Taking a bike break in Alentejo, Portugal. Photo courtesy of Tour Operator (TO)
Famous pottery village of San Pedro do Corval, Alentejo, Portugal. Photo courtesy of TO

Biking the Alentejo region in Portugal. Photo courtesy of TO
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Paradise in Portugal

Portugal Bike Tours

A Bike tour from an Alentejo Guest House

  • This bike tour in the lovely Alentejo region of Portugal combines accommodations at an authentic country guesthouse with daily guided or self-guided cycling excursions. Located in a pastoral paradise, your accommodation is a genuine Monte, a traditional ancestral Alentejan farm, complete with orchard, organic vegetable garden, sheep grazing pastures, and an ancient olive grove, where cork oaks and holm oaks grow among large granite boulders. The occasional medieval village welcomes with its typical whitewashed houses trimmed in blue.

    Highlights:

    • Accommodation at a beautiful guesthouse
    • No packing and unpacking, just cycling and relaxing!
    • Very flexible tour - kms can easily be adapted to your level
    • Beautiful rolling landscape with vineyards, olive groves, cork oaks and grazing land
    • Very good Alentejo wine and fantastic gastronomy of Portugal
    • Medieval villages and Évora historical center classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site
    • Very small groups (maximum 8 people)

    Portugal is a great cycling country, and the Alentejo, the perfect region!

    If you book the self guided tour, there is opportunity to pariticipate in other guided actiivites such as hiking, kayaking, and wine and heritage tours. Just ask us for details and pricing.

    All of our bike tours in Portugal can be found here.

  • 2017 Pricing for minimum of 2 persons:

    4 day tour:
    Self guided:  £ 244 $ 422 275 NOK 2567 kr 2369 $ 308 Guided: £ 368 $ 635 414 NOK 3864 kr 3567 $ 464 Single supplement: £ 109 $ 189 123 NOK 1148 kr 1060 $ 138 July and August supplement: £ 27 $ 46 30 NOK 280 kr 258 $ 34 5 day tour: 
    Self guided:  £ 369 $ 637 415 NOK 3873 kr 3575 $ 465 Guided: £ 516 $ 890 580 NOK 5413 kr 4997 $ 650 Single supplement: £ 145 $ 250 163 NOK 1521 kr 1404 $ 183 July and August supplement: £ 36 $ 61 40 NOK 373 kr 345 $ 45 6 day tour:
    Self guided:  £ 516 $ 890 580 NOK 5413 kr 4997 $ 650 Guided: £ 680 $ 1,174 765 NOK 7140 kr 6591 $ 857 Single supplement: £ 178 $ 307 200 NOK 1867 kr 1723 $ 224 ​July and August supplement: £ 44 $ 77 50 NOK 467 kr 431 $ 56 7 day tour:
    Self guided: £ 578 $ 997 650 NOK 6067 kr 5600 $ 728 Guided: £ 769 $ 1,327 865 NOK 8073 kr 7452 $ 969 Single supplement: £ 213 $ 368 240 NOK 2240 kr 2068 $ 269 July and August supplement: £ 53 $ 92 60 NOK 560 kr 517 $ 67 8 day tour:
    Self guided:  £ 609 $ 1,051 685 NOK 6393 kr 5902 $ 767 ​Guided: £ 804 $ 1,388 905 NOK 8447 kr 7797 $ 1,014 Single supplement: £ 231 $ 399 260 NOK 2427 kr 2240 $ 291 ​July and August supplement: £ 62 $ 107 70 NOK 653 kr 603 $ 78

    Guests who travel solo (single) and are not part of another group are required to pay double occupancy price.  

    extra options

    Extra dinners: £ 21 $ 37 24 NOK 224 kr 207 $ 27 Cooking class: £ 34 $ 59 39 NOK 359 kr 332 $ 43 Subsititue cooking class for one of the included meals:   £ 18 $ 31 20 NOK 187 kr 172 $ 22

    Transfers:
    Transfer from/to Lisbon Airport to Evora, minimum 2, one way: £ 93 $ 161 105 NOK 980 kr 905 $ 118 Transfer from/to Lisbon Airport to Evora, minimum 4, one way: £ 48 $ 83 54 NOK 504 kr 465 $ 60 Transfer to the Megalithic monuments: £ 22 $ 38 25 NOK 233 kr 215 $ 28 Transfer from Arraiolos cheese farm: £ 26 $ 44 29 NOK 271 kr 250 $ 32 Transfers from S. Miquel de Machede: £ 26 $ 44 29 NOK 271 kr 250 $ 32

    Equipment rental:
    GPS rental: £ 44 $ 77 50 NOK 467 kr 431 $ 56 Phone rental: £ 9 $ 15 10 NOK 93 kr 86 $ 11

    (Minimum of two people. Price decreases as group size increases)

    please note

    Rates are based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

Skill Level

This is a moderate guided or self-guided hotel based tour on rolling hills. You will have sections of dirt road as well and an occasional bike trail. The average daily mileage is approximately 29 and elevation gain is 2,200 feet or 700 m. There are many options for your cycling itineraries and difficulty can range from easy-moderate or even more difficult depending on how you design your itinerary.

