Vila Viçosa, Alentejo, Portugal. Photo via Flickr:Rosino

Lots of great Alentejo Portuguese wines! Photo via Flickr:airdiogo
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Alentejo Vineyards

Portugal Bike Tours

A cycling adventure in Portugal’s wine country

  • This is a gorgeous bike tour in the Alentejo region of Portugal, over gentle hills through unspoiled green and gold landscapes. You will visit and stay in several historical castles, palaces, monasteries, and convents, once inhabited by clergy, kings, and queens, and now converted into exquisite lodging.

    During your cycling adventure, you will discover ancient megalithic sites and traditional handcrafted arts like hand-stitched tapestries and Portuguese tiles tucked away in artisan shops. Vineyards, gnarled cork trees, and hilltop medieval villages dot the landscape.

    The foodie will delight in the many culinary delights to be enjoyed featuring exquisite local meats, fish, cheese and the best Portuguese wines. In fact, you will have the opportunity to visit a few local wineries, learn about wine production and sample the best wine in the world!

    Your cycling adventure will feature Vila Viçosa, Portugal capital of marble, considered a jewel in the treasure chest of Alentejo, and Evora, a wonderful walled town with many Roman vestiges found in its medieval architect that has earned it World Heritage status by UNESCO.

    Come and discover why Portugal has been voted one of the top ten travel destinations by Traveller's Choice on this historical Alentejo Bike Tour!

    Highlights:

    • Experiencing the charm and character of historical hotels and convents
    • Fields of cork trees, olive trees, and vineyards
    • Wineries and wine tasting
    • Arraiolos - famous for its rugs
    • Amazing white marble quarries
    • Vila Viçosa, Portugal capital of marble
    • Évora - a World Heritage town classified by UNESCO

    Re-live history itself in each stone, each glance, and each object!

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  • 7 Day Tour

     
    January 1 to March 26 + Nov 1 to Dec 23 £ 959 $ 1,933 1119 NOK 10631 kr 9813 $ 1,276
    Single supplement £ 222 $ 447 259 NOK 2461 kr 2271 $ 295

    March 27 to April 13 | April 21 to April 26

    £ 1045 $ 2,106 1219 NOK 11581 kr 10690 $ 1,390
    Single supplement £ 282 $ 568 329 NOK 3126 kr 2885 $ 375
    April 14 to April 20 | May 27 to June 26 | Sep 27 to Oct 31 £ 1062 $ 2,140 1239 NOK 11771 kr 10865 $ 1,412
    Single supplement £ 325 $ 655 379 NOK 3601 kr 3324 $ 432
    April 27 to May 26 £ 1062 $ 2,140 1239 NOK 11771 kr 10865 $ 1,412
    Single supplement £ 282 $ 568 329 NOK 3126 kr 2885 $ 375
    June 27 to September 26 £ 1173 $ 2,365 1369 NOK 13006 kr 12005 $ 1,561
    Single supplement £ 333 $ 672 389 NOK 3696 kr 3411 $ 443
    Solo traveler supplement (applicable to all dates) £ 213 $ 430 249 NOK 2366 kr 2184 $ 284

     

    9 Day Tour 
    January 1 to March 26 + Nov 1 to Dec 23 £ 1336 $ 2,693 1559 NOK 14811 kr 13671 $ 1,777
    Single supplement £ 291 $ 586 339 NOK 3221 kr 2973 $ 386

    March 27 to April 13 | April 21 to June 26 | Sep 27 to October 31

    £ 1422 $ 2,866 1659 NOK 15761 kr 14548 $ 1,891
    Single supplement £ 428 $ 862 499 NOK 4741 kr 4376 $ 569
    April 14 to April 20 | June 27 to Sep 26 £ 1568 $ 3,159 1829 NOK 17376 kr 16039 $ 2,085
    Single supplement £ 436 $ 879 509 NOK 4836 kr 4464 $ 580
    Solo traveler supplement (applicable to all dates) £ 273 $ 551 319 NOK 3031 kr 2797 $ 364

    extra options

    Carbon Road Bike Rental

    7 Day Tour: £ 43 $ 86 50 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57 9 Day Tour: £ 60 $ 121 70 NOK 665 kr 614 $ 80

