The Charming Pousadas in Alentejo Self-Guided

Road Bike | Self-Guided | Historic
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This is a gorgeous Road Bike Tour in Portugal 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.

The overall difficulty level of this tour is 3, Intermediate (more precisely, level 2.8 between 1~5). It is recommended for “bikers” and “cyclists”. It is supposed that you are in good shape.

This Bike Tour in Portugal 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 a little chapel on the top of a hill where there is an amazing view over 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 a quiet place, 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 one of the most traditional wine regions in Portugal. The ride continues to the capital of marble in Portugal, where you can visit the Museum of Marble and learn how this industry began. You will also visit a pottery workshop. The cycling day ends at a small town which is famous for its rugs that are still handmade following a tradition that is documented since the 17th century.

This PortugalBike Tour ends in Evora, which is the largest town in Alentejo. This is a wonderful walled town with many Roman vestiges, medieval churches and buildings, fountains, the aqueduct, charming streets, etc., that is classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.

From
Euro 1200
Self-Guided
Tour

7
Days 

Level 3 (2.8)
Intermediate

Distance
246km/153mi
Average
49km/31mi day
Trails
100% asphalt 
Start | End
Marvão | Évora
Dates

Start-End

Availability

Booking

Price

Per Person

September, 2017

Available

Euro 1540

October, 2017

Available

Euro 1540

November, 2017

Available

Euro 1200

December, 2017

Available

Euro 1200

January, 2018

Available

Euro 1200

February, 2018

Available

Euro 1200

March, 2018

Available

Euro 1310

April, 2018

Available

Euro 1550

May, 2018

Available

Euro 1550

June, 2018

Available

Euro 1570

July, 2018

Available

Euro 1520

August, 2018

Available

Euro 1520

September, 2018

Available

Euro 1670

October, 2018

Available

Euro 1550

November, 2018

Available

Euro 1200

December, 2018

Available

Euro 1200

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Minimum number of people: 2
Location: Alentejo
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Price includes:
7-day road bike tour with GPS | Superior quality bicycle rental | Transfers from and to Lisbon Airport | Accommodations (6 nights in Pousadas – luxury Historic Hotels): one luxury Convent, one 14th Monastery, one 13th century Palacelike, two 16th century Convents and one Typical house | Double bedroom occupancy | Breakfasts | Luggage transport from Pousada to Pousada | Documentation about PortugalBike Tour | Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance.

Please note:

Self-Guided version: We require a minimum of 2 people to confirm a Self-Guided departure | Longer tour: You can join two PortugalBike Tours and have a 2-week program (10% discount on the second tour) | Groups: Discount for Groups of 4 or more people | E-Bike rental: + Euro 100 | On Self-Guided tours we can offer you any date, depending on our availability. If the tour starts and ends in different months the price will be adjusted accordingly, depending on how many days in each month.

DAY BY DAY 

Day

1

Arrival at Lisbon  

Welcome at Lisbon airport. 3H00 drive to Marvão. Briefing about the tour. Lodging in a Pousada with a cozy ambience and almost family atmosphere.

Day

2

The beautiful Natural Park with its medieval towns 

48km (30mi), 610m total climbing (2000ft), level 3 (2.9).
After breakfast we ride down from the medieval village of Marvão on the top and we ride into the Natural Park of São Mamede Hills. Here Nature and History embrace each other. It seems time has stopped! …Everything is quiet. 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), 900m total climbing (2950ft), level 4 (3.7).
After breakfast we leave the Monastery and ride towards small villages where we can admire the whitewashed houses with a yellow or blue stripe, the roads sided by trees, beautiful manor houses dated from the 17th and 18th centuries and we can also visit the small castle. The day ends in a small town, the land of marble and wine. Lodging in a castle converted into Pousada from where you can admire a superb view over the city and the vast Alentejo plain.

Day

4

The capital of marble

36km (22mi), 380m total climbing (1250ft), level 2 (2.0).
After breakfast we visit a winery and taste the wine. Then we ride towards the capital of marble in Portugal. This is a quiet small town in Alentejo where even the sidewalks are made of marble. You can visit the small Marble Museum where you can learn how the marble was extracted in the past and how it is extracted nowadays. Lodging in a Pousada that was once a Convent. It is full of legends and tales.

Day

5

The old small town famous for its rugs

70km (43mi), 890m total climbing (2920ft), level 4 (3.7).
After breakfast we ride to a pottery workshop. Our way leads us to a small town in Alentejo with its whitewashed houses. This town is famous for its rugs. In the afternoon visit to a winery with a collection of carriages (guided tours only). Lodging in a Pousada which is an example of perfect harmony between the traditional and modern concepts of Portuguese architecture.

Day

6

Towards the Roman Temple 

23km (15mi), 270m total climbing (890ft), level 1 (1.2).
Our tour leads us to Evora, a city classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. You will have the afternoon free to wander around the city where you can find evidences of 2000 years of History. Lodging in a Pousada, which was originally a convent and is one of the most precious architectural buildings of this town.

