Taking a bike break in Alentejo, Portugal. Photo courtesy of Tour Operator (TO)
Famous pottery village of San Pedro do Corval, Alentejo, Portugal. Photo courtesy of TO

Biking the Alentejo region in Portugal. Photo courtesy of TO
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Paradise in Portugal

Portugal Bike Tours

A Bike tour from an Alentejo Guest House

  • This bike tour in the lovely Alentejo region of Portugal combines accommodations at an authentic country guesthouse with daily guided or self-guided cycling excursions. Located in a pastoral paradise, your accommodation is a genuine Monte, a traditional ancestral Alentejan farm, complete with orchard, organic vegetable garden, sheep grazing pastures, and an ancient olive grove, where cork oaks and holm oaks grow among large granite boulders. The occasional medieval village welcomes with its typical whitewashed houses trimmed in blue.

    Highlights:

    • Accommodation at a beautiful guesthouse
    • No packing and unpacking, just cycling and relaxing!
    • Very flexible tour - kms can easily be adapted to your level
    • Beautiful rolling landscape with vineyards, olive groves, cork oaks and grazing land
    • Very good Alentejo wine and fantastic gastronomy of Portugal
    • Medieval villages and Évora historical center classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site
    • Very small groups (maximum 8 people)

    Portugal is a great cycling country, and the Alentejo, the perfect region!

    If you book the self guided tour, there is opportunity to pariticipate in other guided actiivites such as hiking, kayaking, and wine and heritage tours. Just ask us for details and pricing.

    All of our bike tours in Portugal can be found here.

  • 2019 

    Self guided

    Number of daysTwin/doubleSingle supplementSeason supplement
    Easter, July, August
    Solo traveler
    4* £ 321 $ 712 378 $ 570 NOK 3560 kr 3286 $ 427 £ 105 $ 232 123 $ 185 NOK 1158 kr 1069 $ 139 £ 15 $ 34 18 $ 27 NOK 170 kr 156 $ 20 On request
    5* £ 415 $ 921 489 $ 737 NOK 4605 kr 4251 $ 553 £ 138 $ 307 163 $ 246 NOK 1535 kr 1417 $ 184 £ 20 $ 45 24 $ 36 NOK 226 kr 209 $ 27 On request
    6* £ 489 $ 1,085 576 $ 868 NOK 5424 kr 5007 $ 651 £ 170 $ 377 200 $ 301 NOK 1883 kr 1738 $ 226 £ 25 $ 57 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34 On request
    7** £ 666 $ 1,477 784 $ 1181 NOK 7383 kr 6815 $ 886 £ 191 $ 424 225 $ 339 NOK 2119 kr 1956 $ 254 £ 31 $ 68 36 $ 54 NOK 339 kr 313 $ 41 On request
    8** £ 713 $ 1,580 839 $ 1264 NOK 7901 kr 7293 $ 948 £ 223 $ 495 263 $ 396 NOK 2477 kr 2286 $ 297 £ 36 $ 79 42 $ 63 NOK 396 kr 365 $ 47 On request

    Guided

    Number of daysTwin/doubleSingle supplementSeason supplement
    Easter, July, August
    Solo traveler
    4* £ 511 $ 1,132 601 $ 906 NOK 5659 kr 5224 $ 679 £ 105 $ 232 123 $ 185 NOK 1158 kr 1069 $ 139 £ 15 $ 34 18 $ 27 NOK 170 kr 156 $ 20 On request
    5* £ 649 $ 1,439 764 $ 1151 NOK 7194 kr 6641 $ 863 £ 138 $ 307 163 $ 246 NOK 1535 kr 1417 $ 184 £ 20 $ 45 24 $ 36 NOK 226 kr 209 $ 27 On request
    6* £ 814 $ 1,804 958 $ 1443 NOK 9021 kr 8327 $ 1,083 £ 170 $ 377 200 $ 301 NOK 1883 kr 1738 $ 226 £ 25 $ 57 30 $ 45 NOK 283 kr 261 $ 34 On request
    7** £ 999 $ 2,215 1176 $ 1772 NOK 11074 kr 10222 $ 1,329 £ 191 $ 424 225 $ 339 NOK 2119 kr 1956 $ 254 £ 31 $ 68 36 $ 54 NOK 339 kr 313 $ 41 On request
    8** £ 1042 $ 2,309 1226 $ 1847 NOK 11545 kr 10657 $ 1,385 £ 223 $ 495 263 $ 396 NOK 2477 kr 2286 $ 297 £ 36 $ 79 42 $ 63 NOK 396 kr 365 $ 47 On request

    * includes 2 transfers from any route except Monsaraz and Terena (Route 6 and 7)
    ** includes 3 transfers including 1 from Monsaraz or Terena (Route 6 and 7) and guide for that day.

