8 dias
Duração
258 km
Distância
Médio
Dificuldade
Alentejo
Localização

Turismo de bike em Portugal – Castelos e Vinho

Destaques

  • Fazer turismo de bike em Portugal e pernoitar em castelos, palácios e quintas
  • Paisagem deslumbrante com vinícolas, olivais e sobreiros
  • Degustação de vinhos com excelentes exemplares alentejanos
  • Uma Pedalada no Alentejo por um patrimônio impressionante
  • Centro histórico de Évora, classificado pela UNESCO como Patrimônio da Humanidade; vilarejos medievais
  • A fantástica gastronomia portuguesa e alentejana

Descrição

Turismo de bike no Alentejo, Portugal, na rota dos Castelos e do Vinho, vai oferecer aquilo que o nome promete!

A maioria das noites será passada ou num castelo ou num antigo convento, transformados em hotéis de charme únicos.

Pelo caminho a antiga cidade de Évora, Patrimônio Mundial da UNESCO, e pequenos povoados fortificados que contam a história de guerras com os mouros e Espanha. A fronteira é logo ali, do outro lado do Alqueva, o maior lago artificial da Europa.

As pessoas no Alentejo são encantadoras, embora tímidas no primeiro contato. A típica gastronomia, as maravilhas da cortiça, o mármore, o azeite e outros ofícios irão enriquecer a sua experiência. O vinho… Bem, venha e julgue por si mesmo.

Tudo isto em estradas seguras, com algumas passagens fáceis fora do asfalto, sempre connosco do seu lado.

Venha pedalar e conheça esta região única!

Pode fazer este tour:

  1. Connosco numa visita guiada, com todas as explicações e companheirismo.
  2. tendo um carro de apoio guiando-o.
  3. num passeio auto-guiado.

Additional information

Tipo de viagemCidade, Interior, Paisagem, Património
1

Dia 1

Chegada
Chegada cedo ao aeroporto.

Transfer para Arraiolos.
18h – drinque de boas vindas e primeiro briefing
Jantar em um restaurante local ou na Pousada de Arraiolos
Alojamento – escolha entre:
Pousada de Arraiolosconstruída em um convento do século XVI, com piscina (Charme)
Casa do Plátano, uma aconchegante pousada no centro da vila (Standard)

2

Dia 2

Rota dos Tapetes e Petiscos
 Pedalando de Arraiolos a Évora.

A pedalada no Alentejo começa com a visita à vila de Arraiolos, famosa pelos seus tapetes, doçaria e o seu rico centro histórico. Suba ao castelo, um dos poucos, construídos em planta redonda, na Península Ibérica e conquiste as suas inesquecíveis vistas.

Pedale pela magnífica ecopista até à adega, localizada numa propriedade medieval com um palácio do século XIV, restaurado recentemente depois de muitos anos ao abandono. Prove os vinhos premiados! Em alternativa, uma quinta de ervas aromáticas, onde pode provar deliciosos chás, mel e azeite.  Sinta os aromas fantásticos.

Chegaremos a Évora, o nosso destino final, através da Ecopista, uma ciclovia construída sobre um antigo caminho-de-ferro, sem tráfego.

 Distância: 30 kms se pernoitar em Évora, 45 kms se pernoitar na nossa pousada.
Total de subida: 389 mts
 Nível: Fácil +
Terreno: Estrada ondulante com algumas subidas no início, 15 km em estrada de terra.
Prova de vinhos, infusões de ervas aromáticas e piqueniques incluídos nos van guided e guided tours
Jantar não está incluído
Alojamento:
Monte do Serrado de Baixo, nossa aconchegante pousada, com piscina (de charme)
Hotel Mar de Ar Muralhas
, 4*, no centro histórico de Évora, com piscina (de charme)

OPÇÃO DE LUXO
Pode fazer o upgrade e ficar num convento do século XVI recuperado, Hotel Mar de Ar Aqueduto

3

Dia 3

Rota dos Monumentos Megalíticos
Pedalando por Évora.

