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Southern France, Spain and Portugal

Mostly dry, rocky and loose, really hot in the high summer and surprisingly cold in the winter. Huge variation between mountain ranges across this section, with the  Mediterranean dominating the weather and geography, although central Spain is quite unique with the highest parts of this section topping out above 2000m. 

Recommended time to ride, early spring start in Portugal is possible, although the high interior of Spain can be really cold and snowy until May, the Sierra de Segura, and Montanasvacias regions being the highest and potentially coldest. Ideally finish by late October/early November in Portugal. Avoid in the high summer except for the really highest parts that could be pleasant in July. 

International airport in Faro, 100km from Cape St Vincent. 

Highest point 2100m