     

    extra options

    Extra dinners:
    Cooking class: £ 33 $ 73 39 $ 58 NOK 363 kr 335 $ 44 Cooking class as substitute/upgrade for one of the included meals (wine included): £ 17 $ 38 20 $ 30 NOK 188 kr 174 $ 23   Electric bike:
    Per diem:  £ 34 $ 75 40 $ 60 NOK 377 kr 348 $ 45 Weekly: £ 170 $ 377 200 $ 301 NOK 1883 kr 1738 $ 226  
    Transfers:

    Transfer from OR to Lisbon Airport to Evora, per person:  £ 64 $ 141 75 $ 113 NOK 706 kr 652 $ 85

    (minimum of two people)

    Transfer back from any route except Monsaraz or Terena, per person: £ 30 $ 66 35 $ 53 NOK 330 kr 304 $ 40

    (2 or 3 transfers are already included depending on tour length)

    For clients who book 4, 5, and 6 day tours that do not include route 6 or route 7, upgrade to include transfer to Monsaraz or Terena and back (guide included)  if you want to upgrade, per car, up to 4 people: £ 183 $ 405 215 $ 324 NOK 2025 kr 1869 $ 243

    Equipment rental:
    GPS rental: £ 42 $ 94 50 $ 75 NOK 471 kr 435 $ 57 Phone rental: £ 8 $ 19 10 $ 15 NOK 94 kr 87 $ 11

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Lisbon International Airport.

    Local Travel

    Transfers from Lisbon airport to Evora are available for a supplement. There is a bus transfer from Evora bus station included in the tour price. Take a taxi from the airport to Lisbon bus station and from there, bus to Evora. Time of travel is about 1 hour and 30 minutes.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. A good website to research average high/low temperatures and average rainfall is weatherbase.com.

    Remarks

    Do note that you are expected to change your own flat tire and do basic bike maintenance if needed on your ride. You will be charged a fee if you need assistance for basic services. Emergency assistance will be a phone call away.


Skill Level

This is a moderate guided or self-guided hotel based tour on rolling hills. You will have sections of dirt road as well and an occasional bike trail. The average daily mileage is approximately 29 and elevation gain is 2,200 feet or 700 m. There are many options for your cycling itineraries and difficulty can range from easy-moderate or even more difficult depending on how you design your itinerary.

Where You’ll Stay

Your accommodations for this tour is a genuine Monte, a traditional Alentejan farm in Evora, Portugal.

What’s Included

  • Self-Guided
  • Accommodations for 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 nights according to booked tour length
  • Breakfasts
  • Welcome snack of wine, cheese, and olive oil
  • Gastronomic surprises each day
  • Bicycle rental equipped with tool kit, front bag, helmet, and back rack
  • Transfer to/from Évora bus station
  • Maps, route descriptions and tourist information
  • 1 dinner on 4 day tours, 2 dinners on 5 day tours, and 3 dinners on 6, 7 and 8 day tours
  • 24 hour phone support
  • 3, 4, 5 night tours: two transfers from any routes except both 6 and 7. You can choose 6 or 7.
  • 6 and 7 night tours: three transfers including one from Monsaraz or Terena (Routes 6 or 7) and guide for that day.
  • Personal accident and third party insurance for the tour days
  • Guided
  • All of the above
  • Entrance fees to the Bones Chapel, cathedral in Evora, and Vila Vilcosa's Ducal palace
  • Two wine tastings for 5, 6, and 7 day tours
  • One wine tasting in 4 day tour
  • One cheese and liqueur tasting
  • Water and fruit for the day
  • First aid assistance
  • Cycling guide
  • Cycling jersey

What’s Not Included

  • Transfer service from airport to Évora - can be arranged at extra cost
  • Extra dinners at the guesthouse – can be arranged at extra cost
  • Lunches (on guided tour, guide will stop at local café
  • All meals other than those included
  • Transfer service for dinners in Évora – can be arranged at extra cost
  • Support van
  • Bicycle Protection
  • Travel Insurance
TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillModerate
Length4–8 days
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Tour Dates

2019

Arrival possible any day, all year long.

*Not recommended for July and August as average high temperatures are close to 90° F.

