The Ancient Medieval Villages Supported

Road Bike | Supported | 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 3.4 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 even the sidewalks are made of marble. You will visit a town which is one of the most traditional wine regions in Portugal. You can visit a vineyard and taste the world famous Alentejo wine.

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 1730


Level 3 (3.4)

63km/39mi day
Signature, Monument and Historic

100% asphalt 
Start | End
Marvão | Évora





Per Person

01 to 18 June, 2022


Euro 2300

19 to 30 June, 2022


Euro 2100

01 to 08 July, 2022


Euro 1980

01 to 17 September, 2022


Euro 2140

18 to 30 September, 2022


Euro 2340

01 to 15 October, 2022


Euro 2340

16 to 31 October, 2022


Euro 2140

01 to 30 November, 2022


Euro 1780

01 to 15 December, 2022


Euro 1780

Available: You can sign up for the bicycle tour, but we must have a minimum of 4 cyclists.

Confirmed: We already have a minimum of 4 cyclists on the bicycle tour and you can still sign up.

Complete: The bicycle tour is already full.

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Minimum number of people: 4
Location: Alentejo
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6 days / 5 nights / 4 days cycling

Support Level

  • One knowledgeable local Guide meeting you on the way everyday
  • A Garmin GPS computer with all traks recorded
  • Our comfortable support and backup vehicle van with air conditioning
  • Techno-mechanical assistance at all times
  • All transportation from airport pick-up to drop-off
  • All baggage transportation
  • Documentation booklet about PortugalBike Tour
  • Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance
  • First-Aid assistance on location


  • One 5* Design Hotel
  • One 4* Historic Hotel (12th century former Convent)
  • One 4* Historic Hotel (17th century former Convent)
  • One 3* charming Hotel within a fortress
  • One 18th century Manor House


  • 5 Breakfasts
  • Daily energy-bars, fruits and water


  • Carbon frame and superior quality road bicycles with hydraulic disc brakes and 20 speeds, tailored to your height and specifications
  • Portugal Bike cycling jersey to keep
  • Portugal Bike water bottles to keep
  • BBB helmets


  • Visit to a Roman ruins site
  • Visit to a Pottery Workshop
  • Visit to a Winery and wine tasting

Please note:

Prices are based on a double bedroom occupancy (hotels may be different depending on availability) | Supported version: We require a minimum of 4 people to confirm a Supported departure | Groups: Discount for Groups of 4 or more people | E-bike rental: + Euro 250 | Longer tour: If you wish a longer tour you can do “Jewels Of Portugal“, and know the big contrast between inland and the coast, in a program of 13 days / 12 nights / 9 days cycling / 2 days rest (minimum of 4 people)| On Supported tours we can offer you any date, depending on our availability. If the tour starts and ends in different months/fortnight the price will be adjusted accordingly, depending on how many days in each month/fortnight. The price on festivity dates will be adjusted accordingly.


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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. Lodging in Hotel Dom Manuel.



The beautiful village of Marvão and its castle 

49km (30mi), 830m total climbing (2720ft), level 3 (3.1).
After breakfast you ride down from the medieval village of Marvão on the top and you 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 classic Manor House (Bed & Breakfast) that was built in the 17th century. Lodging in Casa Amarela TH National Monument.



The Natural Park landscape of S. Mamede Hills

76km (47mi), 1030m total climbing (3380ft), level 4 (3.9).
After breakfast you leave this medieval town and its castle, its churches and the Jewish quarters and you ride on into the Natural Park. Your cycling day ends in a beautiful border town with its castle, walls and an aqueduct built in the 16th century. Lodging in a 4* Hotel that was built conserving the old architectonic structures of the convent. Lodging in Hotel Santa Luzia.



The capital of marble and the vineyards

79km (49mi), 1210m total climbing (3970ft), level 4 (4.1).
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 ride towards another beautiful and quiet town, land of marble and wine. We also visit a winery with wine tasting. 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. Lodging in Hotel Convento de São Paulo.



Towards Évora 

49km (30mi), 510m total climbing (1670ft), level 3 (2.6).
After breakfast we ride towards Évora, a city classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. Wander around in this beautiful and historic city where we can find evidences of 2000 years of History (the Temple of Diana). Dinner with the group. Lodging in a 5* Hotel with swimming-pool located in the historic center of Évora. Lodging in Hotel M’Ar de Ar Aqueduto.




