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Alentejo Bike Tour


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  • Guided
  • Sportive** (2/4)
  • Bike Journey
  • Road Cycling
  • 8 days
  • aprox. 100 Km / 62,14 Miles
  • Yes
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8 Days
7 Nights
6 Riding days

Total Distance
715 km

Total Ascent
4,200m

Total Descent
4,375m

Highlights

- History, culture and milenar traditions;
- Sleeping in Castles and farmhouses;
- Starting  in Évora, UNESCO classified as a World Heritage Site;
- Mediaeval villages;
- Quiet and reduced traffic amazing tarmac roads along stunning landscapes with vineyards, oak and olive trees;
- Crossing the biggest artificial lake in Europe;
- International awarded wine tastings;
- Delicious regional Portuguese gastronomy from the Alentejo region;

Description

Discover the amazing history, culture and traditions the Alentejo has to offer. Voted as the Best Wine Region in the world in 2014, Alentejo is a picturesque and charming destination, where you’ll definetely fall in love with its whitewashed villages, medieval castles, golden plains, secular traditions and lifestyle. Starting in one of UNESCO's world heritage sites, Évora, ride along historical villages as Arraiolos, Évora Monte, Estremoz, Vila Viçosa, Monsaraz, Mina de São Domingos, Mértola and Vila Nova de Milfontes, in the West Coast. Ride low traffic national roads and traditional backroads of the Alentejo region, popular for its long rolling hills and narrow roads among agricultural fields and stone walls that provide a great atmosphere for riding the bike. The stages have low elevation making it perfect for beginners and intermediate riders. 
With a rich and famous gastronomy, the Alentejo is a great destination to experience the best that Portugal has to offer, being considered by many as the best place to eat and drink in Portugal.
Also, you’ll have the opportunity to spend the night in historical buildings now converted in splendid touristic lodgings.

Route



Techcnical Details: 
Stage  1 - Day 2: From the roman times to the medieval era
103kms / 64mi - 660m uphill / 2165ft - Level 2 of 4


Stage 2 - Day 3: Explore the North of the Alentejo and conquer the Castle of Marvão
104kms /64.5mi - 1000m / 3280ft uphill - Level 3 of 4

Stage 3 - Day 4: From the North of the Alentejo to the capital of Marble.
120kms /75mi - 1300m /4265ft of climbs - Level 2 of 5

Stage 4 - Day 5: The fortified city of Elvas and Juromenha with Spain in sight.
110kms / 70mi - 700m / 2300ft uphill - Level 2 of 4


Stage 5 - Day 6:  The largest artificial lake in Europe and the São Domingos mine.
137kms / 70mi - 500m / 1640ft uphill - Level 2 of 4


Stage 6: Day 7: Cross the Alentejo "side by side"
104kms / 65mi - 1400m / 4600ft uphill - Level 3

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Portugal and Évora, UNESCO classified as a world heritage site
A Bikesul staff member will be at the airport to welcome-you and drive you to Évora, just one hour away from Lisbon. If you prefer, you can meet us in Évora, in the center, next to Diana's roman temple.
At 06pm, enjoy a welcome drink and a general briefing followed by the adjustment of your bicycle (if rented from Bikesul).
Accommodation in Évora.



Meals Included: Dinner
Destination of the day: Évora

Day 2: From Roman times to the medieval age (103 km/64 mi - 660 m/2165 ft elevation gain) - Level 2 of 4
Departing from Évora, we ride towards the old village of Valverde and then head north on a slight steady climb towards Arraiolos, the village of the famous "Arraiolos carpets", boasting also a circular castle. Then, enjoy the traditional Alentejo landscape made up of olive and cork trees. After passing through Vimieiro it's time to face the challenging climb that will take us to the imponent castle of Évora Monte, once a strategic military site. From here, you will be able to sight another castle, the one in Estremoz, the next one we will "conquer".
The final part of this stage will be somewhat challenging with the ascent to the hill where the village of Estremoz is located. End this day by exploring the castle of Estremoz and contemplating the magnificent views from the castle over the region, where the Serra de Ossa stands out to the south.
Accommodation in Estremoz.