Day-To-Day Itinerary

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There are many options for your cycling itineraries. You can enjoy short days or longer days, you can reserve transfers so that you can linger longer at the place that interests you the most.

ROUTE 1 - The Famous Carpets
This suggested itinerary is an easy loop ride from the guesthouse to Arraiolos and then back, following the "green lane", or a rails to trails path. This is a peaceful ride on gentle rolling hills, 10 km of which is on dirt roads. You will cycle past small farms, eventually reaching Graça do Divor, a beautiful and well-preserved white and blue village. This is a wonderful place to stop  for a drink and try delicious (and famous) meat pies.  Following your refreshment, you continue to the the village of Arraiolos, famous for its rich historical center, castle, and embroidered wool rugs and carpets which have been made since the middle ages. A local delicacy that you must sample is the delicious Pastéis de Toucinho. There is opportunity to visit a winery (€6), and a cheese farm that also produces local liqueurs. (Sampling here is €11.) From the cheese farm, you can order an optional transfer back to the farmhouse. If you cycle back to the guesthouse, you pass Divor dam and its lovely lake. You can shorten the daily mileage by 12 km if you do not visit the cheese farm.

Distance:
22 mi. (36 km) all visits described and transfer from cheese farm back to hotel
28 - 33 mi. (45 - 53 km) to winery and back
43 mi. (69 km) to winery and cheese farm and return by same route
47 mi. (75 km) to winery and cheese farm and back a different route

Level: easy to moderate, depending option and if you purchase transfers. You will cycle on gentle rolling hills which included approx. 15 kms of dirt roads

ROUTE 2 - The Wine and Cork Route
Leaving the farm, the cycling leads through the country in the direction of Igrejinha, a very  "white village" where all houses have stripes of different colors, like a striking painting. There is a lovely winery here that can be visited. From Igrehinha, you cycle to the cork factory to learn how cork is transformed. This will be a highlight of your day. In the same village, you can visit a knife factory and see the process of making kitchen knives, cork cutting knives and others.  Nearby there is a wonderful sanctuary with murals from floor to ceiling. Next on the agenda is the village of S. Miguel de Machede where you can stop for refreshments.

Level: easy will rolling hills (270  m of climbing with transfer, 430 m without).

Distance:
27 mi. (42km) - with transfer back to farm.
46 mi. (74 km) without transfer

ROUTE 3 - Megalithic Monuments
Cycling from our guesthouse to Évora and to the megalithic area. 

In the morning you cycle to Évora and unravel the amazing history of this old beautiful city, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
We propose a visit to the surreal Bone chapel and to the impressive cathedral, originally from the 13th century. Finish with a wine tasting in the Évora Wine Tour Shop. After, ride to the country side discovering beautiful holm oak forests and vast meadows. A peaceful landscape of grazing cattle and cheerful birds. Cycle to Zambujeiros' Dolmen – the biggest in Europe, the Almendres' Cromelech - the oldest megalithic monument in Europe with a beautiful view over Évora, the Almendres Menhir and Mitras' Church. A very complete day!

Distance: ​ 
Level: Easy

ROUTE 4 - Conquest of Valongo Castle
The day begins on a road lined with olive groves, with gentle ups and downs until Nossa Senhora de Machede. There is opportunity to visit a traditional leather factory and, if traveling in October or November, an olive oil mill. If traveling off-season, it could still be possible to arrange a tour subject to availability.

Valongo Castle, dating from 1283, is on the agenda as well. Located in the solitary surroundings of Montoito, it stands alone and surreal. Following then a dirt road, through the country at its best, you reach Alcaide Water Mill and continue along the river passing several mills until reaching the main road. If you want to extend your cycling itinerary, you can add an extra 10 km and cycle to the Ervideira winery (supplement of €8). At the end of your cycling day, there is an included transfer back to the farmhouse.

Distance:
25 mi., 31 mi., or 37 mi. (40, 50, or 60 km)

Level: easy with gentle rolling hills. The last 6 km is on dirt road which you can avoid if you request to be transferred early.

ROUTE 5 - Evora and its surroundings
We propose an easier cycling day, perfect to end with our cooking class! From our farm you will cycle to a cheese factory where you may do a visit and tasting. This cheese factory is very different from the one you may have visited in the Famous carpet route. 
Then cycle to our gorgeous city where you may spend the day cycling and visiting several monuments suggested by us. The city is classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site and there is plenty to do and see. After lunch we suggest you climb to Alto de São Bento, a favorite place for locals to watch the sun set.

