stage of the Volta ao Algarve and participate in the Granfondo or Mediofondo during the weekend. Afterwards, it will be time to join in the festive activities, where you will be invited to take part in traditional celebrations.

The participants of the Algarve Granfondo Cofidis can choose between the 121km GranFondo with 2,143m of climbing or the 78.7 km MedioFondo with 959m of climbing.

The Granfondo is designed for participants who are fit and able to take on a demanding challenge. They will climb to the highest point in the region, Fóia, an iconic place of the Volta ao Algarve and the Portuguese cycling.

The Mediofondo has a more accessible route, ideal for those who seek a more relaxed Sunday morning, with the possibility of ending their achievments in time to watch the time trial, that will decide this year’s edition of the Volta ao Algarve.

This will be a journey true immersion into the most genuine and less known landscapes of the Algarve.

The registration in Granfondo or Mediofondo includes aid stations stocked with food and drink, bike number, insurance, finisher medal, shower, buffet lunch and merchandise gifts.

For more information please visit: http://voltaaoalgarve.com/en/granfondo_en

2. Granfondo da Arrábida

March 15, 2020 - Palmela

Starting from of the town of Palmela, the 4th edition of Granfondo da Arrábida, sponsored by KTM Bike Industries, includes fantastic scenery and has some new routes with spectacular scenic landscapes between the mountains and the sea in the heart of the Arrábida Natural Park. 

There are two routes, the 135km Granfondo with 2,100 metres of climb and the easier 103 km Mediofondo with 103km of climbing.

This beautiful challenge ends a few hours before the classic professional race of Arrábida. The final approach involves going up the lagoon to the Castle, passing through the historic centre of the village.

For more information, please visit: http://www.arrabidagranfondo.com

Granfondo da Arrábida, March 15th, 2020 - Palmela

3. Aveiro Spring Classic

March 29, 2020, Aveiro

The Spring Classic route crosses the municipalities of Aveiro, Ílhavo and Vagos, over 120 kilometers and is relatively flat with just 450 meters of climbing and provides cyclists with a magnificent route, and the possibility of visiting one of the most iconic cities in Portugal.

The event takes place mostly on roads, with some sections of cobbles and gravel!

You'll discover the Ria de Aveiro with its colorful Moliceiro boats and listed houses on the Costa Nova.

There are trophies for the first three finishers across a range of male and female categories from U23, Elite's and Masters from 23 to 69 years old.

For more information, please visit: https://www.aveirospringclassic.com

Aveiro Spring Classic, March 29th, 2020, Aveiro

4. Montemuro Granfondo by Trek

April 5, 2020 - Cinfães

The third edition of the Montemuro Granfondo is held in the village Cinfães, in the north of Portugal, it is an excellent option to combine with a weekend in Porto, voted the Best European Destination in 2017.  

There are three traditional courses, the 57km Minifondo, the 87km Mediofondo and the 125km Granfondo.

Come discover a region filled with monuments - both natural, like Montemuro Mountains and the rivers of the Douro, Paiva, Bestança and Cabrum and the lovely traditional villages that are part of Rota do Românico region.

For more information, please visit: https://montemurogranfondo.com

Montemuro Granfondo by Trek April 5th, 2020 - Cinfães

5. Gran Fondo Lisboa

April 7, 2020, Lisbon

What better way to plan a trip to Portugal and take part in Lisbon's Gran Fondo!?

The second edition of Gran Fondo Lisboa, is an event that attracts more than 1,500 cyclists from 25 countries, and provides local and International cyclists a high octane sporting and tourist experience - unique in Portugal!

Ride through some of the most iconic monuments in Portugal's capital from the Knowledge Pavilion, in Parque das Nações, into the Sintra Mountains and the Portuguese west coast, experiencing some of the best climbs in the region. 

There is also a big Bike Expo, dedicated to the world of cycling.

At the end of the race, the event offers lunch for all participants and their companions, whose quality is already renoun in the first edition.

Organized by team "Ultraspirit", who also organize the Serra da Estrela and Lousã Granfondos.

For more information, please visit: https://www.granfondolisboa.com

Gran Fondo Lisbon April 7th 2020

6. Love Tiles Douro Gran Fondo

May 3, 2020 - Peso da Régua

The sixth edition of the Love Tiles Douro Granfondo 2020 course is 80 per cent new and will take the peloton through an unknown Douro introducing a new territory that runs through the oldest demarcated region in the world, the Alto Douro Vinhateiro.

The city of Peso da Régua will be the starting point crossing the counties of Mesão Frio, Resende, Armamar, Tabuaço, Alijó and Sabrosa.

Choose one of the three routes; the 152km Granfondo, the 94km Mediofondo, the 66km Minifondo where you'll pass unforgettable places where you will want to return, such as Penajoia, one of the special capitals of Portugal, the Ermida Bridge, Pinhão or the beautiful village of Covas do Douro.

Come and discover the world heritage region at the Love Tiles Douro Granfondo 2020!

For more information, please visit: https://dourogranfondo.com/ingles

Love Tiles Douro Gran Fondo May 3rd, 2020 - Peso da Régua

7. Lousã Granfondo

May 17, 2020 - Lousã

Located in central Portugal, Lousã is full of monuments, history, beautiful scenery, especially the mountains, in addition to its geographical proximity to other tourist centers.

