Faro to st-malo

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jack1
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Faro to st-malo

Postby jack1 » 16 Dec 2020, 2:55pm

Faro to st malo best route,not camping,Mid-April. :) that’s if (COVID Lets Me)

Jdsk
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Re: Faro to st-malo

Postby Jdsk » 16 Dec 2020, 3:40pm

You could use some of the France en Velo route if you don't want to ride up the Atlantic coast in France. Good choice of roads and recommends accommodation etc.
http://franceenvelo.cc/route/

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Re: Faro to st-malo

Postby ossie » 16 Dec 2020, 5:37pm

Eurovelo 1... ?

https://en.eurovelo.com/ev1/wine-world-heritage-

https://en.eurovelo.com/ev1/from-the-at ... of-navarra

Then Nantes / Redon / Rennes ? I think there are a couple of sections on the Spanish route that aren't fully realised yet.
I guess it depends on your priorities. Eurovelo routes are usually on the safer side of things and as such tend to go around the houses in parts.

You could do worse than play around with this https://cycle.travel/map

Also agree with the post above, I've done Girona / St Malo and caught sections of that route, more inland of course as stated.

jack1
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Re: Faro to st-malo

Postby jack1 » 16 Dec 2020, 6:11pm

Hi,thank you so much for your information :D Regards jack1

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Re: Faro to st-malo

Postby albal1 » 3 Jan 2021, 3:28pm

I did Faro to Avranches, not too far from st. Malo. Unintentional as I broke a freehub there. November 2019. Great ride.

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Re: Faro to st-malo

Postby simonhill » 3 Jan 2021, 4:24pm

I think they claim the EV1 is complete in Portugal, but reports are not too favourable for long distance cycling.

It's mostly along the coast, often poorly signed and some of it is very sandy. Also lots of short steep ups and downs. Most seem to favour something more up the middle. I've found a few routes online. Also some on Crazyguy.

Not been there, but I looked into routes for last autumn, but lockdowns, etc got in the way.

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Re: Faro to st-malo

Postby Graham O » 22 Jan 2021, 5:03pm

You could head up the coast of Portugal if you really like the beaches and the sea, but the journey up the border is much more interesting. Lots of history, lovely countryside, great places to visit (if you aren't in a hurry), very quiet roads and you can cross into Spain when you are ready.

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Re: Faro to st-malo

Postby jack1 » 23 Jan 2021, 11:48am

Hi Graham,did you “camp” or b/b or hostels. Thanks for your reply. :D

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Re: Faro to st-malo

Postby Graham O » 25 Jan 2021, 11:59am

I did 2 trips along the border in '17 and '18 and was intending to go back and do the northern section in '19, but that was cancelled as we moved to Portugal instead! A good move, although Covid has stopped us really exploring since then. Have a look on crazyguyonabike for "A Surly goes to Portugal" and "A Surly goes back to Portugal".

I did take some camping stuff the first year in case I was caught out, but didn't use it. Wild camping is not allowed in Portugal, but you can find campsite signs in most areas. Youth hostels, Pousada de Juventude, https://pousadasjuventude.pt/en are good, reasonably priced and although I didn't base the route around them, found them to be in convenient places. Apart from one in Lisbon, they were pretty quiet. Hotels are also quite cheap, around 25 to 35Euros a night for country locations. You can pay more, but not necessary.

You also see hostel signs, although only(?) in tourist areas. The border region is pretty empty but wonderful for it. You can easily cycle for an hour or so without seeing a car. A few words of Portuguese will go a long way as English is very patchy, particularly among the older population who will be the only people on the streets during the day. But French is quite widely spoken and of course Spanish.

Feel free to ask if you want more infomation.


(I was hoping that 2020 would be the year of a long trip from home (North Wales) to Gibralter, but now, I'm looking at a trip similar to yours, north to Cherbourg or Caen, for a visit to Portsmouth, although don't know when. Of course, home to Gibralter is now just a weeks ride!)