Biking in Portugal- Cycling in Paradise 8d
- Accommodation at our own beautiful Country House with caring hosts.
- No packing and unpacking, just cycling and relaxing.
- Very flexible biking in Portugal tour – kms can easily be adapted to your level or will.
- Beautiful rolling landscape with vineyards, olive groves, cork oaks, and grazing land.
- Very good Alentejo wine and fantastic gastronomy of Portugal.
- Medieval villages and Évora historical center, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
- Very small groups (maximum 8 people).
DescriptionThis is the most flexible of our biking in Portugal tours. It’s a cycling tour combining the convenience of the accommodation at our lovely country house, cycling through Alentejo and great weather for most of the year. The days are all very different and rides include visits to wineries, artisans and producers of local specialties. You will feel rewarded with the high knowledge of your local guide and the gorgeous landscape around our country guesthouse. Even if you choose the self-guided option, we will meet you every day to help you organize. You don’t have to pack and unpack every day. Every morning you will meet your guide after a delicious breakfast and indulge on a beautiful bike ride. This is a very flexible biking in Portugal tour. Tell us what you like and we will do our best to adapt. As we meet you every day, it is very easy to adapt the tour to your preferences. After all, it’s YOUR holidays! 8 days/7 nights: 3 dinners, 6 cycling routes – Route 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 or 7 (you can only choose one of this two. If you want to do the two of them there is an extra cost). You have 3 transfers included. You may also opt for a free day in the middle. We have the same package with a different number of nights available. Check here for all the Cycling in Paradise options. In one of the nights, you can enjoy a Cooking Class on Alentejo cuisine. We will teach how to prepare a delicious Alentejo meal. We use ingredients you will find at home so that when you go back you can invite your friends for a slide show and a great dinner. You can make this trip:
- with us on a guided tour getting all the interpretation and companionship.
- having the support car guiding you.
- with friends on a self-guided tour.
|Tour type||Children, City, Heritage, Inland, Local handscraft, Wine|
This is a flexible cycling tour. You may combine the days on different order or even do a kayak or walking tour instead of cycling. All is adjustable. If you tell us your preferences in advance we will more likely be able to change the trip for you.
ROUTE 1 - The Famous Carpets
ROUTE 2 - The Wine and Cork Route
ROUTE 3 - Megalithic Monuments
ROUTE 4 - Conquest of Valongo Castle
ROUTE 5 - Évora and its surroundings
ROUTE 6 - The Medieaval Castle
ROUTE 7 - Wine and Marble Route
Route 1 from the Farm to Arraiolos
With optional transfer Altitude gain: 277 mt/908 ft Total Distance: 26 km/ 16mi Level: easy plus
Without transfer Altitude gain: 618 mt/ 2027 ft Total Distance: 63km/ 39 mi Level: medium
Route 2 from the Farm to São Miguel de Machede
With optional transfer Altitude gain: 324 mt/ 1062 ft Total Distance: 43.4 km/ 26mi Level: easy
Without transfer Altitude gain: 480 mt/ 1574 ft Total Distance: 64.9km/ 40 mi Level: medium plus
Route 3 from the farm to Megalithic area
With optional transfer Altitude gain: 520mt/ 1706ft Total Distance: 49km/ 30mi Level: medium
Without transfer Altitude gain: 836 mt/ 2742 ft Total Distance: 75.4 km/ 46 mi Level: medium plus
Route 4 from the farm to Valongo castle
Route 5 from the farm to Évora
Route 6 from Reguengos to Monsaraz
Route 7 from Estremoz to Terena
OUR GUEST HOUSELocated in a pastoral paradise where you will find everything you need for complete relaxation, our guest house is a genuine Monte, a traditional Alentejan farm, spacious, comfortable and thoroughly welcoming. The garden is filled with a light that permeates your soul when you awake. It is on an ancestral farm that has an orchard, an organic vegetable garden, the pasture where sheep graze and an ancient olive grove, where huge cork oaks and holm oaks grow among big granite boulders. Along with its pathways, you will find beautiful flowers blossoming among the rocks that make you feel like staying to indulge in conversation, to observe the birds or simply to let your thoughts wander. In our guest house, we offer packages of accommodation with activities, ideal for foreign visitors who would like to discover the Alentejo in an active way, whether with a guide or by themselves. See Adventures Holidays (Adventure Escapes I, Adventure Escapes II), Cycling in Paradise and Walking in Paradise to discover your favourite package deal! If you just want to book a room and relax, send your reservation form here.