Lousã is characterized by being a municipality with many areas of interest, both in terms of its history, natural spaces, adventure sports, whose special site is the Serra da Lousã!

Lousã Granfondo Licor Beirão is a cycling event open to all cyclists of any nationality, over 18 years of age.

The course will require intense effort and commitment, pedaling past spectacular places like Senhor da Serra, Miranda do Corvo, Talasnal, Castanheira de Pera, Gois and Serpins.

Inspire yourself to try and overcome the challenges that these breathtaking landscapes provide.

The event features three distances for all abilities; the 71km Minifondo with 782m of climbing, the 101km Mediofondo with 1,780m of climbing and the 135km Granfondo with 2,590m of climbing.

For more information, please visit: https://www.en.lousagranfondo.com

Lousã Granfondo May 17th, 2020 - Lousã

8. Gerês Granfondo by Trek

June 7, 2020 - Vila do Gerês, Nr Porto

The event takes place in the beautiful Peneda-Gerês National Park, one of the seven natural wonders of Portugal, making it the most special  of Portuguese Granfondos, with excellent organisation from Bikeservice.

Located in the north of Portugal the Parque Peneda Gerês protected forest area is the only National Natural Park in Portugal.

Starting at Vila do Gerês, the municipalities of Terras de Bouro, Amares and Ponte da Barca are crossed by the three different routes; the 130km Granfondo with 2,279 m of climbing, the 94km Mediofondo with 1,568 m of climbing and the 77km Minifondo with 1,080m.

The Queen climb is the Alto de Germil, highlighting the other challenging but rewarding climbs of Pedra Bela and Alto da Junceda, it is easy to see why it is considered the most beautiful viewpoint in the entire park!

The route includes an unprecedented passage of the dam at Caniçada and the ascent to Santa Isabel do Monte, a place of pilgrimage for professionals in preparation for the Tour to Portugal.

Gerês Granfondo by Trek is an unforgettable experience that deserves to be lived, and the Peneda-Gerês National Park is the treasure to discover!

For more information, please visit: https://www.geresgranfondo.com

Gerês Granfondo by Trek June 7th, 2020 - Vila do Gerês, Nr Porto

9. Bragança Granfondo by Trek

July 12, 2020 - Bragança

Bragança Granfondo by Trek is an event which features the mysteries, charms and the highest mountains in northeast Portugal. 

Once again it will take the peloton through the Natural Park of Montesinho and the beautiful historic villages of França, Rio de Onor, one of the seven wonders of Portugal, and Guadramil.

The second edition of Bragança Granfondo, will cross the border into neighboring Spain, visiting the monumental town of Puebla de Sanabria!

There are three different courses: the 157 km Granfondo, the 104 km Mediofondo and the 66 km Minifondo. 

For more information, please visit: https://www.bragancagranfondo.com

Bragança Granfondo by Trek July 12th 2020 - Bragança

10. Monção and Melgaço Granfondo

September 20, 2020 - Monção

The second edition of the Monção e Melgaço Granfondo by Trek is the most emblematic, beautiful and welcoming Granfondos in one of the most remarkable sporting regions that is the origin of the Alvarinho wine.

In order to maintain its high standards and participants' satisfaction levels, Bikeservice has once again redesgned the routes of the Granfondo and Mediofondo. With departure and arrival at Monção, passing through Melgaço, the 125km Granfondo, the 98km Mediofondo and the most accessible, the 75km Minifondo.

The climb of the Alto de Alcobaça is the Queen climb with incredible views of the landscapes over the Minho River valley and surrounding hills.

The Monção e Melgaço Granfondo by Trek 2020 takes you to the origin of the Alvarinho wine, come enjoy it!

For more information, please visit: https://moncaoemelgacogranfondo.com/ingles

Monção and Melgaço Granfondo

11. GFNY Portugal

October 4, 2020 - Cascais, Nr Lisbon

Located less than 25km from the capital Lisbon, the village of Cascais, which was once an important seaside resort for kings and queens, is still famous and recognized today as the Portuguese Riviera for the beauty of the beaches, gastronomy and culture, and for being one of the best cycling destinations in Portugal. The region with all its characteristics hosts major sporting events bringing together an increasing number of International and local athletes every year.

The first GFNY Portugal was held on September 9, 2018 with two challenging 162km and 82km courses, traversing sites of extraordinary natural beauty, an exuberant Atlantic coast, crossing with a wealth of historical heritage in what is probably the most beautiful the GFNY World series.

The 162 km course has an elevation gain of 2,281 meters, and the 82km course a 1,120 meters of climbing.

GFNY is a personal challenge, where you compete against the clock, yourself and other athletes.

Open to amateurs and professionals, the event simulates a real Italian Grand Fondo with a mass start, chip timing, clear course signage, results based on times, medals for all participants, trophies and exclusive GFNY Champion jerseys for all professional and age group category winners.

GFNY brings together the largest number of cyclists over a multitude of nationalities. The GFNY NYC World Championship features athletes from over 100 nationalities each May.

For more information, please visit: http://gfnyportugal.com

GFNY Portugal October 4th, 2020 - Cascais, Nr Lisbon