Picnicking en route this great Bike & Cook Portugal Tour!

Enjoying the ride along the coast on this Bike & Cook Portugal Tour!

Cycling and Cooking in Portugal

Portugal Bike Tours

Food and wine bike tour in Évora and Alentejo Region on an electric bike!

  • A bike and cook tour in Portugal? What is that, you ask? We did as well.

    Take a sun-drenched landscape and a bike, toss in culture, history, and natural beauty, season with unique accommodations, top it all off with world-class cuisine and award-winning wine, and you have this unique bike tour in Portugal. You have it all.

    With a pleasant climate, without great extremes of temperature, and a sun that shines throughout the year, Portugal offers incredible landscapes to be explored by bike and an unbelievable cuisine to be experienced.

    This is a unique opportunity for immersion in a celebrated culture and cuisine. Bike by day. Eat, cook, and enjoy by night.

    Highlights:

    • Natural park of Serra d'Aire e Candeeiros
    • Beautiful region of Èvora, Unesco World Heritage site
    • Monastery of Batalha and Monastery of Alcobaça
    • Limestone caves
    • Wine tasting
    • Coast biking
    • Wonderful accommodations
    • Cooking classes

    *This tour has been designed as an electric bike tour due to the difficulty of the terrain. Electric bikes are included in the supported and guided tours. You can book one with supplement for a self-guided tour.

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  • Self-guided
    Minimum of 2 people: £ 1633 $ 3,393 1905 $ 2896 NOK 18098 kr 16705 $ 2,172 Minimum of 4 people: £ 1403 $ 2,916 1637 $ 2488 NOK 15552 kr 14355 $ 1,866 Supported:
    Minimum of 2 people: £ 2259 $ 4,694 2635 $ 4005 NOK 25033 kr 23107 $ 3,004 Minimum of 4 people: £ 1629 $ 3,384 1900 $ 2888 NOK 18050 kr 16662 $ 2,166 Guided
    Minimum of 2 people: £ 2644 $ 5,495 3085 $ 4689 NOK 29308 kr 27053 $ 3,517 Minimum of 4 people: £ 2331 $ 4,845 2720 $ 4134 NOK 25840 kr 23852 $ 3,101 Fixed guided departure dates
    Minimum of 2 people: £ 2246 $ 4,667 2620 $ 3982 NOK 24890 kr 22975 $ 2,987  

    extra options

    Supplements for all tours:

    Single supplement:  £ 371 $ 771 433 $ 658 NOK 4114 kr 3797 $ 494

    June 7 to September 28, high season supplement: £ 75 $ 157 88 $ 134 NOK 836 kr 772 $ 100

    June 7 to September 28, high season single supplement: £ 554 $ 1,151 646 $ 982 NOK 6137 kr 5665 $ 736

    Supplement for special tour start day other than Saturday: £ 85 $ 176 99 $ 150 NOK 941 kr 868 $ 113

    Supplements for self-guided tours only: 

    Electric Bike: £ 86 $ 178 100 $ 152 NOK 950 kr 877 $ 114

    Transfers:

    Two people

    • Transfer from Lisbon airport to Alvados, per person: £ 98 $ 203 114 $ 173 NOK 1083 kr 1000 $ 130
    • Transfer from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Lisbon airport, per person: £ 111 $ 232 130 $ 198 NOK 1235 kr 1140 $ 148

    Four people

    • Transfer from Lisbon airport to Alvados, per person: £ 65 $ 135 76 $ 116 NOK 722 kr 666 $ 87  
    • Transfer from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Lisbon airport, per person: £ 75 $ 155 87 $ 132 NOK 827 kr 763 $ 99

    GPS rental: £ 43 $ 89 50 $ 76 NOK 475 kr 438 $ 57

    Phone rental, excluding costs of calls: £ 9 $ 18 10 $ 15 NOK 95 kr 88 $ 11  

    please note

    Rates are per person based on double occupancy.

    Information to read before you book.

    We recommend purchasing bike trip insurance.

    Please see our FAQ.

