Biking Portugal: Alentejo, Nazaré and douro valley
What a surprising diversity in this Portugal bike tour ! After a pick up and a first day in Lisbon, our bike odyssey starts in the Alentejo, a magnificent wheat land since Roman times. In this plain empty of men, cities and villages sparkling with whiteness appear as many oases, such as Evora, one of the most beautiful Portuguese cities. For a long time, the Alentejo was the main route of penetration for the Castilian invader, which explains the castle dominating almost every locality, as in the fortified village of Monsaraz.
Then we will discover Nazaré and its region. Nazaré has recently gained popularity for being the spot where the highest wave in the world has ever been surfed. Not far from there, inland, we will visit several major sites that have been of crucial importance in the history of Portugal, such as Obidos, Alcobaça, and Batahla.
We will spend the last days of the trip biking the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that stretches along the river of the same name from the Spanish border to the city of Porto. “Portugal’s golden river”, the Douro flows through the northern region of the country amidst thousands of hectares of vineyards that produce the famous Porto. We will bike and explore the Douro vineyards without forgetting to taste Port in one of the many quintas in the valley.