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Portugal - Historic Villages - Self-Guided Cycling Holiday

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  • Starting the trip in Marvão, surrounded by fortified walls it has the castle standing atop, offering incredible views of the area
  • You will cross the Tejo river which cuts Portugal in two – you will see how this natural barrier has influenced modern life on either bank
  • An overnight in “the most Portuguese village of Portugal” – Monsanto, staying in a charming Pousada built into the mountain top, affording great views across Portugal.
  • The old roman village of Egitânia with its olive oil press.
  • With the impressive backdrop of the Malcata mountains, your cycling covers the Planalto Beirão, offering spectacular views.
  • Almeida, your final overnight, is considered to be the jewel in the area’s crown, emblematic of the area’s architecture and historical influences

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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 very traditional region, take in its natural beauty and experience its Roman and medieval history. 
Travelling from south to north, we skirt the Spanish border passing through white villages built around medieval castles that once served as outposts to guard against the Spanish invasions. We stay in small good quality accommodation, and with excellent local food on offer this is a cycling holiday gem.
Our cycling starts in Marvão and follows narrow countryside roads meandering through a stunning granite landscape. Amongst the highlights along the way are the Tejo river which cuts through Portugal, “the most Portuguese village of Portugal” Monsanto 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.
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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Holiday Summary

8 days
Estimated flight price


Bike Hire
Single Room
Insurance - Europe 10 day

Holiday Details

Place to place

7 nights hotel

6 days biking

Breakfast provided

Route maps & notes provided

GPS provided

Airport and luggage transfers

Minimum 2 people

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