  • Travel

    Fly to Lisbon International Airport (LIS)

    Local Travel

    For guided and supported cyclists, arrival and departure airport transfers are included in your tour price. Self-guided cyclists are advised to book transfers for a supplement. See pricing. If however, you prefer to use public transportation, from the airport by bus to Batalha (approx. €12 per person) and from there, a taxi to the hotel.

    Climate

    Please check local conditions before your arrival. This region of Portugal is a typically mediterranean climate with influence from the Atlantic. A good website to research average high/low temperatures average rainfall, and other weather related facts is weatherbase.com.

    Documents

    Before you travel, please check your country's passport and visa requirements and the passport and visa requirements of the country/countries you plan to visit. For US citizens, the US Department of State website is a good source of information. The Country Information tab in the International Travel section provides details about passport validity, blank passport pages required, etc. For our other international clients, please be sure that you research your own country's travel requirements. It is each traveler's responsibility to ensure proper documentation.

    *Important note: Beginning July 1, 2021, additional documentation from the European Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) will be required to visit any of the 26 Schengen-member countries for tourism, business, medical, or transit. This is an additional check on security rather than a visa.


Tour Dates

2019:
Self-guided, guided or supported:
Any Saturday with minimum of 2 people
Supplement will apply for special tour start days other than Saturday.
Set dates for guided: April 6 and October 26, 2019
 

*Because of heat, this tour is not recommended July through mid September.

Skill Level

This tour is recommended as an electric bike tour and is rated as easy. However, if you opt to cycle this route on a hybrid touring bike, we would rate this tour as difficult. Please take a look at each day’s mileage and elevation information! You can see why we are recommending an electric bike. You will still earn your dinner at the end of the day.

Where You’ll Stay

On this tour you are accommodated in very unique establishments from two authentic Montes, traditional Alentejan farms, to a design hotel is located within Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Natural Park, to the the 4-star Santiago Hotel Cooking and Nature, lending traditional and modern design, located on a hilltop overlooking the Castle of Santiago do Cacém.

What’s Included

Self-guided

  • Accommodation with breakfast in a double/twin room
  • Two picnic lunches
  • Three cooking classes (includes a bottle of wine per couple)
  • Two dinners ((includes a bottle of wine per couple)"luggage transfer from hotel to hotel
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfer from Alvados to Évora
  • Transfer from route The Wine and Cork
  • Transfer from route The Famous Carpets
  • Transfer from Évora to Santiago do Cacém
  • Hybrid touring bike rental, with helmet, bike rack, and a pannier or similar
  • Route instructions, detailed maps, and historical information
  • Basic repair kit
  • 24h phone support
  • Free gift
  • VAT tax
Supported Tour
  • All that is included on self-guided plus:
  • Transfer on a private bus from Lisbon airport to the first hotel
  • Transfer on a private bus from the last hotel to Lisbon airport
  • Electric bike rental, with helmet, bike rack, and pannier
  • Support car for 6 cycling days (the driver will wait at important landmarks to share history, culture, and other facts)
  • Water and fruit for the day
  • One liqueur tasting
  • Two wine tastings at wineries
  • Entrance fee at Santo António’s caves
  • Entrance fee at Monastery of Batalha
  • Entrance fee at Monastery of Alcobaça
  • Entrance fee at Bones’ Chapel, Évora
  • Entrance fee at Évora’s University
  • First aid assistance
Guided
  • All that is included on the supported tour and:
  • Cycling guide to ride with the group (one or two depending on group size)

What’s Not Included

TourBike
TypeBoth
SkillEasy–Moderate
Length8 days
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Day-To-Day Itinerary

Cycling and Cooking in Portugal Map

Day 1: Arrival
Day 2: Caves route, 27 mi. (43 km)
Day 3: The Monasteries Route, 29 mi. (47 km)
Day 4: The Wine and Cork Route, 26 mi. (42 km) or 34 mi. (55 km)
Day 5: The Famous carpets, average 25 mi. (40 km) 
Day 6: Twenty Centuries of history
Day 7: From the Mountain to the Sea
Day 8: Departure

