Alentejo, Nazaré & Douro Valley

What a surprising diversity in this Portugal bike tour ! After a pick up in Lisbon, our 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 is 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 cycling 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.

 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cycling the scenic Douro Valley
  • Riding the golden plains of Alentejo between olive and cork trees
  • Exploring the Atlantic coast around Nazaré
  • Porto Wine tasting
  • Historical sites: Evora, Monsaraz, Obidos, Alcobaça, Batahla
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Veymont retains the right to change the itinerary if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

DAY 1 - Arrival in Evora

We welcome you at Lisbon airport at 2 pm and drive you at your ideally located hotel in the historical center of the charming Evora

After a bike fitting and a tour orientation, we will enjoy the beauty of Evora. The capital of the Alentejo, declared World Heritage by UNESCO, has been surrounded by walls since Roman times. It will seduce you with its Moorish alleys, cut with arches, and its houses of a bright whiteness with flowered terraces, openwork balconies and paved patios. During the walks, one meets many medieval and Renaissance palaces that must be discovered at night when, through a subtle play of lighting, they stand out against the starry sky

 

Night in : Evora

Meal included:  Dinner

DAY 2 - OLIVE & CORK TREES LOOP

Our first ride is easy as we will smoothly reach the pretty town of Arroilos, before heading back to Evora on routes bordered with olive and cork trees. Arroilos is a beautiful village, perched on a hill in the great plain of the Alentejo, which is known for its carpets. At the foot of the 14th century castle, the streets are lined with houses with white facades enhanced by the blue of the door and window frames.

 

Route  : 65 km / 540 m D+

Night in Evora

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 3 - Evora to Monsaraz

Today we have scheduled a gorgeous bike ride towards the medieval village of Monsaraz, a few kilometers away from the Spanish border. The village maintains the magic from ancient times like few others in the world. Made of lime and schist, this place whispers us, between the echo of our footsteps in its streets. A lot of magnificent stories could be told about its courageous kings, Templars, brave people and dames of simple beauty. Suspended in time, the historic village, one of the oldest in Portugal, won the category “Monument Villages” in the competition 7 Maravilhas de Portugal – Aldeias (7 wonders of Portugal – Villages).

We then shuttle back to our hotel in Evora after the ride and the visit of Monsaraz.

 

Route 1 : 64 km / 600 m D+

Route 2 : 88 km /  930 m D+

Night in Evora

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 4 - Day off in Obidos and Alcobaça

Today is our day off. We will leave Evora in the morning and drive to Obidos where we will have lunch and spend some time sightseeing. Obidos medieval town can be visited on foot along charming cobbled alleys lined with white houses hudd together and concealing lush patios from which roses and bougainvilleas escape. The maze of streets carves the furrows of an enchanting route, which will end at a height, on the walled path that offers beautiful views. 

We then drive to Alcobaça where you can find the most beautiful Cistercian abbey in Portugal. The Monastery of Santa Maria d’Alcobaça, was founded in the 12th century by King Alfonso I. Its size, the purity of its architectural style, the beauty of the materials and the care with which it was built make this a masterpiece of Cistercian Gothic art.

We’ll set up in the afternoon in our remote and comfy hotel between Nazaré and Alcobaça, offering distant views over the Atlantic Ocean. 

 

Night near Nazaré

Meals included:  Breakfast – Dinner

DAY 5 - NAZARE LOOP

Starting from the hotel, we have a loop ride firstly through lovely eucalyptus tree fields in the direction of Batahla. The Unesco Monastery of the Dominicans of Batalha was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians at the battle of Aljubarrota in 1385. It was to be the Portuguese monarchy’s main building project for the next two centuries.

Heading towards the Atlantic coast, we will ride through remote villages. Then we will have plenty of time to visit Nazaré picturesque fishing village and see why it became in the last few years the most renowned surfing spot in the world. The best known surf spot in Nazaré is Praia do Norte. It is here than the biggest wave in the world (24,38m) was surfed in 2017. 

On top of Nazaré is ‘Sitio’ – where the original inhabitants established the village. This place must be seen, its square is surrounded by a magnificent church on one side and an outstanding view on the other .

 

Route 1  : 61 km / 800 m D+

Route 2  : 76 km / 1110 m D+

Night near Nazare

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 6 - DISCOVERY LOOP OF THE DOURO VALLEY

This morning we drive towards the magnificent Douro Valley, our basecamp for the last three days of the trip. Pinhao picturesque village is ideally located in the Douro valley. The village is surrounded by slopes streaked with terraces covered with vines among which emerge the properties (quintas) . It is an important agricultural centre located at the confluence of the Rio Pinhão and the Douro. The wine left Pinhão by boat or train from the station decorated with azulejos illustrating the traditional sites and costumes of the valley.

