Portugal Wine and Castles Self Guided Cycling Trip


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    Not far from Lisbon is a fascinating region which is home to the lovable Alentejo people and their rich history. Known for their typical Mediterranean gastronomy, and the wonderful crafts and products they produce from locally sourced cork, marble, olive oil and of course their grapes, a visit to this area in southern Portugal will appeal to those looking for a balanced mix of great cycling, excellent food and engaging history. During the ride, which is largely along safe backroads, you will take in the great ancient city of Évora, a World Heritage Site, many small fortified hamlets where you can learn more of the stories of the wars between the Moors and Spain, Neolithic constructions as well as a visit to the Alqueva Dam Reservoir, the largest artificial lake in Europe on the border with Spain. Your senses will be further enthralled with tastings of the local wines and liqueurs and a visit to a cheese farm. Although this trip is already packed with many highlights, a further dimension will be visits to many castles, one of which you will spend a night in.

    Itinerary

    DAY 1utracks-portugal-wine-and-castles-map
    Arrive Arraiolos
    DAY 2
    Visit the castle before continuing past wineries and cheese farms to Évora, partly along a rail trail (42km)
    DAY 3
    Cycle past pre historic sites on a circular route (45km)
    DAY 4
    Cycle from Évora to Reguengos de Monsaraz through the Degebe river valley past the castle of Valongo (50/57km)
    DAY 5
    Cycle to the fortified village of Monsaraz (35km)
    DAY 6
    Cycle to Vila Viçosa, Portugal’s marble capital (50km)
    DAY 7
    Final cycle leg with opportunities to taste Petiscos (Portuguese tapas) at small taverns enroute to Estemoz (35km)
    DAY 8
    Trip concludes

    Inclusions

    • 7 breakfasts
    • 7 nights hotels and guesthouses with ensuite facilities (upgrade to charm hotels, supplement applies)
    • luggage transfer
    • bike rental, including helmet and pannier
    • information pack including route notes & maps and GPS data
    • emergency hotline
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