FORT COLLINS, Colo – Journey with ExperiencePlus! to celebrate the spirit of the Alentejo and Algarve on their new cycling adventure in Portugal. No longer thought of as Spain’s forgotten step-sister, the small Iberian nation of Portugal evokes the essence of unexplored rural charm and natural grandeur.
Bicycling the Alentejo Plus! Costa Vincentina introduces the beauty and serenity of Portugal’s south-central lands and west coast, a rural paradise of undulating wheat fields, olive orchards, and lush vineyards. As the western outpost of continental Europe, these regions harmonize centuries of ancient, Roman, Arabic, Medieval and Renaissance influences, delicately framed by stunning beaches and endless blue skies.
The journey begins just across the border from Spain in the fortified town of Elvas, famed for its impressive Roman Aqueduct, and wends its way alongside the Alqueva reservoir, one of the world’s best star-gazing locations. The freedom of cycling lends itself to impromptu stops at São Pedro do Corval, a well-known pottery town, and Vila Vicosa, recognized for its stunning rose-colored marble.
Adventurous days of cycling culminate over a variety of evening gastronomic experiences. Olive oil and wine tastings compliment regional indulgences such as the hearty peasant dish, Alentejo acorda (bread, garlic and egg soup), presented by the elegant hotel and cooking school, Refugio da Vila. Ride to Cabo San Vicente, Europe’s most southwestern point and the famed, “end of the world.” Celebrate the spirit of the Alentejo and Algarve with a lively group dinner and restful night at the luxurious Pousada de Sagres hotel strategically perched on a promontory with a stunning view of the fortress and beach. April and October departures are available at $4650 per person.
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