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Portugal - Historic Villages - Self-Guided Leisure Cycling Holiday

Holiday Highlights

  • Exploring Marvão and its hill top castle offering incredible views of the area
  • Staying overnight in “the most Portuguese village of Portugal” – Monsanto
  • Staying in a charming Pousada built into the mountain top
  • Visiting the old Roman village of Egitânia with its olive oil press
  • Spending an afternoon in the remote, modern Spa of Cró with its lovely warm water pool
  • Spending your final night in Almeida

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Day Description Distance Meals
1 Arrival into Lisbon Airport - Transfer to Marvão    
2 Marvão to V.V. de Rodão 32 Miles / 51 Kms Approx. B  
3 V.V. de Rodão to Idanha-a-Nova 45 Miles / 73 Kms Approx. B  
4 Idanha-a-Nova to Monsanto 24 Miles / 39 Kms Approx. B  
5 Monsanto to Sortelha 35 Miles / 57 Kms Approx. B  
6 Sortelha to Cró 18 Miles / 30 Kms Approx. B  
7 Cró to Almeida 31 Miles / 51 Kms Approx. B  
8 Departure from Almeida - Transfer to Lisbon Airport   B  

Meals: B = Breakfast L = Lunch D = Dinner | Please keep in mind the distances and ascent information provided are intended to be indicative and may vary from the actuals due to accommodation changes or when compared on different GPS devices and software

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Holiday Information

This lovely self guided cycling holiday in Portugal takes you through the remote and beautiful eastern border between Portugal and Spain. On quiet country roads you will explore this traditional region, take in its natural beauty and experience its Roman and medieval history.
Travelling from south to north, you'll skirt the Spanish border passing through white villages built around medieval castles that once served as outposts to guard against the Spanish invasions. You'll stay in small, good quality accommodation and with excellent local food to boot, this cycling holiday is a true gem!
Your cycling starts in Marvão and follows narrow countryside roads meandering through a stunning granite landscape. Highlights along the way include the Tejo river and its imponent gorge at Vila Velha de Rodao, Monsanto once considered the "most Portuguese village of Portugal", medieval Sortelha and the fortified village of Almeida - a jewel of the 18th century, where a stay in a beautiful Pousada is a fitting end to this wonderful cycling journey through Portugal.
You will be provided with route notes, maps, and GPS so navigating the day's rides couldn't be easier! With start dates flexible and lots of great flight options now possible to Lisbon, there's never been a better time to enjoy a week of cycling in the ever lovely Portugal.

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Duration: 8 days
Return: 08/01/2050

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Holiday Details

Place to place

7 nights hotel accommodation

6 days riding



Route notes, maps and GPS provided

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Airport transfers

Minimum 2 people

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