A trip to the Evora plain in Alentejo east of Lisbon.

Rough cost is £65 plane, £70 bike hire, £200 base accommodation  for 6 nights, £22 bus  Map here.

Temperature and rain chart April 2012.

Temple of Diana

Tuesday 16th April

Meet at airport at 13:00 in Wutherspoons bar. Easyjet flight is at 15:40. Fly to Lisbon arriving 18:50. We stay nearby on Rossio Square in the Pensão Praça Da Figueira. The reservation code is : B-2534. Breakfast not included. We eat in the Casa do Alentejo tonight with plain cooking in an old moorish type building.

Wednesday  – 17th April

Breakfast in traditional Portuguese cafe on Rua de Correeiros. Rent bikes from bikeIberia for day. We take the train from Rossio to Sintra in the mountains. .  Trains every 20 minutes and €2.15.  Map of route here. Visit the moorish castle then cycle to Europe”s most westerly point. Famous windsurfing beach then down to Cascais. Buenos Airies argentina steak restaurant tonight. Later  visit to Barrio Alta and its 100”s of bars and cafes. Visit the “House of Love”

Thursday  – 18th April

Breakfast in cafe at bottom of stairs.Travel to Evora by bus €25 return.  Bus 94 out at 10:30. When leaving Lisbon by bus we cross the famous 25 April  bridge.

Stay in a 16th century manor house called  Pensao Policarpo who also rent out these bikes. In the afternoon we vist the Chapel of Bones made from 5000 dead monks. We go to Pastelaria Conventual Pão De Rala for coffee and cakes.

Friday  – 19th April 30 miles

Circular route to Almendres Cromlech stone circles, oldest in Europe at 7000 years. We do a wine tour at Cartuxa winery at 4:30 today. We eat in Adega do Alentejano which specialises in tomato soup and has wine from a barrel.

Saturday -20th April  41 miles

Castle circuit east of Evora. Tonight we eat in Tipica Quarta-Feira with its €25 set menu. The main dish is usually black pig

Sunday – 21st April 34 miles

Cycle to Cuba. Train back at 16:00. Depends on whether trains can take 6 bikes

Monday 22 April 34 miles

Cycle to carpet town of Arraioles along old railway line

Tuesday 23rd April

9am Travel to lisbon where we have lunch.

Bus at 10:15 arriving Lisboa at 11:45. Options are zoo visit, Oceanarium, museum, tram 28, Estádio José Alvalade Sporting Lisbon ground museum and tour €10.50

Metro to airport 1630 and Easyjet flight at 19:20

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