The Charming Pousadas in Alentejo Self-Guided

Road Bike | Self-Guided | Historic

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 even the sidewalks are made of marble. 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.

Euro 1850


Level 3 (2.8)

50km/31mi day
Monument and Historic

100% asphalt
Start | End
Marvão | Évora





Per Person

01 to 13 June, 2024


Euro 2120

14 to 30 June, 2024


Euro 2070

01 to 11 July, 2024


Euro 2030

03 to 09 July, 2024


Euro 2030

12 to 25 July, 2024


Euro 2100

01 to 14 September, 2024


Euro 2150

08 Sep – 14 Sep, 2024


Euro 2150

15 to 30 September, 2024


Euro 2110

24 Sep – 30 Sep, 2024


Euro 2110

01 to 12 October, 2024


Euro 2110

27 to 31 October, 2024


Euro 2000

November, 2024


Euro 1850

March, 2025



April, 2025



May, 2025



01 to 14 June, 2025



15 to 30 June, 2025



01 to 19 July, 2025



01 to 13 September, 2025



14 to 30 September, 2025



01 to 18 October, 2025



19 to 31 October, 2025



01 to 09 November, 2025



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7 days / 6 nights / 5 days cycling

Support Level

  • Initial briefing providing all the necessary details
  • A GPS device on your handlebar with all bike traks preloaded
  • Our comfortable transfer vehicle van with air conditioning
  • All transportation from airport pick-up to drop-off
  • All baggage transportation by taxi
  • Documentation booklet about PortugalBike Tour
  • Personal Accident Insurance and Liability Insurance


  • One Pousada – Monument Hotel (14th century former Monastery – Luxury Hotel)
  • One Pousada – Historic Hotel (13th century former Castle)
  • One Pousada – Historic Hotel (16th century former Convent)
  • One Pousada – Historic Hotel (16th century former Convent)
  • One 5* Historic Design Boutique Hotel- Charming Hotel (15th century former Convent), or one Pousada – Historic Hotel (15th century former Convent)
  • One Charming Hotel (20th century typical house located in the Fortress)


  • 6 Breakfasts


  • 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 Pottery Workshop

Please note:

Prices are based on a double bedroom occupancy (hotels may be different depending on availability) | Self-Guided version: We require a minimum of 2 people to confirm a Self-Guided departure | Groups: Discount for Groups of 4 or more people | E-Bike rental: + Euro 300 | On Self-Guided 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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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. Lodging in El-Rei Dom Manuel Hotel, a Charming Hotel located in the Fortress.



The beautiful Natural Park with its medieval towns

48km (30mi), 610m total climbing (2000ft), level 3 (2.9).
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 Pousada that manages to combine the genuine characteristics of the former 14th century Convent with modern luxury. Lodging in Pousada Mosteiro do Crato, Monument Hotel, Luxury Hotel.



Cork oak trees, olive trees and vast vineyards

66km (41mi), 900m total climbing (2950ft), level 4 (3.7).
After breakfast you leave the Monastery and ride towards small villages where you 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 you can also visit the small castle. The day ends in a small town, the land of marble and wine. Lodging in a 13th century former Castle converted into Pousada from where you can admire a superb view over the city and the vast Alentejo plain. Lodging in Pousada Castelo de Estremoz, Historic Hotel.



The capital of marble

36km (22mi), 380m total climbing (1250ft), level 2 (2.0).
After breakfast you ride towards the capital of marble in Portugal. This is a quiet small town in Alentejo where even the sidewalks are made of marble. Lodging in a Pousada that was once a Convent from 16th century. It is full of legends and tales. Lodging in Pousada Convento de Vila Viçosa, Historic Hotel.



The old small town famous for its rugs

70km (43mi), 890m total climbing (2920ft), level 4 (3.7).
After breakfast you ride to a pottery workshop. Your way leads you to a small town in Alentejo with its whitewashed houses. This town is famous for its rugs. Lodging in a Pousada which is an example of perfect harmony between the traditional and modern concepts of Portuguese architecture. Lodging in Pousada Convento de Arraiolos, Historic Hotel, a 16th century former Convent with blue tiles.



Towards the Roman Temple

30km (19mi), 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 Monastery, then a former 15th century Convent and is one of the most precious architectural buildings of this town. Lodging in a 5* Historic Design Boutique Hotel, 16th century former Palace, M’Ar de Ar Aqueduto Hotel (or in  Pousada Convento de Évora, 15th century former Convent).




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

Total distance 250km (155mi) | Average 50km/day (31mi/day) | 100% asphalt


The accommodations for this tour are 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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Another Version of this Tour OR another long Road Bike Tour


“This was an amazing trip through the rural countryside of Alentejo with nightly stops at Pousadas. It was really well organised from the airport collection, delivery to the starting point in Marvão and our first Pousada, to the final one in Évora. The bikes provided were really excellent as were the GPS units for navigation.
There was seamless luggage transfer each day and it all meant that this was a great holiday. In the past I have tended to choose guided group cycling tours. This has altered my perspective on them. I would choose a self guided holiday in future because of the flexibility it allows each day.”

Hazel Bradish, 68 – Fowey, Corwall, United Kingdom

“My wife and I just did this self guided trip. Everything was perfect. Starting with the communication with Cristina before the trip, transportation, thorough instructions given by Luis at the beginning of the tour in a very friendly and helpful way, superior bikes, equipment and accommodations. With the supplied GPS you just cannot get lost. Most of the trip is along sideways and you feel very safe. The road, scenery and selected towns were beautiful. Highly recommended.”

Yehuda Kariv, 53 – Israel

“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


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.