Portugal Bike Tour

Alentejo na Primavera

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In the spring the rich colors of the Alentejo are at their brightest. Our route winds past hillsides carpeted in wildflowers and poppies, groves of cork and olives, and whitewashed villages accented by cobalt blue trim and ornate azulejos. We’ll end each day in one of Portugal’s loveliest towns, whose cobbled streets and turreted castles hint at their storied past. Unique accommodations include the Pousadas de Portugal and a 15th century convent in a fairy-tale setting — historic and architectural landmarks that have been transformed into one-of-a-kind hotels.

Prefer to bike independently? See our 8-day self-guided Alentejo Portugal bike tour.

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  • Highlights
  • Itinerary
  • Trip Feedback
  • What's Included
  • Bike Portugal’s interior in its most beautiful season
  • Picturesque hilltop villages untouched by time
  • Fields of wildflowers, poppies, and roses in bloom
  • Tour Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage City
  • Shop for Alentejana pottery and hand-tapestried carpets
  • Explore castle ruins, ancient aqueducts, a medieval synogogue
  • Tour the royal palace of the Dukes of Bragança in Vila Viçosa
  • Historic accommodations in pousadas, former monasteries, and a traditional manor house

Day 1: Morning transfer from Lisbon Airport to Marvăo, a medieval-walled village perched high above the Spanish border. Our warm-up ride begins with a three-mile descent to Castelo de Vide, known for its Renaissance-era fountains and ancient Jewish quarter. Van shuttle or bike back up the mountain past granite crags and “miradouros” (scenic overlooks). Welcome dinner and stay at the Pousada de Santa Maria, tucked within the ancient village walls. (9 or 21 mi.)

Day 2: Pedal through rolling hills of oak, chestnut, and pine forest in the Serra de Săo Mamede Parque Natural. Brake for panoramic castle views in tiny Alegrete, picturesque vineyards, and prehistoric cave paintings in Esperança. The long option reaches the Spanish border. End in the pretty white village of Arronches, where our hotel is set amidst the olive groves. (31, 42 or 46 mi.)

Day 3: Morning ride to the UNESCO World Heritage city of Elvas, stopping to explore its ancient Old Quarter, impressive fortress, and 17th century Amoreira Aqueduct. Ridge-top views lead to Vila Viçosa, where local white marble adorns every building from the simplest home to the Bragança Palace, the favorite residence of Portugal’s last royal dynasty. Relax with a two-night stay in regal style at the Pousada Dom Joăo IV, a former monastery located next door to the Ducal palace. (41 mi.)

Day 4: Free day to explore Vila Viçosa or cycle a loop ride to the castle ruins of Juromenha, overlooking the Rio Guadiana and the Spanish border. Return to Vila Viçosa for a guided tour of the Bragança palace. (0, 18, or 33 mi).

Day 5: Spin past marble quarries and the pretty castle village of Terena. Olive groves and cactus line our ascent to Monsaraz, an ancient hilltop town also known as “Ninho das Aguias” (“Eagles’ Nest”) for its dramatic perch. The sunset views from its fortress walls are a perfect prelude to an al fresco dinner. (33 or 42 mi.)

Day 6: Descend to the valley and cross the rolling plains, stopping to visit the traditional pottery workshops of Săo Pedro do Corval. End at the 15th century Convento do Espinheiro, just outside the walls of Évora, where we'll relax with a two-night stay. Considered a national monument, the former monastery has been restored as a luxurious hotel and spa surrounded by lavender-filled gardens. Tonight's dinner is set in its ancient vaulted wine cellar. (39 mi).

Day 7: Free morning to relax at our hotel or bike to the village of Arraiolos, known for its hand-tapestried carpets. Regroup to visit the UNESCO World Heritage City of Évora, with its winding Moorish streets, Roman temple of Diana, fortress-like Sé, and azulejos-filled Lóios Convent. Farewell feast in Évora’s Old Quarter. (0, 15 or 33 mi.)

Day 8: Morning transfer to downtown Lisbon and the Airport, arriving by 11:00 a.m.

"I have been on 20+ bike tours and this trip was one of my top 3! It exceeded my expectations."
- S.G., California

"Highly recommended! The people are very friendly and so were our guides, so helpful, easy going, and willing to share stories and special details that you cannot find in the books."
- Z.R., Germany

"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

  • 7 nights accommodations in historic pousadas, a 15th-century monastery, and a country hotel (double occupancy, private bath)
  • 6 dinners with wine, 3 picnics, 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 145 to 222 miles
  • Two experienced, multilingual Portuguese guides
  • Support van to carry luggage, provide snacks, and offer assistance and lifts
  • 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.
  • 2019 Dates
    Apr 07 - Apr 14

    Price: US$3095 for
    8 days/7 night guided bike tour.
    Single supplement: $550.
    Optional E-Bike Rental: $240.

    Arrive/Depart
    Lisbon Airport / Downtown Lisbon

    Activity Level: 1, 2, 3. Moderately hilly terrain.

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