The Big Lake, named like this because after crossing the all South Alentejo and the Algarve inland feeling the width of the South Portugal Country Side you`ll discover and crossover the Europe`s biggest artificial lake.
Designed for off-road bikers with experience not because the dificulty of the tracks but because you should be in a medium good shape to ride the 4 days. If you are not in the best shape...don`t worry we have short cuts if in any time during the day you rather go straight to hotel.
This tour is a total of 5 days; your arrival, plus 4 days biking and more than 800 kms of all kinds of trails through sand, rivers, mountains and valleys, forest, single track, technical and fast flat lanes.
There is the possibility to add an extra night in Lisbon at the end of your tour and include a dinner with a Fado performence (World Music Heritage).
Non-bikers also possible in our rallyraid support vehicle.
Bring your family. We may manage a program that allows everybody to join in the end of the day and at lunch time.
You will experience
The beauty of Alentejo plains
Typical style accommodation in awarded Country Houses
Wonderful meals of traditional Portuguese cuisine
Wonderful medieval villages
Friendly, welcoming people
Technical sandy tracks
Fast tracks to improve your drifting
Tight montain turns
Arriving to Lisbon Airport the transfer will take an hour to Évora. Check in at the hotel and pick up the appropriate equipment; boots, pants, helmets ...
Dinner is scheduled in a nice restaurant inside the ancient walls and you can enjoy a walk by lovely city of Évora, World Heritage by Unesco.
Day 1 .: Évora - Lousal (216 km)
Breakfast at 8.00 and briefing to explain you how to use the GPS, safety rules and other important details about the day stage. Leaving Évora towards north you`ll get wide lanes between fences of the Alentejo farms until you reach the Divor`s dam and a few more kms you`ll see in the top of the hill the XIII century castle of Arraiolos. Soon after we cross Ravasqueira`s vineyards just before we get to Ciborro, a litlle village plantted in the midle of nowhere. Turning southwest on typical tracks of this region you`ll slalow the cork oak trees and cross ahead a sandy bottom river before having lunch in Vendas Novas.
After lunch again wide lanes in sections sometimes sandy but firm. Refueling in Alcácer do Sal, then get in sandy tracks, a section to the try your skills, followed by bumpy tracks until the arrival to Lousal mines. The ruins worth visiting.
Day 2 .: Lousal - Portimão (227 km)
It is the longest stage of the expedition. Connecting Ermidas do Sado for refueling, and then go on sandy and great driving enjoyment tracks. Long bumpy tracks to the Cercal and soon after the Sierra, more technical and physically demading, followed by a section of the Rota Vicentina and the visit to "grab the Pious", already close Odemira, our lunch spot.
In the afternoon, more sinuous sections of Sierra before reaching Aljezur. We refuel, and headed to the Atlantic with the mythical descent of the "Barranco Canal", where you can enjoy the "needle tip", symbol of the beach of Arrifana. Then we went to this on wide slopes along the wind, passing the Odiáxere Dam, already very close to the Golf Resort where we will be staying.
Day 3 .: Portimão - Mértola (181 km)
Refueling shortly after departure, and by the "Enchanted Valley" where starts the crossing of the Algarve mountains with beautifull views over the Southern Atlantic Cost. Lunch "off track" by the Ribeira do Vascão. Refueling in Ameixial and pass by Martim Longo. Already near Mértola you`ll be riding side by side with Guadiana River, a great beauty and driving pleasure. Dinner in a Moroccan-influenced restaurant and spent the night in a hotel overlooking the Guadiana.
Day 4.: Mértola - Évora (216 km)
Coming up the left bank of the Guadiana, visiting the "Pulo do Lobo" for a memorable photos. Passing by Serpa for the mythic fresh beer at "Lebrinha", followed by Pias and Moura, already very close to the Alqueva the Europe`s biggest articial lake. At Mourão the lunch will be served at "Adega Velha" where you`ll have a spontaneous performence of Alentejo`s rural singuers.
In the afternoon, the mediavel village of Monsaraz with an unforgetable view over the Lake!! Refueling in Reguengos de Monsaraz, Europe`s Wine Capital for one last wavy section near the Monte Novo Dam, as well near Evora, where we return after 4 days.
KTM 450 EXC Fuel Injection
GPS loaded with routes
3rs party Insurence for the bikes
Accomodation and meals
4 nights in twin share accomodation at Hotels or Country Houses
We recommend you to upgrade your booking with the last night and dinner.Take the opportunity to discover the City.
Back up assistence
Support vehicle with mechanic and spare parts
Do not forget
Medical insurance with repatriation (mandatory)
1000€ returnable deposit for bike and gps damages
driving licence (mandatory)
Money for coffee breaks and personal expenses
Note: for guaranteed comfort, we always recommend you bring your gear. However, we can supply these for a one-off charge of 100€. Enduro waterproof jacket and enduro shirt are no included on rentals.
