General

Across the Alentejo 5th to 10th July 2022

Activity: Guided Touring Bike holiday
Date: 5th to 10th July
Bike type: Touring bike (optional e-Touring Bike)
Duration: 5 nights 5 days cycling
Activity Level: Intermediate
Accommodation: Quality rural hotels and B&B
Daily Average: 50km
Price: From €650

We have been busy creating lots of holidays for 2022 and this is another brand new route across the Alentejo, passing through the region’s famous wine growing area and visiting some of its famous tourist spots, including Evora. Starting South of Lisbon in the fabulously unspoilt natural park of Arrabida, our trip takes us across some of the most striking parts of the Alentejo, finishing up in the picture postcard hilltop village of Monsaraz.

This is designed for riders with an intermediate ability and it will include tarmac and mostly easy dirt tracks, with very few technical sections. Certain sections include converted, disused railway lines which make for some very pleasant and scenic cycling.

It is a relaxed pace, giving you plenty of opportunity to soak up the beautiful surroundings and sample a taste of local culture as you make your way across this all-too-often overlooked gem of Portugal’s landscape.

 

Itinerary

Tuesday 5th July Cabo Espichel to Setubal (c. 43km and 540m elevation gain)

We will meet in Loule around 8am and transfer directly to Cabo Espichel, where our tour begins. This rugged coastline provides a dramatic backdrop for the start of our tour. As it is quite a  long transfer from Loulé we are keen to get going after a quick drink and snack. Our first day’s cycling will take us along the limestone cliffs within the Arrábida Natural Park, overlooking the crystal clear waters of the Setúbal Bay and the Troia Peninsula, with its fine white sandy beaches. Our destination for the night, Setúbalis a thriving port town, with a quaint old quarter where we can relax in one of the beautiful squares, whilst we sample the local delicacy, chocos fritos (fried cuttlefish).

Wednesday 6th July Setubal to Landeira (c. 50km and 100m elevation gain)

Leaving the town of Setubal past the ferry terminal, we will head East along mostly flat and quiet roads. It is a noticeable change of scenery today as we spend a leisurely day cycling through rolling countryside, depicting the typical Alentejo scene of lonely trees in vast meadows, punctuated by the odd white farmhouse.  The region is also known for its outstanding wine and we will see just what a major role this plays in the local economy as we cycle through vineyards that stretch as far as the eye can see.  Our stay this evening will be close to the small, traditional village of Landeira.

Thursday 7th July Landeira to Montemor-O-Novo (c. 57km and 375m elevation gain)

Cycling mostly on quiet tracks and traffic-free roads, today’s ride will include some disused railway lines and pleasant open countryside . Our destination is the old traditional town of Montemor -O-Novo and we will stay in the unique Royal Cocoa Chocalatier and Palace. The hotel is situated in a chocolate factory, integrated within a palatial estate. There is a very good restaurant a short walk away and, naturally, we will want to sample some of the hotel’s fine chocolate before we retire for the night.

Friday 8th July Montemor-O-Novo to Evora (c. 47km and 250m elevation gain)

Navigating our way initially through cork oak forests we will be moving in the direction of Arraiolos, a pretty Alentejo town famous for it’s handwoven carpets. Joining the Arraiolos “rail to trail” route for the last leg of our journey, it’s an easy hop into the historical centre of Evora . We will stay just on the edge of town, with all the historical places of interest just a short walk away.

Saturday 9th July Evora to Monsaraz (c. 65km and 700m elevation gain)

Setting off with a last ride through the ancient streets of Evora, we will soon enjoy a pleasant cycle through natural, sweeping landscape, where we will spot the odd castle to remind us of this land’s medieval heritage. Passing through more vineyards we will navigate our way to the famous wine-producing town of Reguengos de Monsaraz, home to the largest vineyard in Portugal, the Herdade do Esporão. The final section of our ride represents the most challenging climb up to the historical hill top village of Monsaraz but we will be rewarded with breathtaking views over the Alqueva Reservoir (the largest of its kind in Europe) and onwards towards Spain.

Sunday 10th July Departure

After a breakfast at our accommodation in the village, we will have a chance for one last look around Monsaraz and transfer back to the Algarve around 10.30 am.

 

 

 

Prices

Prices

Price per person, based upon two people sharing a twin/double bedded room, is €650pp

Single room accommodation subject to availability, is €900pp. Please specify if preferred .

INCLUDING:

  • Transfer between the Central Algarve and Cabo Espichel on day 1
  • Transfer back to the Central Algarve from  Monsaraz on day 6
  • 5 nights b&b stay in comfortable guesthouse or hotel based on 2 persons sharing a twin room.
  • Daily luggage transfer between accommodation

NOT INCLUDING:

  • Flights to and from the Algarve
  • Lunches and evening meals
  • Bike rental is available
  • Helmets and SPD pedals. You can hire at a small fee, but we suggest you bring your own
  • Personal accident insurance, which we strongly recommend you take out.