*All distances are approximate

Day 1: Arrival
Transfer to Alvados (included in guided and van supported tours only)

The Natural Park of Serra de Aires and Candeeiros has a very special landscape. As you bike you will discover man-made rock walls marking the roads and properties and a barren landscape dotted here and there by boulders, fissures, and slopes.  Underground there is a rich network of caves and galleries that extend beyond your imagination.  There is a rich and varied range of animal life, including 18 species of bats (the symbol of the Park) that find ideal shelter in the various grottoes. In a deep valley, the small village of Alvados is hidden. The hotel will come as a wonderful surprise with architecture with modern lines but fully respecting local trends and materials. 

7:30 pm: Dinner, included in both guided and self-guided tours.

Accommodation:  Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel, located in Alvados village, which is situated in the heart of the Natural Park. 

Day 2: Caves route, 27 mi. (43 km)
This cycling tour will take you first to the wonderful limestone caves of the natural park. The guided tour takes about 1 hour. In 1955 two men working at a place called Pedra do Altar went through an opening in the rock as they were trying to catch a bird. Inside they discovered a gallery of Santo António caves, formed more than 150 million years ago. The caves occupy a huge area of 6,000 square meters, adorned with stalagmites and stalactites.

From here you will continue cycling through the agriculture fields of the area, which include olive groves. In the 50s about 200.000 liters of olive oil were produced here! There may be an opportunity to visit an olive mill for a tasting. On the way, you may park your bikes for a beautiful short walk. When you reach the top of the Fornea, you find the perfect place to relax.  The amphitheater is 500 meters in diameter and 250 meters in height!  Arriving at the village of Porto Mós, you may choose to visit the castle and then head back for some relaxing time in the spa. You deserve it after this biking tour!

Picnic lunch included in guided, supported,  and self-guided tours.

  • Total ascent: 1011 m / 3316 feet
  • Level: Difficult with a normal bike, moderate with e-bike
  • Terrain: 80% asphalt, long steep hills, easy dirt track (eco-trail).

5:30 pm: Opportunity to enjoy the spa in the hotel. 
7:00 pm: Cooking class at the hotel - at the end of the day you are invited to meet the chef in the kitchen and make your own dinner. (Included in guided, supported, and self-guided tours)

Accommodation: Cooking and Nature Emotional Hotel, located in Alvados village, which is situated in the heart of the Natural Park. 

Day 3: The Monasteries Route, 29 mi. (47 km)
Today you will cycle from Alvados to the Monastery of Batalha and then the Monastery of Alcobaça. The route is again hilly at the beginning but then you have a wonderful downhill on a really narrow road through the mountains. The monastery of Batalha took over a century to build, starting in 1386 and ending around 1517, spanning the reign of seven kings! It is one of the masterpieces of Gothic art, mingled with Manueline style.
The Alcobaça Monastery has a beautiful 13th-century façade but the construction actually began in 1178. The impressive tombs of King Pedro I and his mistress Inês de Castro, who was murdered on the orders of Pedro's father, King Afonso IV are one of the highlights of the monastery. 

Lunch not included, but perhaps a café in Batalha will entice you?

  • Level: difficult with a normal bike, medium with e-bike
  • Terrain: 100% asphalt, some long steep hills.

4:00 pm: Transfer to the farmhouse in Évora
6:30 pm: Arrival to the farm followed by dinner

Accommodation: Monte do Serrado de Baixo

Day 4: The Wine and Cork Route, 26 mi. (42 km) or 34 mi. (55 km)
The bike tour leaves the farm in the direction of Igrejinha, a very white village where all houses have stripes with different colors, resembling a great painting. From here, the route leads to the cork factory, which will surely be the highlight of the day. The route then leads to  S. Miguel de Machede, another small rural village where you can stop for a drink at a local café. The day should finish with a visit to the winery of São Miguel, a really fun and interesting visit led by a local guide.

