- The medieval town of Castelo de Vide
- Narrow roads rounded with old stones
- The Natural Park landscape of S. Mamede Hills
- Majestic Marvao Castle from the top
- Visit to the Marble Museum
- Visit to the winery and wine tasting
- Arraiolos - famous for its tapestries
- Fields of Cork trees, Olive trees and vineyards
- Evora city - classified as World Heritage by UNESCO
- The amazing landscape in Alentejo and the charming accommodations.
Type: Road Bike Tour
Class: HISTORIC TOUR
Version: Guided or Self-Guided
Region of Portugal: Alentejo (inland)
Duration: 7 days / 6 nights / 5 days cycling
Begin: Marvão (Alentejo)
End: Évora (Alentejo)
Difficulty level (1-5): 3 Intermediate. You must be in good shape.
Distance: 283km (176mi)
Average: 57km/day (35mi/day)
Day 1: Arrival – Welcome at Lisbon airport. 3H00 drive to Marvão. Briefing about the tour followed by dinner. Lodging in a cosy 3* Hotel in Marvão, the highest medieval village of Portugal.
Day 2: The beautiful village of Marvão and its castle – 48km (30mi), level 3.
After breakfast we ride down from the medieval village of Marvão on the top and we ride into the Natural Park of São Mamede Hills. Here Nature and History embrace each other. It seems time has stopped! …Everything is quiet. We have our picnic at a place with a dazzling view over another medieval village, Castelo de Vide. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a classic Manor House (Bed & Breakfast) that was built in the 17th century.
Day 3: The Natural Park landscape of S. Mamede Hills – 76km (47mi), level 4. After breakfast we leave Castelo de Vide and its castle, its churches and the Jew quarters and we ride on into the Natural Park. We have our picnic and the day ends in Elvas, a beautiful border town with its castle, walls and an aqueduct built in the 16th century. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a 4* Hotel that was built conserving the old architectonic structures of the convent.
Day 4: Vila Viçosa and its marble. – 62km (39mi), level 4.
After breakfast we ride towards Vila Viçosa, the capital of marble in Portugal. This is a quiet small town where even the sidewalks are made of marble. There is marble everywhere. We have our picnic in the garden and then we visit the Marble Museum where you can learn how marble was extracted in the past and how it is extracted nowadays. The day ends in Redondo where we visit a pottery workshop. Lodging in an impressive Convent built in 1182 by monks, recently converted in a 4* hotel, with its impressive private collection of eighteenth century Portuguese tile work.
Day 5: Cork trees, Olive trees and Vineyards. – 66km (41mi), level 4. After breakfast we leave the Convent where we spent the night and we ride towards Estremoz, land of marble and wine. We have our picnic on the way and we end our day in Arraiolos, the land of the famous rugs. Visit to a tapestry workshop. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a 16th century convent converted into a Pousada where you find the perfect harmony between the traditional and modern concepts of Portuguese architecture.
Day 6: Towards Évora – 26km (16mi), level 1. After breakfast we ride towards Évora, a city classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. We visit a winery and taste the wine and then we have the afternoon free to wander around in this historic city where we can find evidences of 2000 years of History. Dinner with the group. Lodging in a 5* Hotel with swimming-pool located in the historic center of Évora.
Day 7: Departure. After breakfast we drive 2H00 to the airport. Farewell at Lisbon airport.
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