Guided and unguided cycling tours Portugal

8 Days | 7 Nights
3/5 Moderate
281 km

Alentejo Wine country and Castles

Exploring an untouched region full of history, vineyards and much more


The start of Alentejo cycling tour is in Estremoz, the city of marble. Mainly in paved and quite roads, the scenery of this cycling holiday will take you to the ancient times. Abandoned and occupied Castles, Monastery’s, old churches are very characteristic of every place you will visit in the district of Évora, also known one of Portugal’s hottest region. The Alentejo Wine is very known by the portuguese people and very appreciated. The experience will also take you thru nature where you can see cork and olive oil trees. Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Don´t miss the most important cromlech in Europe with over 5000 years of history. Explore the city of Évora, still enclosed by medieval walls and many monuments dating from various historical periods, including a Roman Temple.

Route description:

  • Mostly rolling hills in safe backroads
  • 85 % of the route is in paved roads and 15 % is in unpaved and smooth paths.
  • If you rent a road bicycle the route will be 100% in paved roads.
  • 1790 meters of cumulative gap climbs

Itinerary:

Day 1: Reception in Lisbon

Day 2: Estremoz Loop – Sousel – Estremoz : 46 km

Day 3: Estremoz -Vila Viçosa :35 km

Day 4: Vila Viçosa – Monsaraz: 55 km

Day 5: Monsaraz – Évora: 61 km

Day 6: Évora Loop – Arraiolos - Évora: 47 km

Day 7: Évora Loop: 36 Km, 44 km or 55 km

Day 8: Departure

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Day 1: Reception in Lisbon and transfer to Estremoz

Explore Estremoz (“white city”), house of many kings and queens of Portugal, especially king Dinis and Queen Isabel. Take a walk into the city, admire the marble cobblestones and visit the Castel and other monuments that the city offers. Hotel 4 *: Pousada de Estremoz

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Day 2: Day 2: Estremoz Loop – Sousel – Estremoz : 46 km

This easy cycling day will be mostly near agriculture fields and of course a visit to a winery where you can taste de local wine. This loop goes thru Sousel, a tipical Alentejana village in the district of Portalegre. The population of this village works essential on pastoral and agriculture of wine and olive oil. Go back to Estremoz and explore it once more. Hotel 4 *: Pousada de Estremoz

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Day 3: Estremoz -Vila Viçosa : 35 km

Going out of Estremoz on a bicycle will be a good feeling. A few kilometers further you will find a marble extraction point and after that continue your way to the next place called Arcos. The first half of the route it will be easy…enjoy the cork trees and then start a smooth climb till Borba, well know by the portuguese people because the wine, and then a little further finish your route in Vila Viçosa. These two places are also very connected to the marble industry. Explore Vila Viçosa, known as the “Princess of Alentejo”, and visit the Ducal Palace and the Castle Hotel 4 *: Pousada Convento Vila Viçosa

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Day 4: Vila Viçosa – Monsaraz: 55 km

Although this is one of the longest day of cycling, after 4 kilometers, a long descent will guide you to the biggest artificial Alqueva’s lake. On the way some oleander flowers will paint some trees and shrubs. The route will take you to Outeiro Menhir, right before reaching Monsaraz Castle. Hotel 4 *: Horta da Moura Hotel or luxuary Option (extra quote) Farm: Herdade São lourenço do Barrocal

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Day 5: Monsaraz – Évora : 61 km

This is probably the most difficult and long day of your cycling week tour. Although of that the route pass thru endless vineyards. The first stop will be Corval. This village is billed as Portugal’s largest pottery centre. In Reguengos de Monsaraz is possibel to visit Herdade do Esporão, that is a big producer of wine and olive oil in Alentejo. After Montoito village and some kilometers further is the mysterious Valongo Castle. At this point, half of the way is on your back and the route will be up and down in smooth climbs with a view of Olive trees. On the way to Évora you still can have a coffe in Nossa Senhora de Machete. Hotel 4 *: Pousada Convento de Évora