Where You’ll Stay

Your accommodations for this tour is a genuine Monte, a traditional Alentejan farm in Evora, Portugal.

What’s Included

  • Self-Guided
  • Accommodations for 3, 4, 5, or 7 nights
  • Breakfasts
  • Welcome snack
  • Gastronomic surprises each day
  • Bicycle rental equipped with tool kit, front bag, helmet, and back rack
  • Transfer to/from Évora bus station
  • Maps, route descriptions and history notes
  • 1 dinner on 4 day tours, 2 dinners on 5 day tours, and 3 dinners on 6, 7 and 8 day tours
  • 24 hour phone support
  • All necessary transfers except for those indicated for supplement
  • Personal accident and third party insurance for the tour days
  • Guided
  • All of the above
  • Entrance fees to the Bones Chapel, cathedral in Evora, and Vila Vilcosa’s Ducal palace
  • Two wine tastings
  • Water and fruit for the day
  • First aid assistance
  • Cycling guide
  • Cycling jersey

What’s Not Included

  • Transfer service from airport to Évora - can be arranged at extra cost
  • Extra dinners at our guesthouse – can be arranged at extra cost
  • Lunches and all meals other than those included
  • Transfer service for dinners in Évora – can be arranged at extra cost
  • Bike protection
  • Travel insurance
TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillModerate
Length4–8 days
From275 Rates
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Tour Dates

Arrival possible any day, all year long.

*Not recommended for July and August as average high temperatures are close to 90° F.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

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There are many options for your cycling itineraries. You can enjoy short days or longer days, you can reserve transfers so that you can linger longer at the place that interests you the most. Upon arrival, you will be fully informed and can design your own unique itinerary.

ROUTE 1 - Megalithic Monuments
An optional morning transfer will take you to Guadalupe (if you prefer you can cycle) from which you return by bike. A longer ride is possible as well. The trail is easy, with gentle rolling dirt roads, and goes through the beautiful Holm oak forest and grazing land. Cultural and historical highlights include a visit to the Dolmen of Zambujeiro (the largest dolmen in Europe), the Cromelech of Almendres, with a beautiful view over Évora, the Menhir of Almendres, the Church of Mitra and the Roman Ruins of Nossa Srª da Tourega. In the afternoon, you cycle in the city of Évora and discover the amazing history of this beautiful city.

You can visit the surreal Chapel of Bones and the impressive cathedral, originally from the 13th century. The Chapel of Bones is literally what the name implies, a 16th Century chapel decorated with bones, skulls, and entire bodies hanging from the wall!

Finish your day on this bicycle tour in Portugal with wine tasting in Évora.

Distance: ​ 
With morning transfer: 22 or 28 mi. (35 or 45 km)
Without transfer 44 mi. (70 km)

Level: Easy

ROUTE 2 - The Famous Carpets
This suggested itinerary is an easy loop ride from the guesthouse to Arraiolos and then back, following the "green lane", or a rails to trails path. This is a peaceful ride on gentle rolling hills, 10 km of which is on dirt roads. You will cycle past small farms, eventually reaching Graça do Divor, a beautiful and well-preserved white and blue village. This is a wonderful place to stop  for a drink and try delicious (and famous) meat pies.  Following your refreshment, you continue to the the village of Arraiolos, famous for its rich historical center, castle, and embroidered wool rugs and carpets which have been made since the middle ages. A local delicacy that you must sample is the delicious Pastéis de Toucinho. There is opportunity to visit a winery (€6), and a cheese farm that also produces local liqueurs. (Sampling here is €11.) From the cheese farm, you can order an optional transfer back to the farmhouse. If you cycle back to the guesthouse, you pass Divor dam and its lovely lake. You can shorten the daily mileage by 12 km if you do not visit the cheese farm.

Distance:
22 mi. (36 km) all visits described and transfer from cheese farm back to hotel
28 - 33 mi. (45 - 53 km) to winery and back
43 mi. (69 km) to winery and cheese farm and return by same route
47 mi. (75 km) to winery and cheese farm and back a different route

Level: easy to moderate, depending option and if you purchase transfers. You will cycle on gentle rolling hills which included approx. 15 kms of dirt roads
 

ROUTE 3 - Conquest of Valongo Castle
The day begins on a road lined with olive groves, with gentle ups and downs until Nossa Senhora de Machede. There is opportunity to visit a traditional leather factory and, if traveling in October or November, an olive oil mill. If traveling off-season, it could still be possible to arrange a tour subject to availability.

