You may book this trip:
Accommodation and dinner at our guesthouse.
For the next 6 days you have 5 different cycling routes to choose from – plus one free day.
Optional Cooking Class: During your stay you will have 3 dinners included. On one of the nights you can enjoy a Cooking Class on Alentejo cuisine. 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 up grade one of the already included dinners, cost will be 20 € per person (all payable locally).
Along the ecotrail, 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 .
Good place to stop for a drink and try the delicious meat pies of Mrs Ilda!
On the way we visit the “Aldeia da Terra”, where the Portuguese way of life is presented on a gigantic clay cartoon village!
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. Really good value).
Both farms are really nice.
OUR RECOMENDATION: 36 kms with all visits described and transfer from cheese farm back to hotel. You should count with about 1 hour in each farm, 30 minuts in the “Aldeia da terra”.
45 to 53 kms – to winery and back – easy level
69 kms – to winery and cheese farm and back the same way – medium level, very long day with the visits
75 kms – to winery and cheese farm and back a different way – medium level, very long day with the visits. Only for the very fast cyclers or those who don’t want to do the visits.
Level: medium or easy (depoends if you buy the transfer).
Terrain: gentle rolling roads, 15 kms on dirt roads
Winery and carriage collection – 6 € per person (included on guided tours).
Tasting at cheese farm – 11 € per person.
Transfer back to the farm – 29 € per person.
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. 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! In the same village you can visit a knives factory and see the process to make kitchen knives, cork cutting knifes and others. Nearby there is a wonderful sanctuary with paintings covering all its walls, from the floor to the ceiling! We dare you to find the oldest one! 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!
OUR RECOMMENDATION: 42 kms, with transfer back to the farm, avoiding cycling in the main road.
74 kms if you cycle all the way back to the farm
Terrain: mostly flat. A few kms on main road if you cycle back
Wine tasting – 9 to 12 € per person
Transfer from S. Miguel de Machede – 29 € per person
This bike tour day goes through beautiful holm oak forests and vast meadows. A peaceful landscape where grazing cattle and cheerful birds will provide for the mornings’ soundtrack. In season you may see siblings.
It will be a rich and busy morning with lots to see. Cycle to Zambugeiros’ Dolmen – the biggest in Europe, the Almendres’ Cromelech – the oldest megalithic monument in Europe with a beautiful view over Évora, the Almendres Menhir, the Mitras’ Church and Nossa Srª da Tourega Roman Ruins.
In the afternoon cycle in Évora and unravel the amazing history of this old beautiful city.
Visit the surreal Bone chapel and the impressive cathedral, originally from the 13th century.
Finish with a wine tasting in the Évora Wine Tour Shop.
OUR RECOMMENDATION: 35 kms, with transfer in the morning and shorter way to have more time to visit the city. This is the day with for time to see Évora and it is sooo gorgeous!
45 kms, with transfer in the morning and visit to roman ruins
70 kms, cycling from the farm and back
Terrain: mostly gentle rolling dirt roads
Extra costs: Optional transfer in the morning to Guadalupe – 25 € per person
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 misterious 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 river side passing by several mills until we reach the main road.
We can visit a winery in the end of the tour, which makes a very interesting and original wine tasting.
40 kms without the wine tasting and with transfer from Castelo de Valongo – no dirt roads.
50 kms without the wine tasting and with transfer from the end of the route
OUR RECOMMENDATION: 60 kms with wine tasting and transfer from there
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.
Winery – 8 € per person
Transfer is included in this route.
The bike tour day starts in Estremoz, an unforgetable city. We highly recomend climbing to the top of the marble donjon tower, from the 14th century, to take in impressive views.
From here we ride to the amazing Vila Viçosa, where the marble used commonly instead of brick gives an aristocratic look to the village, and where you can visit the Ducal Palace, built between 1502 and 1700, or the marble museum.
Continue through the marble land, visit a marble quarry and ride to Alandroal, where marble, the white gold, continues to be the king. Here we recommend a stop at a local café.