Clothing and other stuff
Lightweight thermal underwear the best option to use over your skin
Camel Backwith about 1.5 litres (OBLIGATORY)
Aspirins/paracetamol – some form of pain killer
Lip salve – to avoid chapped lips
Transfers to and from Lisbon Airport
We can manage that four you with other riders to reduce costs. Starting at 35€/person (each way) for groups with more than 3 people.
Reservations are made on HorizonAdventures website (www.horizonadventures.pt). Several extras can be added during the booking process, right after the selection of your tour. The optional extras will be displayed in several lines right below the booked tour. We strongly recommend all participants to plan the return flight on the day after the last riding day. For this reason, the last day’s dinner and accommodation is a pre-selected add on. If a participant need to catch the return flight on the same day, he’s free to remove this extra, before closing the bill.
When finalizing the booking the participant will be asked for a first deposit to reserve his bike. A 3,5% handling fee will be added to cover administrative costs.
As soon as we receive the first deposit, the place on the tour will be reserved. This payment is non-refundable in any case, but can be used if the customer wants to relocate to another tour, as long as it’s booked within 12 months after the initial tour date.
Once we receive confirmation of the bank transfer, we will send an email notification confirming your place on the tour. In this email you will find a link to be used to proceed with the second payment (the customer must enter the same importance as on the first deposit). This payment should take place no later than 60 days before the start of the tour.
The remaining payment is due at your arrival, before the start of the event.
Reservations are accepted only after the acceptance of the present Terms & Conditions, by ticking on the related check box.
Payments can be made by Paypal. Contact us for other methods of payment.
Transfer IN / Transfer OUT
We can arrange the transfers from/to the Airport. We will try as much as possible to join more participants booked on the same tour. If you’re interested to share these transfers, please don’t forget to add it on your booking process.
The extra cost included on the Booking extras is calculated for a minimum of 4 persons. If the group to be transferred is less than 4 participants the cost will be higher, and balanced on your arrival (send us an email should you want more details on these over costs).
If a participant book a tour, but for some reason the payment has not been processed, or if only the first payment was done, but the second payment is overdue with less than 60 days prior to the event, HorizonAdventures will not secure the place on the tour, and reserves the right to cancel the reservation and open this place for other participants.
If a participant withdrawal occurs between 60 and 30 days before the start of the tour, HorizonAdventures will return 50% of the amount paid to date by the participant, except the first deposit, which is non-refundable.
If the withdrawal takes place less than 30 days prior to the beginning of the tour, HorizonAdventures will not return any payment to the customer.
HorizonAdventures reserves the right, at any time, to cancel, change the itinerary or interrupt a tour when, for any reason, the safety or comfort of the participants are not guaranteed in countries or regions visited on the tour, including force majeure as riots, floods, earthquakes, etc.
If HorizonAdventures defeat the realization of the tour, all participants will be reimbursed in full amount they have paid.
Specifically on tours “The Big Lake” and “Atlantic Odyssey”, HorizonAdventures reserves the right to change the itinerary of the tour if 30 days prior to the starting date, there are less than 4 riders confirmed. In such case “Atlantic Odyssey” will be replaced by a 3 days tour + 2 days loop, and the “The Big Lake Tour” will be replaced by a 2 days tour + 2 days loop. A loop is when the start & end of the day stage takes place in the same location (in this case Évora). In such case 3 options are available:
1. Accept the itinerary changes,
2. Relocate to the next tour,
3. Quit the participation and get reimbursed on the full amount paid (if the change becomes reality).
In any case, if till the last minute the minimum of 4 riders is achieved, HorizonAdventures will come back to the initial itinerary as described on the website.
The bikes included in the tour package are limited to be used exclusively in the scope and course of the tour. It doesn’t include and will not be allowed to use the bike outside the described route, or particular uses on rest days and / or at the end of daily stages.
In some HorizonAdventures tours a spare bike is carried. This bike will be used free of charge if there is a mechanical breakdown. During the tour HorizonAdventures is not obligated to replace a damaged bike due to fall or accident.
Before beginning the tour, the client agrees to pay a deposit of ONE THOUSAND EUROS, to cover any damages caused on the bike, during the event. This amount will be returned in full provided that no damage has occurred.
A final check will be done in the presence of the participant to evaluate any possible damages. If for whatever reason it is not possible to check the bikes at the end of the tour (eg: Urgency to catch return flight), HorizonAdventures will have up to 7 days to advise the participant of those damages, which the participant accept to be charged.
Wheelies are not allowed - If damage is caused as the result of doing a wheelie the client will be responsible for the cost of all damages, independently of the deposit to cover damages.
