Grand Tour of Spain - La Gran Salida Portugal

  • Location


  • Duration

    5 days | 4 nights

  • Length

    40 - 100 km daily

  • Climb

    80 - 1,500 m daily

15 Aug 2024 - 20 Aug 2024

The Gran Salida of the Grand Tour of Spain. The start of the final Grand Tour of Europe and what a place to start - Lisbon and Portugal. The last time Lisbon was the Gran Salida was 1997 AND it was the first time any of the Grand Tours had started outside of their home countries. The Stage 1 individual time trial from Lisbon to Oeiras; Stage 2 starts from the Portuguese Riviera resort town of Cascais and finishes at the mediaeval town of Ourém and the Fatima Religious site; and the final Stage 3 is possibly a mountain stage, starting in Lousã and crossing the Serra da Lousã to Castelo Branco, once owned by the Templar Knights.

Our Gran Salida Experience tour offers you access to the Official Presentation of the Teams on arrival day; to ride to best parts of the routes on all 3 stages; to explore the historic towns, visit places of natural beauty but importantly to experience Portugal in the midst of the first 3 stages of Spain’s 79th Grand Tour.

In summary, in six days: riding portions of the race route before the pros; entry into the Teams Presentation Ceremony; immersion in the Portuguese-Spanish cycle culture, riding along the Atlantic coast and seaside resorts; exploring Lisbon, plus of course, the gastronomic delights of Portugal.

With the Grand Tour of Spain starting in Lisbon and finishing in Madrid - two amazing places worth visiting - why not join us for an unforgettable experience at both the Gran Salida and then for the final stage at the Grand Finale?

Please note - Grand Tours Project is not an "Official Tour Operator" of La Vuelta a Espana. You can find these official operators on the Vuelta website.

Total price: On request

  • Watch the world's best cyclists fight for the red jersey
  • Access to the Official Presentation of the Teams on arrival day
  • Ride on all 3 stages, on the day of the race
  • Be immersed in the red and amongst the passionate Vuelta fans
  • Ride through beautiful coastal and countryside landscapes
  • Visiting cities and towns dating back to Neolithic and Roman times, through Moorish and Catholic periods to modern-day Portugal
  • Expert planning and support from our team (guides, mechanics, drivers)
  • Level of fitness: MEDIUM - fit enough to ride 2 to 4 hours or 50 to 80 km per day
  • Minimum of 5 and a maximum group size: 7 (1 guide and 1 driver)
  • Bike rental (carbon frame and Shimano Ultegra Di2 or equivalent) is available


    25 km | 250 m

    Welcome to Lisbon! We will meet you at Lisbon Airport and transfer you to your hotel. Our team will help you to check in and unpack your bike or fit you to your rental bike. After a light lunch or snack, we’ll test-ride the bikes and ride out along the bike routes on the coast. Back at our hotel, we can adjust the bikes, and then head over to the Team Presentation Ceremony. After the presentation, the GTP team will provide the Experience tour briefing over apero before your first Portuguese dinner together.

    Hotel in Lisbon


    60 km | 600 m

    The day starts with a leisurely ride outside of Lisbon. The Atlantic coast is stunning and an opportunity to dive into the waves of the sea at a beach…or two plus explore the Cabo da Roca and the impressive waves crashing below. You will also ride inside the hilly Sintra-Cascais Nature Park, home to a volcanic massif and perfect for testing your climbing fitness before arriving at beautiful Sintra…BYO comfy clothes and shoes. The team will transfer you back to the hotel where you can explore the old streets and sites of Lisbon or just relax.

    Hotel in Lisbon


    12 km | ITT

    After an early breakfast, the team will guide you to the start area to ride the full Stage 1 ITT route before it is closed to the public. Empty of traffic, this is an opportunity for you to ride as fast as you can and then compare your times against the pros at the end of the day!

    There should be time to change into comfortable clothes and then join the crowds in cheering on the teams as they approach the finish.

    Hotel in Lisbon


    TBC km | TBC m

    After a leisurely breakfast, we will transfer to Cascais. Stage 2 starts here but it is also an opportunity to visit the Boca do Inferno, a scenic oceanfront cliff featuring a natural archway created by pounding waves before diving into the increasingly exciting atmosphere of the Stage 2 Depart. You can wander past the team buses, chat to the support teams, and possibly meet some of the pro riders. The build-up to the race start is exhilarating and not to be missed. Once the racers have departed, you will either ride north along the race route or be transferred to a start along the route (race route TBC). Tonight a new hotel near the Serra da Lousã.

    Hotel near Lousã

    STAGE 3 - Serra da Lousã

    70 km | 1,770 m

    The map route has not been released but the Stage 3 Depart is in Lousã and the Arrive is in Castelo Branco - in between is Serra da Lousã so we are making an educated guess that the route will pass over the mountains. Straight after breakfast you will ride the race route over the Serra da Lousã and stop for lunch on the race route and to watch the leaders and peloton ride past along with the red coloured fans. The team will transfer you to your hotel.

    Hotel in Tomar


    The departure day has arrived already. Perhaps you plan to continue following the tour into Spain with us. If not, we will assist you in checking out and arrange for you to be transferred to the airport for your trip home or ongoing journey.

    We hope the Gran Salida Grand Tour of Spain Experience description inspires you to join us on the final Grand Tour of the season.