The Castles Quest 2019
The Castles Quest is a self supported adventure, each participant is on their own risk and is participating in a concept of philosophy of Bikepacking.
The idea of the challenge is to cover a lot of kilometers through locations of elevated historical nature following the principal of total autonomy.
The organization provides tools that make the adventure possible, integrated into a follow-up structure guaranteeing information and security services.
There will be 2 adventures, one that lasts 8 days and the second one 4 days. The 8 days adventure will start in September 14, 2019, at 2:30pm and could last until the cut-off date on September 22, 2019, at 12am. The 4 days adventure will start in September 19, having it’s end in September 22.
The 8-day adventure course
The course you will take is marked on the field (permanent sign) and is part of the GR22, which is the large route that connects the 12 Historical Villages of Portugal (AHP).
The course is circular, beginning and ending at the same village – the historical village of Sortelha – and has a total distance of nearly 560 km.
The 12 historical villages are the following: Sortelha, Castelo Mendo, Almeida, Castelo Rodrigo, Marialva, Trancoso, Linhares da Beira, Piódão, Castelo Novo, Idanha-a-Velha, Monsanto, Belmonte e Sortelha.
The 4-day adventure course
The course you will take is marked on the field (permanent sign) and is part of the GR22 and GR22.1 route , the path marked South Loop.
This course is circular, beginning and ending at the same village – the historical village of Sortelha – and has a total distance of nearly 330 km.
The historical villages are the following: Sortelha, Belmonte, Piódão, Castelo Novo, Idanha-a-Velha, Monsanto, Belmonte e Sortelha.
The Castles Quest presents a very particular and rich Historic nature, incomparable to all the other similar events held worldwide.
In this regard, the organization offers unexpected moments throughout The Castles Quest, which can make you more than just a participant in an adventure. You will go through courses made by knights, with each day making you a conqueror.