Hoje visitaremos alguns dos mais importantes monumentos megalíticos da região. A paisagem é excepcionalmente bonita, com muitos sobreiros e azinheiras

Aprenderemos sobre a extração da cortiça e sobre a população que habitava a região há mais de 5 mil anos

Visitaremos o Dólmen do Zambujeiro – o maior da Europa, o Cromeleque dos Almendres, e as ruínas romanas de Tourega.

Na parte da tarde pedalaremos pela cidade de Évora e descobriremos a incrível história do lugar.

Visitaremos a surreal Capela dos Ossos e a impressionante catedral do século XIII.

 Distância: 45 km, se você pernoitou em Évora. Também 45 km, se você pernoitou na nossa posada, com um transfer no início do dia.
Total de subida: 500 mts
 Nível: Fácil +
Terreno: Plano, algumas estradas de terra
 
Picnic e bilhete para a capela dos ossos incluído no van guided e guided tours. O jantar não está incluído
Alojamento: no mesmo hotel
4

Dia 4

Vale do Rio Degebe
Pedalando de Évora a Reguengos de Monsaraz.

Vamos pedalar entre olivais para chegar até a pequena e tradicional aldeia de Nossa Sr ª de Machede.

Pararemos em um café para tomar alguma coisa, visitaremos uma fábrica de couro e um moinho de azeite (se for época).

Passaremos pelo Castelo de Valongo (visita externa) e conheceremos um queijaria em Reguengos de Monsaraz.

Chegando a Reguengos de Monsaraz teremos tempo mais que suficiente para uma degustação de vinhos em uma bela vinícola onde ainda há uma sala com os antigos potes de barro para guardar os vinhos.

Distância: 50km (se você passou a noite em Évora) ou 57 km (se você pernoitou na nossa pousada)
Total de subida:
 500 mts
Nível: Fácil +
Terreno: estradas levemente inclinadas.
Alomço e jantar incluído no van guided e guided tours.
Alojamento: Solar de Alqueva, com piscina.

OPÇÃO DE LUXO

Pode pedalar mais 10 km e alojar-se na  Herdade de S. Lourenço do Barrocal, um hotel de charme premiado na arquitectura. Se decidir jantar no restaurante do hotel, pode experimentar o azeite e o vinho feito por eles.  Se escolher este opção que recomendamos que fique 2 noites e adapte o sua rota por Monsaraz 

5

Dia 5

Conquista do Castelo de Monsaraz
Pedalando de Reguengos a Monsaraz

Visitaremos o famoso vilarejo ceramista de S. Pedro do Corval, onde você poderá ver a argila sendo transformada pelos homens em belos jarros e pratos decorados pelas mulheres com flores pintadas.

A seguir, conquistaremos a fascinante aldeia de Monsaraz, construída em um castelo no alto de um morro.

De Monsaraz você poderá apreciar a vista maravilhosa da Barragem de Alqueva, o maior lago artificial da Europa.

Vamos almoçar à beira do lago (incluso apenas em roteiros guiados), e continuaremos até chegar ao nosso agradável hotel a tempo de curtir a piscina.

Distância: 35 km
Total de subida: 380 mts
Nível: fácil, exceto na subida a Monsaraz.
Terreno: estradas planas, com uma subida até o castelo.
Alojamento: Casa Dona Antónia
6

Dia 6

Rota do Santuário
Pedalando de Monsaraz a Vila Viçosa.

Sairemos de uma região de xisto e conheceremos o reino do mármore.

Começaremos visitando o impressionante santuário de Nossa Sr ª da Boa Nova e a florida aldeia de Terena. A seguir, passaremos pela paisagem lunar das pedreiras de mármore da região de Bencatel, de onde o “ouro branco” era extraído para construir cidades tão belas quanto Estremoz e Borba.

Chegaremos a Vila Viçosa, um dos lugares de descanso favoritos de muitos reis que e nobres que construíram belíssimas mansões na região.

Distância: 50 kms
Total de subida: 680 mts
Nível: médio
Terreno: levemente inclinado com algumas subidas.
Picnic e jantar incluído no van guided e guided tours.
Alojamento:
Pousada D. João IV, construída em um palácio com piscina (charme)
Solar dos Mascarenhas, 3* em Vila Viçosa, com piscina (standard)

7

Dia 7

Rota do Mármore
Pedalando de Vila Viçosa a Estremoz.

