The Castles and Wine BIKE TOUR will live up to its name.
Most nights will be passed either in a castle or an old convent, now beautiful charming hotels.
Along the way the great ancient city of Évora, world heritage site, and small fortified hamlets will tell the stories of wars with moors and Spain. The border is right there on the other side of Alqueva, the biggest artificial lake in Europe.
The loveable Alentejo people, at first shy, the Mediterranean typical gastronomy along with the wonders of cork, marble, olive oil and other crafts will enrich your experience. And the wine… well come and judge for yourself…
All this in safe backroads with some easy bits off the asphalt riding, with us by your side.
We will be pleased if you chose to Cycle Portugal with us!
The bike tour starts cycling throught Arraiolos village, famous for it's carpets, pastry, and its rich historical centre. Climb to the castle, one of the few round shaped in the peninsula, and conquer its unforgettable views from .
Riding through secondary undulating roads we reach the cheese farm, where they also produce local liqueurs. A really tasty stop!
It’s now time to visit a winery where there is a fantastic private carriage collection. We will have our lunch here.
Riding through some small farms we will reach the Aldeia da Terra, a gigantic cartoon made of clay instead of paper. Curious?
We reach our final destination, Évora, riding in the ecotrail, a green lane built on top of an old railway, traffic free, great for cycling.
Base kms: 42, if you sleep in Évora. 35 kms, if you sleet at the our guesthouse
Total ascent: 400 mts
Terrain: rolling terrain, some dirt roads.
Wine tasting, cheese tasting and picnic included in van guided and guided bike tours only.
If you are intrigued by the evolution of our kind, puzzled by the enormity of some Neolithic constructions or wondered about the magical meaning of some pre historical sites, than this bike tour day is for you. The biggest dolmen and one of the most important cromeleques in Europe with over 5000 years of history are waiting for you. The ride finishes in Évora, where you will have the chance to wonder around and get immersed in this ancient pre-roman settlement. One of the highlights will be the visit to the surreal XIII century bone chapel.
Base kms: 45 kms, if you sleep in Évora. Also 45 kms, if you slept at the our guesthouse, with a transfer in the beginning of day.
Total ascent: 500 mts
Terrain: flat terrain, some dirt roads. A more demanding climb in the beggining that can be avoided with the transfer when you sleep at our farm
Picnic and ticket to bone's chapel included in van guided and guided tours only. Dinner not included.
Accommodation in same hotel
4th day - The Valley of the Degebe River
Cycling from Évora to Reguengos de Monsaraz.
Leaving Évora toward the rising sun a more baren landscape will keep us company.
On this bike tour day ride between olive groves to reach the small and traditional village of Nossa Srª de Machede.
After a pause for a cold drink or coffee a visit to an old working leather factory. After lunch the mysterious castle of Valongo will provide shade while it unveils its roman past. A calm ride through easy backroads sets the tone to the day’s final destination. Before dinner a visit to a local distinct winery where the scent of the brewing clay pots fills the air with the ancient knowledge that makes great wine. Dinner is an unexpected surprise
Base Kms: 50 (if you slept in Évora) or 57 kms (if you slept at our guesthouse)
Total ascent: 500 mts
Terrain: undulating roads
Lunch and dinner included in van guided and guided tours only.
You may cycle 10 kms more and stay at Herdade de S. Lourenço do Barrocal, a charm country hotel with an architecture prize. Having dinner there you may try the wine and olive oil done by the estate. If you chose this option we recommend that you stay for 2 nights, and we will adapt your cycling route to Monsaraz.
5th day - Conquest of the Castle of Monsaraz
Cycling from Reguengos to Monsaraz.
Today’s bike tour destination is the fortified village of Monsaraz, an important stronghold in the defense of our nation just by the border with Spain. On the way we will visit the famous pottery village of S. Pedro do Corval, where you can see the men making magic with the clay, transforming it into beautiful pots and plates, and the ladies painting them with flowers in an impressive speed.
Then with Spain in sight lunch by the biggest artificial lake in Europe, the Alqueva dam reservoir. Then it’s time to conquer the castle, use all your energy to climb up to Monsaraz! Your hotel is either just by the city walls or inside, either option really nice. See the sunset from the tower!
Base Kms: 35 kms
Total ascent: 380 mts
Level: easy except the climb to Monsaraz
Terrain: flat roads, with one ascent to the castle
Lunch and dinner included in van guided and guided tours only
Casa Pinto, a charm bed&breakfast in the medieaval castle
6th day - The Sanctuary Route
Cycling from Monsaraz to Vila Viçosa.
The day’s ride will lead to the marble capital of Portugal and one of the biggest in Europe. The marble triangle will mark the landscape for the next bike tour days. The so called white gold is the main economy driver of the region. Its richness is a constant presence in the wide streets and tall buildings. The picnic lunch and the visit to an impressive fortified sanctuary with an interesting tale will close the morning. Then a rare sight over distinct colored lagoons finishing with accomodation in an aristocratic convent.
Todays bike tour ride is soft so take this opportunity to taste some local delicacies: Petiscos (Snacks).
From tavern to tavern the ride will delight your senses. The rest of the day will be spent in contemplation and admiration until the doors of Estremoz, the final destination of the journey. Dinner and closing celebrations with some surprises will be held in an old 15th century jail house - only for the nobles!!! And the journey will not be over until you climb up to the marble Donjon tower of the castle where you will sleep!
Base Kms: 35 kms
Total ascent: 680 mts - possible to cut out some of these climbs even on a self guided tour - paying a small extra fee the luggage transfer will be done in a van that can pick you and the bikes up along the way.
Terrain: undulating, with some climbing
Lunch, consisting on several Petiscos/snacks and dinner included in van guided and guided tours only
DISCOUNT PRICE IF YOU BOOK TWO TOURS! We know you want to do several Portugal Bike tours!
On Van guided POrtugal bike tours the guide will be the driver. He/she will guide you from a distance. The car will be near enough so that you can see it on the junctions. The guide will stop at important or interesting places to give history explanations or tell a story. Some people call this a supported tour, though in our case it is more than that because you are actually being guided.
On Guided bike tours groups are accompanied by one or two cycling guides, besides a guide who takes the support car, prepares the picnics and transports your luggage. Lunches are picnic type with traditional foods from the area where we are cycling. Some times we also use local restaurants.
In dinners arranged by us and you can be sure you will try the best gastronomy as we choose restaurants well known by us for its good traditional food. No «touristy» places included!
On van guided or guided cycling tours you can expect full service from your guides. They will do their best to make your holiday an unforgettable one.
Our guides are all Portuguese and know our region very well. They are very service minded and most of them have been working with us for many years. They are bikers themselves and love to go cycling on their holidays, so they know what you expect from them! THey will make sure you have a great bike tour in Portugal!