Details, cycling in southern Portugal

March 11, 2011
Getting there

Multiple airlines offer one-stop flights from Washington Dulles and Reagan National to Lisbon for about $900 round trip.

Where to stay

Hotel Convento de Sao Paulo Aldeia da Serra, Redondo

011-351-266-989-160

www.hotelconventospaulo.com

Sleep in a 12th-century monk’s room at this restored convent. A double with a mountain view costs about $150.

Hotel Sao Joao de Deus

Largo S. Joao Deus 1, Elvas

011-351-268-639-220

www.hotelsaojoaodeus.net

A former convent and military hospital, this four-star hotel is just steps from the heart of the ancient village. A double will cost you about $100.

Where to eat

Dom Joaquim

Rua dos Penedos 6, Evora

011-351-266-731-105

Try toucinho do ceu, a traditional dessert made with lard, sugar and eggs that roughly translates to “pork fat from heaven.” Entrees start at about $14.

O Ermita Restaurant at Convento de Sao Paulo

Aldeia da Serra, Redondo

011-351-266-989-160

www.hotelconventospaulo.com

Dine on traditional monk’s fare, such as salted codfish, at this former chapel decorated with vaulted frescoes. A meal costs around $40 per person.

What to do

PortugalBike Tours

Praceta das Naus, Lote 6, Loja B, Lisbon

011-351-214-783-153

www.portugalbike.com

Fourteen road, hybrid or mountain bike tours of varying skill levels explore Portugal from its coasts to its castles. Seven-day guided tours (which include daily picnics and dinners and backup assistance) with accommodations begin at around $2,500; self-guided tours begin at around $2,000.

Bone Chapel at Church of St. Francis

Praca 1 de Maio, Evora

011-351-266-704-521

The 15th-century Gothic church includes a gruesome chapel made from the bones of thousands of Franciscan monks. About $2.80.

Marvao Castle

Built on an inhospitable mountaintop, this 13th-century battlement is one of the best preserved in Portugal. Free.

Information

www.visitalentejo.pt/vEN

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