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

Total distance  253km (157mi) | Average 63km/day (39mi/day) | 100% asphalt


Accommodations for this tour include Signature Hotels (the best charming Hotel of the region, usually stylish 4-star hotels or 5-star properties), as well as Monument and Historic Hotels (gorgeous Castles, Palaces, Monasteries and Convents once inhabited by the clergy or the Queens and Kings and now converted into exquisite lodgings)

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BETTER THAN BACKROADS!! My husband and I just finished the Ancient Medieval Villages Supported trip. We did not know what to expect since we have been spoiled by previous 5 star trips from Backroads. But this time, I wanted to utilize a local company and read such great reviews from tripadvisor. The price of Portugal Bike is less than half the price of Backroads and I can honestly tell you that if I had to do another bike tour in Portugal, I would ONLY go with Portugal Bike. They have a vast knowledge of all regions of the country and have connected with wonderful locals and charming hotels to make this trip unforgettable. Ricardo was our superman support system and right hand man. He was there every step of the way. In fact, when we arrived at our destination each day, we would purposely try to lose him so we could stay on our bikes longer. He would just shake his head, laugh and tell us that finding us on GPS was like trying to gather children. He was AMAZING!! In fact if Cristina and Jose are reading this, I think he needs a promotion immediately. He was professional, always punctual and delivered great service. I never thought biking in 50 degree weather with huge headwinds and rain would actually feel rewarding at the end of the day. It made us appreciate the beautiful sun even more! Biking has a way of transforming you. It is by far the best way to see any country and get to know the culture. It is when we can interact with the locals that we all realize we are all connected!! Congratulations Portugal Bike for what appears to be a stellar team! I will recommend you to all our friends back in Washington DC!!!!

Malika Nekoo, 51 – MD, United States

My husband and I had the most fabulous time with Portugal Bike. We did back-to-back rides; traveling along the Atlantic coastline “Toward the Algarve,” and biking through “Ancient Medieval Villages” in Central Portugal. Going with a “local” (I.e., Portuguese) company makes all the difference; Portugal Bike knows the safest and most interesting routes, provides unique, high-end accommodations, and sees to it that you experience restaurants serving authentic Portuguese meals. Also appreciated by us was the subtle, but ever present, attention to our safety on the road and elsewhere. We were very fortunate to be supported by Andre – his knowledge of his country, as well as its history, geography, food, wine, etc. is amazing. Also, his many entertaining stories added a most delightful element to our travels. Particularly impressive is Portugal Bike’s attention to every detail. (On a personal note, Portugal Bike managed to retrieve my biking jacket which I left behind after a hotel stay). In short, this company deserves high praise for all they do to make your bike ride in Portugal a truly memorable experience.

Jan Penz, 71 – Colorado, United States

From the communication pre-trip to the implementation, they just did everything right. Our guide (Andre) was perfect. I can’t stand to be baby-sat or watched over and he combined the perfect amount of making sure we had what we need with not bothering us so much that I felt mothered. His advice, his preparation, his logistical support all the way through to booking restaurants was perfect. We are an independent couple very able on our own and this was our first supported bike trip and it will most certainly not be the last. I only wish this company did tours all around Europe so we could keep using them.

Les Stroud, 57 – Oregon – United States

This was a bike tour around Alentejo’s medieval villages. We hired Portugal Bike Tours for support and bike rentals on this trip. We are experienced bikers, and consequently were very pleased to discover the excellent equipment and support we received from Portugal Bike Tours. They have really great German Cube bikes and even ergonmic Selly saddles. Everything was clean and well tuned.
The riding itself was great, and we got onto many of side roads and off the beaten track routes that I do not think we could have found without lots of experience with the area. Jose, who supported us was a wealth of knowledge and very friendly. This is the first time we used Portugal Bike Tours, and would hire them again if we return. The booking went smoothly and professionally.

Robert Crifasi, 60 – Boulder, Colorado – United States

What a great experience! Having previously completed bicycling tours in other countries we were very impressed with our experience with Portugal Bike. The tour was well-organized and well-supported. José and Cristina demonstrate an eye for detail, planning, and interest in their clients. They are wonderful ambassadors for their country! Prior to the trip all our questions were answered promptly and comprehensively. During the trip José and Cristina ably communicated information necessary for the ride as well as superior knowledge of the terrain, environment, history and culture of Portugal. Pre-ride orientation and daily briefings kept us apprised of what to expect, how to stay safe on the road, care for equipment, and language and cultural differences. The thoughtful itinerary kept us on quality roads with safe riding conditions and interesting stops at castles, ruins, marble quarries, cork trees, and scenery. Rest stops and picnic lunches were well timed and evenly spaced. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that traffic on the designed routes was very light and drivers were extremely, cautious, polite, and safety conscious. All accommodations were comfortable and well appointed. Arrangements varied from hotels, to boutique hotels, to convents and historical pousadas. Dining experiences provided fine examples of local cuisine and excellent Portuguese wine selection. The equipment was the best we’ve seen on an organized tour. The road bikes were extremely well tuned and in excellent condition. Helpful accessories included computers, rear mirrors, and seat bags. We found that we had unnecessarily packed bicycling equipment that we simply never needed. The transport van was large and comfortable. We will always look back on our tour with Portugal Bike with fondness and appreciation for José and Cristina as well as for Portugal, it’s welcoming people, culture and history. Thank you Portugal Bike for the warm, lasting memories of Portugal!

Bill Burke & Catalina Nocon, 64 & 62 – Sunriver OR, 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


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.