Mangia. Beve. Bici. Portugal [Women's Trip]
The “Best Week Ever” is back for 2016 and this time we’re headed off to explore the beauty and wonder of Portugal. It’s my fourth year hosting this exclusive women’s cycling experience and I’m thrilled to be able to lead this journey onto new roads and into new landscapes.
Unlike our Chianti trips of the past, this adventure will be a week-long, point-to-point randonnée style tour covering much of the lush countryside in the south. We’ve designed the routes to be challenging but not overwhelmingly so, allowing plenty of energy and time for indulging in Portuguese wine, cuisine, history and culture. We’ll rest our heads in a carefully curated series of accommodations, including a stay in a 15th century convent that has been converted into a luxury hotel.
I don’t want to give away all the great surprises in store, but trust me when I say that this will definitely be the BEST “best week ever” yet. I hope you can join us for this unparalleled cycling experience in one of my favorite places on earth.
See you there?
On this week-long, point-to-point odyssey you’ll get to know Portugal, city by city, from the sea to the mountains and from the mountains to the valleys, all from the vantage point of your saddle — and the dinner table, of course, because this is inGamba.
Starting in Lisbon, the oldest city in Western Europe, you’ll head south through the countryside toward Alentejo, find your way to the countryside for some well-deserved wine-tasting, and then turn skyward into the mountains where the real riding begins.
The riding is perfect for this time of the year and the effort is enough to warrant the extravagant meals we have planned – not that we really need an excuse. You’ll sample the best fare that each region has to offer: seafood straight from the ocean, traditional soups and sausages, beautiful broa, which is a traditional bread and world-renowned specialties like leitão, the unforgettable Portuguese take on roast suckling pig.
And after a long afternoon riding and a quite possibly a longer evening eating and drinking, João’s hand-picked selection of some of Portugal’s finest hotels will ensure that you’ll be relaxed and rested and ready to do it all again the next day.
From modern design hotels to restored castles and monasteries, the selection of accommodation highlights the distinctive marriage of old and new that makes this country so alluring, mysterious and beautiful.
And after a week here, immersed in Portugal’s culture and its captivating blend of comfort, history and unique hospitality, you’ll feel just as much at home in Portugal as João does, and like him, you’ll already be looking forward to coming back.
Photos: Tracy L. Chandler
As with all inGamba trips, you can expect to be cared for with the same personal attention reserved for world-class professional cyclists. For details about our bikes, soigneurs, mechanics and overall approach to creating the most carefully curated cycling experience available, please read about Our Mission.