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
4 days/3 nights: 1 dinner, 2 cycling routes - choice between Route 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 with 2 transfers included.
5 days/4 nights: 2 dinners, 3 cycling routes - choice between Route 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 with 2 transfers included.
6 days/5 nights: 3 dinners, 4 cycling routes - choice between Route 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 with 2 transfers included.
7 days/6 nights: 3 dinners, 5 cycling routes - choice between Route 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 with 3 transfers included
(1 of them can be for route 6 or 7).
8 days/7 nights: 3 dinners, 6 cycling routes - choice between Route 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7 with 3 transfers included
(1 of them can be for route 6 or 7). You may also opt for a free day in the middle.
ROUTE 1 - The Famous Carpets ROUTE 2 - The Wine and Cork Route ROUTE 3 - Megalithic monuments ROUTE 4 - Conquest of Valongo Castle ROUTE 5 - Évora and its surroundings ROUTE 6 - The Medieaval village ROUTE 7 - The Wine and Marble Route
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 - 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!
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.
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 (depends if you buy the transfer).
Terrain: gentle rolling roads, 15 kms on dirt roads
Wine tasting and carriage collection - 8 € per person (included on guided tours).
Tasting at cheese farm - 11 € per person.
Transfer back to the farm - 35 € per person 35 € per person (but remember you have at least 2 transfers included)
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 2 - 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 - 11 € per person
Transfer from S. Miguel de Machede - 35 € per person (but remember you have at least 2 transfers included)
ROUTE 3 - Megalithic Monuments
Cycling from our guesthouse to Évora and to the megalithic area.
In the morning we 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!
OUR RECOMMENDATION: 35 kms, with transfer in the end of the day back to the farm
45 kms, with transfer back from the roman ruins
70 kms, cycling from the farm and back
Level: easy but with some technical dirt tracks, so medium if you are not used to them. Climb to the cromeleck is dirt track (no alternative, continuous climbing for 4 kms).
Terrain: mostly gentle rolling dirt roads
Wine tasting in wine shop in Évora - 3 € per person
Transfer from Guadalupe - 35 € per person (but remember you have at least 2 transfers included)
ROUTE 4 - 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 - 11 € per person
Transfer from Valongo Castle - 35 € per person (but remember you have at least 2 transfers included). Dangerous to cycle back unless you cycle back the same way. Alternative road has too much traffic.
ROUTE 5 - Évora and its surroundings
Cycling from our farm to Évora and back
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. Try some of our great wines at Ervideira Wine Shop and after lunch we suggest you climb to Alto de São Bento, a favorite place for locals to watch the sun set.
kms: from 20 to 35 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 Medieaval Castle
Cycling from Reguengos to Monsaraz.
Transfer to Reguengos in the morning. Today’s bike tour destination is the fortified village of Monsaraz, an important stronghold in the defense of our nation just by the border with Spain. On the way we will visit the famous pottery village of S. Pedro do Corval, where you can see the men making magic with the clay, transforming it into beautiful pots and plates, and the ladies painting them with flowers in an impressive speed. Try the work shop!
Then with Spain in sight lunch by the biggest artificial lake in Europe, the Alqueva dam reservoir. Then it’s time to conquer the castle, use all your energy to climb up to Monsaraz. Enjoy the peacefull streets and return home with our transfer.
30 kms without the lake
OUR RECOMMENDATION: 43 kms including detour to the lake
50 kms if you cycle to Mourão village and have your transfer from there.
Terrain: mostly flat. Tough climb in the end.
Pottery workshop - 8 € per person
Route 7 - Wine and Marble Route
Cycling from Estremoz to Terena.
The day’s ride will lead to the marble capital of Portugal. The marble triangle will mark the landscape for the bike day. The so called white gold is the main economy driver of the region. Its richness is a constant presence in the wide streets and tall buildings. Enjoy the rare sight over distinct colored lagoons that appear on abandoned quarries. Visit a working one as well and wonder about the men that look like ants down at the bottom of the huge holes. You may chose to visit the impressive Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa. Finish the day with the visit to the fortified sanctuary of Terena.
30 kms if you only cycle until Vila Viçosa
50 kms if you cycle to Terena
Terrain: undulating, mostly down hill
Cycling in Paradise
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.