8 days
Duration
245 km
Distance
Medium
Difficulty
Alentejo
Location

Highlights

  • Accommodation at our charm houses in Évora city center, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site (choice between Casa dos Apóstolos and Casa da Padaria.
  • No packing and unpacking, just cycling and relaxing.
  • Very flexible Bike Tours in Portugal – kms/miles can easily be adapted to your level or will.
  • Beautiful rolling landscape with vineyards, olive groves, cork oaks, and grazing land.
  • Very good Alentejo wine and fantastic gastronomy of Portugal.
  • Medieval villages
  • Private – 2 or 4 people, selected by you!

 

Description

This is the most flexible of our Bike Tours in Portugal

It’s a cycling tour combining the convenience of the accommodation at a very well located charm house in the historical center of Évora, cycling through Alentejo and great weather for most of the year.

The days are all very different and rides include visits to wineries, artisans and producers of local specialities.

You will feel rewarded with the high knowledge of your local guide and the gorgeous landscape around the city.

You don’t have to pack and unpack every day. Every morning, after a delicious breakfast 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. It is very easy to adapt the tour to your preferences. After all, it’s YOUR holidays!

8 days/7 nights: 3 dinners, 6 cycling routes – Route 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 or 7 (you can only choose one of this two. If you want to do the two of them there is an extra cost). You have 3 transfers included. You may also opt for a free day in the middle.

We have the same package with accomodation at our farm and with a different number of nights available. Check here for all the Cycling in Paradise options. If you want to stay in our houses in Évora but with less number of nights you may check the prices on the package of our farm, as they are the same.

If you want some nights in our Évora charm houses and some at our farm, Monte do Serrado de Baixo , this is also possible. We are all about making your dreams come true. Just send us an email.

You can make this trip:

  1. with us on a guided tour getting all the interpretation and companionship.
  2. with friends on a self-guided tour.

Additional information

Tour typeChildren, City, Heritage, Inland, Local handscraft, Wine

This is a flexible cycling tour. You may combine the days on different order or even do a kayak or walking tour instead of cycling. All is adjustable. If you tell us your preferences in advance we will more likely be able to adapt the trip for you.

Also bear in mind we have 3 accommodations, 2 in the city and 1 in the country side, so chose your favorite in Teresa’s Houses website or request a mix of city and country side. Imagine 3 nights in the city and then cycle to our farm and do 3 nights there? Joana and Teresa will be very happy to prepare a special package for you if you simply tell them your preferences.

1

ROUTE 1 - The Famous Carpets

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Cycling from our guesthouse to Arraiolos and back.

Along the eco-trail, 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.

A 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).

Distance:

OUR RECOMMENDATION: 46 kms with all visits described and transfer from cheese farm back to the house. You should count with about 1 hour on each farm.
55 to 65 kms – to winery and back – easy level
85 kms – to winery and cheese farm and back the same way – medium level, very long day with the visits
90 kms – to winery and cheese farm and back a different way – medium level, very long day with the visits. Only for the very fast cyclists or those who don’t want to do the visits.

Level: medium + without a transfer and medium with transfer
Terrain: gentle rolling roads, 15 kms on dirt roads
Extra costs:
Wine tasting and carriage collection – 18 € per person (included on van guided and guided tours).
Tasting at cheese farm – 15 € per person.
Transfer back to the house – 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 recommend that you book them in advance. Last minute they will most likely be fully booked.

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ROUTE 2 - The Wine and Cork Route

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  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. It includes the visit to an old olive mill.

Continue and discover all about the Prickly Pear plantation, on a very interesting visit with Susana or José, 2 brothers owners of the beautiful project. Tasty the prickly pear juice or the tea made with tis flower, depending on season.

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!

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!

 Distance:

OUR RECOMMENDATION: 42 kms, with transfer back to the farm, avoiding cycling on the main road.
74 kms if you cycle all the way back to the farm

 Difficulty: medium + without a transfer and easy with transfer
Terrain: mostly flat. A few kms on main road if you cycle back
Extra costs:

Wine tasting – 15 € per person – we recommend wine tasting with olive oil tasting.

Prickly pear farm – visit free of cost. Tasting from 12 € per person. Includes bread, olive oil, prickly pear juice or tea, jam, fruit. Possible to add light lunch.

Transfer from S. Miguel de Machede – 35 € per person (but remember you have at least 2 transfers included)

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ROUTE 3 - Megalithic Monuments

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Cycling to the megalithic area.

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.

In the afternoon 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.

A very complete day!

 Distance: 50 kms
 Difficulty: medium +
Terrain: mostly gentle rolling dirt roads
Extra costs:

Wine tasting in wine shop in Évora – 5 € per person

 
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ROUTE 4 - Conquest of Valongo Castle

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 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 mysterious 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 riverside passing by several mills until we reach the main road.

We can visit a winery at the end of the tour, which makes a very interesting and original wine tasting.

 Distance:

OUR RECOMMENDATION: 50 kms with wine tasting and transfer from there

30 kms without the wine tasting and with transfer from Castelo de Valongo – no dirt roads.

