Alentejo to Algarve Castles and Beaches Bike Tour

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A thrilling journey through Portugal's Alentejo region paired with the splendid coastline. Delight in the medieval charm of Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and explore ancient castles like the medieval stronghold in Monsaraz and the historic Castle of Aljezur, offering panoramic vistas and rich historical insights.

In addition to the allure of castles, discover the region's stunning coastline, dotted with pristine beaches and rugged cliffs. Pedal along scenic coastal paths, encountering hidden coves, and secluded shores where azure waters meet golden sands. From the tranquil shores of Odeceixe to the enchanting beaches near Porto Covo, each coastal stop promises moments of relaxation and awe-inspiring beauty.








easy to moderate

Avg. dist. cycled

60km / 37mi

Group size

Min. 4, Max. 12






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The Best Wine Region in the World

Wine growing in Alentejo goes back to the Romans and beyond, and Alentejo’s wineries have been producing wine using the same methods and vessels that were being used in Roman times. Over 250 grape varieties grown across its vineyards — the highest number in the world after Georgia. Which is why we've made sure that our bike tour in Alentejo goes through Evora, the heart of Alentejo’s wine culture.


Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Lisbon to Estremoz

We meet at the Lisbon airport and transfer to Estremoz, a charming town in Portugal's Alentejo region, offers a journey through the country's picturesque landscapes and rich cultural heritage.

Estremoz is renowned for its traditional white marble quarries, which have been a vital part of the town's economy for centuries. The marble is still used today in architecture and sculpture, adding to Estremoz's distinctive aesthetic. The town is also famous for its ceramics, wine, and gastronomy, with local delicacies such as queijadas (cheese pastries) and ensopado de borrego (lamb stew) showcasing the region's culinary prowess.

One of Estremoz's main attractions is its historic center, characterized by narrow cobblestone streets, whitewashed buildings adorned with colorful tiles, and a medieval castle that dominates the skyline. The castle, dating back to the 13th century, offers panoramic views of the surrounding countryside and is a must-visit for history enthusiasts.

We meet in the evening for bike fit and briefing over dinner tonight.

Meals: D
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Day 2: Monsaraz

Today’s ride takes us to the marble capital of Portugal and one of the largest in Europe. The marble triangle defines the landscape for the next few days of our bike tour. The renowned "white gold" serves as the primary economic driver of the region, its opulence a constant presence in the wide streets and 18th-century buildings. Here we have the opportunity to explore either the palace or the marble museum!

Our destination for the day is the fortified village of Monsaraz, a significant stronghold in our nation's defense located near the border with Spain.

Don't forget to pack your swimming gear, as you may wish to take a refreshing dip in the waters of the largest artificial lake in Europe, the Alqueva dam reservoir. Then, prepare to conquer the castle, summoning all your energy for the climb up to Monsaraz! Your hotel awaits beside the city walls, offering a stunning view of the sunset from either the castle tower or the terrace of a local wine shop!

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Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 75km / 46mi
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Day 3: Évora

During the today's ride, a stopover is planned at the renowned pottery village of S. Pedro do Corval. Here, artisans skillfully mold clay into exquisite pots and plates, while painters swiftly adorn them with vibrant flowers.

Departing from Reguengos as the sun sets, we cycle along a picturesque bike lane winding through farmland.

The route concludes in Évora, offering an opportunity to explore and delve into this ancient pre-Roman settlement. Among the highlights is a visit to the surreal 13th-century bone chapel.

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Meals: B,L
Cycling Distance: 70km / 43mi
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Day 4: Évora

Our day adventure begins with a journey to S. Miguel de Machede, a quaint village boasting a charming church. Next, we pedal onwards to the cork factory, with the option to include a visit to an organic olive oil producer.

Continuing our exploration, we delve into the fascinating world of the Prickly Pear plantation, led by Susana or José, the two brothers who own this captivating project. Depending on the season, you can enjoy the refreshing prickly pear juice or tea made from the cactus flower. Along the route, traverse delightful secondary roads, passing through Igrejinha, aptly named "Little Church," a village adorned with houses painted in stripes of various colors, lending a picturesque charm to the area.

Our day concludes with a visit to the impressive Fita Preta winery, housed within a 14th-century palace. From there, it's an 8-kilometer ride to the hotel.