Our roomsDecorated in a rustic style, all rooms are personalized and each one has its own individual theme. For instance, the Cork room has pictures of men extracting cork, and of the Alentejo’s landscape full of cork trees. The colour scheme of each room has been carefully selected to reflect its theme and mood. There are 4 rooms in total, each with its own private toilet and bath/shower. All rooms have air conditioning. Cork room – Room with a small living area, bath and direct door to the garden. Double bed. Wine room – Room with a small living area, bath and direct door to the garden. Twin beds can be put together. Olive tree room – Room with shower and direct door to the garden. Double bed. Wheatfield room – Room with shower. Twin beds can be put together. TO SEE MORE PICTURES OR SEE THE HOUSE WEB PAGE, CLICK HERE
Prices per person – 2023Departures everyday for all types of Tour. Come on our set dates and Get a Better Price.
For a single person tour Contact us. Upgrade: In one of the nights you can enjoy a Cooking Class on Alentejo food. We will teach how to prepare a delicious Alentejo meal. We use ingredients you will find at home so that when you go back you can invite your friends for a slide show and a great dinner. If you buy this as an extra dinner, cost will be 38,50 € per person. If you want to upgrade one of the already included dinners, the cost will be 20 € per person. Wine included.
Not Included: Bikes insurance, Travel insurance, Tour cancellation insurance, lunches (guide will stop at local café), Support van (it’s a semi-independent tour, but with a guide. Pick up can be provided, at extra cost, if you are tired) and all items not mentioned above. See Terms & Conditions for more details.Turaventur uses the REDUNIQ @Payments System. These payments are made in a simple, practical and secure way. The payment link is sent to your email, which will be redirected to a secure UNICRE page. Here the customer places the card details and makes the payment. After the data is validated and authorized by the bank, the transaction is finish. At the end you are notified of payment via email.
Subject to availability, you can do this tour at any date as a private guided tour or as a self guided tour. The fact that a group date is full does not mean you cannot do a private tour on that date. So contact us anyway! Late June until early September can be quite hot for this tour. For these dates consider the Along the Coast or the Wild Algarve.
Portugal Best Cycling is a wonderful company that is flexible and well organized. During our cycle tour, the weather was expected to be quite hot. As a result of the weather my husband asked if we could start riding at 7:30 in the morning. This is quite early but a great time to enjoy the crisp morning air. We expected that by leaving so early we would have to forgo breakfast. We were wrong, the company/farm house had their hostess arrive by 7:00 so she could prepare breakfast for us prior to our bicycle tour. Very much appreciated. The bikes were in decent shape and always set up and ready to go the night before. We had a briefing the night before our first ride to discuss any concerns as well as a fitting of the bikes. The bikes are hybrid/mountain bikes and are sturdy and comfortable. The rides themselves were enjoyable. The guides we had were very professional. One of our guides had a degree in archeology which was a wonderful bonus as he discussed the very early history of Portugal. Mario was very knowledgeable about all stages of history and cleared up some of the questions we had regarding the country’s kings. He is also a passionate ornithologist ( birder ) pointing out many species of birds as we road throughout the day. On our last day of riding we had a different guide , George, who was also very good. He had an extensive background in the banking sector and was able to engage in conversations regarding the current state of Portugal’s economy. There is nothing more refreshing than a swim in the pool after a long day of riding. The farmhouse, Monte do Serrado de Baixo, was quite pleasant. The internet seemed to be limited to the living room but this was an added bonus since it forced us to meet the other guests who we thoroughly enjoyed. There is an outdoor seating area that we used to chat with the other guests and view the sunset before dinner( the outdoor furniture may need some upgrading in the near future ). There is a communal refrigerator which is very handy for keeping your wine and beverages cool. During our tour, we had two dinners at Monte do Serrado de Baixo. These two dinners were by far the best dinners we had during our two week stay in Portugal. The food was incredible. Each night started with appetizers and bread followed by a beautiful salad, main dish, side dishes and ending with dessert and coffee. We brought our own wine (chilled in the refrigerator) and enjoyed the variety brought by our fellow guests. It was fun getting to know other travellers. The food was excellent !!!! I can’t stress how flexible the company was in meeting our needs. We modified our itinerary so we could visit the cheese factory. We left early every morning. Lunch was flexible depending on when we were hungry. Our rides were slightly modified depending on how tired we were and how hot it was getting. We can’t thank Portugal Best Cycling enough for the wonderful experiences and for being so accommodating to ensure a perfect bike tour.