Começaremos o dia visitando o fabuloso Palácio Ducal de Vila Viçosa e o museu do mármore (entradas incluídas apenas nos roteiros guiados).

Em Borba, conheceremos uma das típicas cafeterias locais. Lá o vinho que é servido, é produzido em potes de barro que decoram o lugar. É o tradicional vinho artesanal.

Pedalaremos por alguns vilarejos autênticos e pararemos para almoçar petiscos. Seguiremos até Glória, onde vamos conhecer a Igreja de Nossa Sr ª dos Mártires, uma igreja gótica de mármore.

Chegando a Estremoz você vai se impressionar com a belíssima arquitetura e a imponente torre do castelo onde você passará a noite.

Distância: 35 kms
Total de subida: 680 mts – é possível não pegar algumas subidas, mesmo em um roteiro em grupo.
Nível: Médio
Terreno: levemente inclinado com algumas subidas
Almoço, consiste em petiscos/snacks e o jantar está incluído nos van guided e guided tours.
 Alojamento:
Pousada Rainha Stª Isabel, construída num palácio, com piscina (charme)
Hotel Pateo dos Solares, no centro histórico (standard)
8

Dia 8

Partida
Transfer ao aeroporto de Lisboa

Extensão de tour: Podemos levá-lo até à maravilhosa linha costeira e aí poderá iniciar o nosso tour PERCORRENDO A COSTA ou o tour ALGARVE, UM LITORAL DE FORTALEZASPREÇO ESPECIAL SE MARCAR 2 TOURS!

Nós sabemos que você quer fazer vários bike tours em Portugal!


Notas
Em passeios autoguiados você deve saber como corrigir pequenos problemas em sua bicicleta. Você deve ser um viajante independente, deve saber ler mapas, instruções de rota e gerir seu próprio tempo. Você vai de bicicleta no seu ritmo. De nós, você receberá suporte 24 horas por telefone, mapas, instruções de rota e notas de história. Nós também lhe daremos sugestões de lugares para comer. O lado negativo será não ter o carro de apoio para levá-lo no caso de você ficar cansado e não ter a empresa e experiência de nossos guias, que são como a família para nós e será como a família para você!

Em passeios guiados de Van o guia será o motorista. Ele / ela irá guiá-lo de uma distância. O carro estará próximo o suficiente para que você possa vê-lo nas junções. O guia irá parar em lugares importantes ou interessantes para dar explicações de história ou contar uma história. Algumas pessoas chamam isso de passeio com suporte, embora no nosso caso seja mais do que isso porque você está realmente sendo guiado. Os almoços são tipo de piquenique com alimentos tradicionais da área onde estamos de bicicleta. Algumas vezes também usamos restaurantes locais. Embora o preço, a maioria das vezes, inclui refeições, podemos dar-lhe um preço sem refeições, se você preferir ter uma viagem mais independente.

Em passeios guiados os grupos são acompanhados por um ou dois guias de ciclismo, além de um guia que leva o carro de apoio, prepara os piqueniques e transporta a sua bagagem. Os almoços são tipo de piquenique com alimentos tradicionais da área onde estamos de bicicleta. Outras vezes também usamos restaurantes locais.

Em passeios guiados de van ou de bicicleta você pode esperar serviço completo de seus guias. Eles vão fazer o seu melhor para tornar as suas férias inesquecíveis.

Nossos guias são todos portugueses e conhecem nossa região muito bem. Eles são muito atenciosos e a maioria deles têm vindo a trabalhar connosco durante muitos anos. Eles são bikers e praticam ciclismo nas suas férias, sabem o que você espera deles!