Valongo Castle, dating from 1283, is on the agenda as well. Located in the solitary surroundings of Montoito, it stands alone and surreal. Following then a dirt road, through the country at its best, you reach Alcaide Water Mill and continue along the river passing several mills until reaching the main road. If you want to extend your cycling itinerary, you can add an extra 10 km and cycle to the Ervideira winery (supplement of €8). At the end of your cycling day, there is an included transfer back to the farmhouse.

Distance:
25 mi., 31 mi., or 37 mi. (40, 50, or 60 km)

Level: easy with gentle rolling hills. The last 6 km is on dirt road which you can avoid if you request to be transferred early.
 

ROUTE 4 - The Medieval Village
A morning transfer will take you to Reguengos from which you cycle to medieval Monsaraz, perched high on a hill, overlooking the Guadiana River.  The view spreads below for miles. As you enter the village, surrounded by castle walls, it is as though you have stepped back in time. The houses are made of white Schist with blinding white walls. In the area surrounding Monsaraz are several fascinating megalith and dolman monuments. These symbolic remains date back to between 4.000 and 2.000 years BC. Another highlight is the famous pottery village of S. Pedro do Corval. At the end of the day, there is a return transfer to the farm.

Distance:
19, 27, 31 mi. (30, 43, 50 km)

Level: easy with the majority of the itinerary on flat roads, however, there is a moderate 2 km climb to Monsaraz
 

ROUTE 5 - The Wine and Cork Route,
Leaving the farm, the cycling leads through the country in the direction of Igrejinha, a very  "white village" where all houses have stripes of different colors, like a striking painting. There is a lovely winery here that can be visited. From Igrehinha, you cycle to the cork factory to learn how cork is transformed. This will be a highlight of your day. In the same village, you can visit a knife factory and see the process of making kitchen knives, cork cutting knives and others.  Nearby there is a wonderful sanctuary with murals from floor to ceiling. Next on the agenda is the village of S. Miguel de Machede where you can stop for refreshments.

Level: easy will rolling hills (270  m of climbing with transfer, 430 m without).

Distance:
27 mi. (42km) - with transfer back to farm.
46 mi. (74 km) without transfer

4 days/3 nights
1st day:
 Arrival. Accommodation and dinner at our guesthouse.
2nd and 3rd day: Cycling Route 1 and 2
4th day: Departure.

If you want to choose one of the other cycling routes, which have transfers, the transfer service will be charged separately.

5 days/4 nights
1st day:
 Arrival. Accommodation and dinner at our guesthouse.
2nd - 4th day: Cycling route 1, 2 and 3. One more dinner at the farm on one of the nights.
5th day: Departure.

If you want to choose one of the other cycling routes, which have transfers, the transfer service will be charged separately.

6 days/5 nights
1st day:
 Arrival. Accommodation and dinner at our guesthouse.
2nd - 4th day: Cycling route 1, 2, 3 and 4. Two more dinners at the farm in two of the nights.
5th day: Departure.

If you want to choose one of the other cycling routes, which have transfers, the transfer service will be charged separately.

8 days/7 nights
1st day:
 Arrival. Accommodation and dinner at our guesthouse.
2nd – 7th day: 5 cycling routes - one free day. Two more dinners at the farm on two of the nights.
8th day: Departure.

On one of the nights you can enjoy a Cooking Class on Alentejo food. You will be taught to prepare a delicious Alentejo meal, using fresh and readily available ingredients.

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Customer Feedback

  • j michael Cunningham 9 months ago

    My wife, I and two friends took this trip in September. The farmhouse was a wonderful place to stay and rooms and common areas are very comfortable. Pool and grounds are lovely. The farm's owner has a classic car collection that is an added bonus if you are able to see it. Breakfasts are excellent. The staff we dealt with --Maria, Manuela and Johanna--were beyond great. They consistently went out of their way to make sure we had the best trip possible. Bikes were well maintained and appropriate for the terrain. I have been on three self-guided bike trips in Europe and the daily directions here were excellent--the best I have seen. The only caveat I have about the trip is that the difficulty level should be moderate and not easy. Daily trips were challenging beyond an easy category. In fact, four of the five days riding instructions listed the route as a medium bike ride. Other than that a great trip and good value. I gave the trip four stars rather than five due to the difficulty level.

    • Jehiel 5 months ago

      Thank you for submitting this feedback. Based on your detailed feedback, we have changed the difficulty level to easy-moderate. With this tour being a based tour, there are many possible cycling routes to chose from and with varying degrees of difficulty.
      Thanks again for your input. We hope to help you plan your next trip!

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