The Ancient Medieval Villages Self-Guided

Road Bike | Self-Guided | Historic

This bicycle tour in Portugal starts in Marvão, 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 cycling down along a medieval narrow road with ancient stone walls.

The overall difficulty level of this tour is 3, Intermediate (more precisely, level 3.1 between 1~5). It is recommended for “bikers” and “cyclists”. It is supposed that you are in good shape.

You will climb to a little chapel on the top of a hill where there is an amazing view over a beautiful 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 a beautiful town in Alentejo located in the cool mountains of the Natural Park of São 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 while you are biking in Portugal.

Then you will cycle to a typical border town with its castle, again surrounded by walls. It also has a star-shaped fort, several churches, a monumental Aqueduct, a unique pillory dating back to the 16th century and many interesting details.

The bicycle tour continues to the capital of marble, where you can visit the Museum of Marble and learn how this industry began. You will visit a town which is one of the most traditional wine regions in Portugal. On the next day you will visit a town which is famous for its rugs.

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

Euro 1220


Level 3 (3.1)

55km/34mi day
100% asphalt 
Start | End
Marvão | Évora





Per Person

January, 2018


Euro 1220

February, 2018


Euro 1220

March, 2018


Euro 1320

April, 2018


Euro 1490

May, 2018


Euro 1500

June, 2018


Euro 1500

July, 2018


Euro 1400

August, 2018


Euro 1400

September, 2018


Euro 1550

October, 2018


Euro 1520

November, 2018


Euro 1230

December, 2018


Euro 1230


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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): 1 five-star Design Hotel, 1 Pousada (16th century Convent), 2 four-star Historic Hotels (one 12th century Convent and one 17th century Convent), 1 three-star charming Hotel within a fortress, one 18th century Manor House | Double bedroom occupancy | Breakfasts | Luggage transport from Hotel to Hotel | 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.





Welcome at Lisbon airport. 3-hour drive to Marvão. Briefing about the tour. Lodging in a cozy 3* Hotel in Marvão, the highest medieval village of Portugal.



The beautiful village of Marvão and its castle 

49km (30mi), 830m total climbing (2720ft), level 3 (3.1).
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. We have our picnic at a place with a dazzling view over another medieval village. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a classic Manor House (Bed & Breakfast) that was built in the 17th century.



The Natural Park landscape of S. Mamede Hills

75km (47mi), 1030m total climbing (3380ft), level 4 (3.9).
After breakfast we leave this medieval town and its castle, its churches and the Jewish quarters and we ride on into the Natural Park. We have our picnic and the day ends in a beautiful border town with its castle, walls and an aqueduct built in the 16th century. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a 4* Hotel that was built conserving the old architectonic structures of the convent.



The capital of marble

60km (37mi), 1060m total climbing (3480ft), level 4 (3.7).
After breakfast we ride towards the capital of marble in Portugal. This is a quiet small town where even the sidewalks are made of marble. There is marble everywhere. We also visit a pottery workshop. Lodging in an impressive Convent built in 1182 by monks, recently converted in a 4* hotel, with its impressive private collection of eighteenth century Portuguese tile work.



Cork trees, Olive trees and Vineyards

66km (41mi), 950m total climbing (3120ft), level 4 (3.6).
After breakfast we leave the Convent where we spent the night and we ride towards another beautiful and quiet town, land of marble and wine. We have our picnic on the way and we end our day in a small town, the land of the famous rugs. Visit to a tapestry workshop. Dinner with the group. 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.



Towards Évora 

23km (14mi), 250m total climbing (820ft), level 1 (1.0).
After breakfast we ride towards Évora, a city classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. We visit a winery and taste the wine and then we have the afternoon free to wander around in this historic city where we can find evidences of 2000 years of History. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a 5* Hotel with swimming-pool located in the historic center of Évora.




After breakfast we leave to Lisbon airport (2-hour drive).

Total distance  274km (170mi) | Average 55km/day (34mi/day) | 100% asphalt


All our Multi-Day Bike Tours have three versions: Guided, Supported or Self-Guided. If you prefer a different version of the current tour, please select below.


My husband and I completed a self-guided version of the Medieval Villages Tour in late September ’15, and decidedly it was one of the best travel experiences we have had together to date. (…) The scenery was breathtaking; our GPS navigated us through lovely country roads and villages, and to some amazing lookout points. At the end of each day, we would arrive at our hotel (very unique and nice accommodations) and have the late afternoon and evening to explore a new village and sample the delicious Alentejan cuisine and wine. Jose and Cristina are excellent hosts and made sure that all the details were covered off perfectly, from arranging transportation and bag drop off, providing high quality well maintained bikes, and being extremely friendly and helpful overall. Jose and Cristina take all measures to ensure that each guest has a great experience. My husband and I had so much fun that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Portugal Bike to anyone – you will definitely not be disappointed.

Michelle McCune, 33 – Toronto ON, Canada

My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our self guided bike ride with Portugal Bike. We have taken over a dozen self guided tours in Europe. Portugal Bike was the best so far. Their extra attention to detail makes the difference. We highly recommend Portugal Bike’s Ancient Medieval Villages route. Beautiful tour with very few cars.

David Pinkernell, 57 – Washougal WA, United States

These guys are good, really good!! Cristina and Jose created a wonderful week. A great route, with enough challenge, good hotels, good food, and of course, being in Alentejo some of the best wines in Europe. Let alone fantastic scenery. Our group has been cycling one week a year for the last 20 years, and this is a highly, picky bunch of successful people, used to the best; that there were no grumbles, and just a continuous repetition of ‘wow,’ shows how well it went. We have cycled in the USA, and in most countries in Western Europe, and we all agreed this was one of the best bike tours we have ever had.

Adam Singer, 63 – St Albans, United Kingdom

The Ancient Medieval Villages and Towards the Algarve

We did these two tours back to back in an October 2013. They were both interesting and well planned. I preferred the Villages tour, largely because of the interesting and varied accomodation. We have been on about ten tours of every kind over the years. The Portugal Bike tours are as good as are available. We had first rate bikes, excellent documentation, an easy to follow GPS and a back-up telephone in case of an emergency. The routes are well chosen. We thought we got to know Portugal. I recommend this operator.

Jim – Canada


On this tour you can ride with one of these bicycles
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CUBE Attain GTC SLT Disc Carbon


With the culmination of carbon frame technology, this bike is all the proof you need that comfort and high performance aren’t mutually exclusive. With a brand new Fulcrum Racing 66 disc wheelset and a complete complement of new Shimano’s superb Ultegra components – with technology borrowed from the range-topping Dura Ace – this is a no-compromise speed machine that’ll flatter any rider’s best efforts.


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Sporster 20 Solution emphasizes 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. On this Road Bike tour you will ride with thinner tires (700×28).


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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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