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Alentejo Bike Tour


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  • Road
  • Guided
  • Intermediate
  • Leisure
  • Road Cycling
  • 7 days
  • aprox. 100 Km / 62,14 Miles
  • Yes
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422 km
Distance

3,600m
Ascent

4,000 m
Descent

7 Dias
Duração

Highlights

- History, culture and milenar traditions
- Sleep in Castles, palaces and farmhouses 
- Start in Évora city, UNESCO classified  as  World Heritage Site; Mediaeval villages
- Quiet and reduced traffic amazing tarmac roads along stunning landscapes with vineyards, oak and olive trees
- Cross the biggest artifical lake of Europe
- International awarded wine tastings
- Delicious regional Portuguese gastronomy from the Alentejo everyday

Description

Discover the amazing history, culture and traditions this wine region has to offer. Voted Best Wine Region of the world in 2014, Alentejo is a picturesque and charming destination, where you’ll definetely fall in love with the whitewashed villages, medieval castles, sunbathed plains and the secular traditions and lifestyle. Start at the UNESCO world heritage sites in Évora, ride then along historical villages as Arraiolos, Evoramonte, Estremoz, Vila Viçosa, Monsaraz, Mina de São Domingos, Mértola, Alcoutim to finish at Castro Marim.  Visit the former Palace of the Portuguese Kings and the rural lifestyle of the local homesteads;

Ride car-free national roads and traditional backroads of the Alentejo known by the never-ending rolling hills and the narrow trails between the fields and stone walls that provide a great atmosphere for bike tours. This route due the orography of the Alentejo region it's perfect for beginners and intermediate riders. 

With very rich and famous gastronomy, wine and amazing accommodations, the Alentejo is a great destination to experience the best of Portugal, where luxury meets tradition. Definetely the best place to eat and drink in Portugal. You’ll spend the night in heritage buildings were once inhabited  by the clergy or former kings of Portugal now converted in spledid touristic lodgings.

Cross the biggest artificial lake of Europe, visit renownen Wine producers and Olive Oil farms, maybe experience a boat ride in Europe’s biggest artificial lake and try an amazing range of experiences the Alentejo has to offer!

Route



Techcnical Details: 
Stage  1 - Day 2: From the roman times to the medieval era
88kms /55mi - 980m of climbs /3215ft - Level 2 of 5


Stage 2 - Day 3: From the marble capital to the wine capital!
108,5kms /68mi - 1500m / 4900ft of climbs - Level 3 of 5

Stage 3 - Day 5: The biggest articifial lake of Europe and the old abandoned mine.
120kms /75mi - 1300m /4265ft of climbs - Level 2 of 5


Stage 4 - Day 6: From Alentejo to the Algarve
104kms /65mi - 1400m /4600ft of climbs- Level 3 of 5

Day By Day

Day 1: Welcome to Portugal and Évora, UNESCO classified as world heritage site
Your guides will greet you in Lisbon Airport and drive you to Évora, just one hour car distance away. If you prefer you can meet us in Évora in an historical lodging.
6 p.m. - Welcome drink, briefing and bike fit of your bike if rented through us
Meals: Dinner included in guided tours only.

Day 2: From Roman Times to the Medieval Era
88kms /55mi - 980m of cimbing /3215ft - Level 2

From Évora you ride north up toward Arraiolos, the village of rugs and the circular castle. Time to recover down along the traditional Alentejo landscape of olive and oak trees. Passing the village of Vimieiro is time to climb again to Evoramonte to conquer the magnificent castle. From the top you will be able to see Estremoz and the next castle you will have to conquer. The last part of this stage will be mostly flat passing by the welknown wine village of Borba to finish in the enchanting village of Vila Viçosa (lush village) known as the “Princess of Alentejo”, a truly open-air musuem.
Destinations: Vila Viçosa
Accomplished: 55 miles / 88 km, elevation gain: 3215ft / 980m 
Meals: Pick-nick lunch box in supported and guided tours, dinner included in guided tours only

