Suggested Dates: Apr, May, Jun, Sep, and Oct
Duration: 8 days / 7 nights
Accommodation: Luxury B&B, Restored Convent & Castle
Daily Mileage: 50km / 31 miles
Activity Level: Level 2 | Intermediate
Tour Interests: Gourmet Foods, Wines, Photography, Architecture
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DAY 1 - Évora
After an AM pickup in Lisbon, we shuttle to the grand old town of Évora, spiritual heart of the Alentejo and one of the most photogenic towns in Portugal. Évora is a fascinating mixture of Roman, Moorish and medieval styles. In fact, so extraordinary for its beauty and history that the whole town is a World Heritage Site. We'll have plenty of time to visit many of the unique sights to see, while wandering the labyrinth of cobbled Moorish streets. Group welcome dinner.
Activity: 2 hour guided Évora walking tourHighlights: Old town Évora, Welcome dinnerAccommodations: M'ar De Ar Meals: Dinner
DAY 2 - Évora to Monsaraz
We cycle through rolling countryside to the the ancient walled village of Monsaraz, virtually unchanged since the middle ages. En route we'll examine Celtic dolmens rising from a cornfield and begin our acquaintance with the Alentejo - cork and olive groves, whitewashed houses with their blue trim, and the black clothed figures patiently tilling the fields. We'll get to Monsaraz in time to explore this charming village and to enjoy the spectacular views all the way over to Spain.
Activity: 43 miles / 69 kmHighlights: Monsaraz castle, Celtic dolmenAccommodations: Hotel Estalagem de MonsarazMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
DAY 3 - Monsaraz to Estremoz
A wonderful ride today across the Serra da Ossa, a gently rolling hill range considered the lungs of the region. Eventually we pop out almost smack bang in front of Estremoz. Estremoz is a startling beautiful hilltop walled city. The city is strikingly white largely due to the amount of marble in the region. It’s one of the three marble towns, the other two being Borba and Vila Viçosa which will have the opportunity to visit on the loop ride.
Activity: 19 miles / 30 kmHighlights: Marble lined streets of Estremoz, Arrábida coastlineAccommodations: Pousada de EstremozMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
DAY 4 - Marble Loop
We head out of Estremoz on a beautiful road that takes us through the heart of the 2 things this area is famous for - wine and marble. The best wine of the region comes from here and the marble excavated from the hills is among the world’s finest. Carrera marble in Italy is now more likely to be marble from this area. Marble is used for everything here - even curbstones! Afterwards, we head on to the sweet little castle town of Alandroal with a fine 14th C castle. Returning to Estremoz, we ride past many wineries and small villages in the open country.
Activity: 19 miles / 30 kmHighlights: Marble quarry visit, Winery visitAccommodations: Pousada de EstremozMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
DAY 5 - Estremoz to Flor da Rosa
Today we ride north to the tiny village of Flor da Rosa and its impressive 14th century monastery. Riding through the peaceful countryside full of Cork tree's we'll stop to visit the Royal Stud farm in Alter do Chão, where the beautiful Lusitanian horses have been bred for over two hundred years. Between stops, will be easy riding through some of the oldest olive groves in Portugal. Group Dinner.
Activity: 19 miles / 30 kmHighlights: Royal stud farm, Crato monasteryAccommodations: Pousada do CratoMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
DAY 6 - Flor da Rosa to Castelo de Vide
Our last day of riding will be through the beautiful oak-forested slopes of the Serra de São Mamede to the medieval spa town of Castelo da Vide with its enchanting Jewish quarter. Riding onward and upwards through the Serra we'll reach the breathtaking walled village of Marvão, high above the Alentejo plains before we ride on to lovely Castelo de Vide. Here we'll visit the tiny 13th century synagogue in the Jewish quarter set amid medieval cottages.
Activity: 19 miles / 30 kmHighlights: Marvão castle, Castelo de Vide old townAccommodations: Casa AmarelaMeals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
DAY 7 - Lisboa
Today we'll transfer to old Lisboa where we'll have the day free to shop around, enjoy the esplanades or join a walking trip around town. Farewell dinner at one of the greatest Fado houses in Alfama.
Activity: 2 hour Lisbon walking tourHighlights: Lisbon walking tour, Fado farewell dinnerAccommodations: Hotel Heritage LiberdadeMeals: Breakfast / Dinner
DAY 8 - Farewell
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