Today you are offered two options:

  • 42 km, with a transfer back to the farm, avoiding cycling in the main road  
  • 55 km cycling to the cork factory and back to the farm, repeating the last 15 km on the same road and not going to the winery
  • Total ascent: 324 m / 1062 feet
  • Level: easy
  • Terrain: mostly flat on secondary roads. A few km on the main road if you cycle back

 Extra costs:

Wine tasting: €15 per person (included in guided and supported tours)
Lunch not included, cafés on the way

6.30 pm – Cooking Class at the farm – Meet one of the team members for a cooking lesson on Alentejo food!

Accommodation: Monte do Serrado de Baixo

Day 5: The Famous carpets, average 25 mi. (40 km) 
Along the eco-trail, a bike lane built on an old railway, through small farms, you'll get to Graça do Divor, a very well preserved white and blue village. This is a good place to stop for a drink and try the delicious meat pies of Mrs. Ilda! From here, this bike tour heads to the Arraiolos village, with its rich historical center, famous carpets, and delicious Pastéis de Toucinho. The views from its castle are unforgettable. It’s now time for a winery visit with a fantastic private carriage collection, and then few km later a cheese production farm where local liqueurs, jams, and other regional delicacies are produced and can be sampled. 

Again, today you have options for the cycling distance.

  • 36 km with all visits described and transfer from cheese farm back to the hotel. You should plan about an hour visit in each farm.
  • 45 to 53 km - to winery and back - easy level
  • 75 km - to winery and cheese farm and back a different way - medium level, very long day with the visits. Only for the very fast cyclist or those who don't want to do the visits.
  • Total ascent: 425 m / 1394 feet
  • Level: medium 
  • Terrain: gentle rolling roads, 15 km on dirt roads

Extra costs:

Wine tasting and carriage collection: €18 per person (included on guided and supported tours).
Tasting at cheese farm: €15 per person.
Lunch not included, cafés on the way
Dinner is not included tonight.  Perhaps you would like to have dinner in the city?

Accommodation:  Monte do Serrado de Baixo

Day 6: Twenty Centuries of history
Évora is such a gorgeous city you must cycle there to explore it. Visit some of the most interesting sites, cycling through beautiful streets carefully selected for you. The Roman Temple, the Cathedral, the Bone’s Chapel, and the University are some of the places we recommend. 

After your lunch (not included), you will be transferred to Santiago do Cacém by car. There you can be dropped off at the castle for a visit, really worthwhile, and you may cycle to the hotel afterward. At 6 pm, you will meet Chef for another cooking class. Enjoy!

  • Base km: 20 km / 6,84 miles
  • Total ascent: 121 m / 396 feet
  • Level: easy
  • TerrainEco trail for 8 km and city streets 

6:00 pm: Cooking class

Accommodation: Santiago Hotel Cooking & Nature

Day 7: From the Mountain to the Sea
After all these inland days, you deserve a few sea views and maybe a swim! Before leaving visit the last operating windmill and head out towards the coastline through a lush green oak forest. The Blue Ocean and schist cliffs will frame the arrival to the fisherman’s village of Porto Covo. On the way check out a fortification that used to protect a natural bay from pirate attacks. Soon after you will have the opportunity to “walk into the ocean” in a pier made of rock, watch the unloading of the fish and the lamprey drying in the sun.
Later relax at the beach or snoop around the small streets and shops of Vila Nova de Milfontes followed by the perfect end of the day at the romantic riverside agro-tourism.

Lunch included in guided tours only.

Base kms: 65 kms / 40,40 miles 
Total ascent: 660 m / 2165 feet
Level: difficult with a normal bike, medium with e-bike
Terrain: 2 climbs and then flat roads and some dirt roads

Dinner included in self-guided, supported, and guided tours. 

Accommodation: Monte do Zambujeiro, a lovely farm with swimming pool in Vila Nova de Milfontes

Day 8: End of tour
Departure from Vila Nova de Milfontes.

Perhaps we can entice you to stay 1 or 2 extra nights in the wonderful farm Monte do Zambujeiro and ride to the beach for relaxing days?

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