MAPA

PREFIS

1º dia de bicicleta de Arraiolos a Évora

Ganho de altitude: 239 mt/ 1784 ft
Distância: 29 km/ 18 mi
Nível: fácil +

2º dia de bicicleta Megalitos (Évora)

Ganho de altitude: 579 mt/ 1899 ft
Distância: 49 km/ 30 mi
Nível: médio

3º dia de bicicleta de Évora a Reguengos

Ganho de altitude: 517 mt/ 1696 ft
Distância: 48.1 km/ 29 mi
Nível: médio

4º dia de bicicleta de Reguengos a Monsaraz

Ganho de altitude: 417 mt/ 1368 ft
Distância: 31.6 km/ 19 mi
Nível: fácil +

5º dia de bicicleta de Monsaraz a Vila Viçosa

Ganho de altitude: 671 mt/ 2201 ft
Distância: 48.2 km/ 29 mi
Nível: médio

6º dia de bicicleta de Vila Viçosa a Estremoz

Ganho de altitude: 315 mt/ 1033 ft
Distância: 31,2 km/ 19 mi
Nível: fácil +

Preços por pessoa – 2021

Partidas diárias para todos os tipos de tours.

Venha nas nossas datas definidas e Consiga o Melhor Preço.

conditions Tour Auto Guiado Tour Guiado por Chófer Tour Guiado
Preço por pesssoa (datas dos tours de grupo) - - 2 465 €*
Preço por pessoa (minímo 4 adultos) 920 €* 1 825 €* 2 560 €*
Preço por Pessoa (mínimo 2 adultos) 1 040 €* 2 435 €* 2 900 €*
* acresce suplemento quando aplicável
Incluído
Hospedagem em quarto duplo com café da manhã incluído
Mapas, instruções de rotas e notas históricas
Suporte telefónico 24h
Seguro para acidentes pessoais
Translado de bagagens
Ferramentas básicas
Transfer da rota Megalitico de volta para a nossa Pousada (se dormir na pousada)
Taxa IVA (ICMS)
Souvenir
Transfer dos aeroportos
Suporto de carro guiado
Bicicleta, capacete, suporte de bagagens e alforge ou similiar
Água e fruta
2 Almoços piquenique
3 Almoços num restaurante regional
1 ''petisco''/ snack regional
5 Jantares com vinho
2 Provas de vinho em vinícolas
Entrada na Capela dos Ossos, em Évora
Entrada na Sé Catedral de Évora
Entrada no Palácio Ducal de Vila Viçosa
Suporte de primeiros socorros
Jersey da Portugal Best Cycling
Guia
* Suplemento de Época
1 Jun a 30 Set 66 € 66 € 66 €
Páscoa, Natal, véspera de Ano Novo e feriados sob pedido
Suplementos
Individual ** 470 € 470 € 470 €
Individual ** - 1 Jun a 30 de Set 600 € 600 € 600 €
** Suplementos individuais aplicados na 3ª pessoa num grupo de 2
Saída diferente no sábado 80 € 80 € 80 €
Tranfers
Transfer do aeroporto para o 1º hotel 75 € - -
Transfer para aeroporto do último hotel 75 € - -
Aluguer
Bicicleta com capacete, suporte de bagagens e alforge ou similiar 100 € - -
Aluguer de E-Bike 200 € 100 € 100 €
Aluguer de GPS 50 € - -
Aluguer de celular (chamadas não incluídas) 10 € 10 € 10 €

Preço especial se marcar 2 tours!

Upgrades:
Upgrade de hotel 5 estrelas em Évora (de preço de um Hotel de Charme)
 – Mar de Ar Aqueduto:
Quarto duplo 
– 50 € por pessoa para 2 noites;
Quarto single –
 100 € por pessoa para 2 noites

Upgrade da Pousada dos Lóios in Évora(de preço de um Hotel de Charme)
Época Baixa:
Quarto duplo – 100 € por pessoa para 2 noites;
Quarto single 
– 205 € por pessoa para 2 noites;
Época Alta:
Quarto duplo – 160 € por pessoa para 2 noites;
Quarto single – 330 € por pessoa para 2 noites;

Notas:

Não incluído: Seguro para as bicicleta, Seguros de Viagem, Seguro de Cancelamento de roteiro e todos os tópicos não referidos acima. Veja nossos Termos & Condições para mais detalhes.

