Slap bang in the heart of southern Portugal, stretching over one third of the country, from the Atlantic coast to the Spanish border and from the south bank of the Tagus down to the Algarve, lies sleepy Alentejo. Its coastal region is a long stretch of wild cliffs and untouched beaches, its undulating hinterlands an undiscovered territory of empty roads, white villages, cork-tree forests, vineyards and olive groves. Its evocative hilltop castles are reminders of the many battles and conquests of yore. The patios and gardens bear witness to the rich influence of the North African Arabs, roots that shaped the people and the nature of this sultry region.
What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
INCLUDED IN REGULAR TRIP
7 nights hotels
All breakfasts and 2 dinners
Use of a high quality performance hybrid or road bike and accessories
Comprehensive Tour Details with detailed pre-trip information
Detailed route instructions and maps
Area manager available on call throughout the tour
Personal meet & greet with our local Area Manager
Access to Loyalty Program and other exclusive benefits
Local guided walk in Evora on Day 2
Custom trips also available and can start any day. Call or email for details.
ARRIVE / DEPART
Classic Accommodation: US $2,050
Single supplement: US $500
Luxe Accommodation: US $2,450
Single supplement: US $600
Getting ThereOur trip starts from Evora. From Lisbon, you can reach Evora by rail (travel time 1h30; departures 4-5 times per day; the departure at 9:02am arriving in Evora at 10:35am is recommended, or bus (1 ½ -2 hour travel time; depart hourly).
The old walled town of Évora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with a small-town feel but big-city ambitions. Within its ancient walls this compact town’s narrow, winding lanes lead to impressive architectural works: Gothic cathedral, Roman Temple, a 16th Century aquaduct and a picturesque town square. And not for the faint of heart is the macabre crypt of Capela dos Ossos. Built in the 16th Century, the Chapel of Bones warns at its entrance, We, the bones that are here, await yours. Its walls are coated with the bones and skulls of around 5,000 former Évora residents.
This easy ride will work out the jet lag from your head and legs and get you ready for the week ahead. Arraiolos is world-famous for its embroidered carpets modeled on those of Moorish artists expelled from Lisbon, abstract motifs, azulejo designs and flower, bird and animal depictions. There are many carpet producers in town, providing opportunities to admire and purchase these important cultural works of art. This region is dotted with megaliths and dolmens (including Europe’s largest, near Valverde), built around 5,000-6,000 years ago. Back in Evora, enjoy strolling around the historical center and dine in one of the many great restaurants.
Ride Distance: 48 km, elevation gain 295 m.*
En route to Estremoz, today, you’ll pass through Redondo, renowned wine region and perfect place to stop for lunch.
Once the seat of the 14th Century Portuguese king, Estremoz remains grand and regal. The streets and buildings are lined in local marble, which gives the effect of everything appearing white and radiant. If you’re here on a Saturday, the town market is worth a visit for local produce and arts and crafts. The town is well known for its high-quality white marble and red clay sculptures. You’re here for two nights, providing plenty of time for exploration of this glimmering town.
Ride Distance: 66 km, elevation gain 850 m.*
Today’s loop ride takes you east past marbel quarries and fragnant orange groves, on to Vila Viçosa, a lovely marble town. It boasts the Praça da República, a lazy long plaza set amid orange trees, a marble palace, one of the country’s largest, and its castle make this small town an impressive visit. The route also takes you to Castelo, a fine red-roofed village, home to the oldest synagogue in Portugal, a steeped Jewish quarter and a marble-columned fountain with supposed healing waters.
Ride Distance: 44 km, elevation gain 245 m or 13 km, gain 200 m.*
Your destination is Flor da Rosa, just north of Crato, which was founded in the 14th Century but evidence in its ruins date it back to Megalithic times. This region is dotted in dolmens, with Anta do Tapadão being the most famous. En route today you’ll pass the famous stud farm, Coudelaria de Alter, in Alter do Chão, with its prized horses and informative museum.
Ride Distance: 66 km, elevation gain 580 m.*
Today’s short loop ride to Gafete takes you through some of Alentejo’s quietest and most traditional countryside. The luxe trip stays in a unique building that combines the architectural influence of a castel, monastery and palace.
Ride Distance: 38 km, elevation gain 122 m.*
Your route today will take you along roads lined with cork trees passing several villages including Castello de Vide, a fascinating village with dramatic castle and then climbs to the gorgeous walled town of Marvão (NY Times has it on the list ‘1000 places to see before you die’) which sits on a narrow, spit of rock, overlooking the rugged plains stretching across into Spain. From its lofty heights, Marvão offers the best vistas of any outlook on this trip.
Ride Distance: 62 km, elevation gain 954 m or 39 km, gain 756 m.*
Depart from Marvão at your leisure.
*Distance and elevation gains may vary depending on hotels chosen for specific departure.
This 4-star hotel is in a historic property that was once an olive mill and is just 5 minutes walk from the main square of Évora. The beautifully furnished lounges and guest rooms are well maintained and the welcome and service are excellent. Traveler favourite.
This historic and luxurious pousada, set in the Estremoz Castle, was built for Queen Santa Isabel. From the gardens and pool of this magnificent hotel, you’ll enjoy unparalleled panoramic views of Estremoz and the Alentejo plain. You’ll feel like a royalty in the four-poster beds.
This well-appointed and cozy traditional Alentejo house offers you a genuine and comfortable stay. The outdoor pool is shaded by trees in their white-washed back garden. Restaurants are walking distance from the property.
This lovely manor house boasts one of the best views you’ll enjoy on the entire trip. With the tranquility provided by the hotel, the hosts and the breathtaking views, this hotel is the perfect ending to come down from your exhilarating trip.
The tranquil and luxurious atmosphere of this hotel suits that of its town, evocative Évora. The 15th century building has been lovingly restored to its former glory and enjoys a central location in town. You’ll enjoy the redone monks living quarters along with a good restaurant and bar, relaxing swimming pool and sunny terrace.
This historic pousada, set in the Estremoz Castle, was built for Queen Santa Isabel. From the gardens and pool of this magnificent hotel, you’ll enjoy unparalleled panoramic views of Estremoz and the Alentejo plain. You’ll feel like a royalty in the four-poster beds.
You’ll find this historic gem within the walls of the Santa Maria de Flor da Rosa Monastery, palace and castle. Thanks to much careful and respectful restoration, the peace and tranquility of its monastic past is one of the hotel’s defining features today, as is its medley of influences; Gothic, Renaissance and Arabic. The restaurant in the hotel is very good.
One of Marvão’s original hotels, this elegant hotel is now one of the best pousadas of the region, offering the best panoramic views from its lofty position. Tucked into one of the cobbled streets of steeped, Medieval Marvão you’ll find your little piece of heaven.