Tandem Bicycle Tours, Inc.

Tandem Bicycle Tours, Inc.
Seeing the world by tandem bicycle.


Evora, Portugal

Portugal
September 23-October 6, 2025

South-Central Portugal

São Pedro do Corval Pottery

São Pedro do Corval

Ponta da Piedade, Algarve

Ponta da Piedade

Monsaraz

Monszraz, Portugal

Some Highlights of this Tour:

Explore Portugal’s south-central lands and west coast with undulating wheat fields, cork and eucalyptus trees, olive orchards and vineyards. As the western outpost of continental Europe, this region harmonizes centuries of ancient, Roman, Arabic, Medieval and Renaissance influences, delicately framed by stunning beaches and endless blue sky.

Day 1, September 23: Arrival Day, Elvas Meet in Lisbon, Shuttle to Elvas
10 km warm up ride
After arriving in Lisbon, we'll shuttle east to Elvas, a fortified city just a stone's throw from the Spanish border. After a light lunch together, we'll assemble bikes, have a brief safety meeting, then it's off on a short loop ride around Elvas' impressive Roman Aqueduct, its well preserved 16th century walls, and its other fortifications. Tonight's hotel is built into the city's walls, and has a beautiful pool-a great spot to relax before or after your sumptuous welcome dinner.
Lodging: Hotel São João De Deus

Day 2, September 24: Elvas to Vila Vicosa
32 km - 419m PLUS options!
Consider today's morning ride down to the river a warm-up for the excitement of the days ahead! You'll pedal with views into Spain before turning west, riding toward Vila Vicosa through wheat fields and olive orchard dotted with cork-oak trees. This semi-arid region is one of the country's least populated, and is known for its agricultural production, though today's short climb ends at a town famed for its marble. The beautiful rose-colored Vila Vicosa marble can be seen everywhere in town-including the street pavers! This afternoon, you can log extra mileage, visit the marble museum where we learn about the history of production and extraction, or give in to poolside relaxation at tonight's hotel.
Lodging: Pousada Convento Tavira

Day 3, September 25: Vila Vicosa to Monsaraz
57 km - 394 m gain
Departing the rose-colored city, we'll stop to visit an active marble quarry to learn more about its properties, history and extraction process. Our ride heads south to the castle town of Monsaraz, which overlooks the Alqueva reservoir. The largest reservoir in Europe, this body of water straddles the Spanish-Portuguese border, and was designated in 2012 as one of the first Starlight Tourism Destinations for its ideal star-gazing conditions and exceptionally low light pollution. Enjoy dinner together tonight, then bask in the inky night sky.
Lodging: Vila Planicíe

Day 4, September 26: Monsaraz to Evora
62 km - 467 m gain
Our ride today takes us to medieval Evora and wine tasting.  We'll stop in São Pedro do Corval, a well-known pottery town where you'll have the opportunity to browse several workshops and visit with the artists who run them. Upon your arrival in beautiful Evora, notice how its Roman aqueducts and ruins blend with the Medieval walls and Renaissance churches. Inhabited for more than 2000 years, Evora is on the roster of most ancient towns in Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We'll spend two-nights here which will allow you to take in some of its most notable sights.
Lodging: Hotel M'AR de AR

Day 5, September 27: Évora - rest day or optional ride
55 km - 335 m gain
Highlights: Visit Evora, or take a loop ride to Azaruja today's optional ride leaves Evora along a towering aqueduct into the heart of the Portuguese cork industry. We'll visit the factory where cork is transformed beyond bottle stoppers; you'll see purses, dresses, and business cards created from this amazing bark. This evening you'll enjoy a guided walk through the old part of Evora.
Lodging: Hotel M'AR de AR

Day 6, September 28: Évora to Central Alentejo
77 km - 630 m gain
Highlights: Rolling hills of the Alentejo, cheese tasting As you leave the city you'll pass through several small towns and the ancient castles that safeguarded them during the 13th century. Your rural destination for tonight is an expansive farm, raising goats and cork. As we get closer to the coast, the wide-open spaces become dotted with sea pines revealing the varied character of the Alentejo. Get ready for a hearty Alentejo dinner.
Lodging: Hotel Sobreiras

