This is the most flexible of our Portugal Cycling tours.
It's a cycling tour combining the convenience of the accomodation at our lovelycountry house, cycling through Alentejo and great weather for most of the year.
The days are all very different and rides include visits to wineries, artisansand producers of local specialities.
You will feel rewarded with the high knowledge of your local guide and the gorgeous landscape around our country guesthouse. Even if you choose the self guided option, we will meet you everyday to help you organise.
You don’t have to pack and unpack everyday. Every morning you will meet your guide after a delicious breakfast and indulge on a beautiful bike ride.
This is a very flexible cycling tour. Tell us what you like and we will do our best to adapt. As we meet you everyday, it is very easy to adapt the tour to your preferences. After all, it's YOUR holidays!
You can make this trip:
with us in a guided tour getting all the interpretation and companionship
1st day: Arrival. Accommodation and dinner at our guesthouse.
4 days/3 nights: Cycling 2 routes - choice between Route 1, 2 or 5
5 days/4 nights: Cycling 3 routes - choice between Route 1, 2, 3 or 5.
6 days/5 nights: Cycling 4 routes - choice between 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5.
7 days/6 nights: Cycling 5 routes - 1,2,3,4 and 5.
8 days/7 nights: Cycling 5 routes - one free day or one extra route, at extra cost.
Last day: Departure.
During your stay you will have more dinners included - see prices and included items.
In one of the nights you can enjoy a Cooking Class on Alentejo cuisine. We will teach how to prepare a delicious Alentejo meal. We use ingredients you will find at home so that when you go back you can invite your friends for a slide show and a great dinner.
If you buy this as an extra dinner, cost will be 38,50 € per person. If you want to up grade one of the already included dinners, cost will be 20 € per person.
This is a flexible cycling tour. You may combine the days on different order or even do a kaiak or waking tour instead of cycling. All is adjustable. If you tell us your preferences in advance we will more likely be able to change the trip for you.
ROUTE 1 - Megalithic Monuments
Cycling from Guadalupe to our guesthouse.
This bike tour day goes through beautiful holm oak forests and vast meadows.
A peaceful landscape where grazing cattle and cheerful birds will provide for the mornings' soundtrack. In season you may see siblings.
It will be a rich and busy morning with lots to see. Cycle to Zambugeiros' Dolmen – the biggest in Europe, the Almendres' Cromelech - the oldest megalithic monument in Europe with a beautiful view over Évora, the Almendres Menhir, the Mitras' Church and Nossa Srª da Tourega Roman Ruins.
In the afternoon cycle in Évora and unravel the amazing history of this old beautiful city.
Visit the surreal Bone chapel and the impressive cathedral, originally from the 13th century.
Finish with a wine tasting in the Évora Wine Tour Shop.
OUR RECOMMENDATION: 35 kms, with transfer in the morning and shorter way to have more time to visit the city. This is the day with for time to see Évora and it is sooo gorgeous!
45 kms, with transfer in the morning and visit to roman ruins
70 kms, cycling from the farm and back
Terrain: mostly gentle rolling dirt roads
Transfer in the morning, to Guadalupe - 25 € per person (20 € for a minimum of 4)
ROUTE 2 - The Famous Carpets
Cycling from our guesthouse to Arraiolos and back.
Along the ecotrail, a bike lane built on an old railway, through small farms, you'll get to Graça do Divor, a very well preserved white and blue village .
Good place to stop for a drink and try the delicious meat pies of Mrs Ilda!
On the way we visit the “Aldeia da Terra”, where the Portuguese way of life is presented on a gigantic clay cartoon village!
From here, this bike tour, heads to Arraiolos village, with its rich historical centre, famous carpets and delicious Pastéis de Toucinho. The views from its castle are unforgettable.
It’s now time for a winery visit with a fantastic private carriage collection, a few kms later a cheese production farm where local liqueurs, jams and other regional delicacies are produced. Simply delicious!
If you want you can do a tasting of their products (includes cheeses, liqueurs, jams, bread. Really good value).
Both farms are really nice.
OUR RECOMENDATION: 36 kms with all visits described and transfer from cheese farm back to hotel. You should count with about 1 hour in each farm, 30 minuts in the "Aldeia da terra".
45 to 53 kms - to winery and back - easy level
69 kms - to winery and cheese farm and back the same way - medium level, very long day with the visits
75 kms - to winery and cheese farm and back a different way - medium level, very long day with the visits. Only for the very fast cyclers or those who don't want to do the visits.
Level: medium or easy (depoends if you buy the transfer).
Terrain: gentle rolling roads, 15 kms on dirt roads
Winery and carriage collection - 6 € per person (included on guided tours).
Tasting at cheese farm - 11 € per person.
Transfer back to the farm - 29 € per person (20 € for a minimum of 4)
Even if this is a flexible cycling tour, some organization is requested. To do the suggested visits we HIGHLY recomend that you book them in advance. Last minute they will most likely be fully booked.
ROUTE 3 - Conquest of Valongo Castle
Cycling from our guesthouse to Valongo.
The bike tour starts on a road with plenty of olive groves, gently up and down until Nossa Senhora de Machede.
We will visit a traditional leather factory and, during season (October/November), an olive oil mill.
Out of season we may be able to arrange it for you anyway (subject to availability and under request).
We then follow to Valongo to visit the outside of its misterious castle, built in the middle of nowhere.
From here we invite you to discover the country side at its best, following a dirt road until the gorgeous Moinho do Alcaide (a water mill) and then following along the river side passing by several mills until we reach the main road.
We can visit a winery in the end of the tour, which makes a very interesting and original wine tasting.
40 kms without the wine tasting and with transfer from Castelo de Valongo - no dirt roads.