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Meals: B,L
Cycling Distance: 65km / 40mi
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Day 5: Vila Nova de Mil Fontes

Early transfer: Santiago do Cacém – 2hrs

Our journey commences in Santiago, a captivating and historic small town renowned for its aristocratic architecture and commanding castle offering unforgettable vistas.

The panoramic view from the castle's summit justifies the brief ascent, providing a glimpse into both the past and the future. Santiago is also known as the land of wind, and our exploration includes a visit to the last operational windmill, bidding adieu to the town as we head towards the coastline, passing through a verdant oak forest.

The azure ocean and the warmer waters along the schist cliffs set the backdrop for a beach picnic. Continuing our route, we encounter the picturesque fishing village of Porto Covo. This coastline falls within the Natural Park of southwestern Alentejo and Vicentina coast.

Our next stop is the fortification that once safeguarded the natural harbor against pirate incursions, with the picturesque Peach Island providing a perfect photo opportunity.

In the afternoon, we arrive at the village of Vila Nova de Mil Fontes, offering more splendid vistas. Our journey concludes at the romantic riverside farm/hotel of Zambujeiro.

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Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 60km / 37mi
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Day 6: Odeceixe

Today, our route takes us along an incredibly scenic dirt road hugging the coast, characterized by rugged rocks and untamed wilderness. Storks nest atop rocky islets protruding from the ocean, adding to the dramatic scenery.

We traverse close to the coastline, passing by several beaches, with off-road cycling offering both exhilarating thrills and challenges. However, if you find it too demanding, there's always the option of an asphalt alternative.

Following lunch, we journey towards Odeceixe, where we have the choice to either relax in the village or head to the beach, cycling alongside a picturesque river. Throughout the day, be prepared for delightful surprises as wild, secluded beaches reveal themselves, inviting you to unwind and soak in their beauty. Odeceixe, renowned for its famous beach, listed among the Portuguese 7 wonders, offers an ideal spot for a coffee break.

Here, at this juncture, the river meets its ultimate destination, adding to the allure of the landscape.

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Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 60km / 37mi
Accommodation: Casas do Moinho
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Day 7: Sagres

Today pedal alongside the river until we reach the picturesque beach of Odeceixe, where we can take in the breathtaking views and admire the intriguing rock formations near the shore.

Next, traverse through farmland adorned with verdant cornfields that provide a striking contrast against the golden grass during warmer seasons. Arrive at another untamed beach and treat yourself to a delightful café stop while observing the lively surf schools in action.

Take a refreshing swim before continuing journey to the village of Aljezur, one of the last bastions to fall to the Moors. Conquer the Castle of Aljezur and marvel at the panoramic vistas overlooking the well-kept village and its orderly vegetable gardens.

Venture inland once more to commence our dirt track odyssey. Initially, we weave through groves of eucalyptus trees, then among the untamed native bushes, and finally alongside a charming little lake and through a picturesque valley. The scenery is completely wild, surprising, and utterly breathtaking.

Prepare for another exhilarating cliffside ride, and be mesmerized by the awe-inspiring views and the rugged coastline.

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Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 60km / 36mi
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Day 8: Departure

By late morning, we transfer to Lisbon airport, with an estimated transfer duration of approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Meals: B

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Each hotel has been thoughtfully selected to ensure an exceptional and memorable experience for guests. Should the listed hotel be unavailable, we will ensure an alternative of similar quality.

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Pousada de Estremoz (4-star)

It is housed in a castle constructed by Dom Dinis for Queen Santa Isabel in the 13th century. Situated in the historic center, it’s the ideal spot to explore the city on foot. This boutique hotel provides stunning panoramic views of Estremoz and the Alentejo lowlands from its gardens and outdoor pool.

Dates and Prices

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Essential Info



All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).

trip leader

Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.


Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.


A Van support follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.


Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.


Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.


Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.


Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.


Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.


Gratuities for your guide team are not included in the trip price.


When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Our fleet majorly consist of the below bikes as a part of this tour. However, sometimes due to height or availability constraints, we may provide a different but similar quality bike.

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Kross or similar


Included in your trip price

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Cube or similar


Available at a surcharge


The best time for a bike tour in Alentejo, Portugal, is typically during the spring and autumn months. Spring (April to June) offers mild temperatures, blooming landscapes, and fewer tourists, while autumn (September to November) features pleasant weather, beautiful foliage, and harvest festivals. These seasons provide ideal conditions for cycling, with comfortable temperatures and less chance of extreme heat or rain.





























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