    Electric Bike Rental

    7 Day Tour: £ 86 $ 173 100 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114 9 Day Tour: £ 120 $ 242 140 NOK 1330 kr 1228 $ 160

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

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  • Travel

    Fly into Lisbon Airport

    Local Travel

    Airport transfers are included in the tour price

    Climate

    Always check the internet for the most up to date information regarding regional weather conditions. A good website to use to explore average high/low temperatures, average rainfall, and more weather-related facts can be found on weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    A carbon road bike can be rented for this tour that includes helmet, tool kit, pump, lock, handlebar bag. Electric bikes available as well!

    Documents:

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Skill Level

This is an easy to moderate tour on mostly flat terrain with some rolling hills (max 500-meter gradient) on 100% paved roads. This tour will suit those who have some experience and average fitness through regular exercise. Be prepared to cycle at least 4 hours. Be sure to check out the distances of each day’s route and elevation information below in the Day to Day details.

Where You’ll Stay

You will stay in charming historical hotels and inns. Please ask us for a sample hotel list!

What’s Included

  • Self-guided:
  • 6 or 8 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts
  • Maps and GPS device for navigation
  • Hybrid bicycle rental including helmet, tool kit, pump, lock, handle, handlebar bag, and flat/spd pedals
  • Route descriptions and pre-departure information pack
  • Emergency service
  • Liability and personal accident insurance
  • Lisbon Airport transfer to first hotel and briefing about tour
  • Transfer from the last hotel to Lisbon
  • Luggage transfer

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length7–9 days
From1119 Rates
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Tour Dates

Possible any day from late September to May 2019. Departures in summertime possible but please note temperatures can reach up to 104 degrees F in the afternoon.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

Alentejo Vineyards Map

7 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Estremoz - Vila Viçosa, 16 or 41 mi. (26 or 66 km)
Day 3: Roundtrip around Vila Viçosa, 29 or 41 mi. (47 km or 65 km)
Day 4: Vila Viçosa -  Redondo, 25 mi. (40 km)
Day 5: Redondo - Évora, 30 mi. (48 km) 
Day 6: Roundtrip around Évora, 29 or 43 mi. (46 km or 68 km)
Day 7: Transfer to Lisbon

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Estremoz
You will be welcomed at  Lisbon airport and transferred to Estremoz (2h). Lodging this evening is in a castle converted into a historical hotel, Pousada Rainha Santa Isabel, from where you can admire a superb view over the city of Estremoz and the vast Alentejo plain.

Accommodation: Pousada Castelo de Estremoz 

Day 2: Bike from Estremoz to Vila Viçosa, 16 or 41 mi. (26 or 66 km)
Today you can choose a leisurely ride or a slightly more difficult one; it is up to you! Upon departing historical Estremoz, the ride leads to another historical place, Vila Viçosa, the capital of marble in Portugal. Here you can visit the Ducal Palace, built in the 16th and 17th centuries on the remains of Moorish, possibly even Roman buildings. For centuries it hosted a brilliant court and was a hub of intellectual life. In 1640, Joao IV was the first of the Dukes of Bragança to ascend the Portuguese throne. Although Lisbon then became the seat of the monarchy, Joao IV and his successors continued making frequent visits to Vila Viçosa. (330 m or 700 m elevation change)

Accommodation: Pousada Convento de Vila Viçosa

Day 3: Roundtrip around Vila Viçosa, 29 or 41 mi. (47 km or 65 km)
You are in for a gorgeous day! You will ride towards Spain through a landscape of cork trees, olive groves, and flocks of sheep! Following the loop of the Guadiana river, you make a stop in Juromenha, a picturesque village overlooking Spain. Returning to Vila Viçosa, you do have some climbing to do but can opt for an easier route. (700 m or 1100 m elevation change)