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Datas para tours de grupo guiados


Sujeito a disponibilidade, você pode fazer este tour em qualquer data como uma visita guiada privada ou como uma visita auto-guiada. No caso de uma data de grupo estar ocupada não significa que você não possa fazer um tour privado nessa data. Entre em contato conosco!
Entre o final de Junho e o ínicio de Setembro pode estar muito calor para fazer este tour. Para estas datas considerem os seguintes tours: Percorrendo a Costa ou Algarve, um Litotal de Fortalezas.

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Avaliações das Viagens

11/03/2019

This self-guided cycling tour through the Alentejo region of Portugal was pure delight for us. From the tour operators to the route and unique accommodations we couldn’t have been more pleased. Anyone looking for a cycling tour in Portugal would do well to consider Portugal Best Cycling and the many benefits of touring in Portugal!

11/03/2019

We are a family of four with an 18 year old and a 13 year old. This tour was a comfortable introduction to Portugal with distances ranging from 30km to 50km per day for six days, and a mix of quiet roads and well maintained dirt tracks through undulating countryside. It is was easily doable on the hybrid (mountain) bikes provided, but e-bikes are also offered. Portugal Best Cycling provides rear panniers, kitted with spare inner tube and tool kit. Baggage is transferred daily between the hotels. Every day offered historic towns and castles, Baroque churches and vineyards. There was an interesting visit to a cork factory on the itinerary. Some of the side trips could be skipped if you choose. The accommodation was a mix of three and four stars, with the pousadas being a real highlight – beautiful converted historic buildings. The directions and maps provided are sufficient and it is pretty hard to get lost. The briefing was probably unnecessarily detailed given that we had all done similar trips before. But would be reassuring for first timers.

19/06/2019

Portugal Best Cycling was a wonderful way to see and experience Portugal. Cycling allows one to slow down and experience small towns and beautiful countryside. Portugal Best Cycling provided well equipped bicycles and easy to follow trip notes. The route notes included great suggestions for site seeing and restaurants.

The Wine and Castles tour was perfectly planned and beautiful. We enjoyed pedaling past vineyards, cork tree groves and olive groves. We saw a new castle every day!

This trip is described as moderate, however, some of the hills are quite steep and challenging even for veteran cyclists. Two in our group were pleased with the electric bikes which allowed them to keep up and enjoy the trip.

Portugal Best Cycling arranged wonderful accommodations in Pousadas and a castle! The prices were reasonable for some really grand accommodations.

19/06/2019

We had a wonderful week with our guide Jorge touring some of the best highlights of central Portugal. Great scenery, wonderful food and drink and fantastic people. Jorge cared for us so well. We had outstanding picnics that he prepared for us. I would highly recommend Jorge and Portugal best cycling as one of the best ways to see and experience Portugal.

19/06/2019

This self-guided cycling tour through the Alentejo region of Portugal was pure delight for us. From the tour operators to the route and unique accommodations we couldn’t have been more pleased. Anyone looking for a cycling tour in Portugal would do well to consider Portugal Best Cycling and the many benefits of touring in Portugal!

19/06/2019

George H
Suíça
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Avaliado 18 de outubro de 2018
Self guided Alentejo tour is excellent for families
We are a family of four with an 18 year old and a 13 year old. This tour was a comfortable introduction to Portugal with distances ranging from 30km to 50km per day for six days, and a mix of quiet roads and well maintained dirt tracks through undulating countryside. It is was easily doable on the hybrid (mountain) bikes provided, but e-bikes are also offered. Portugal Best Cycling provides rear panniers, kitted with spare inner tube and tool kit. Baggage is transferred daily between the hotels. Every day offered historic towns and castles, Baroque churches and vineyards. There was an interesting visit to a cork factory on the itinerary. Some of the side trips could be skipped if you choose.

The accommodation was a mix of three and four stars, with the pousadas being a real highlight – beautiful converted historic buildings. The directions and maps provided are sufficient and it is pretty hard to get lost. The briefing was probably unnecessarily detailed given that we had all done similar trips before. But would be reassuring for first timers.

