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 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.

From
Euro 1360
Self-Guided
Tour

7
Days 

Level 3 (2.8)
Intermediate

Distance
244km/152mi
49km/30mi day
Hotels
Monument and Historic

Trails
100% asphalt 
Start | End
Marvão | Évora
Dates

Start-End

Availability

Booking

Price

Per Person

01 to 05 July, 2020

Available

Euro 1660

01 to 12 September, 2020

Available

Euro 1950

13 to 30 September, 2020

Available

Euro 2010

01 to 17 October, 2020

Available

Euro 2010

18 to 31 October, 2020

Available

Euro 1820

November, 2020

Available

Euro 1360

01 to 13 December, 2020

Available

Euro 1360

January, 2021

Available

Euro 1360

February, 2021

Available

Euro 1360

March, 2021

Available

Euro 1470

April, 2021

Available

Euro 1790

May, 2021

Available

Euro 1980

01 to 12 June, 2021

Available

Euro 2010

13 to 30 June, 2021

Available

Euro 1820

01 to 04 July, 2021

Available

Euro 1660

01 to 11 September, 2021

Available

Euro 1950

12 to 30 September, 2021

Available

Euro 2010

01 to 16 October, 2021

Available

Euro 2010

17 to 31 October, 2021

Available

Euro 1820

November, 2021

Available

Euro 1360

01 to 12 December, 2021

Available

Euro 1360

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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 | Groups: Discount for Groups of 4 or more people | E-Bike rental: + Euro 200 | Longer tour: You can join two PortugalBike Tours and have a 2-week program (10% discount on the second tour) | 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.

DAY BY DAY 

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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 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 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 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 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 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. It is full of legends and tales.

Day

5

The old small town famous for its rugs

71km (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.

Day

6

Towards the Roman Temple 

24km (15mi), 270m total climbing (890ft), level 1 (1.2).
Your tour leads you 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 you leave to Lisbon airport – 2H00 drive.

Total distance  252km (157mi) | Average 50km/day (31mi/day) | 100% asphalt

ACCOMMODATIONS

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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TESTIMONIALS

“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

TOUR GEAR

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

GERMAN DESIGNED AND ENGINEERED

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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SCOTT SPORTSTER

COMFORT AND CONVENIENCE

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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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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