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Alentejo - Portugal

Essence of Portugal 🇵🇹

7 days | Guided | $2684

Combine excellent road cycling conditions with immersion in the culture of Portugal in this very special tour. Ride the hills, visit castles and stay in the old monasteries. Great food and wine experience to be expected.

Distance
300 km

Gain
3500 m

Road
Road

Temp
21°C

Overview Destination Accommodation Program Essentials
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Overview

Overview

Perfect for road cyclists who want to explore Portugal's heritage

Flying in:

Lisbon

Start point:

Marvão

Flying out:

Lisbon

End point:

Évora

We are taking you to the essence of Portugal, so that you have great road cycling experience coupled with an immersion into culture and historical heritage of  the region of Alentejo.

Start by riding the castles and monasteries of Marvão, Crato, Estremoz, discovering the medieval heritage of Portugal. Explore the marble region of the Alentejo and its renaissance palaces, the fortified villages atop of the Alqueva and enjoy a week-long ride in these peaceful rolling hills while exploring local wine cellars, sleeping in castles and monasteries and discovering the UNESCO world heritage sites of cities like Évora, Vila Viçosa and Monsaraz.

Alentejo is a picturesque and charming place, where you’ll fall in love with the whitewashed villages, medieval castles, sunbathed plains and the secular traditions and lifestyle.

Ride the never-ending rolling hills and the hidden trails between the fields. The car-free roads and trails of the Alentejo provide a great atmosphere for bike tours and its topography makes it a great region for both advanced and beginner riders.

Highlights of your trip

Rich Culture of Portugal

Fall in love with the whitewashed villages, medieval castles, sunbathed plains and the secular traditions and lifestyle. Explore the never-ending olive oil and orange fields, rivers, beaches and animal life all from your bike.

Excellent cycling conditions

Portugal has amazing network of small and empty roads with smooth tarmac, which coupled with varied terrain makes it perfect road cycling ground. The tour is guided so you have full support and peace of mind.

Charming 4* Hotels

Enjoy exceptional accommodation - stay in old wineries and medieval castles, now fully equipped hotels with their very own spas and amazing amenities to make you feel comfortable.

Destination

Destination

PORTUGAL

A full mixture between the northern more mountainous landscapes of the Sierras, adding between them the characteristic Douro Valley and Wine Country manicured terraced vineyards, the typical wine country landscape of the Douro. Followed by the rolling hills of the Alentejo Wine Country that will merge into the coastal hills and beautiful beaches of the Vicentina Natural Park on the Southwest Coast of Alentejo and Algarve.

Weather

Portugal's climate is generally as good as everyone thinks. With mild winters and hot summers, pedalling Portugal is perfect for those who like the sun on their backs.

Terrain

The first part of this tour in the North of Portugal is a set of several mountain ranges, while the second part of the tour exploring the Alentejo region with flat and rolling stages.

Culture

Vibrant and rich culture flows right through the heart of the country. As you explore the full stretch of the country, you'll experience the passion and fire of the nation.

39.3999° N, 8.2245° W

There's even more to discover on your trip.

Accommodation

Accommodation

Convento de São Paulo

Luxury hotel and a museum

Marvão, Portugal

An example of one of the incredible local hotels you will stay at throughout this epic tour of Portugal is Hotel Convento de São Paulo in Marvão.

Placed in Serra d’Ossa, between Estremoz and Redondo, the São Paulo Convent is now a sophisticated space and a must-visit. Built in 1182, in the heart of Alentejo, by the São Paulo Ermita Monk Order, it is one of the most iconic buildings of its time.

Add to this comfortable suits, swimming pools and high cuisine restaurant, and it makes the full picture of a truly exceptional stay.

 

Program

Program

Day 1

Arrival, transfer, and warm up ride

Pick up from your hotel for a 2 hours transfer to Pousada do Marvão, in Alentejo. Check-in at this Pousada on the top of the hill and inside the village walls, overlooking the northern Alentejo plains. Set up of the bikes. Free afternoon to relax at the hotel or walk through the village’s narrow streets, visit the 9th-century castle, cistern and admire the beautiful S. Mamede mountain range

Hotel – Pousada de Marvão

Day 2

Marvão – Beirã – Castelo Vide – Crato/Alter do Chão

Distance

55 km

Climb

550 m

Distance

55 km

Climb

550 m

Day 3

Crato – Alter do Chão – Estremoz/Serra de Ossa

Distance

75 km

Climb

1000 m

Distance

75 km

Climb

1000 m

Day 4

Estremoz – Redondo - Monsaraz

Distance

69 km

Climb

790 m

Distance

69 km

Climb

790 m

Day 5

Monsaraz - Montoito – Évora

Distance

61 km

Climb

580 m

Distance

61 km

Climb

580 m

Day 6

Évora – Arraiolos – Évora

Distance

55 km

Climb

500 m

Distance

55 km

Climb

500 m

Day 7

Recovery ride and farewell

Essentials

Getting there

Information to help you book your flights and get around.

Any questions about flights and transfers? The Epico team is here for you. Ping us via the chatbot in the corner of your page or send an email to [email protected]

Flying in

Fly in airport: Lisbon

When best to fly in: in the morning on the first day of the camp

Transfers: scheduled airport transfers are included in the price of this trip; we will reach out to you for your exact flight details to be sure you are picked up

Flying out

Fly out airport best option: Lisbon

When to leave: last day of the tour

Transfers: scheduled airport transfers are included in the price of this trip; we will reach out to you for your exact flight details to be sure you can take your flight hassle-free

What’s included in your trip

Luxury Accommodation 4*

6 nights in charming 4 star hotels, in double/twin bedroom with breakfast included

Transfers

Transfer in from arrival airport to start of the tour and transfer out from end of the tour to departure airport

Bike rental

Rental of a high quality carbon road bike (Scott Addict 20 or Scott Aspect 930), helmet and spares;

Daily luggage transfer

Support vehicles will transport your luggage on to the next hotel, so you only have to carry your essentials

GPS tracks and Garmin

Access to tracks of the route through the RIDE WITH GPS mobile application and Garmin

Insurance

Personal accident insurance while on the trip

Extra

Bike rental

Included in tour price!

High quality carbon bikes are available for rental for the tour duration, and included in the price, as not always is getting your own gear to another country suitable for you. To make sure you get the maximum from your tour, we’ve partnered with some of the best brands in cycling to give you the latest choice of kit.

Tailored to your body size and in perfect technical condition. Price includes comprehensive insurance, mechanical service and components.

SCOTT ADDICT

Fit to your body size and in perfect state

More things to maximise your trip

EXTRA

Single accommodation

€500 for entire trip

If you’d like a whole room to yourself, that’s no problem. For an extra €500 for the trip duration, you can enjoy the comfort of your own room. Just select this option when you proceed to book your tour.

What's not included.

Meals

Breakfast is already included. You can upgrade your trip to full-board to receive all your meals throughout your stay. Select this option for €560 when you proceed to checkout.

Flights

The best airport to fly to is Porto. We will then organise transfers for you and your bike. If you have any questions on how to best organise your flights, contact us for more information.

Health Insurance

We strongly recommend that you obtain a dedicated health insurance that covers your sport activities. Reach out to us if you have questions about the insurance.

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Don't see the travel dates you want or have a special request, such as adding a non-rider, please contact us.

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