Accommodation: Pousada Convento de Vila Viçosa

Day 4: Vila Viçosa -  Redondo, 25 mi. (40 km)
Upon departing from Vila Viçosa, you will cycle on an old country road leading through a cork forest. In Alandroal village, the town’s medieval castle will entice you to take a break, or perhaps the opportunity to enjoy a delicious coffee and pastry in the main square will be enough. Back on the saddle, your ride continues on quiet and tranquil roads, through small villages and leading to a hillier region, the “Serra da Ossa”.  In the village of Redondo, you can visit a pottery workshop or the wine museum “Enoteca”, and try some of the best Alentejo Wine. Your accommodations this evening is a beautiful convent on the hill, São Paulo, situated in the quiet isolation of the western slopes of the Serra d’Ossa mountain. The Monastery of São Paulo was built in 1182 by monks seeking the ideal place to live and pray in peace and quiet. (500 m elevation change)

Accommodation: S.Paulo Convent

Day 5: Redondo - Évora, 30 mi. (48 km) 
The  riding today is simply beautiful, on rolling hills of gold and green dotted with cork trees, olive groves, and flocks of sheep, through typical Alentejo villages of white-washed homes outlined in blue and yellow trim. As you pedal through cork groves, vineyards, and pastoral countryside dotted by abandoned castles, you will appreciate the Portugal of the old and the new. You will end your day in Évora which is classified in UNESCO’s International Heritage list, with its legacy of 2000 years of history. Évora is considered one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal since ancient times. (450 m elevation change)

Accommodation: Pousada Convento Évora

Day 6: Roundtrip around Évora, 29 or 43 mi. (46 km or 68 km)
What better place to have either a rest day or opportunity for you to decide to have a short ride or longer ride! If you decide to ride, and you probably will, the route leads to Arraiolos, noted for its colorful hand-stitched woolen tapestries. In the afternoon, cycling through small typical villages, you will have the opportunity to stop at a local winery for a tasting. (350 m or 600 m elevation change)

Accommodation: Pousada Convento Évora

Day 7: Transfer to Lisbon
You have earned the chance to sleep in and then linger over breakfast.  The included 1 hour and 15-minute transfer to Lisbon can be arranged at the time that you prefer.

9 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival and welcome at Lisbon airport
Day 2: Estremoz, round trip (44 km, + 350 m, road) or (71 km + 700 m)
Day 3: Bike from Estremoz to Vila Viçosa, (26 km, + 300 m) or (66 km, + 700 m)
Day 4: Loop Day - Vila Viçosa, (47 km, +700 m) or (65 km, +1100 m)
Day 5: Bike from Vila Viçosa to Monsaraz, (55 km, + 600 m)
Day 6: Bike from Monsaraz to Redondo (62 km, +700 m) or (46 km + 500 m)
Day 7: Bike from Redondo to Évora (48 km, +450 m)
Day 8: Loop Day – Évora, (46 km, +350 m) or (68 km, + 600 m)
Day 9: Lisbon

All distances are approximate.

Day 1: Arrival and welcome at Lisbon airport.
After arriving at Lisbon Airport, you'll be welcomed and transferred to Estremoz (approximately 2-hour drive). Tonight's lodging is in a castle converted into a historical hotel that offers a superb view over the city of Estremoz and the vast Alentejo plain.
Accommodation: Pousada Castelo de Estremoz 

Day 2: Estremoz, round trip (44 km, + 350 m, road) or (71 km + 700 m)
Start this tour cycling by pastoral fields, where the only sounds are the jangling bells of flocking sheep chirping. Continue rolling through the natural landscape and pass some villages with the typical Alentejo white-washed homes outlined in blue and ochre trim. Visit a winery with possible wine tasting.
Accommodation: Pousada Castelo de Estremoz 

Day 3: Bike from Estremoz to Vila Viçosa, (26 km, + 300 m) or (66 km, + 700 m)
Today you will have a leisure day to enjoy. Leave Historical Estremoz and ride to another historical place – Vila Viçosa, the capital of marble in Portugal. Here you can visit the Ducal Palace. Built in the 16th and 17th centuries on the remains of Moorish, possibly even Roman buildings, for centuries it hosted a brilliant court and was a hub of intellectual life. In 1640 Joao IV was the first of the Dukes of Bragança to ascend the Portuguese throne. Although Lisbon then became the seat of the monarchy Joao IV and his successors continued making frequent visits to Vila Viçosa.
Accommodation: Pousada Convento de Vila Viçosa

