Portugal Alentejo

$7,450

Much of the inGamba team of soigneurs and mechanics call Portugal home. This special randonnée is an opportunity to share their intimate knowledge and discover one of the world’s most charming and unique destinations. 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.

Starting in Lisbon, the oldest city in Western Europe, we’ll head south through the countryside toward the very special São Lourenço do Barrocal, which has been in Jose Uva’s family for over 200 years and is nestled in amongst the vast miles of oak trees, olive orchards and vineyards of the Alentejo, the country’s sparsely populated, agrarian southern region known as Portugal’s breadbasket. It’s famous for rich, uncomplicated cooking and for its salt cod, sheep’s cheese, black pork, olive oils, mushrooms – and its wine. The region makes almost half of Portugal’s total, and in some neat synergy, it’s also the largest producer of cork in the world.

Included With Trip:

  • All lodging*
  • All food and beverages**
  • Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk with SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi components and daily bike wash
  • One Giordana FRc custom inGamba cycling kit
  • Daily post-ride massage from a professional soigneur
  • Laundry service for cycling clothing

*Pre/post-trip lodging is not included

**Beverages ordered by guests beyond normal amounts and away from group activities will incur additional charges

Trip at a Glance

Start Location:

Lisbon

Finish Location:

Lisbon

Days Riding:

7

Group Size:

8 – 12

Total Distance:

752km

Total Elevation:

5,200m

Longest Day:

Day 2. Setubal - Evora 130km

Biggest Climbing Day:

Day 2. Setubal - Evora. 1045m

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Day by Day Breakdown

1

Costa Azul Test Ride

Bem-vindo a Portugal! Lisbon is beautiful, but too busy for cycling, so we’ll start our trip just south of the city, along the coast in Setúbal, where we'll be staying at the Pousada de Palmela, a remarkable hotel that offers 21st century luxury within the walls of a 15th century monastery. This 38km loop may be short, but has some good climbing in it and we guarantee it will work out the cobwebs from the flight. The other reason for this test ride is to make sure that you’re comfortable on your Pinarello. If something is not quite right, this is the time to have the mechanic make any adjustments. We’ll descend down toward the coast, and climb through the hills south of Palmela, which boast fantastic views out over the Atlantic.
2

Setubal - Evora

Today we will depart for a quick ferry ride to the coastal town of Tróia. After snapping a few selfies on the ferry our course is flat with low traffic. The group's finish line is in Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Europe’s oldest towns, that is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful places in Portugal. We’ll be staying at the wonderful Convento da Espinheiro, a convent dating back to the 1500’s. It has been lovingly converted into a luxury modern hotel. We guarantee that it will leave an impression.
3

Evora - Barrocal

One of the characteristic things about Portugal you may have noticed by now are the distinctive villages we've been rolling through. Today we will leave Évora and continue our journey eastwards towards the Spanish border and the deepest heart of the Alentejo. Be prepared for some larger hills as the landscape becomes more rugged and the creeks have carved some deeper ravines and valleys. At the end of the day we will be welcomed into the new farmhouse turned resort, Barrocal.
4

Barrocal Loop

The ranch of Barrocal has been owned by the same family for eight generations. Well, not quite. In the 1950's during Portugal's brief foray into a dictatorial government the ranch was nationalized, But it was eventually reacquired by the family of José Uva and now has been renovated and modernized into a luxury hotel. Our ride today will explore some of the surrounding villages and agricultural centers towards the north.
5

Barrocal - Torre de Palma

Tonight you are in for a treat as we will be staying at the wine hotel, Torre de Palma. Dating back to 1338, the hotel is one of simplicity and sophistication and after a day of almost a 100k rolling across the backroads of the Alentejo you will be ready for some Portuguese food, wine and hospitality. We will take this opportunity to enjoy an early evening appretivo in the hotel tower.

6

Cabeço do Mouro- Torre de Palma

Today will be another day to explore the back roads of the Alentejo, where we will start from the Natural Park Serra de S. Mamede. The ride starts after a short 45 minute transfer into the park. There will be plenty of rolling climbs, fields of cork and olives. The surrounding fields and hillsides offer wild flowers in the spring and space for cattle to graze in the summer.
7

Montemor - Casa Palmela

Today, our final day, we leave Montemor headed back to our beloved Pousada de Palmela, after a one hour auto transfer. The day will be spent on what we lovingly refer to as Portuguese rollers and we pass through the villages of Lavre, Fazenda das Figueiras and Canha before arriving in Palmela.
8

Palmela

Today we depart Lisbon.

PINARELLO DOGMA F10 DISK

FRAMESET:

Pinarello Dogma F10 Disk

COCKPIT:

ZIPP Service Course SL

GRUPPO:

SRAM RED eTap 11-speed WiFLi

PEDALS:

Speedplay Zero or your own

SADDLE:

fi’zi:k Arione, Antares, Aliante, Donna, Vesta or your own

WHEELSET:

Zipp 302 Carbon Clinchers

TIRES:

Vittoria Corsa CX

BOTTLE CAGES:

Elite Custom Race

BIDON:

Elite Corsa Team

COMPUTER:

Garmin Edge 820