Details, cycling in southern Portugal

Sunday, March 13, 2011; F05

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



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



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


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



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



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


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.




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