Travel from the Portuguese capital city of Lisboa to Salamanca, the “small Rome”, as it is known in Spain for its high concentration of monuments. Discover the unspoiled landscapes of Alentejo, hidden megalithic monuments, Roman Ruins and the well-conserved Iberian landscape, culture and gastronomy! You can’t miss a ride through the cherry orchards to taste the local cherries! The beautiful village of Marvao and its castle - the museum historical village, megalithic monuments, Roman ruins, rural areas with exceptional environmental conditions, whitewashed villages, beautiful contrast of the Mediterranean and Continental landscapes.
Day 1: Early morning pick up and transfer to your accommodation in Marvao. Marvao – Castle to Castle Ride. Marvao by itself deserves some attention and therefore we will spend a night there. You must ride along scenic roads to discover the beautiful fortified and whitewashed medieval villages of Marvao and Castelo de Vide, where people are living their lives on the old way! Here you can visit the Synagogue and stroll through the steep streets of the Jewish quarter. (32 k/20 m or Optional sightseeing/shopping) Welcome Dinner. Included: (L), (D).
Day 2: We will drive North to appreciate the natural beauty of Monsanto da Beira. The village of Monsanto has been carefully built on the top of a hill covered with granite boulders, and there streets are narrow and steep! In the 1940’s it was awarded The Most Genuine Portuguese Village prize! From the castle you can enjoy a 360º panoramic view over the lowlands and into Extremadura-Spain. Riding downhill from here and then along rolling hills we will stop at some of many the interesting archeological sites to discover the legacies from ancient times. (40 k/25 m) Included: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: We enter Spain in the morning and en route to Salamanca we will ride in the nature reserve of Sierra de Francia. We will go on a loop ride across this beautiful area covered mostly on oak and chestnut trees, which features a 10 kms/6 miles gentle downhill on 35 km. ride! You will also ride on the shade of incredible cherry orchards, and taste right there this juicy fruit! At the end you will be prepared to eat the best veal beef we know in Iberia tasty grilled meat. We are always willing to ride here so we can eat at one of our favorite local restaurants! (35 kms/22 miles) We will arrive to Salamanca in the evening, and you will love this lively town! Please bring your "dance shoes"! Included: (B), (L).
Day 4: Sight seeing and shopping at this amazingly charming monumental town - Salamanca! A day for your own time discovery! Our Farewell Dinner will be at a traditional restaurant in Salamanca! Included: (B), (D).
Day 5: We will drive you (and your bike) to Lisboa. Or you may choose to proceed with your Iberian journey e.g. to Madrid or on a self-guided bike tour to Santiago de Compostela! Included: (B).
- Optional: Mountain Bike this route
- Challenge: Beginner to Advanced
- Terrain: Road Option - safe, scenic and quality back roads.
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