Day 1: Arrival to Arraiolos
You should plan to arrive early so that you can transfer to Arraiolos and still have time to explore the town.
Overnight in Arraiolos.
Day 2: Arraiolos – Évora (26 miles/42 km to Evora; or 22 miles/35 km to farmhouse)
We start the day cycling through to the Arraiolos village, with its rich historical center, the famous carpets and the delicious Pastéis de Toucinho. We climb to the castle to conquer unforgettable views from one of the only round castles of the peninsula.
Riding through secondary undulating roads we reach the cheese farm, where they also produce local liqueurs. A really tasty stop! It’s now time to visit a winery where there is a fantactic carriage private collection (wine and cheese tasting not included).
Riding through some small farms we will reach the Aldeia da Terra, a gigantic cartoon made of clay instead of paper. Curious? We reach our final destination, Évora, riding in the ecotrail, a green lane built on top of an old railway, traffic free.
Overnight in Évora or at a farmhouse 7 km from Evora.
Day 3: Megalithic Route – cycling around Évora (28 miles/45 km)
If you are intrigued by the evolution of our kind, puzzled by the enormity of some Neolithic constructions or wondered about the magical meaning of some pre historical sites, than this day is for you. The biggest dolmen and one of the most important cromeleques in Europe with over 5000 years of history are waiting for you.
The ride finishes in Évora, where you will have the chance to wonder around and get immersed in this ancient roman settlement. One of the highlights will be the visit to the surreal XIII century bone's chapel (entrance fee not included).
Overnight in Évora or at a farmhouse 7 km from Évora.
Day 4: The Valley of the Degebe River – cycling Évora to Reguengos de Monsaraz (31 miles/50 km from Evora; 35 miles/57 km if staying in farmhouse)
Leaving Évora toward the rising sun a more baren landscape will keep us company. We ride between olive groves to reach the small and traditional village of Nossa Srª de Machede.
After a pause for a cold drink or coffee a visit to an old working leather factory. Later, the mysterious castle of Valongo will provide shade while it unveils its roman past. A calm ride through easy backroads sets the tone to the day's final destination. Visit a local distinct winery where the scent of the brewing clay pots fills the air with the ancient knowledge that makes great wine.
Overnight in Reguengos de Monsaraz.
Day 5: Conquest of the Castle of Monsaraz – cycling from Reguengos to Monsaraz (22 miles/35 km)
Today's destination is the fortified village of Monsaraz, an important stronghold in the defense of our nation just by the border with Spain. On the way we will visit the famous pottery village of S. Pedro do Corval, where you can see the men making magic with the clay, transforming it into beautiful pots and plates, and the ladies painting them with flowers in an impressive speed.
Then with Spain in sight, you may lunch by the biggest artificial lake in Europe, the Alqueva dam reservoir. Then it's time to conquer the castle, use all your energy to climb up to Monsaraz before going down to the relaxing country hotel to cool off and enjoy your evening.
Overnight in Monsaraz.
Day 6: The Sanctuary Route – cycling from Monsaraz to Vila Viçosa (31 miles/50 km)
The day's ride will lead to the marble capital of Portugal and one of the biggest in Europe. The marble triangle will mark the landscape for the next cycling days. The so called white gold is the main economy driver of the region. Its richness is a constant presence in the wide streets and tall buildings. Then a rare sight over distinct colored lagoons finishing with accomodation in an aristocratic convent.
Overnight in Vila Viçosa.
Day 7: The Marble Route – cycling from Vila Viçosa to Estremoz (22 miles/35 km)
Today the ride is soft so take this opportunity to taste some local delicacies: Petiscos or snacks (not included).
From tavern to tavern the ride will delight your senses. The rest of the day will be spent in contemplation and admiration until the doors of Estremoz, the final destination of the journey. The journey will not be over until you climb up to the marble Donjon tower of the castle where you will sleep!
Overnight in Estremoz.
Day 8: Departure
After breakfast, depart individually to your connecting travels.