19/06/2019

My wife and I had researched self-guided bike trips in Portugal for several months. We were so happy we found Portugal Best Cycling. They communicated so well via email with us as they customized a 4-night 3-day self-guided bike tour for the two of us in the wine and castles region of the Alentejo. George provided a detailed briefing for us at the wonderful hotel in Evora with directions that made deciphering the countryside a breeze. Joana was very responsive once we started and even drove out to where we started outside Evora on her day off to replace a bike that had an unexpected issue with the chain. We especially loved all the sights such as wineries, ceramic manufacturers, and old churches and ruins, that were outlined on our daily itenary. Capping each day at a lovely small town by a refreshing pool made this an unforgettable adventure vacation. We would definitely recommend Portugal Best Cycling and would love to do another trip with them.

19/06/2019

An unforgettable adventure at an extremely affordable price!
Tradução do Google
Castle and Wine Self-guided Tour May 2018.
This was my husband and my fifth self-guided bike adventure and though I have very few complaints about any of the companies we have used, Portugal Best Cycling truly had the best customer service over all of the others. Joana went over each days ride with great detail and actually requested that we check in with a text every night to know that we made it to each night’s destination. We have never had that request before. Although I had requested a men’s bike, a women’s bike was delivered to our starting point. Joana was quick to have a men’s bike waiting for me at the next destination even though, in the end, I had to keep the women’s bike because the design of the men’s small frame was too large for my height. The hotels, restaurant recommendations, and maps/directions were excellent. The bikes were in excellent condition and perfect for the terrain we encountered.
Self-guided tours are for the adventurous and that is what we had, an unforgettable adventure. There are bicycle tour companies out there that charge 2 to 3 times the price that Portugal Best Cycling charges and given that we were staying in some of the same hotels that the other companies use, I do not know what would make someone pay the extra amount. Portugal Best Cycling is the way to explore Portugal.

19/06/2019

After several years doing self-guided bike tours through a Canadian-based company, my five friends and I decided to try booking through a travel agent who recommended Portugal best cycling. The trip was significantly cheaper than the comparable trip run by the previous company we used; I was a bit apprehensive as I had pushed for the change. Fortunately, the PBC trip was very well done.

The biking was great, from quiet country roads to cobblestone streets to some dirt roads, although I didn’t like the eco piste on the first day because it was muddy. It was hillier than I’d expected (one description of the biking was ‘easy’; another said ‘easy to moderate’. I’d say the latter is more accurate), but for the most part, the grades were reasonable. The scenery was beautiful, including lots of vineyards, olive trees, cork trees and even sheep! The instructions were very clear and included recommendations for food and drink, as well as interesting sights and shops. We ate lunch at Antonio Gatto’s (pic of resto attached)which felt amazingly authentic. I thought the accommodations were excellent 5 out of 6 nights, with the pousadas a highlight. All in all, a great way to see an untouched part of south Portugal.

19/06/2019

Our group of six Canadian women completed this tour on April 28th after a week of wonderful riding on quiet country roads, including a stretch on the somewhat muddy eco piste, which added a bit of variety to the riding. We were self-guided and found the route instructions clear and easy to follow (although based on reviews I think we missed out on Maria!). The three pousadas we stayed at were a particular highlight but in general the Alentejo is an beautiful part of Portugal and a great place for a cycling holiday. Portugal Best Cycling provided excellent service and for a reasonable price.

19/06/2019

Four couples from Canada and USA went on this 7 day trip led by Teresa. We all loved the trip including all the rides, hotels and meals. The weather in Portugal in mid October was perfect for cycling. Teresa is very knowledgeable about the local history and we made several stops to visit local merchants. Highly recommend.

19/06/2019

The route and scenery for the 7 days was fabulous; all the food was of high quality and so tasty; the choice of picnic spots superb; the information provided on the history of various sites, the towns, exhibitions etc was not only interesting but showed the depth of knowledge of the area and of Portugal in general; the choice of accommodation was out of this world; attention to detail was evident; and both Teresa and Joana (our guides)responded sensitively and professionally to any personal concerns. I highly recommend this cycling tour.