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Day 6: Évora Loop – Arraiolos - Évora: 47 km

This great day will guide thru a winery for one more visit and to Arraiolos village, that is known because its carpets as well as the peculiar circular castle. The Olive Oil trees and Cork trees will be on your views again. The return to Évora will be fast, and you can have more time to explore it and visit on of the highlights that is the Bone Chapel dated from the XIII century. Hotel 4 *: Pousada Convento de Évora

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Day 7: Évora Loop: 36 Km, 44 km or 55 km

This will be an Historical day. If you are interested in some pre historical sites and Roman ruins make the final effort and cycle to the biggest dolmen and a cromlech with over 5000 years. If that is not enough don´t miss the opportunity to go to the ruins of Tourega Roman village, near the lake. Hotel 4 *: Pousada Convento de Évora

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Day 8: Departure
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Luggage shuttling
Lisbon Airport Transfers
Train or van transfer back to Lisbon
Van Support
GPS With route per booking
Bike rent
Guide
Mechanical Assistance
6 lunches
6 Dinners
Personal Accident Insurance
Liability Insurance
Min. Participants
7 Nights / 8 Days
* Low season
* Regular season
* High Season
* Summer Season
Self Guided bikeTour
1395
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
Yes
Lisbon Airport Transfers
Yes
Train or van transfer back to Lisbon
Yes
Van Support
No
GPS With route per booking
Yes
Bike rent
+150 € for carbon road bike
Guide
No
Mechanical Assistance
No
6 lunches
No
6 Dinners
No
Personal Accident Insurance
No
Liability Insurance
No
Min. Participants
1
7 Nights / 8 Days
Price per person
* Low season
1.395€
* Regular season
1.495€
* High Season
1.595€
* Summer Season
1.645€
Guided Biketour
1795
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
Yes
Lisbon Airport Transfers
Yes
Train or van transfer back to Lisbon
Yes
Van Support
minimum 8 pax
GPS With route per booking
No
Bike rent
+150 € for carbon road bike
Guide
Yes
Mechanical Assistance
Yes
6 lunches
No
6 Dinners
No
Personal Accident Insurance
Yes
Liability Insurance
Yes
Min. Participants
4
7 Nights / 8 Days
Price per person
* Low season
1.795€
* Regular season
1.895€
* High Season
1.955€
* Summer Season
2.045€
Guided Biketour plus
2356
Accommodations W/ Breakfast
Yes (4 stars, farms or rural houses)
Luggage shuttling
Yes
Lisbon Airport Transfers
Yes
Train or van transfer back to Lisbon
Yes
Van Support
Yes
GPS With route per booking
No
Bike rent
+150 € for carbon road bike
Guide
Yes
Mechanical Assistance
Yes
6 lunches
Yes
6 Dinners
Yes
Personal Accident Insurance
Yes
Liability Insurance
Yes
Min. Participants
4
7 Nights / 8 Days
Price per person
* Low season
2.356€
* Regular season
2.456€
* High Season
2.556€
* Summer Season
2.606€

*Season:

  • LS - Low season: Nov 01 to Mar 25
  • RS - Regular season: Mar 26 to 25 Jun and Set 26 to 31 Oct
  • HS - High Season: Set 01 to 25 Set
  • SS - Summer Season: Jun 26 to August 30

Observations:

  • Prices are based for 2 people sharing the same room;
  • Prices can suffer updates due high season, holidays or weekends
  • Beverages are not included at lunch and dinner when included in the package
  • If in a triple room with parents Children up to 10 years old - 35% discount. Children from 11 to 14 years old - 20% discount. Children from 15 to 17 years old - 15% discount.

Extras

  • Electric bicycles price: 175€
  • Supplement for single room: LS: 350€, RS: 379€, HS: 410€, SS.440€
  • Extra nights: on request
  • Private group price on request

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