- 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 | Marvão | Stº António das Areias (Warm-up).
Meeting at Lisbon and transfer to Marvão (230 km | 2 h 40 m). Marvão is surrounded by the São Mamede mountains, a few kilometers from Spain. This quiet village is protected by walls built between the 13th and 17th centuries, at more than 862 meters above sea level, offering spectacular views of the surrounding countryside. It is breathtaking! After lunch, adaptive ride from Marvão to the hotel in Santo António das Areias. Lodging: O Poejo Boutique Hotel.
Day 2: Loop Menir das Meadas.
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. Póvoa e Meadas will be the first stop - this town was founded by the Templars around the current Church of Mercy (Igreja da Misericórdia). Then admire the Menhir of Meada, built more than 5000 years is the largest menhir of the Iberian Peninsula with 7.15 meters high. Lodging: O Poejo Boutique Hotel.
Day 3: Stº António das Areias (Marvão) | Flor da Rosa (Crato).
Leaving Marvão behind you will pass by Portagem and visit the Roman remains of the city of Ammaia. You will reach Flor da Rosa. This town has a beautiful monastery (now an inn) that was built in 1356 and where you will be staying. 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. Lodging: Pousada do Crato, Flor da Rosa.
Day 4: Flor da Rosa (Crato) - Monforte | Vila Viçosa.
You will 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 is a fascinating place and old 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). Vila Viçosa, your final destination, 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 Italian marble inspired in the Renaissance architecture. Lodging: Alentejo Marmoris Hotel & SPA.
Day 5: Loop Vila Viçosa.
Today's ride will take you to the small village of Juromenha, near the border with Spain. The Guadiana river is the real border between the two countries. You will also pass by Alandroal and Bencantel and return to Vila Viçosa. Lodging: Alentejo Marmoris Hotel & SPA.
Day 6: Vila Viçosa | Évora.
You leave the beautiful Vila Viçosa, known as the Marble capital of Portugal and head to the city of Évora, UNESCO World Heritage. You will pass by the fields covered with wild flowers and typical Alentejo landscape with its rolling hills. Lodging: M'ar de Ar Aqueduto.
Day 7: Évora | Arraiolos.
Pedal to Arraiolos famous for their typical carpets known throughout the world. Here you will have the opportunity to visit the famous interpretation center of the Arraiolos carpet. Admire the greatest Arraiolos carpet in the world, still in production with more than 120 sq meters. You will also have time to visit a quite unique pottery! Lodging: M'ar de Ar Aqueduto.
Day 8: Departure. Early morning transfer to Lisboa’s airport.
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