19/06/2019

Portugal Best Cycling is a wonderful company that is flexible and well organized. During our cycle tour, the weather was expected to be quite hot. As a result of the weather my husband asked if we could start riding at 7:30 in the morning. This is quite early but a great time to enjoy the crisp morning air. We expected that by leaving so early we would have to forgo breakfast. We were wrong, the company/farm house had their hostess arrive by 7:00 so she could prepare breakfast for us prior to our bicycle tour. Very much appreciated.

The bikes were in decent shape and always set up and ready to go the night before. We had a briefing the night before our first ride to discuss any concerns as well as a fitting of the bikes. The bikes are hybrid/mountain bikes and are sturdy and comfortable. The rides themselves were enjoyable. The guides we had were very professional. One of our guides had a degree in archeology which was a wonderful bonus as he discussed the very early history of Portugal. Mario was very knowledgeable about all stages of history and cleared up some of the questions we had regarding the country’s kings. He is also a passionate ornithologist ( birder ) pointing out many species of birds as we road throughout the day. On our last day of riding we had a different guide , George, who was also very good. He had an extensive background in the banking sector and was able to engage in conversations regarding the current state of Portugal’s economy.

There is nothing more refreshing than a swim in the pool after a long day of riding. The farmhouse, Monte do Serrado de Baixo, was quite pleasant. The internet seemed to be limited to the living room but this was an added bonus since it forced us to meet the other guests who we thoroughly enjoyed. There is an outdoor seating area that we used to chat with the other guests and view the sunset before dinner( the outdoor furniture may need some upgrading in the near future ). There is a communal refrigerator which is very handy for keeping your wine and beverages cool.

During our tour, we had two dinners at Monte do Serrado de Baixo. These two dinners were by far the best dinners we had during our two week stay in Portugal. The food was incredible. Each night started with appetizers and bread followed by a beautiful salad, main dish, side dishes and ending with dessert and coffee. We brought our own wine (chilled in the refrigerator) and enjoyed the variety brought by our fellow guests. It was fun getting to know other travellers. The food was excellent !!!!

I can’t stress how flexible the company was in meeting our needs. We modified our itinerary so we could visit the cheese factory. We left early every morning. Lunch was flexible depending on when we were hungry. Our rides were slightly modified depending on how tired we were and how hot it was getting. We can’t thank Portugal Best Cycling enough for the wonderful experiences and for being so accommodating to ensure a perfect bike tour.

19/06/2019

The people at Portugal Best Cycling are helpful, thoughtful and happy to accommodate client requests. Their self-guided tours have suited us well, and the combination of spectacular scenery and (in the case of the pousadas) luxury accommodation has been great.

19/06/2019

7 of us were planning to ride in the Alentejo region of Portugal. Our cycling abilities ranged from novice to bike racers. PBC accommodated everyone tailoring each day to each individual rider. They did everything they could, going way beyond the call of duty, to make this a great experience for all of us.

19/06/2019

This was such a fun trip, full of unexpected treats – the delicious almond cake served at the top of a long hill, happy smiling farmers waving to us, riding through the gorgeous, serene countryside, storks flying about and the most interesting accommodations and restaurants. Our guide, Jorge, was the best, so accommodating and pleasant and great at putting on a delicious picnic. I think about sitting on a park bench after the day’s ride in a little village eating an ice cream bar before dinner, taking it all in, listening to the church bells, so many great memories. A very nice company to work with and a very reasonably priced trip.

19/06/2019

Castles and Wine – Van Guided Tour May 2017
My wife and I, and a small group of new and old friends did a “Castles and Wine” bike tour with Portugal Best Cycling (aka Turaventur?). We cycled from village to village, had terrific food in both restaurants and picnics. I think we stayed at different place nearly every night. The riding was low key with plenty of interesting stops including, of course, several castles. Stops also included a working cheese farm a bone chapel, a university, a place where pottery was made, an area full of ancient megaliths, a large lake (reservoir, actually), a marble quarry and a marble museum, a small leather processing shop. I’m sure I’m forgetting several stops – they all were quite interesting. I think every day must have had a different castle!

