6 days
Duration
138 Km
Distance
Easy+
Difficulty
Alentejo
Location

Cycling week in Portugal – Taste of Heritage 5 nights

Highlights

  • Accommodation at an amazing convent, from the 15th century
  • No packing and unpacking, just cycling and relaxing on this cycling week in Portugal.
  • Very flexible guides and program – kms can easily be adapted to your level or will. Tell us if you have any special interest! This is YOUR PRIVATE TOUR!
  • Beautiful rolling landscape with vineyards, olive groves, cork oaks, and grazing land.
  • Outstanding Alentejo wines and fantastic gastronomy of Portugal.
  • Medieval villages and Évora historical center, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
  • To make your days easier it’s possible to do the tour on a E-Bike.

Description

This program is a guided cycling week in Portugal combining the accommodation at an amazing convent built in the 15th century, located 2 kms from the historical center of Évora and the visit to selected family owned projects, each one with their special history and unique features.

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

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

You don’t have to pack and unpack every day. 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. Possible to make it on a E-bike to make it easier. Tell us what you like and we will do our best to adapt. As we meet you every day, it is very easy to adapt the tour to your preferences. After all, it’s YOUR holidays!

 

Additional information

Tour typeChildren, City, Heritage, Inland, Local handscraft, Wine
1

Day 1 - Check In

2

DAY 2 - Wine and Cork

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Cycling from Convento do Espinheiro to Azaruja.

The tour starts at the hotel, where the guide will take you to our first stop, Monte do Serrado de Baixo. This charming farmhouse is where this private classic cars collection is and where someone will show you this pleasant surprise!

After the visit and the freshly squeezed lemonade, we will start our biking day!

Next stop is one winery, located in a medieval property with a 14th century’s palace, recently restored after several years left to abandonment”. You will be surprised with the surroundings, the precious palace, the quality of the wines and the hospitality.  Enjoy!

The tour continues in the direction of Igrejinha, a village where all houses are white with stripes of different colors, very typical from our local architecture.

Continue and discover all about the project located in a centenary and charming train station. They base product is prickly pears. And you can’t imagine what you can do with them!

For the end of the day we saved a very special visit: a cork factory. See how cork is transformed and learn about all you can do with it!

Distance: 36 kms, with transfer back to the Hotel avoiding cycling on the main road, 54 kms if you cycle all the way back to the Hotel
 Difficulty: medium if you cycle all the way back to the farm
Terrain: mostly flat. A few kms on main road if you cycle back
Lunch included. Dinner not included
 Accommodation: Convento do Espinheiro
3

DAY 3 - Évora and its Surroundings

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Cycling from Convento do Espinheiro to Évora and back

Cycle to the gorgeous city of Évora where you may spend the day cycling and 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. Try the small traditional shops, the groceries with organic products, pastries and the conventual sweets, the stores with the regional flavors with their collections of wine, olive oil, jam, honey, chocolats, where you will be amazed with the flavors… What a temptation! After lunch we suggest you climb to Alto de São Bento, a favourite place for locals to watch the sun set.

Distance: 25 kms
 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.
Lunch included. Dinner not included
 Accommodation: Convento do Espinheiro

 
4

DAY 4 - The Medieval 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: 30 kms or 50 kms cycling until Mourão
 Difficulty: medium
Terrain: mostly flat. Tough climb in the end.
Lunch included. Dinner not included
 Accommodation: Convento do Espinheiro

5

DAY 5 - The Wine and Marble

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Cycling from Estremoz to Vila Viçosa.

Our ride starts in Estremoz, one unforgettable city. We suggest that you climb to the top of the 14th century tower to see the breathtaking views.

Next stop is the lovely Vila Viçosa, where the marble was often used in place of brick, giving an aristocratic appearance to the village. In here we can visit the impressive Ducal Palace, build between 1502 e 1700, or the Marble Museum.

Follow to Bencatel and pass by the monument dedicated to the battle of Montes Claros, fought between Portuguese and Spanish in 1665, a battle that soon dictated peace between the two countries. Before returning to Estremoz, enjoy the view of Serra d’Ossa and visit the small church of Our Lady of Martyrs dating from the 14th century.

 Distance: 47 kms if you only cycle until Vila Viçosa and back
 Difficulty: easy
Terrain: undulating, mostly downhill.
Lunch included. Dinner not included
 Accommodation: Convento do Espinheiro
6

DAY 6 - Check Out

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End of our services.
 
 

MAP

Day 2 – Wine and Cork

Altitude gain: 446 mt/  1463 ft
Total Distance: 36 km/ 22 mi
Level: Easy 
Cycling back to the hotel
Altitude gain: 615 mt/ 2017 ft
Total Distance: 62 km/  38 mi
Level: Easy +

DAY 3 – Évora and its Surroundings


Altitude gain: 318 mt/ 1043 ft
Total Distance: 25 km/ 15 mi
Level: Easy +

DAY 4 – The Medieval Castle

Altitude gain: 307 mt/  1007 ft
Total Distance: 30 km/ 18 mi
Level: Medium +
If you pedal until Mourão
Altitude gain: 534 mt/ 1751 ft
Total Distance: 46 km/  28 mi
Level: Easy +

DAY 5 –  THE Wine and Marble route


Altitude gain: 449 mt/ 1620 ft
Total Distance: 47km/ 29 mi
Level: Easy +

Prices per person – 2020

conditionsGUIDED TOUR
Price per person (minimum 2adults)1737 €
Supplements
E-bike rental - per bike120 €
Supplement 1st April to 31st October - per person in doble room69 €
Single supplement - per person in single room330€
Supplement 1st April to 31st October - per person in single room469 €
Single supplement applies to a 3rd person in a group. For a solo traveller price is under request.
Included
5 nights in double room at charming Convento do Espinheiro with breakfast
Bicycle, helmet, back rack and pannier or similar
Cycling guide
Support van to go along during the cycling day
Transfer from Convento do Espinheiro to Monte do Serrado de Baixo
Transfer in the end of the route to Convento do Espinheiro
Transfer from Convento do Espinheiro to Monsaraz and back
Transfer from Convento do Espinheiro to Estremoz and back
24h phone support
Entrance fee at private collection of classic cars
Entrance fee at Évora’s Cathedral
Entrance fee at Évora’s University
Entrance fee at Bones Chapel, in Évora
Entrance fee at Vila Viçosa’s Ducal Palace
1 Wine tasting at winery
1 Wine tasting at wineshop
Visit and tasting at prickly pear farm
Tasting of chocolate truffles
Visit to cork factory
2 picnic lunches
2 lunches at local restaurant
Water and fruit
1st aid support
Personal accident insurance
Souvenir
Portugal Best Cycling jersey
VAT tax
Dinners
Transfer from and to Lisbon airport

For a single person tour Contact us.

Not IncludedBikes insurance, Travel insurance, Tour cancellation insurance, and all items not mentioned above.

See Terms & Conditions for more details.

Turaventur uses the REDUNIQ @Payments System. These payments are made in a simple, practical and secure way. The payment link is sent to your email, which will be redirected to a secure UNICRE page. Here the customer places the card details and makes the payment. After the data is validated and authorized by the bank, the transaction is finish. At the end you are notified of payment via email.

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