Distance, 16 to 22 mi. kms (25 to 35 km) 
Level:
easy except for climb to Alto the São Bento, which you may chose not to do.
Terrain: mostly flat and mix of dirt track and asphalt.
                

ROUTE 6 - The Medieval Village
A morning transfer will take you to Reguengos from which you cycle to medieval Monsaraz, perched high on a hill, overlooking the Guadiana River.  The view spreads below for miles. As you enter the village, surrounded by castle walls, it is as though you have stepped back in time. The houses are made of white Schist with blinding white walls. In the area surrounding Monsaraz are several fascinating megalith and dolman monuments. These symbolic remains date back to between 4.000 and 2.000 years BC. Another highlight is the famous pottery village of S. Pedro do Corval. At the end of the day, there is a return transfer to the farm.

Distance:
19, 27, 31 mi. (30, 43, 50 km)

Level: easy with the majority of the itinerary on flat roads, however, there is a moderate 2 km climb to Monsaraz

ROUTE 7: Wine and marble

Cycling from Estremoz to Terena.

The bike tour day starts in Estremoz, an unforgetable city. We highly recomend climbing to the top of the marble donjon tower, from the 14th century, to take in impressive views.From here we ride to the amazing Vila Viçosa, where the marble used commonly instead of brick gives an aristocratic look to the village, and where you can visit the Ducal Palace, built between 1502 and 1700, or the marble museum.

Continue through the marble land, visit a marble quarry and ride to Alandroal, where marble, the white gold, continues to be the king. Here we recommend a stop at a local café. After we ride to Terena, where we cycle through its very flowery centre. Our ride ends in the amazing fortified sanctuary of Srª da Boa Nova. Even if churches are not your thing, you'll enjoy this one!

20 kms, if you cycle from Estremoz to Vila Viçosa.
30 kms, if you cycle until Alandroal
OUR RECOMMENDATION: 43 kms for all the route

4 days/3 nights
1st day:
 Arrival. Accommodation and dinner at our guesthouse.
2nd and 3rd day: Cycling 2 routes, choice between Route 1, 2, or 5
4th day: Departure.

5 days/4 nights
1st day:
 Arrival. Accommodation and dinner at our guesthouse.
2nd - 4th day: Cycling 3 routes, choice between Route 1, 2, 3, and 5. One more dinner at the farm on one of the nights.
5th day: Departure.

6 days/5 nights
1st day:
 Arrival. Accommodation and dinner at our guesthouse.
2nd - 5th day: Cycling route 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. Two more dinners at the farm in two of the nights.
5th day: Departure.

7 days/6 nights
1st day: 
Arrival. Accommodation and dinner at our guesthouse.
2nd - 6th day: Cycling 5 routes, Routes 1,2,3,4 and 5.

8 days/7 nights
1st day:
 Arrival. Accommodation and dinner at our guesthouse.
2nd – 7th day: 5 cycling routes - one free day or one extra route at a supplement.
8th day: Departure.

On one of the nights you can enjoy a Cooking Class on Alentejo food. You will be taught to prepare a delicious Alentejo meal, using fresh and readily available ingredients.

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Tour Reviews

  • Michael O. 9 months ago     Verified Reviewer

    The farmstay outside Evora was fantastic. The food sensational. The riding was great. (If you are after big climbs then not for you). We had an excellent holiday.

  • j michael Cunningham 3 years ago     Verified Reviewer

    My wife, I and two friends took this trip in September. The farmhouse was a wonderful place to stay and rooms and common areas are very comfortable. Pool and grounds are lovely. The farm's owner has a classic car collection that is an added bonus if you are able to see it. Breakfasts are excellent. The staff we dealt with --Maria, Manuela and Johanna--were beyond great. They consistently went out of their way to make sure we had the best trip possible. Bikes were well maintained and appropriate for the terrain. I have been on three self-guided bike trips in Europe and the daily directions here were excellent--the best I have seen. The only caveat I have about the trip is that the difficulty level should be moderate and not easy. Daily trips were challenging beyond an easy category. In fact, four of the five days riding instructions listed the route as a medium bike ride. Other than that a great trip and good value. I gave the trip four stars rather than five due to Read more… the difficulty level.

    • Jehiel 3 years ago     Staff

      Thank you for submitting this feedback. Based on your detailed feedback, we have changed the difficulty level to easy-moderate. With this tour being a based tour, there are many possible cycling routes to chose from and with varying degrees of difficulty.
      Thanks again for your input. We hope to help you plan your next trip!

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