Day 4: Loop Day - Vila Viçosa, (47 km, +700 m) or (65 km, +1100 m)
Today offers a gorgeous ride! You will cycle towards Spain by a landscape of cork trees, olive groves, and flocks of sheep! Admire Guadiana river, separating Portugal from Spain and make a stop to visit Juromenha, a picturesque village overlooking Spain. You have to cycle uphill towards the end to return to Vila Viçosa.
Accommodation: Pousada Convento de Vila Viçosa

Day 5: Bike from Vila Viçosa to Monsaraz, (55 km, + 600 m)
Leave Vila Viçosa riding on an old road and passing through a cork forest. At Alandroal village, contemplate the town’s medieval castle while enjoying a delicious coffee and pastry in the main square. Continue riding through quiet and tranquil roads, crossing small villages and passing close to “Alqueva” big lake.  In the region are Iron Age dolmens and menhirs, which were the sites of fertility rites. You can visit The Menhir of Outeiro, 3km north of Monsaraz, and one of the tallest ever discovered (5.6m/18ft).

Monsaraz is a tiny fairytale walled village that maintains a delightful medieval atmosphere. It was originally fortified by the Knights Templar, and todayit'ss 150 or so permanent residents live in ancient white houses with outdoor staircases and wrought-iron balconies.
Accommodation: Monte Alerta

Day 6: Bike from Monsaraz to Redondo (62 km, +700 m) or (46 km + 500 m)
A day passing by lost villages and going to Redondo village. Possible visit to a wine museum at Redondo. 
Accommodation: S.Paulo Convent

Day 7: Bike from Redondo to Évora (48 km, +450 m)
A beautiful day riding rolling hills of gold and green, dotted with cork trees, olive groves, and flocks of sheep. Pass by typical Alentejo villages of white-washed homes outlined in blue and yellow trim.

Ride nice roads viewing cork trees and pristine vineyards, through pastoral countryside dotted by abandoned castles, to the village of São Miguel de Machede. End of day in Évora which is classified in UNESCO’s International Heritage list. Here you can find evidence of 2000 years of History and there are many interesting points to visit in Évora.

Évora is considered as one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal since the ancient times.
Accommodation: Pousada Convento Évora

Day 8: Loop Day – Évora, (46 km, +350 m) or (68 km, + 600 m)
After breakfast, ride to Arraiolos, noted for its colorful, hand-stitched woolen tapestries. In the afternoon, it is possible to stop during your ride to visit a winery. Return to Évora passing by small typical villages. Wine tasting in a typical winery is a possibility today!
Accommodation: Pousada Convento Évora

Day 9: Lisbon
Relax this morning over a well-deserved and long breakfast. Transfer to Lisbon at your preference time. (approximately 1:15 h drive)

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Customer Feedback

  • J. Sheldrick 3 years ago

    The accommodation was excellent! (although we weren't very please with the location of our room in Evora at the Pousada Convento dos Loios as we were right next to the eating area which was occupied by diners from 7 am for breakfast and up to 10 pm for dinner)

    However, there are two things something that could easily have made the trip more enjoyable: putting kick stands on the bikes and improving the maps and written directions.
    It was incredibly annoying not to be able to stand the bikes up as we stopped frequently for pictures and most of the time, there wasn't anything to lean the bikes against. Having to lay them down on the ground sometimes resulted in the rear pannier getting knocked off centre which then meant readjusting it.

    Even though a gps was provided and was invaluable, we found the maps to be very poor most of the time, one time even the local tourist office couldn't help us! It would be very helpful if simple written Read more… directions were included on how to best leave the hotel and / or town to start the day's journey.

    We were impressed with the care and attention given to the safety aspect with the tools and equipment provided including a phone. We very much appreciated being picked up by Francisco at the train station in Pinhal Novo and also by Sofia who drove us from Evora to our hotel in Sintra. Thanks again!

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