I was especially impressed with our guide, Jorge (I hope I am spelling that correctly), who was friendly, kind, and helpful. Our trip was a van guided tour – a single guide (Jorge) would brief us as to the day’s route, haul the gear, provide bike support, meet us at turns, and serve as a guide for all the stops along the way. I found Jorge to be exceptionally helpful as I became ill during the middle of the trip, unable to ride a few days, and he was very kind, letting me ride in the rig with him. Jorge ended up being an all day tour guide and conversation partner – I felt we had a genuine friendship.

Portugal is a perfectly lovely place with medieval villages, narrow cobblestone streets, castles and plenty of tradition – traditional food, buildings, etc. I don’t drink so I would not be able to comment on the wine aspect – but the rest of the travelers appeared to enjoy the wine at the lunches and dinners. I think the tour is as vinous as you’d like it to be! I’d give this trip my highest recommendation.

19/06/2019

This was such a great holiday……..extremely well organised with helpful staff and super bikes. All the routes were well planned and varied and we stayed in the most amazing hotels, we could not have asked for anything better! Some hilly bits but the views always made it worthwhile! Hoping to do the coastal route next year.

19/06/2019

Fantastic !! Our marvelous guides Maria and Joana took us to places and experiences we would never have found by ourselves. Excellent food, wine and accommodations all the way. Highly recommended !

19/06/2019

Exceptional in every way!! 11 out of 10
We have done many, many bike trips in Europe over the last 30 plus years ( guided and unguided) with a variety of companies that we have throughly enjoyed, but none can beat Portugal’s Best Cycling! The guides, Teresa, Luis, Joana, Maria and Jorge were all exceptionally friendly, helpful, knowledgable and flexible. Most of all, however, they were just plain fun to be with over the course of our 7 day Castles & Wine Tour. To say we found some enchanting “off the beaten path” experiences doesn’t give justice to how unique each day was. Try to spend a night at their farm which is a different kind of experience. Recommend the “charm hotel ” upgrade!! The pousadas’ we stayed at were amazing. Food was fantastic. We’ll be back!

19/06/2019

Beautiful Alentejo!
We cycled Alentejo with our cousins from England in April. As it was there first introduction to a cycling vacation we wanted a more moderate trip. This trip was fantastic! We upgraded our accommodations and stayed in Monasteries. Fabulous choice – highly recommended. Our accomodations were amazing. Daily cycling was not long, but every day we had side tours, some for fabulous cheeses, some for wine tastings – we even visited a leather factory. Food and wine provided on tour was unbelievable. We have done many cycling vacations and this was truly the first “all inclusive”. The tour company operates a truly first rate tour, has exceptional knowledgeable guides and truly shows you a beautiful part of Alentejo. Highly recommend this tour to anyone. The Spring was a fabulous time to go for flowers and scenery. My husband and I also did their Coastal Tour with Luis which was incredible. Every day Luis provided great picnics with the help of hotel staff and great selection of Portugese wines. Another five star tour run by this Company.

19/06/2019

Fantastic cycling tour that immersed us in the culture of the Alentejo region of Portugal
We went on the castles and wine tour the last week of April and the weather was perfect. The countryside was in full bloom. The tour company’s choice of daily routes, activities, restaurants and hotels was amazing…couldn’t have hoped for better. Some of the highlights were a picnic in a vineyard, dining with the locals in small towns, great wines and our two guides; Joana and George. They were friendly, accommodating, professional, fun-loving and very knowledgeable. The bicycles were top-notch. This tour exceeded our expectations in every way.

10/03/2020

Portugal Best Cycling is the best bike tour company we have ever dealt with!

We did the self-guided Castles and Wine tour in Portugal and could not have had a better experience. We are very experienced bikers, and have done simillar tours in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, and no tour company to date has matched thier level of professionalism, and attention to detail. The routes and day to day instructions were also the best and most accurate we have encountered. Mario’s presentation the day before we started was funny, and professional.

It says a lot when the tour company asks you to check in at the end of the day, to ensure you arrived safely. No other company has done this, and it showed an unepected level of caring and concern. In fact I fell and fractured my arm while riding and Teresa helped me every step of the way, from securing a taxi for me to get emergency care to helping me naviagate the Portugese healthcare system. she was fantastic! If you plan to bike in Portugal, Portugal Best Cycling truly is the best!

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