Portugal - The Route of the Castles

Picturesque Portugal, with its beautiful countryside, castles, and charming white villages.
  1. 1 Arrival Point Arraiolos

    Arrival in Évora and transfer to first hotel in Alvito. Meeting with guide for bike adjustments and explanation of tour. Clients are then independent.

  2. 2 Arraiolos 42 km Évora

    We start by riding through Alvito, famous for its several buildings with Manueline architecture. We pass through several tiny lovely hamlets, where life goes by at the slow Alentejo speed, and then ride to the village of Viana do Alentejo, famous for its pottery, the majestic castle, and the impressive Church of Senhora de Aires (outside visit only). We then ride to Évora, classified by UNESCO as a World heritage site.Accommodation in country inn (8 km from Évora) or alternatively in Évora (accommodation site depends on availability). If staying in country inn, you may choose to be picked up at the end of the day so the final distance would be 40 km.

  3. 3 Évora 68, 55 or 46 km Évora

    Megalithic Route (Évora - Évora)

    Cycling tour around Évora. Today we visit some of the most important megalithic monuments of the region. The landscape is lovely, with a lot of cork trees. We will visit the Dolmen of Zambugeiro - the biggest in Europe, the Cromlech of Almendres, the Menir of Almendres and the roman ruins of Tourega. Accommodation in country inn at 8 km from Évora. 68 km - 43 miles, 55 km - 35 miles, or 46 km - 29 miles (depending on pick-up point at end of day)

  4. 4 Évora 58 km Reguengos de Monsaraz

    The Valley of the River Degebe (Évora - Reguengos de Monsaraz)

    We ride through olive groves to reach the small and traditional village of Nossa Srª de Machede. We then pass theCastle of Valongo. In Reguengos de Monsaraz we can visit the gorgeous winery where they still have a room with the old clay pots to keep the wine. 58 km - 36 miles

  5. 5 Reguengos de Monsaraz 35 km Monsaraz

    Conquest of the Castle of Monsaraz (Reguengos de Monsaraz - Monsaraz)

    We will visit the famous pottery village o fS. Pedrodo Corval, where you can see the men working the clay, transforming it into beautiful pots and plates, and the ladies painting them with flowers. Then we reach the gorgeous village of Monsaraz, built in a castle on top of a hill. From Monsaraz you'll take in the beautiful view over the lake of the Alqueva Dam, the largest reservoir of Europe. 35 km - 20 miles

  6. 6 Monsaraz 50 km Vila Viçosa

    The Marble Route (Monsaraz - Vila Viçosa)

    We leave the schist land and discover the marble kingdom. We start by visiting the impressive sanctuary of Nossa Srª da Boa Nova and the village centre of Terena. After we pass by the lunar landscape of the marble quarries of Bencatel area, from where the "white gold" was extracted to build gorgeous cities as Estremoz and Borba. 50 km - 31 miles

  7. 7 Vila Viçosa 35 km Estremoz

    The Wine Route (Vila Viçosa - Estremoz)

    We start by visiting the Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa, and then continue to Borba and Gloria. We visit theChurch of Nossa Srª dos Martires and arrive early to Estremoz, where you can wander around narrow streets and explore the beautiful historical centre. 35 km - 20 miles

  8. 8 Estremoz Departure

    Departure from Estremoz

    End of IberoCycle services.

2017 prices - hotels with charm

1 person in double share - 810 € (68 € supplement for July, August, 1-16 September)
Single supplement - 299 € (379 € in July, August, 1-16 September)
Bike hire - 100 € / E-bike hire - 200 €
GPS rental - 50 €
Non-Saturday departure - 40 € per person
Transfer from Lisbon Airport to first hotel (minimum 4 passengers) - 60 € per person
Transfer from last hotel to Lisbon Airport (minimum 4 passengers) - 58 € per person
GPS rental - 50 €

April to October

  1. Personalise this tour for 4 or more riders

    Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

    Please contact us if you would like to personalise this tour.

  2. Who runs IberoCycle?

    IberoCycle is run by Simon Proffitt. Born in Lancashire, England, Simon has been resident in Northern Spain since 1985. He is a keen amateur cyclist and cycle-tourist, and is well acquainted with Spain and the Spanish way of life. 

  3. What is a self-guided tour?

    IberoCycle transports luggage to the next hotel. On some stages cyclists are also transferred part of the way to avoid unnecessary climbs (details in individual route descriptions).

    Cyclists do not travel as part of a group or with a guide, although they may coincide with other cyclists on the same trip.

    Guests are transported to and from arrival / departure points, unless otherwise stated

    Our "IberoCycle On Call" service means we are always available for help or advice.

    Cyclists are provided with our own detailed Route Guide and maps for their chosen route.

    Fitter cyclists may extend stages at will.

    Guests on the Northern Spain tours normally spend two or three nights at the same hotel and thus have one or two free days. The Route Guide provides a selection of Free Day Routes of varying lengths for these days. These are of course merely suggestions, and guests are free to do what they like. 

  4. What is included on a Portugal self-guided tour?

    Accommodation with en-suite bathroom
    Continental style breakfast 
    Information Pack (Route Guide and maps)
    Luggage transport

  5. What are the arrival points for a Portugal self-guided tour?

    The usual arrival point for this tour is Lisbon and Lisbon Airport. The airport website has useful information on destinations from Portugal by air. 

    From Lisbon Airport clients should take a taxi to either the bus station (Sete Rios) or the train station (Oriente). Our courier recommends that you take the taxi from departures rather than arrivals. The price should be 10 - 15 € (ask before you take the taxi). 

    There are frequent buses from Lisbon to Évora. See timetables at Rede Expressos. Once in Évora, it is possible to take a taxi with Sr Fadista to the hotel in Alvito - this is a 40-minute taxi ride and costs around 40 € - telephone Sr. Fadista +351 962 556 224

    You can also take the train to Alvito. You must change in Casa Branca. These are less frequent. Check timetables here. If you take the train, you must book a taxi in advance to pick you up from the train station. Taxi driver: Sr Miguel - +351 965 369 750. We can book this for you if you let us know your arrival time.

    A transfer from Évora to Alvito may be arranged on arrival depending on our availability - please consult us. 

     

    After the tour ends, you take the bus from Estremoz back to Lisbon (around 15 €). Take a taxi from the Estremoz hotel to the bus station. Buses are around every hour. On arrival in Lisbon, taxi again to the airport. The price should be 10 - 15 € (ask before you take the taxi). 

     

    Vehicle transfers from Lisbon Airport to Alvito and then from Estremoz to Lisbon Airport are priced at 86 € per person per transfer. 

  6. Bikes on Portugal tours

    Information will be added shortly for the bikes available on these tours. 

Personalised tours are available for groups of 4 or more riders. You may like to add extra days, choose a different arrival day, modify the itinerary.

Please contact us if you would like to personalise this tour.