What a spectacular ride we have today ! This short but quite challenging loop is amazing. We will get over the mountain that leads us to Favaios, a remote village lost on the other side of the Douro Valley. But no worries, we will be rewarded for our hard work, since a long and spectacular downhill will bring us back to Pinhao.

 

Route : 45 km / 960 m D+

Night in Pinhao

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7 - N222 & N323 loop

The bike ride to Tabuaço, along panoramic routes such as N222 and N323 offer a long but not very steep climb through terrace vineyards over the Douro Valley. The ride is definitely worth it. There are many excellent photo opportunities here, specially on the way down towards the Douro.

 

Route 1: 38 km / 730 D+

Route 2: 72 km / 1400 D+

Night in Pinhao

Meals included: Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

DAY 8 - The Douro backroads loop

Today is our last ride so we will get over the mountains of the Douro Valley for what is the most challenging ride of the tour. But no worries, we will be rewarded for our hard work, since all day long the views that these secret roads offer are spectacular and the villages we will cross are out of time. 

 

Route : 86 km / 1800 m D+

Night in Pinhao

Meals included:  Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 9 - DEPARTURE TO PORTO

It is unfortunately already time to say goodbye. We will drive you to Porto airport after breakfast to end this bike tour in Portugal, unless you want to extend your cycling holidays and bike the Catalonia with Veymont

Meal included: Breakfast

Portugal

Veymont retains the right to change the hotels if necessary as stipulated in our GTC.

 

Evora – 2 nights

Evora Olive Hotel – 4*

Located inside the walls of the city, the Évora Olive Hotel is the starting point for an unforgettable journey across this traditional city of the Alentejo region. Inspired by the theme of olive oil, everything has been designed down to the tiniest detail and reflects the identity of the capital of the Alentejo region.

 

Nazaré / Alcobaça – 2 nights

Hotel Vale d’Azenha – 4*

Ten minutes from Nazaré and five minutes from Alcobaça, stands the Vale d’Azenha Hotel &  Residences. The environment and location creates a concept that results in a unique experience.

 

Pinhao – 3 nights

The Vintage House Hotel – 5*

The Vintage House Hotel enjoys an idyllic and tranquil riverside location at Pinhão in the authentic heart of the Douro Valley. The Douro is one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful wine regions, a breath-taking man made landscape enjoying World Heritage status. Remote and undiscovered, it offers the discerning traveller one of Europe’s most unforgettable vineyard experiences.

BIKES

Included

Carbon road bike – Shimano 105 Compact

Trek Emonda SL5 or Specialized Tarmac Sport

Size: 47 – 50 – 52 – 54 – 56 – 58 – 60 – 62

Crank : 50-34

Cassette: 11-28

 

 

Supplement + 300€

Carbon road bike – Specialized Tarmac S-Works Disc DI2

Size: 

Crank : 50-34

Cassette: 11-28

 

 

GEARS

For a more comfortable travel experience, you can choose to bring your own pedals, saddle and helmet with you on the trip. Your guides will install your equipment on the first day when you adjust your bike.

Included with a road bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:  Size S – M – L – XL

 

Included with a hybrid bike rental

  • Pedals to choose from the following: SPD-SL / SPD-M / Look Keo / Flat pedals with cages / Flat pedals
  • 1 Pump
  • 1 Computer
  • 2 water bottles
  • 1 saddle bag: 2 spare tubes + 1 multitool + 2 tire-levers
  • 1 helmet:  Size S – M – L – XL
  • 1 handlebar bag with a map holder
  • 2 rear panniers

 

Dates

Price / Person*

Double Occupancy

 

Single Occupancy supplement

 

19 – 27 April, 2020

 

21 – 29 October, 2020

 

October 31 – 8 November, 2020

 

 

 

   from 4390€* 

 

 from 4390€* 

 

 from 4390€* 

 

 

 

+ 610 €

 

+ 610 €

 

+ 610 €

 

 

*Price may vary according to the season, the hotel availability and supplement(s) chosen 

Departures are guaranteed from 4 participants. In case there are less than 4 participants a supplement will be requested to guarantee the departure of the tour.

If you are a group of more than 7 people or you would like to privatize or customize the tour, please contact us to adjust our offer to your needs.

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Not Included

TESTIMONIES

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