Portugal Bike Tour
Colors of the Alentejo
The rich hues of the Alentejan heartland deepen with the changing of the seasons, from the wildflowers of spring to the crimson grapevines and golden wheat fields of autumn. Our pastoral route winds through countryside dotted with cork and olive trees, and whitewashed villages sparkling in the sun. We’ll end each day in one of Portugal’s loveliest towns, their cobbled streets and turreted castles reminders of a storied past. Accommodations include three unique Pousadas de Portugal—historic and architectural landmarks that have been transformed into one-of-a-kind hotels.
Prefer to bike independently? See our self-guided Alentejo Portugal bike tour.
- Trip Feedback
- Bike Portugal’s heartland in its most beautiful seasons
- Springtime fields of wildflowers, poppies, and roses
- Autumn grape harvest
- Picturesque hilltop villages untouched by time
- Walking tour of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage City
- Shop for Alentejana pottery and carpets
- Admire purebred Lusitano horses at the Coudelaria de Alter stud farm
- Tour the palace of the Dukes of Bragança in Vila Viçosa
- Historic pousada accommodations in converted monasteries and manor houses; inviting village inns
Day 1: Morning transfer from Lisbon Airport to the village of Flor da Rosa in the heart of the Upper Alentejo region. Settle in at the 14th century fortress, now a luxurious pousada, before our afternoon ride to the pretty villages of Crato and Alter do Chăo. Tour the Coudelaria Real, a royal stud farm established 250 years ago to preserve the Lusitano horse. Welcome dinner at the pousada. (14 or 26 mi.)
Day 2: Spin through cork groves and fields of wheat to Castelo de Vide, famed for its medieval castle, Renaissance-era fountains, and ancient Jewish quarter. End with a rewarding climb through mountain forests to Marvăo, literally the “high point” of the Alentejo! Overnight at the Pousada de Santa Maria. (32 mi.)
Day 3: Pedal through rolling hills of oak and chestnut forest in the Serra de Săo Mamede Nature Park. Brake for panoramic castle views in tiny Alegrete, vineyards along the Alentejo Wine Route, and prehistoric cave paintings in Esperança. The long option crosses the border into Spain. End in the pretty white village of Arronches, where our simple inn offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. (31, 42 or 46 mi.)
Day 4: Morning ride to Elvas, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Our route visits its walled Old Quarter and the quadruple-tiered Aqueducto de Amoreira. Ridge-top views lead to Vila Viçosa, where local white marble adorns every building from the simplest home to the Paço Ducal. Afternoon tour of the Bragança Palace, the favorite residence of Portugal’s last royal dynasty. Relax in regal style at the Pousada Dom Joăo IV, located next door to the palace. (41 mi.)
Day 5: Spin past sleepy villages and the castle ruins of Terena. A longer option continues to the traditional pottery workshops of Săo Pedro do Corval. Olive groves and cactus line our final ascent to Monsaraz, a walled village also known as “Ninho das Aguias” (“Eagles’ Nest”) for its dramatic perch. The sunset views from its medieval walls are a perfect prelude to our al fresco dinner. (30 or 39 mi.)
Day 6: Short transfer to Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage City and ancient university town, for a walking or biking tour of the city’s architectural treasures. Arcaded Moorish streets lead to the 2nd century Roman temple of Diana, the fortress-like Sé, the azulejos-lined Lóios Convent, and our farewell lunch. An afternoon transfer to Lisbon ends our tour, or extend your stay with an optional overnight in Évora.
"If you like great trip leaders; historical, luxurious pousadas; beautiful countryside and coastlines; and eating fabulous meals, the Alentejo is the bike trip for you."
- D.H., California
"The tour guides were the best of any trip I have ever taken."
- R.H., Louisiana
“The Alentejo region has a peaceful beauty that I never expected. I still wonder whether the trip was a dream.”
– M.M., Massachusetts
"The pousadas were absolutely fantastic - a highlight of the trip."
- M.M., California
“The wildflowers were unreal, the rolling hills a delight, the pousadas just magnificent, and our guides, well, they simply rocked.”
– L.S., Germany
“A gorgeous region! Experiencing the Alentejo by bike is the best way to do it—it matches the pace of life there.”
– B.C., Massachusetts
“An absolutely wonderful immersion into the life of the Portuguese countryside. The fields of purple and yellow flowers were too lovely to be imagined.”
– J.T., North Carolina
- 5 nights accommodations in historic manor houses, a former convent, a 14th-century fortress, and an inviting village inn (double occupancy, private bath)
- 4 dinners with wine, 2 picnics, farewell lunch, and all breakfasts
- Use of a top-quality 27- speed Marin hybrid bicycle
- Detailed maps, written directions, and background information
- Choice of mileage options on most days; total mileage of 148 to 184 miles
- Two experienced, multilingual Portuguese guides
- Support van to carry luggage, provide snacks, and offer assistance and lifts
- Lusitano royal stud farm tour
- Admission to the Ducal Palace
- Transfers to and from Lisbon at specified times
- Gratuities for all accommodations and group meals
- Comprehensive tour preparation information and training tips
- Easy Rider cycling jersey
- Airfare is not included.