Destinations: Estremoz
Meals Included: BreakfastPicnic lunch box and dinner included

Day 3: Northern Alentejo and the conquest of the Marvão Castle (104 km/64.5 mi - 1000 m/3280 ft elevation gain) - Level 3 of 4
From Estremoz we continue riding to the North, passing through the major vilas of Sousel, Fronteira and Alter do Chão, small typical villages where, among the white houses with colorful bands, imposing stately manor houses from the 18th century stand out, showing the agricultural wealth of the region.
The surrounding nature is generous, allowing beautiful landscapes, as in the River Beach of Ribeira Grande. This is a land of strong roots that has in its handicrafts a great source of pride, executing ancestral techniques, with works in cork, weaving and embroidery, horn, and the colorful Alentejo painting and decoration in wood and ceramics. Besides, Alter do Chão is well known for its Stud Farm, founded in 1748 by D. João V, who aimed the creation of Lusitanian horses for Picaria Real.
After passing through the village of Crato we can sight the Serra de São Mamede in the distance, where Castelo de Vide is located. There follows a moment that will mark your trip, the passage through the famous "Alameda dos Freixos" that connects to the town of Portagem and to the final climb which takes us to the final destination of the day, the Marvão Castle.
Accommodation in Marvão.

Destinations: Marvão Castle
Meals Included: BreakfastPicnic lunch box and dinner included

Day 4: From the Serra de São Mamede to the capital of Marble (120 km/75 mi - 900 m/2950 ft elevation gain) - Level 3 of 4
Descending from the village of Marvão, we start this day by cycling along the border with Spain, through the Serra de São Mamede, passing by the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Ammaia, before reaching the city of Portalegre.
We then head south to the small but well-preserved village of Alegrete, which boasts a beautiful castle at the top of the hill. 
Still in the hearth of the Serra de São Mamede, we find the village of Arronches which due to its geographical location was an important bastion of defense in the Middle Ages, as can be seen from what remains of the Castle, which has reached our days with only the remains of its towers.  
The second half of the stage will be mostly flat, passing through very characteristic small villages such as Santa Eulália, Barbacena, Vila Fernando and Terrugem, until we enter the wine region of Borba and pass by the huge marble quarries of Vila Viçosa, which is known as the Princess of Alentejo, being a true open-air museum! 
Accommodation in Vila Viçosa.



Destinations: Vila Viçosa
Meals Included: BreakfastPicnic lunch box and dinner included

 

Day 5: The fortified city of Elvas and Juromenha, with Spain in sight (110kms/70mi - 700m /2300 ft elevation gain) - Level 2 of 4
From Vila Viçosa we head east towards Elvas, the largest fortified city in Europe. Also nicknamed “The Boarder Queen”, it is one of the hidden gems of the Alentejo. Due to its strategic position close to the Spanish border, Elvas was marked by many wars. Elvas military history can be revisited through a walk through the city. Its fortifications, together with the Fortresses of Santa Luzia and Nossa Senhora da Graça, are considered to be the largest and best preserved bastioned fortifications in the world!
Following south, we will reach the Guadiana river and the small town of Juromenha where we will find another fortress that during the Middle Ages played a predominant strategic role. Enjoy the magnificent views over the river and Spain.
Descending close to the left bank of the Guadiana we arrive at the great water reservoir of Alqueva, being able to sight in the distance the imposing castle of Monsaraz.
Before facing the challenging climb to the castle, we will pass through other small villages  such as Motrinos, Barrada and Aldeia do Outeiro. In the last one stands out the Menhir of Bulhoa, and the Convent of Orada where the famous Cromeleque do Xarez is located.
Accommodation in Monsaraz.



Day 6: The largest artificial lake in Europe and the Mine of São Domingos (137 km/70 mi - 500 m/1640 ft elevation gain) - Level 2 of 4
A long day in which the difficulty will be in the distance we have to ride.
The first part of this stage will take place along the Alqueva dam, the largest artificial lake in Europe. The passage through Moura marks the change of scenery, with its small hills and valleys so characteristic of the Guadiana Valley Natural Park. On this day, the final destination will be the village of Mértola but not without before passing through the "Mina de São Domingos", an open-pit mine that is now deserted and closed. This small village also has a pleasent river beach that is highly sought during the summer.
Accommodation in Mértola.