Cycling in Paradise – Yes, it was!
Our tour with Portugal’s Best Cycling included a 7-night stay at the farmhouse outside of Evora. The farm is a welcoming comfortable home-base after a full day of cycling around the countryside! Each of the four rooms has its own full bathroom and outside sitting area; a common living room and dining room give visitors more room to spread out and a chance to meet others. An unheated pool is a relaxing spot just behind the farm house.Inside, there is an honor bar, which includes wine, beer, soft drinks, water and hard liquor, so no need to bring your own. Grab a cool drink and relax outside, enjoying the quiet countryside. Sheep, a donkey and three dogs are all just as friendly and welcoming as the great staff!
Breakfasts were delicious and included a variety of breads, cereals, meats, cheeses, sweet breads, fruit and eggs! Wonderful fuel for a day of riding! Dinners were also varied and always wonderful ~ black pork, cod, veal and chicken were entrees during our stay – and we were often given a choice! Sign up for the cooking class with your fellow visitors ~ its great fun and the meal is wonderful!
Biking – mountain bikes were in decent shape at the end of the season. And when we had a minor problem, it was immediately addressed. Our routes were a bit more ambitious at times than the guide indicated ~ I’d suggest labeling these ‘moderate’ instead of easy. Road surfaces and hard-packed dirt/gravel ecotrail paths were fun to ride on – the loose sand, not so much! This tour included really informative fun stops at monoliths, castles, a cork factory (amazing to learn about!), leather factory, pottery-making, museum about rugs (I know, but it really is very interesting!), and all as you ride along olive groves, through sleepy villages and onto vineyards and wine tastings! We mostly rode with Jorge, but thoroughly enjoyed our last day with Maria!I would highly recommend Portugal Best Cycling!
Cycling in Paradise is just that!
My wife and I booked the 7 night Cycling in Paradise Tour which has a fixed base at the farmhouse outside of Evora. Booking was easy and all questions pre-tour and pre-booking were answered quickly and thoroughly. The entire staff could not have been nicer or more accommodating. My gluten free diet – no problem. I had GF bread at breakfast and was looked out for the entire trip.
The Alentejo region is very pretty and has an undulating terrain. I would not call any day “easy” but rate the rides “moderate”. Roads were generally well graded and with light traffic. Bikes are what you see on the website; heavy hybrids with front suspensions and suspension seat posts. The gearing is good; the low-low will get you up almost anything.
Jorge, our guide took good care of us, from leading the ride to finding the coffee stops, to getting us a good lunch cafe.
Its nice that goal of the rides is to stop and learn about significant sights of the local culture: cork factory, numerous wineries, leather factory, etc. The optional transfers were really nice so we could take our time at the various stops.
The included dinners were Portuguese comfort food, good and plenty of it. The cooking class was a lot of fun. We came home with recipes that we can’t wait to try.
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