The Ancient Medieval Villages
ROAD BIKE TOUR
(Guided or Self-Guided)
«« The Ancient Medieval Villages »»
1. The medieval town of Castelo de Vide
2. Narrow roads rounded with old stones
3. The Natural Park landscape of S. Mamede Hills
4. Majestic Marvao Castle from the top
5. Visit to the Marble Museum
6. Visit to the winery and wine tasting
7. Arraiolos - famous for its tapestries
8. Fields of Cork trees, Olive trees and vineyards
9. Evora city - classified as World Heritage by UNESCO
10. The amazing landscape in Alentejo and the charming accommodations
You’ll start your tour in Marvao, a small medieval town on the top of the hill, surrounded by walls and with a majestic castle that defended this small town from the Spanish people many times. There you can admire a spectacular view and then ride down along a medieval narrow road with ancient stone walls. You will climb to Senhora da Penha, a little chapel on the top of a hill where there is an amazing view over Castelo de Vide, another medieval town, and its rows of whitewashed houses. You will ride along narrow roads, either sided by cork trees or stone walls and now you will get to Castelo de Vide, a beautiful town in Alentejo located in the cool mountains of the Natural Park of Sao Mamede, among dense olive groves and chestnut trees. The town is full of monuments, fountains and ancient houses. You will see medieval monuments, dozens of churches, enchanting alleys and some of the best Gothic porticos in Portugal. Then you will go to Elvas, a typical border town with its castle, again surrounded by walls. Elvas also has a star-shaped fort, several churches, the monumental Amoreira Aqueduct, a unique pillory dating back to the 16th century and many interesting details. The ride continues to Vila Vicosa, the capital of marble, where you can visit the Museum of Marble and learn how this industry began. You will visit Estremoz which is one of traditional wine regions in Portugal. You can visit a vineyard and taste the world famous Alentejo wine. On the next day you will visit Arraiolos which is famous for its rugs. This PortugalBike Tour ends in Evora, a wonderful walled town with many Roman vestiges, medieval churches and buildings, fountains, the aqueduct, charming streets, etc. Evora is a city classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
Class: HISTORIC TOUR
Region of Portugal: Alentejo (inland)
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights / 5 days cycling
Begin: Marvao (Alentejo)
End: Evora (Alentejo)
Overall difficulty level: 1 2 3 4 5 => Intermediate. You must be in good shape.
Distance: 276km (173mi)
Average: 55km/day (35mi/day)
We provide transfers from and to Lisbon airport to the starting point of the PortugalBike tour, or from and to Faro airport, depending on the tour. Don’t worry! :)
- State / Region
- Zip / Postcode
- Portugal 38.7070186 -9.1362056
Programme*Day 1:* Arrival – Welcome at Lisbon airport. 3H00 drive to Marvao followed by dinner. Lodging in a cosy 4* Albergaria in Marvao, the highest medieval village of Portugal. Day 2: The beautiful village of Marvao and its castle – 48km (30mi), level 3. Lodging in a classic Manor House (Rural Tourism) that was built in the 17th century.Day 3: The Natural Park landscape of S. Mamede Hills – 76km (47mi), level 4. Lodging in a 4* Hotel that was built conserving the old architectonic structures of the convent.Day 4: Vila Vicosa and its marble. Visit to Marble Museum and a pottery workshop – 61km (38mi), level 4. Lodging in a Convent that was transformed in a 4* hotel, with its impressive private collection of eighteenth century Portuguese tile work.Day 5: Cork trees, Olive trees and Vineyards. Visit to the winery and wine tasting. – 67km (42mi), level 4. Lodging in a 16th century convent converted into a Pousada where you find the perfect harmony between the traditional and modern concepts of Portuguese architecture. Day 6: Towards Evora – classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Visit to tapestry workshop – 24km (16mi), level 1. Lodging in a 4* Hotel, located in the historical centre of Evora, next to the 14th century city wall.Day 7: Departure – Farewell at Lisbon airport – 2H00 drive to the airport.
What does the price of this PortugalBike Tour include?- 7 days with PortugalBike- Road Bike Tour with a Guide ()*- Road Bike rental (BH L41 Carbon Spirit Ultegra) with helmet- Transfers from and to Lisbon Airport- Accommodations (usually a 4 star-quality hotel, double bedroom occupancy)- 6 Breakfasts- 4 nourishing and energetic picnics ()*- 6 Dinners (including our famous wines, our amazing cheeses and lovely desserts) ()*- Daily energy-bars and water ()*- Luggage transport from Inn to Inn- Documentation about PortugalBike Tour- Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance- Techno-Mechanical Assistance- First-Aid assistance on location- Permanent Backup Vehicle ()*- Visit to Marble Museum ()*- Visit to the Winery and wine tasting ()**_(*) Not included in Self-Guided Tours_*
If cancelled up to 14 days before date of arrival, no fee will be charged. If cancelled later or in case of no-show, the entire activity price may be charged.