After we ride to Terena, where we cycle through its very flowery centre. Our ride ends in the amazing fortified sanctuary of Srª da Boa Nova.
Even if churches are not your thing, you’ll enjoy this one!
kms: 20 kms, if you cycle from Estremoz to Vila Viçosa.
30 kms, if you cycle until Alandroal
OUR RECOMMENDATION: 43 kms for all the route
Terrain: rolling roads, mostly flat or downhill. A couple of climbs in the end.
Transfer: transfer to Estremoz in the morning and back from Terena’s sanctuary is included in this route, which has an extra price.
Monsaraz area is unique.
The schist rock marks its architecture and landscape, the vines seem to grow everywhere and, from the village of Monsaraz, built on the top of a hill, we will enjoy a 360º view for miles and miles including Alqueva’s lake (the biggest artificial lake in Europe).
Inside the castle walls of this gorgeous village, framing the windows and doors of the houses, we will see schist stone. The walls are so white that, sometimes, it’s hard to keep your eyes open. During this day we will also visit several megalithic monuments and another highlight – the famous pottery village of S. Pedro do Corval.
30 kms, taking the shortest route
OUR RECOMMENDATION: 43 kms, including going down to the lake shore
50 kms, including cycling to Mourão
Level: easy (medium only on the 2 kms climb to Monsaraz)
Terrain: flat roads except for climb to Monsaraz
No paid visits included
You should leave a tip at the museum’s tip box in the pottery, if you don’t buy anything.
Transfer to Reguengos in the morning and back in the end of the day is included in this route.
Some short ascents have to be managed on every day as the terrain is flat to rolling hills. Suitable to all cyclists with a reasonable level of fitness. Cycling is mostly on quiet back roads, with the occasional hard-pack bike path used.
On Self guided tours you are expected to know how to fix small problems on your bike. You should be an independent traveler, used to reading maps, route instructions and manage your own time. You will bike at your rhythm and do “as you please”. From us you will get 24 hours support by phone, maps, route instructions and history notes. We will also give you suggestions of places to eat. The down sides will be not to have the support car to take you in case you get tired and not to have the company and expertise of our guides, which are like family to us and will be like family to you!
On Guided tours groups are accompanied by one or two cycling guides, besides a guide who takes the support car, prepares the picnics and transports your luggage. Lunches are picnic type with traditional foods from the area where we are cycling. Some times we also use local restaurants.
On guided cycling tours you can expect full service from your guides. They will do their best to make your holiday an unforgettable one.
Our guides are all Portuguese and know our region very well. They are very service mindedand most of them have been working with us for many years. They are bikers themselves and love to go cycling on their holidays, so they know what you expect from them!
The international airport is Lisbon. Transfers are available to/from your hotel for CAD$175 each way.
Optional local transfers
Decorated in a rustic style and recently upgraded, all rooms are personalised and each one has its own individual theme. For instance, the Cork room has pictures of men extracting cork, and of the Alentejo’s landscape full of cork trees. The colour scheme of each room has been carefully selected to reflect its theme and mood. Each has its own private toilet and bath/shower. All rooms have central heating and air-conditioning.
Departure Dates: Daily departures possible all year.
|2020 Price per person, double occ.||CAD||$1695|
|Supplement for April & May departures
Supplement for June to September departures
|Electric bike upgrade||$150|
|Single Supplement from:||$450|
|Optional cooking class||$75|
This tour includes:
3, 4, 5 or 6 night stays also possible.
Departure Dates 2020: March 28; May 9; Any other day with a minimum of 4 persons.
|Price per person, double occ.||CAD||$2125|
|Single Supplement from (minimum 5 in party required)||$450|
|Upgrade to electric bike||$150|
This tour includes:
Telephone: 705-949-1710 or 888-297-4786
Station Mall, 293 Bay St., Sault Ste Marie, P6A 1X3
Monday to Friday: 9.30 am. to 5.30 pm.
Saturday: by appointment