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Rolling Hills, Hidden Gems, and Delicious Delights: My Top 5 Reasons you need to go Bicycle Touring in the Alentejo This Year

Bicycle touring in the Alentejo region offers an unparalleled experience with its rolling hills, hidden gems, delicious food and wine, friendly locals, and great weather all year round. It offers an opportunity to discover this superb region of Portugal.

While I could list countless reasons why the Alentejo region of southern Portugal is still one of my favourite destinations anywhere, I thought I'd just share my top 5!

1 Endless rolling plains

Alentejo plains at sunset

The Alentejo region is known for its beautiful rolling plains, which are perfect for a cycling adventure. The terrain offers a challenging but rewarding ride, with stunning views from the top of each crest.

You'll be able to see for miles and miles, taking in the beautiful countryside and spotting local wildlife. If you come in spring, the wildflowers will simply blow you away!

2 Hidden Gems

Mertola in the Alentejo

The Alentejo is a relatively undiscovered region of Portugal, which means that there are still plenty of actual hidden gems to discover. From charming small towns, to historic ruins, to secluded beaches, the Alentejo is full of surprises.

Plus, once you get away from the major towns, the lack of crowds means you'll be able to take your time and truly savor each discovery.

3 Delicious food and wine

wine and olives in the Alentejo

It's no longer a secret that the Alentejo is known for its delicious food and wine, which is sure to please any food lover. From hearty stews to fresh seafood, the local cuisine is sure to delight your taste buds.

And the Alentejo region's wines are also world-class delicious and well-worth trying. You will enjoy the local products, taste the traditional meals, and have a great time in the local taverns.

4 Friendly locals

Old boy cycling in the Alentejo

The locals in the Alentejo are known for being incredibly friendly and welcoming. They'll be more than happy to chat with you, offer you a drink, or very rarely, even invite you into their homes.

This makes for a much more authentic and enjoyable experience, as you'll be able to get a real sense of the local culture.

5 Great Weather

Bike traveler passing a whitewashed church under the lue sky in the Alentejo

The Alentejo region has hot dry summers and cold wet winters, but the long season in between is absolutely perfect for bike touring! In effect, it can be pretty perfect for cycling all year round.

Whether you're visiting in the summer or the winter, you'll be able to enjoy comfortable temperatures and plenty of sunshine. This makes it the perfect destination for a cycling adventure, particularly from March to October.

Come again!

With endless plains of grain and wildflower, hidden gems, delicious food and wine, friendly locals and great weather, bike touring in the Alentejo region will offer you an unforgettable experience!

It's an opportunity to explore a relatively undiscovered region of Portugal, discover its charming small towns, historic ruins, secluded beaches, taste the local cuisine and wine, and meet the friendly locals. It will be a perfect combination of adventure, relaxation and culture, that will make you want to come back again and again.

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