Finisterra's 'Lisboa Melilla' is a bikepacking route and an adventure-cycling ride across Portugal (Alentejo region), Spain (Andaluzia region) and Morocco (Rif Mountains). The adventure starts in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area and finishes in the Spanish autonomous enclave of Melilla, located in North of Africa. It's an on-road route and ride with around 1.250KM & 18.000M of climbing. Long-distance cyclists will experience a radical sociocultural shift in just a few hundred kilometers. However, adventurers also will find also historic and cultural marks of the Islamic presence in Iberian Peninsula and colonial marks in North of Morocco. The ride starts on September 30 2023 in Setúbal (Lisbon Metropolitan Area) and finishes in the gate of Africa / / For others the gateway to Europe: Melilla.

MANIFESTO

THE SPIRIT OF THE RIDE

THE ROUTE

ALENTEJO * ANDALUZIA * RIF MOUNTAINS

REGISTRATION

OPENS ON FEBRUARY 1ST 2023

THE Ride

BRIEFING | SEPT. 30TH MORNING | LISBON

DEPARTURE | SEPT. 30TH EVENING | SETÚBAL

TIME LIMIT | OCT. 7TH NIGHT | MELILLA 


STRAIT OF GIBRALTAR MIGRANTS CRISIS


According to the 'Humans Rights Watch', the "Mediterranean is the world’s deadliest migration route". Thousands of migrants are seeking for a better quality of life and/or simply for peace. This is what European Union can offer and 'westerners' are devaluing. Due to the increasing strict control in Eastern Mediterranean, some new Western Mediterranean routes are emerging, such the gateways to Europe of the Spanish enclaves in North of Africa. 'Lisboa Melilla' will symbolicilly help - with 5% of participants fees -  the Non Governamental Organizations focus on the well-being of this travellers and the fight against the deaths in the Mediterranen at the gates of Europe.

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