- Total distance: 342 km/212 mi.
- Total climbing: 4724 m/15499 ft.
- Shortest day: 21.5 km/13 mi.
- Longest day: 69.5 km/43 mi.
- Accommodations: Selected (4 star inns).
The Alto Alentejo and its rolling hills covered with wild flowers waits for you. Discover charming little villages and plenty of cultural and historical sites while cycling in one of Portugal´s most beautiful areas. You’ll have the chance to get to know the famous Lusitano horse breed and visit places like Marvão, the “eagle nest” castle.
Day 1: LisboA | ÉVORA
Meeting at Lisboa airport and van transfer to Évora. After a light lunch in this charming town you will go for a warm-up ride in centre of Évora. Free day to discover the beautiful city of Évora and its monuments - UNESCO heritage.
Lodging: Pousada de Évora, Convento de Lóios
Day 2: Évora | Vila Viçosa (62 km / 38 mi)
You leave the beautiful city of Évora passing by the fields and typical Alentejo landscape with its rolling hills. Vila Viçosa is known as the Marble capital of Portugal. Time to visit Vila Viçosa´s Ducal Palace, the former residence of the Dukes of Bragança from the beginning of the 16th Century. The main facade is completely covered with local marble and takes Italia.
Lodging: Pousada de Vila Viçosa, D joão IV
Day 3: Vila Viçosa | Alter do Chão (70 km / 43 mi)
On the third day you will leave the beautiful area of Vila Viçosa to travel through magnificent landscapes and villages, such as the town of Monforte, which is positioned on top of a solid and imposing hill on the left bank of the Ribeira Grande River. Alter do Chão, your final destination, is a fascinating place. In Roman times it was known as Elteri, but Alter do Chão already existed in 204 AD. Evidence of this history can be found in the Vila Formosa bridge (a national monument). In the Middle Ages, in the sixteenth century, the town gained prosperity due to textiles. Many of the beautiful buildings of Alter do Chão are from this era. The town castle had already been built two centuries earlier in 1359, by King D. Pedro, the eternal lover of Dona Inês de Castro. Today it houses an art gallery and a library.
Lodging: Convento de Alter
Day 4: Alter do Chão Loop (39 km / 24 mi)
Today you will do a loop around Alter do Chão, riding in quiet back roads that offer amazing views of the country side. Just after leaving Alter do Chão, you will visit Coudelaria Alter, a Equine Centre with more than 250 years. In 1748 King D. João V of the House of Bragança founded this centenary institution, which imported mares from Andaluzia in order to create the Lusitana breed of horses which are appreciated world-wide today. Back on the road, you will pass by Flor da Rosa. This town has a beautiful monastery (now an inn) that was built in 1356. This is one of the richest areas in Portugal in terms of prehistoric monuments, in the area of Crato there are more than 70 dolmens. You can have a picnic at the Tapadão Dolmen. And we promise the food won't be 5000 years old!
Lodging: Convento de Alter
Day 5: Alter do Chão | Castelo de Vide (51 km / 32 mi)
Today you will ride in the Serra de S. Mamede natural park. These are some of the most important mountains in the Alentejo region. It is in the midst of this rich landscape that you find the Belvedere of the Chapel of Our Lady of Penha overlooking the beautiful village of Castelo de Vide, in the heart of the Alentejo. The belvedere was built in the sixteenth century, and is reached by climbing a long staircase straight into the courtyard of the temple, where a cross that was erected at the beginning of the twentieth century stands. The pretty and pleasant town of Castelo de Vide, was already of importance in Roman times. It stretches up one of the slopes of the hill it sits on, and within its walls a remarkable heritage has been preserved: churches, fountains, mansions, gothic portals and a Jewish quarter. The houses are whitewashed and the alleys form a labyrinth. It is well worth visiting the Baroque Church of Santa Maria, the eighteenth century Town Hall, the “Town Fountain” in carved stone, the 13th century chapel of St. Saviour of the World and also the synagogue.
Lodging: Casa Amarela
Day 6: Castelo de Vide | Marvão (55 km / 34 mi)
Today's ride will take you from one beautiful town to the breathtaking village of Marvão. Póvoa and Meadas is the first place were you will stop today - this village was founded by the Templars around the present Church of Misericórdia. You continue the journey to find the menhir of Meada, built more than 5 thousand years ago – it is the largest menhir of the Iberian Peninsula being 7.15 m/ 23.5 ft long. Finally, to end today's ride, you will climb to Marvão which stands proud at the top of its mountain. On a slope of the Serra de São Mamede mountains and only a few kilometres from Spain, this quiet town is protected by walls built between the 13th and 17th Centuries. There are spectacular views of the surrounding countryside from the narrow streets lined with neat white houses as Marvão is at more than 862 m/ 2828 ft altitude.
Lodging: Hotel El Rei D. Manuel
Day 7: Marvão Loop (65 km / 40 mi)
Today you can either ride through the hills and valleys and get to know the countryside surrounding Marvão, or you can choose to spend the day discovering this wonderful village. This ride is the hardest of the trip. Long climbs wait for us! Those of you who take up the challenge of riding today will have the opportunity to ascend to the peak of São Mamede. At 1025 m/ 3363 ft altitude this is the highest point on Portuguese mainland south of the Tejo river. Towards the end of the day you will visit the Roman town of Ammaia.
Lodging: Hotel El Rei D. Manuel
Day 8: DEPARTURE
Early morning transfer to Lisboa’s airport.
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