Event Honor Committe

pr-grandolaGraça Guerreiro Nunes
Mayor of Grândola

Even for those with a keen sense of direction, as it is certainly the case for the international participants of Mountain Bike Orienteering events, that will take place on our territory, it is very easy to lose their hearts, falling in love with a County with flaring landscapes, where the mountains lean over the sea after having embraced the Alentejo plains.
Here you will find a surprising gastronomy, which harmoniously combines the fresh aromas from the sea with the strong and hot flavors from Alentejo. Here you will discover a warm and brotherly people, who like to welcome those who visit us and choose our County to live.
To the organization of the MTB Orienteering World Cup 2013 Round 3, and the World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships 2013, and to all participants, I send my vows of a huge success, expressing our gratitude for the confidence deposited on us. I’m certain that our territory will prove to be up to this challenge and this privilege.

pr-santiagoVitor Proença
Mayor of Santiago do Cacém

On the way of major events
The Municipality of Santiago Cacém and the Alentejo Coast are, once again, on the path of a major international event. It is with great enthusiasm that we receive the worldwide community of MTBO and we are sure that you'll take the best memories of our landscapes and exciting tracks. We leave you the challenge to enjoy our gastronomy at the same time you soak up the hospitality and friendliness of our people.
A warm greeting to all the athletes, as well to all the members of the organization and other stakeholders involved in these two major competitions, to whom we wish the greatest success. Welcome to the municipality of Santiago Cacém!


pr-santiagoManuel Coelho
Mayor of Sines

Welcome to Sines, hometown of Vasco da Gama, one of the greatest navigators in the history of the world.
In 1498, using the most advanced navigation techniques of his time, he discovered the seaway to India sailing around South Africa in one of the most legendary voyages in the history of navigation and a milestone in the inauguration of the modern age and universality.
The memory of a navigational prowess like this should resonate with you, but Sines itself is an enticing territory of discovery, with a diversity of landscape that makes orienteering a stimulating experience and an experience of emotions.
Located in one of the best preserved coastlines in Europe, Sines' landscape includes steep cliffs, small beaches, dune systems, streams, marshes, hills, forests and man-made landmarks.
Sines is also endowed with rich historic heritage and hosts the biggest "world music" event in Portugal, FMM Sines - Festival Músicas do Mundo.
Our gastronomy is marked by the sea and its seafood and by the gastronomic culture of Alentejo region. This secular interaction creates a culture of quality in the art of cooking fish and shellfish mixed with the flavours of rural inland Alentejo.
Economically, Sines is consolidating its position as an important economical centre, with a great European port and many high tech industries, balancing industrial development and environmental quality.
I wish success to the organisation of the MTB Orienteering World Cup 2013 Round 3, the World Masters MTB Orienteering Championships 2013 and to all participants and visitors, hoping that you will have a great stay in Sines!