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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
1.950,00
EUR
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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
- 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
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 world heritage site

Your guides will greet you in Lisbon or Faro Airport and drive you to Évora, just one hour car distance away from Lisbon. 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 Included: Dinner.
Destination of the day: Évora

Day 2: From Roman times to the medieval era
103kms / 64mi - 660m uphill / 2165ft - Level 2 of 4
Departing from Évora, we will ride towards the old village of Valverde, then head north on a slight steady climb towards Arraiolos, the village of the famous "Arraiolos" carpets and it's castle in a circle. From Arraiolos in a slight
descent, take the opportunity to recover your energy while enjoying the traditional Alentejo landscape made up of olive and cork trees. After passing through Vimieiro it is time to face the challenging climb that will take you to the imponent castle of Evoramonte, once a strategic military site in medieval times. In the castle, you will be able to see another castle, the one in Estremoz, the next to "conquer". The final part of this day 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.

Destinations: Estremoz
Meals Included: BreakfastPick-nick lunch box and dinner included.

Day 3: Explore the North of the Alentejo and conquer the Castle of Marvão
104kms /64.5mi - 1000m / 3280ft uphill - 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 Alentejo small municipalities 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 techniques already ancestral, with works in cork, weaving and embroidery, horn, and the colorful Alentejo painting and decoration in wood and ceramics. Alter do Chão, it is well known for its Stud Farm, founded in 1748 by D. João V, focused on the creation of Lusitanian horses for the Picaria Real.
After passing through the village of Crato the terrain begins to "rear up" and we can see the Serra de São Mamede in the distance. Meanwhile we pass by Castelo de Vide, a village in the interior of Alto Alentejo strategically developed on top of one of the hills of the foothills of the Serra de São Mamede, watching over a Roman military route that connected the great city of Mérida to the Atlantic coast. Leaving Castelo de Vide we will face a moment that will mark your trip, the passage through the famous Alamada dos Freixos that connects to the village of Portagem. Here starts the final climb that takes us to the destination of the day, Marvão Castle.

Destinations: Marvão Castle
Meals Included: BreakfastPick-nick lunch box and dinner included.

Day 4: From the North of the Alentejo to the capital of Marble.
120kms / 75mi - 900m / 2950ft uphill - Level 3 of 4
Descending the village of Marvão, we start this day by cycling along the Raia Alentejana, through the Serra de São Mamede, we will pass through the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Ammaia, before reaching Portalegre.
We will 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 meet the village of Arronches. Due to its geographical situation, Arronches was an important bastion of defense in the Middle Ages, as can be seen from what remains of the Castle, which has reached the present day only with the remains of one of its towers. The second half of this day route will be pretty flat, passing through very characteristic small villages such as Santa Eulália, Barbacena, Vila Fernando and Terrugem, until we enter the famous wine region of Borba, shortly before arriving at Vila Viçosa, passing by the huge marble extraction quarries. The charming village of Vila Viçosa is known as the Princess of the Alentejo, a true open-air museum!

Destinations: Vila Viçosa
Meals Included: BreakfastPick-nick lunch box and dinner included.

Day 5: The fortified city of Elvas and Juromenha with Spain in sight.
110kms / 70mi - 700m / 2300ft uphill - 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 in the Alentejo ray. Due to its strategic position on the Spanish border, Elvas was marked by war. This military history can be revisited through a walk through the city's rich military heritage. 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. Like the center of Elvas, they are very well preserved. 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 Albufeira do Alqueva and we will be able to see in the distance, on top of a hill, the imposing castle of Monsaraz. Before facing the challenging climb to the castle, we will pass through small villages of interest such as Motrinos, Barrada and Aldeia do Outeiro. In the last one stand out the Menhir of Bulhoa, and the Convent of Orada where the famous Cromeleque do Xarez is located.

Destinations: Monsaraz Castle
Meals Included: BreakfastPick-nick lunch box and dinner included.

Day 6: The largest artificial lake in Europe and the São Domingos mine.
137kms / 70mi - 500m / 1640ft uphill - Level 2 of 4
A much flatter day in which the difficulty will be the distance we have to ride. The first part of this stage will take place along the Alqueva dam area, the largest artificial lake in Europe. The passage through Moura marks avchange in the scenery and the small hills and valleys characteristic of the Natural Park of Vale do Guadina predominate. Serpa will be the last largest village until the destination of this day which will be the medieval village of Mértola. Although in the middle we will pass by São Domingos mine, a special place for all its history, it's industrial and commercial importance than the same you once had.

Destinations: Mértola
Meals Included: BreakfastPick-nick lunch box and dinner included.

Day 7: Cross the Alentejo "side by side"
104kms / 65mi - 1400m / 4600ft uphill - Level 3
Leaving the historic village of Mértola, which was once an imposing commercial point in the south of the Iberian Peninsula and the gateway to commercial transactions with the southern Mediterranean, we head west to Almodôvar, a village is located in Baixo Alentejo, between the Serra do Caldeirão and the golden plains of the Alentejo, which marks the transition between the Alentejo and the Algarve regions. It has mainly agricultural characteristics, producing mainly cork, honey, goat cheese and wild arbutus brandy. Almodôvar is a typical Alentejo village, quiet, historic and traditional, marked by the typical calm of this region.
Continuing our journey, we cross the municipality of Ourique and then the great municipality of Odemira. The scenario will change dramatically as we approach the Alentejo coast.
Vila Nova de Milfontes is located in the mouth of the River Mira on the Alentejo coast and boasts a fascinating beauty. Arriving in Milfontes and the Atlantic coast after this long journey causes a sensation of unique achievement. If the weather is pleasant, be sure to visit Praia do Farol or Praia do Carreiro da Fazenda and dare to dive in the azzure atlantic ocean!

Destinations: Vila Nova de Milfontes
Meals Included: BreakfastPick-nick lunch box and dinner included.
 
Day 8: Time to return home
On this day, depending on the time of departure of your return trip, you can, if you have time, stroll through the village of Vila Nova de Milfontes. Then there is the Transfer to Faro Airport or Lisbon.
Meals Included: Breakfast

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;

- 7 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;

- Support vehicle and mechanical support throughout all the rides.

- Luggage transportation between hotels;

- Personal Accidents Insurance during our tour;

- Bikesul cycling jersey;

- Wine tasting in Monsaraz castle.

Not Included:

- Meals, except when specified;

- Personal expenses

- Flights and travel costs;

- Travel Insurance - we strongly recommend you to add a travel insurance as https://www.worldnomads.com/;

Extra nights:

- Extra nights before or after the Tour - on demand;

- Handlebar bag

- Garmin Gps device rental

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)

Dates e Prices

Guided Option available only (confirmed with a 4 pax minimum)
1.950€ pp in Guided mode (minimum 4 people) – OCT / APR                                                                          
2.350€ pp in Guided mode (minimum 4 people) – MAY, JUN & SEPT

SCHEDULED DATES
 

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