I started my week-long journey in Alvito, where I stayed in the Pousada de Alvito, a 15th century castle in the middle of town. I took a stroll through the castle gardens before settling into a nice bottle of local Alentejo red and dinner at the pousada.
On my first day of cycling, I headed off into the Alentejo plain towards Ėvora. The riding was flat and I had a steady tailwind that made it feel like I was being pushed forward. I pedaled through tiny towns, passing people moving in that slow, rural pace you find in the country. I checked out some pottery in Viana do Alentejo in a shop near the town's castle before visiting the Church of Senhora de Aires. I had a nice lunch at a local tasca (a typical cafe in the region) before pedaling on to Evora.
There, I stayed in the Pousada de Evora, next to the Roman ruins in town. I tasted some delicious local Cartuxa red wine by the pool before dinner and a good night's sleep.