Destinations: Mértola
Meals Included: BreakfastPicnic lunch box and dinner included

Day 7: Crossing the Alentejo (130 km/81mi - 1400 m/4600 ft elevation gain) - Level 3 of 4
Leaving the historic village of Mértola behind, we continue on to Almodôvar, located in the "Baixo Alentejo" region, between the Serra do Caldeirão and the golden plains of the Alentejo. Additionally, Almodôvar is a peaceful, historic and traditional village, which is characteristic of most Alentejo villages.
Continuing our stage, we cross the municipality of Ourique and then the great municipality of Odemira, where the scenery begins to change drastically as we approach the coast, towards the town of Vila Nova de Milfontes, located in the mouth of the River Mira on the Alentejo coast. 
Arriving in Milfontes and in the beautiful Atlantic coast after this long journey will cause a unique feeling of achievement and satisfaction. If the weather is pleasant, be sure to visit Praia do Farol or Praia do Carreiro da Fazenda.
Accommodation in Vila Nova de Milfontes.



Destinations: Vila Nova de Milfontes
Meals Included: BreakfastPicnic lunch box and dinner included
 
Day 8: Time to return home
Our trip has come to the end.
Transfers to the airport will be arranged but if you’re planning on staying a few extra days, let us know if we can help with a few recommendations.

Meals Included: Breakfast

What's Included

- 7 nights accommodation on Half Board basis;
- Transfer from and to the airport;
- Luggage transfer between hotels;
- Briefing and travel road book;
- Bikesul App with navigation function or GPS device with pre loaded courses;
- Nutrition and hydration during the stages;
- Wine tasting in Monsaraz;
- KTM Revelator Shimano 105 (Carbon);
- Saddle bag with an extra inner tube, levers, mini pump;
- Helmet;
- Bikesul exclusive water bottle offer.
- Bikesul cycling Jersey offer;
- Personal Accidents and liability Insurance;

Not Included:
- Flights;
- Meals, except when especified;
- Any beverages consumed with meals that are included in the package;
- Extra equipment non-specified as included;
- Mini-bar and extra consumptions not mentioned on the program;
- Personal expenses;
- Travel Insurance;

Extras:
- Bike Upgrade;
- Garmin Virb camera, so you can record all the best moments of this amazing journey;
- Extra-nights (under availability);

Other discounts:

- Non cyclists - 25% discount;

- Private groups over 8 persons - 5% desconto

Bike Rental

 
Bicycle included in this Tour.
KTM Revelator 3500 Shimano 105 11s (Full Carbon)

Disponível para upgrade:
KTM Revelator 4000 Shimano Ultegra 11s (Full Carbon)


KTM Revelator Ultegra Di2 11s (Full Carbono)

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Our tours include Personal Accidents and Liability Insurance only while riding. Nobody wants to think about all the things that could go wrong on their trip, but these things can and do happen.  We strongly recommend that you take out a policy for your travel which covers delayed baggage, medical repatriation and other areas.

We recommend WorldNomads, whose policies are specially designed for bike holidays. You can arrange your insurance cover directly with them.

Please note: Our mountain bike tour is a "living thing", being influenced by multiple factors such as weather conditions, group riding abilities and trail damage, to name a few. Your local guides are experts in guiding mountain bikers  and will be continually assessing these factors making tweaks to the itinerary where necessary to ensure that every member of the group has the best experience possible.

SAFETY AND RESPONSIBILITY

Your safety and pleasure on this event are of paramount importance to us. We take every reasonable precaution to ensure the routes we choose are safe, enjoyable, challenging but still within each rider’s ability. All routes are carefully evaluated for their safety and we avoid hazards and traffic as much as is practicably possible. We expect every rider to attend the daily briefings to familiarise themselves with each day’s route.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

To check and read our terms and conditions for Tours and Cycling Holidays press here

Dates and Prices

Guided - Mínimum 4 persons

From 2.220€ in 3* e 4* Hotels
From 2.490€ in 4* superior

* (price per person, except festive days, based on double/ twin room shared accommodation)
 
 
 

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