50 kms without the wine tasting and with transfer from the end of the route
OUR RECOMMENDATION: 60 kms with wine tasting and transfer from there
Terrain: gentle rolling roads. The last 6 kms on dirt road. Possible to have an earlier transfer if you don't want to do the dirt roads.
Winery - 8 € per person
Transfer is included in this route.
ROUTE 4 - The Mediaeval Village
Cycling from Reguengos to Monsaraz.
Monsaraz area is unique.
The schist rock marks its architecture and landscape, the vines seem to grow everywhere and, from the village of Monsaraz, built on the top of a hill, we will enjoy a 360º view for miles and miles including Alqueva's lake (the biggest artificial lake in Europe).
Inside the castle walls of this gorgeous village, framing the windows and doors of the houses, we will see schist stone. The walls are so white that, sometimes, it's hard to keep your eyes open. During this day we will also visit several megalithic monuments and another highlight - the famous pottery village of S. Pedro do Corval.
30 kms, taking the shortest route
OUR RECOMMENDATION: 43 kms, including going down to the lake shore
50 kms, including cycling to Mourão
Level: easy (medium only on the 2 kms climb to Monsaraz)
Terrain: flat roads except for climb to Monsaraz
No paid visits included
You should leave a tip at the museum's tip box in the pottery, if you don't buy anything.
Transfer to Reguengos in the morning and back in the end of the day is included in this route.
ROUTE 5 - The Wine and Cork Route
Cycling from our farm to S. Miguel de Machede
The bike tour leaves the farm direction of Igrejinha, a very white village where all houses have stripes with different colors, given a great painting look to the place. Here there is a very beautiful winery you can visit. From here cycle to the cork factory, which will surely be the highlight of the day. See how cork is transformed and learn about all you can do with it! In the same village you can visit a knives factory and see the process to make kitchen knives, cork cutting knifes and others. Nearby there is a wonderful sanctuary with paintings covering all its walls, from the floor to the ceiling! We dare you to find the oldest one! From here ride to S. Miguel de Machede, another small country side village where you should stop for a drink at a local café. Here there is another nice winery you can visit, ending your day with a glass of wine!
OUR RECOMMENDATION: 42 kms, with transfer back to the farm, avoiding cycling in the main road.
74 kms if you cycle all the way back to the farm
Terrain: mostly flat. A few kms on main road if you cycle back
Wine tasting - 9 to 12 € per person
Transfer from S. Miguel de Machede - 29 € per person (20 € for a minimum of 4)
ROUTE 6 - The Wine and Marble Route
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 recomend 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
Terrain: rolling roads, mostly flat or downhill. A couple of climbs in the end.
Transfer: transfer to Estremoz in the morning and back from Terena's sanctuary is included in this route, which has an extra price.
Route 1 from the Farm to Megalitic sites and Évora
Altitude gain: 836 mt
Total Distance: 75,4 km
With optional transfer to Guadalupe as starting point
Altitude gain: 527 mt
Total Distance: 49,7 km
Route 2 from the Farm to Arraiolos
Altitude gain: 872 mt
Total Distance: 81.1km
With optional transfer back from Amendoeira farm
Altitude gain: 393 mt
Total Distance: 35.1km
Route 3 from the farm to Valongo
Altitude gain: 676 mt
Total Distance: 56.2 km
Route 4 from Reguengos to Monsaraz
Altitude gain: 417 mt
Total Distance: 31.6 km
Route 5 from the Farm to São Miguel de Machede
Altitude gain: 480 mt
Total Distance: 64,9 km
Route 6 from the Estremoz to Terena
Altitude gain: 420 mt
Total Distance: 50 km
OUR GUEST HOUSE
Located in a pastoral paradise where you will find everything you need for complete relaxation, our guest house is a genuineMonte, a traditional Alentejan farm, spacious, comfortable and thoroughly welcoming.
The garden is filled with a light that permeates your soul when you awake. It is on an ancestral farm that has an orchard, an organic vegetable garden, pasture where sheep graze and an ancient olive grove, where huge cork oaks and holm oaks grow among big granite boulders. Along its pathways, you will find beautiful flowers blossoming among the rocks that make you feel like staying to indulge in conversation, to observe the birds or simply to let your thoughts wander.
In our guest house we offer packages of accommodation with activities, ideal for foreign visitors who would like to discover the Alentejo in an active way, whether with a guide or by themselves.
If you just want to book a room and relax, send your reservation form here.
Decorated in a rustic style, all rooms are personalised and each one has its own individual theme. For instance, the Cork room has pictures of men extracting cork, and of the Alentejo’s landscape full of cork trees. The colour scheme of each room has been carefully selected to reflect its theme and mood.
There are 4 rooms in total, each with its own private toilet and bath/shower. All rooms have central heating.
Cork room – Room with a small living area, bath and direct door to the garden. Double bed.
Wine room - Room with a small living area, bath and direct door to the garden. Twin beds that can be put together.
Olive tree room - Room with shower and direct door to the garden. Double bed.
Wheatfileld room - Room with shower. Twin beds that can be put together.
In one of the nights you can enjoy a Cooking Class on Alentejo food. We will teach how to prepare a delicious Alentejo meal. We use ingredients you will find at home so that when you go back you can invite your friends for a slide show and a great dinner.
If you buy this as an extra dinner, cost will be 38,50 € per person. If you want to up grade one of the already included dinners, cost will be 20 € per person. Wine included.
EXTRA ROUTE - ROUTE 6
If you book the 7 nights trip you will have an extra day. You can cycle route 6 on that day. Cost is 160 € including a 50 kms transfer in the morning and a 70 kms transfer in the end of the day, plus maps, route instructions and history notes. As the day is quite expensive we suggest you take it as a guided trip, paying 50 € more.