Day 7, September 29: Alentejo to Vilanova de Milfontes
77 km - 630 m gain
Highlights: Coastal Alentejo We leave rural Alentejo for coastal Alentejo today. As you get to the coast, you'll see signs of more recent Portuguese development including Sines and its modern harbor which was once famed as the birthplace of Portugal's most famous sailor - Vasco da Gama. A gentle sea breeze will be your first indicator that you are getting close to the beach and the Rio Mira confluence to the sea.
Lodging: Quinta do Moinho de Vento

Day 8, September 30: Vilanova de Milfontes - rest day or optional ride
Highlights: Rest Day or 35 km - 409 m gain
Stroll, relax, cycle, or shop today – or all of the above during our stay in Vilanova de Milfontes. It’s up to you! Those who want to get on the bike can enjoy an exhilarating loop ride towards tiny Sao Luis and Porto das Barcas. We’ll recommend a spot for a delicious seafood lunch on the water. This evening we'll get together to learn more about this unique environment where the river meets the sea.
Lodging: Quinta do Moinho de Vento

Day 9, October 1: Bicycle the Coast of Portugal
48 km - 255 m gain PLUS options!
Highlights: Vilanova de Milfontes to Costa Vicentina National Park Coastal hills separate the central Alentejo from the North Atlantic Ocean, and you'll pedal through this rugged area today. A majority of this area, including its beautiful beaches and sheer cliffs, is designated as Costa Vicentina National Park, so there are just a few roads that take you to the coast. We'll loop towards secluded beaches so there are opportunities for picnics and swimming. Or wait and hit the hotel pool, or take the walk from the hotel to the ocean.
Lodging: Herdade do Touril

Day 10, October 2: Bicycle the Costa Vicentina National Park
74 km - 742 m gain
Highlights: Beaches, sand dunes, and surfers Despite the attention given the Algarve in southern Portugal, many surfers would argue that the Costa Vicentina boasts some of the best surfing in Europe - and one of the most beautiful beaches on earth. today we'll ride south, weaving across the main road, through little farm villages and larger towns. Our secluded hotel is surrounded by green hillsides and is located at the gateway of a serene valley. It's about a kilometer from the beach to the hotel and about 800 meters are unpaved so you might prefer to walk the last bit.
Lodging: Aldeia Pedralva

Day 11, October 3: Costa Vicentina National Park to Sagres via Cabo São Vicente, "the end of the world"
50 km - 412 m gain
Highlights: Cabo São Vicente lighthouse, Sagres fortress, bicycle Algarve and ride to Cabo Sao Vicente - the famed "end of the world," when the world was thought to be flat. Europe's most southwestern point still features a lighthouse and a fortress. From there, it's just a few kilometers to the town of Sagres, the final destination of your cycling adventure in Portugal. Celebrate the spirit of the Alentejo and the Algarve with a lively group dinner tonight.
Lodging: Baleeira Hotel

Day 12, October 4: Birdwatching Festival, Sagres or Extra Ride Day
We'll pack up the bikes today and get ready to head for home, but this tour coincides with Sagres Birdwatching Festival, so we hope to spend our last day enjoying all that nature has to offer at the largest birding festival in Portugal. Sagres is, at this time of the year, the main crossing point in Portugal for migratory birds towards the warm lands of Africa. The festival offers more than 160 different activites and is not limited to birding! Walks, hikes with donkeys, history tours, boat trips to view dolphins or seabords are just a few of the events planned for the fesitval. However, since the festival dates will not be announced until June 2025, in the event that the festival does not happen, we will spend our last day on the bikes for an additional day of cycling!
Lodging: Baleeira Hotel

Day 13, October 5: Transfer to Lisbon
Breakfast and shuttle to back to Lisbon prior to flights home or other destinations on October 5.
Lodging: Hotel Bessa

Day 14, October 6: Depart for home or other destinations

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Cycling on the Coast

Cycling along the Portuguese Coast

Portugal's Famous Ports

Port

Local Seafood

Local Seafood

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