The Charming Pousadas in Alentejo

Cycling (road) in Lisbon, Lisboa, Portugal

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«« The Charming Pousadas in Alentejo »»

Tour Highlights
1. Accommodations in Historic Hotels in Castles, Palaces, Monasteries and Fortresses
2. The majestic Marvao... Show more

(Guided or Self-Guided)

«« The Charming Pousadas in Alentejo »»

Tour Highlights
1. Accommodations in Historic Hotels in Castles, Palaces, Monasteries and Fortresses
2. The majestic Marvao Castle from the top
3. Fields of cork trees, olive trees and vineyards
4. The 13th century medieval town of Marvão
5. Visit to a winery and wine tasting
6. Arraiolos - famous for its rugs
7. Amazing white marble quarries
8. Relive history itself in each stone, each glance and each object
9. Evora - a World Heritage town classified by UNESCO
10. Feeling a different outstanding atmosphere in each Pousada

This is a gorgeous Road Bike Tour (on which you can also use a Hybrid Bike) which takes you to several Castles, Palaces, Monasteries and Convents; these magnificent places were once inhabited by the clergy or the Queens and Kings of Portugal and now are converted into exquisite lodgings, which we call POUSADAS. This Tour starts 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 before you start riding down. Afterwards, 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 you will get to Crato, where you will stay in an amazing building that was once a convent and today is a luxury hotel. On the next day you will ride towards Estremoz. This is one of Portugal’s traditional wine regions. You can visit a vineyard and taste the world famous Alentejo wine. 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 also visit a pottery workshop. And you will get to 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. This PortugalBike Tour ends in Arraiolos which is famous for its rugs that are still hand-made following a tradition that is documented since the 17th century.

Technical Data

Region of Portugal: Alentejo (inland)
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights / 5 days cycling
Begin: Marvao (Alentejo)
End: Arraiolos (Alentejo)
Overall difficulty level: 1 2 3 4 5 => Intermediate. You must be in good shape.
Distance: 245km (152mi)
Average: 49km/day (30mi/day)

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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! :)

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38.7070186 -9.1362056


ProgrammeDay 1: Arrival – Welcome at Lisbon airport. 3H00 drive to Marvao followed by dinner. Lodging in a Pousada with a cosy ambience and almost family atmosphere. Day 2: The beautiful Natural Park with its medieval towns – 65km (40mi), level 4. Lodging in a Pousada that manages to combine the genuine characteristics of the former convent with modern luxury. Day 3: Cork oak trees, olive trees and vast vineyards – 67km (42mi), level 4. Lodging in a castle converted into Pousada from where you can admire a superb view over the city of Estremoz and the vast Alentejo plain. Day 4: Vila Vicosa and its marble. Visit to a winery with wine tasting. Visit to Marble quarries and a Marble Museum – 30km (19mi), level 1. Lodging in a Pousada that was once a Convent. It is full of legends and tales. Day 5: Towards Evora – classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Visit to a pottery workshop. – 58km (36mi), level 3. Lodging in a Pousada, which was originally a convent and one of Evora’s most precious architectural buildings.Day 6: Arraiolos – an old town famous for its rugs. Visit to tapestry workshop – 24km (15mi), level 1. Lodging in a Pousada which is an example of perfect harmony between the traditional and modern concepts of Portuguese architecture.Day 7: Departure – Farewell at Lisbon airport – 2H00 drive


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 (all in Pousadas – luxury Historic Hotels, double bedroom occupancy)- 6 Breakfasts- 4 nourishing and energetic picnics ()*- 6 Dinners (including our famous wines, lovely desserts) ()*- Daily energy-bars and water ()*- Luggage transport from Pousada to Pousada- Documentation about PortugalBike Tour- Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance- Techno-Mechanical Assistance and First-Aid assistance on location- Permanent Backup Vehicle ()*- Visit to Marble Museum ()*- Visit to a Winery and wine tasting ()*- Visit to a Pottery workshop () Not included in Self-Guided Tours*

Cancellation policy

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.

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