Day

7

Departure

After breakfast we leave to Lisbon airport – 2H00 drive.

Total distance  244km (152mi) | Average 49km/day (31mi/day) | 100% asphalt

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TESTIMONIALS

“I did a self-guided tour in Alentejo through Portugal Bike in late July, and it was fantastic. They met us at the airport and drove us to the start point, gave us a great orientation to the area and the bicycles, and even gave us a cell phone to reach them if we needed to along the way. I chose an e-bike for the first time (I only bike once a year) and totally loved it. The equipment is high quality and comfortable. The scenery was to die for. The weather was sunny and hot, but not humid – very pleasant. If you want, you can request a panier to use to pack a picnic lunch and other extras, which removes the need to find a restaurant at lunchtime in the middle of nowhere. Everything else is easy. I might do the trip in the north next year – I hear that’s even more beautiful.”

Elizabeth Armington, 55 – Washington DC, USA

“My wife and I just completed the Charming Pousadas in Alentejo bike tour on a self-guided basis. We loved the trip and were extremely impressed with Portugal Bike. The countryside we rode through was beautiful. The level of difficulty was just about perfect for us, allowing us to spend about half the day riding and half the day enjoying our destinations. Our bikes were new carbon fiber road bikes that fitted us well. The GPS we were provided made it very easy to follow the route each day. The Pousadas were amazing. We think the trip was a terrific value and plan to do other Portugal Bike trips in the future. We highly recommend Portugal Bike in general and this trip in particular!”

San Francisco CA, United States

WOW! Do you like history, culture, beauty, delicious and different food, wonderful wine, but most importantly, lovely and gracious guides? Then this trip is for you! I am not a cyclist and I was able to keep up with those who were with the ELECTRIC bicycle. It still gave me more than enough exercise each day so I could enjoy the delicious breakfasts, picnic lunches and delightful dinners with Christina and Jose each evening. Every Pousada was an exotic encounter with the past, a castle or a convent! We visited wineries, a pottery artesian in his shop, a rug museum, a marble quarry and more. We met great new people who like exercise, adventure and travel too! The only thing I would change is to go earlier or later in the year. Even though it is quite hot here in July, the mornings and evenings are lovely and cool. A trip of a lifetime!

Carol Buchanan, 61 –   Long Beach NY, USA

“My wife and I have just come back from the Charming Pousadas in Alentejo tour with Jose and Cristina. It was absolutely amazing. Cristina has provided all necessary information prior to the tour and answered all our questions. The tour was planned really well. Jose is a very knowledgeable guide who led us riding, but also stopped and shared history of Portugal and its cultural traditions. We learned about cork trees, marble production, meaning of colors of houses in Alentejo. We visited castles that go back to the 11th century, cycled on beautiful roads, stayed in unbelievable places. Can you imagine staying in a hotel that used to be a monastery built in the 13th century and having 3 stone walls in your room actually built in the 13th century? And how about staying in a former castle where paintings on the walls date back to the 15th century? Cristina and Jose planned evenings as well with visits to wineries, museums and great dinners in very interesting restaurants. We hope that one day we will come back for another tour. And it would definitely be with Jose and Cristina. If you like cycling and want to visit Portugal, Portugal Bike is the only company you need to know. Cristina, Jose, thank you for the wonderful week!”

Len Ioffe, 52 – New York, United States

TOUR GEAR

On this tour you can ride with one of these bicycles
Road Bike Scott CR1

SCOTT CR1 COMPETITION

ULTRA LIGHT AND FAST

The SCOTT CR1 20’s IMP Carbon frame offers the perfect balance of performance and comfort. Designed to save the rider from shock and vibration, the CR1 is the ideal choice for the enthusiast who wants to enjoy long rides but doesn’t want to feel beat up at the end of the day. Providing the perfect balance of stiffness and weight, Scott CR1 is so precise, elegant and advanced that you’ll have a tough time going back to anything less.

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Hybrid Bike Scott Sportster

SCOTT SPORTSTER

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

Sporster 20 Solution emphasises comfort and convenience for touring and transportation. Equipped with a lockout fork and Syncros components, the Sportster is set up perfectly for your excursions with a more vertical and comfortable position.

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e Bike Bosch System

BOSCH SYSTEM 

E-BIKE

Now you don’t have any excuse for not participating on a Portugal Bike Tour! Don’t be afraid of not being able to keep up with the group. Now you can ride an e-bike without feeling too exhausted! The system works as if someone is pushing at your back! The more you pedal, the more electric assistance you have.

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CANNONDALE TANDEM 29 Bike

CANNONDALE TANDEM

TANDEM BIKE

Riding a Tandem bike is fun and is something that is not usual. People always smile to you and  wave. Your partner (stoker) don’t need to know how to ride a bicycle. However we highly recommend to ride this kind of bicycle if you already are used with it at your home.

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