Day 3: From the Marble capital to the wine capital
108,5kms /68mi - 1500m / 4900ft of climbing - Level 3
Along the quiet roads and marble quarries you will pass by the biggest fortified city in Europe, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, Elvas.  Riding then south and down to Guadiana river you will pass by Juromenha castle, Alandroal to finish climbing to Monsaraz. The final will be hard but the view over the top fully deserves the effort.
Destinations: Monsaraz Castle
Accomplished: 68 miles / 108,5 km, elevation gain: 4900ft / 1500m 
Meals: Pick-nick lunch box in supported and guided tours, dinner included in guided tours only

Day 4: Rest Day - Visit to a wine producer farm "Herdade" with a wine taste or a Boat tour in Alqueva lake

Day 5: The largest artificial lake of Europe and the abandoned mining village
120kms /75mi - 1300m /4265ft of climbing - level 2

The first part of this day ride will be crossing the Alqueva, the biggest artificial lake of Europe. Passing the very traditional town of Moura you will  enter in a different landscape of valleys with olive and oak trees along narrow backroads towards Serpa. Already in the Guadiana Nature Park will arrive at Mina de São Domingos, an old mining village.
Destinations: Mina de São Domingos
Accomplished: 75 miles / 120kms , elevation gain: 4265ft / 1300m 
Meals: Pick-nick lunch box in supported and guided tours, dinner included in guided tours only

Day 6: From Alentejo to the Algarve
104kms /65mi - 1400m /4600ft of climbing - level 3

Leaving the old mining village you will ride towards Mértola, a beautifull small village that in ancient times was a very important comercial point from the south of the Iberian Pensinsule. The way to Algarve is not easy but the valleys are rich of nature and the landscape changes as you enter in Algarve. Speed up as you approach Alcoutim in a fast downhill section. The ride along the Guadiana river will just passionate you. Already with the sea on the horizon you will first pass by Castro Marim before you arrive at Praia Verde. On the top of one hill stands a castle, on the other a star-shaped fort. Between them the houses of Castro Marim, with their white walls with brightly-painted borders..
Destinations: Praia Verde
Accomplished: 65 miles / 104kms , elevation gain: 4600ft / 1400m 
Meals: Pick-nick lunch box in supported and guided tours, dinner included in guided tours only
 

What's Included

- Transfer between airport (Lisbon, Faro or Seville) hotel;

- Daily guided tours by experienced bike guides, always adapted to your pace;

- Support vehicle along the route with mechanical support;

- 6 nights accommodation in charm 3 or 4 star hotels, in double/twin bedroom in half board basis (drinks not included);

- Pick-Nick Lunches during the rides;

- Nutrition and hydration during our rides;

- Entrance in museums, wineries and other selected experiences;

- Support vehicle and mechanical support throughout all the rides in Guided Tours. In Supported or Self-Guided Tours assistance available on-call. If a Bikesul vehicle or staff is requested an extra cost will be applied at the rate of 0,50€/km. Considering Bikesul shop.

- Luggage transportation between hotels;

- Personal Accidents Insurance during our tour;

- Bikesul cycling jersey;

- Wine tasting or a Boat tour in the Alqueva.

Not Included:

- Meals, except when specified;

- Personal expenses

- Flights and travel costs;

- Gratuities (optional);

Extra nights:

Extra nights before or after the Tour - on demand;

Other discounts:

Non cyclists - 25% discount;

Bike Rental

Bicycle included in this Tour.
KTM Revelator 3500 Carbon Road Bike 

E-Bike Maccina - additional cost 30€

Dates e Prices

Guided Option available only (confirmed with a 4 pax minimum)
2.050€ pp in Guided mode (minimum 4 people) – OCT / APR                                                                          
2.450€ pp in Guided mode (minimum 4 people) – MAY, JUN & SEPT

SCHEDULED DATES
 

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Jose Cardoso, PORTUGAL
20/03/2018
Espectacular
Adorei a experiência, excelente tour. obrigado Bikesul