The personal and group security is a priority for HorizonAdventures.
The client must hold a full motorbike driving license which must be brought on the tour, and has made known of any endorsements or restrictions made to it by the licensing authorities.
The irresponsibly use of the bike, disregarding the rules of transit or the tour, will not be tolerated and cause the immediate suspension of the pilot, and the bike will be locked.
In the event of an accident involving a third party, in which the participant (driver) is found guilty, in particular for infringing the traffic rules, the participant's responsibility will be the total replacement of the damage caused on the bike, regardless of the initial deposit
All fines, judicial costs, etc., derived from any form of traffic infraction or other, caused by the client during the tour, will be payable by the client.
For all intents and purposes, the client is aware of the current legislation in Portugal and therefore assure, under Article 40, paragraph 2 of Law 5/2007, from January 16th, approving the Basic Law of Physical Activity and Sport, that does not have any contraindications to the practice of various sporting activities, which will be taking place.
The client declare that he has taken note of the program, including the fact that he will mainly engage in driving motorcycles and all risks associated with the practice of this sport, taking any and all liabilities arising from acts performed by him of which result in damages to HorizonAdventures, or others, and accept to be obliged to pay compensation to the affected parties at the precise extent of this damage.
If the client leaves the tour voluntarily before completion of the tour, or is required to do so by HorizonAdventures, (on the grounds that the client’s presence is detrimental to the safety or well-being of the tour or any one person on the tour), then all liability that HorizonAdventures may bear to that client (namely the event insurance) will cease immediately. HorizonAdventures will have no responsibility for repatriation of the participant, or any other expenses which may arise out of such an event.
HorizonAdventures has contracted for all its activities a Liability Insurance, mandatory for all Touristic Animation Agents, according to article 27 of Decree-Law No. 108/2009 of May, 15th amended by the Decree-Law No. 95/2013 of July, 19th.
The motorbikes of HorizonAdventures are covered by a Liability Insurance (civil responsibility third party).
HorizonAdventures has a Personal Accident Insurance to cover his clients on any tour. The client is aware of the conditions of the Personal Accident Insurance, inherent to the tour, in particular the conditions and the coverage, according to article 27 of Decree-Law No. 108/2009 of May, 15th assuming responsibility for any damage not covered by its Policy, as well as any expenses that exceed the coverages of that policy, or any disease / pernicious situation that may occur.
Additionally, each participant must book in his country of residence a travel insurance including health care with repatriation to his own country, to be used in the event of an accident or medical emergency. This insurance must explicitly not exclude the bike as means of transport, and has to be valid in all countries included on the tour. The client acknowledges that this specific risk coverage is his solely responsibility.
All tour prices are based on a twin room sharing.
The Single room supplement can be added on the booking process (extra cost). There is a limited number of single rooms which will be confirmed on a first come, first serve basis. If you are traveling alone but wish to share a twin room, HorizonAdventures will try to find you a roommate in the same situation.
If HorizonAdventures is unable to find a roommate, the last participant to book the tour will have to be charged for single room supplement.
Rules during the tour
In the initial briefing, some basic rules will be communicated to the group. Failure to follow these rules or any other staff indication that could compromise the security of any member of the group will result in immediate suspension of the participant.
- Do not surpass the Tour Leader;
- Do not leave the GPS track;
- Respect traffic regulations and local speed limits;
- Do not consume alcoholic beverages during riding hours;
- Meet the timetables set out in the daily briefing;
- Comply with the directions and decisions of the Tour Leader.
Tours are operated on a seasonal basis. If variations in weather conditions that may result in damaged / dangerous road conditions, HorizonAdventures may change the tour itinerary and accommodations. In such case, the route will be adjusted and alternative hotels & restaurants will be used.
- Valid passport with expiration date higher than 6 months after the end of the tour.
- Driving license is mandatory for all tours.
- Credit card for online pre-payment authorizations (eg: deposit for bike damages).
- Travel insurance including health care and repatriation to the country of residence.
Photo and video material
Photos and videos produced by HorizonAdventures in any tour are property of HorizonAdventures. The copyright is owned by HorizonAdventures.
With the acceptance of these terms and conditions, HorizonAdventures is authorized to use all this material for advertising and marketing purposes, including images of tours where participants can be recognized. Participants aren’t entitled to any claim against HorizonAdventures due to the use of these materials.
The client will comply strictly with the laws and customs of all countries visited, whether in respect of health, immigration, exchange control, drugs or any other matter.
Any discrepancy that may arise between the client and HorizonAdventures will be dealt with under the jurisdiction of the Company's home country - Portugal.
Read carefully the conditions described above and clarify all of your doubts.
To complete the booking process the client must agree and accept all these terms and conditions by ticking on the related checkbox.