40 kms without the wine tasting and with transfer from the end of the route

 Difficulty: medium
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.
Extra costs:

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.

 
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ROUTE 5 - Évora and its surroundings

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Cycling around Évora – short half day route

We propose an easier cycling day, from the city to our farm, Monte do Serrado de Baixo, where you will visit a fantastic Private colection: a classic car museum.

You pass by a cheese factory where you may do a visit and tasting. This cheese factory is very different from the one you might have visited in the Famous carpet route.

Before getting back to Évora climb to Alto de São Bento, a favorite place for locals to watch the sun set.

You may spend the afternoon visiting several monuments suggested by us. The city is classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site and there is plenty to do and see.

In the end of the day try some of our great wines at Ervideira Wine Shop.

 Distance: from 20 to 35
 Difficulty: easy except for climb to Alto the São Bento, which you may choose not to do.
Terrain: mostly flat and mix of dirt track and asphalt.
 
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ROUTE 6 - The Medieaval Castle

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 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 workshop!

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 peaceful streets and return home with our transfer.

 Distance:

OUR RECOMMENDATION: 43 kms including detour to the lake

30 kms without the lake

50 kms if you cycle to Mourão village and have your transfer from there.

 Difficulty: medium
Terrain: mostly flat. Tough climb in the end.
Extra costs:

Pottery workshop – 8 € per person

 
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ROUTE 7 - Wine and Marble Route

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 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.

 Distance:

30 kms if you only cycle until Vila Viçosa

50 kms if you cycle to Terena

Difficulty: easy
Terrain: undulating, mostly downhill
 
 

MAP

PROFILES

Route 1 from the city to Arraiolos

Altitude gain: 872 mt/ 2860 ft
Total Distance: 81,1 km/ 50mi
Level: medium plus
With optional transfer from Amendoeira´s farm

Altitude gain: 393 mt/ 1289 ft
Total Distance: 35,1 km/ 21 mi
Level: medium


Route 2 from the city to São Miguel de Machede

With optional transfer

Altitude gain: 324 mt/ 1062 ft
Total Distance: 43.4 km/ 26mi
Level: easy

Without transfer

Altitude gain: 480 mt/ 1574 ft
Total Distance: 64.9km/ 40 mi
Level: medium plus


Route 3 from the city to Megalithic area

With optional transfer

Altitude gain:  520mt/  1706ft
Total Distance:  49km/ 30mi
Level: medium

Without transfer

Altitude gain: 836 mt/ 2742 ft
Total Distance: 75.4 km/ 46 mi
Level: medium plus


Route 4 from the city to Valongo castle

With transfer

Altitude gain: 676 mt/ 2217 ft
Total Distance: 56,2 km/ 34 mi
Level: medium


Route 5 from the city to Évora

Altitude gain: 359 mt/  1177 ft
Total Distance: 28,2 km/ 17 mi
Level: easy


Route 6 from Reguengos to Monsaraz

With transfer

Altitude gain: 417 mt/ 1368 ft
Total Distance: 31,6 km/ 19 mi
Level: easy


Route 7 from Estremoz to Terena

With transfer

Altitude gain: 420 mt/ 1377 ft
Total Distance: 50 km/ 31 mi
Level: easy

OUR CHARM HOUSES

The Casa dos Apóstolos is a spacious 1 bedroom house, with living room and kitchenette. Very comfortable and quiet, it is located right in the historical center of Évora. The decoration is simple and pleasant and the kitchen is fully equipped if you decide you want to stay in. Don’t miss the nearby famous restaurants, recommended in our favorite’s list.

Casa da Padaria is a beautiful charm house with an amazing architecture, built in an old bakery. It’s located in the historical center of Évora, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, 3 minutes away from it all! 2 rooms with private toilet. Check out the Bike Room, just perfect for this Bike Trip!

Check pictures in the Photo section or in Teresa’s Houses.

Prices per person – 2020

For prices 2019 click HERE

Departures everyday for all types of Tour.

Come on our set dates and Get a Better Price.

For a single person tour Contact us.

Upgrade: 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 upgrade one of the already included dinners, the cost will be 20 € per person. Wine included.

Not IncludedBikes insurance, Travel insurance, Tour cancellation insurance, lunches (guide will stop at local café), Support van (it’s a semi-independent tour, but with a guide. Pick up can be provided, at extra cost, if you are tired) and all items not mentioned above. See Terms & Conditions for more details.

Guided group tour dates


Subject to availability, you can do this tour at any date as a private guided tour or as a self guided tour. The fact that a group date is full does not mean you cannot do a private tour on that date. So contact us anyway!

Late June until early September can be quite hot for this tour. For these dates consider the Along the Coast or the Wild Algarve.

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Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
18/06/2019

I love the Casa da Padaria. We stayed at the Bike room and the kids at the other one. House located in a quiet street and kids could play outside. Gorgeous restaurant just next door (taberna tipica) and beautiful rides each day. We took some transfers back but with an e-bike it would have been easy to do the full return trips. Staff is really friendly and and adapted the rides so that we did not have to ride in asphalt roads with the kids. Really TOP service. The only down point is that the bikes stay parked in the house, but the living room is big enough for that.

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