Portugal is a wonderful country to visit – stunning scenery, friendly people, quiet roads, rich culture and history, cheap wine, tasty food etc. etc.
And whether you’re an independent sort of cyclist or more interested in guided biking tours, this is the site for free advice and information on anything to do with bicycling in Portugal.
On Pedal Portugal you will find detailed information on roads, routes and all kinds of other practicalities for cyclists, set out in the following sections:
- The Guided Tours page has the schedule for this year’s biking trips and links to details of each tour. Alternatively, if you prefer going it alone but want some expert advice on putting it all together then take a look at my Route Planning Service
- The Planning heading covers everything from basic facts about the country to where to buy maps and advice on taking your bike on Portuguese public transport, plus the Advice Form if you’ve got specific questions
- Check out the Information & Listings pages for details of campsites, links to accommodation lists in different towns, where to hire bikes, find bike shops, guided tours etc
- Look under Day Rides for information not just on shorter rides but also on how cycling conditions vary in the different regions of Portugal
- Or try the Touring Routes pages with detailed suggestions for how to see the best of Portugal from two wheels – the map below gives an outline of the routes:
Guided Cycle Tours
At the start of 2016 I launched my own guided biking tours for small groups, taking in some of my favourite areas of Portugal.
The links below will take you to details of each guided bicycle tour. To find out what riders thought of our first trips, see the Reviews page. You can also visit the Guided Tours page to check the schedule or join the mailing list for information on future trips, offers etc..
CONFIRMED DEPARTURE: Border Castles Tour explore the north-east Alentejo, riding across the region’s rolling farmland, visiting ancient towns and a string of frontier fortresses. There are three places still available on the October 2016 tour. The next departure will be in March 2017.
Alentejo Circuit Tour based on the popular touring route of the same name, taking in castles, hilltop villages, historic towns and the biggest prehistoric stone circle in Iberia. The first tour is in October 2016 with another in March 2017. Two more riders needed to confirm this trip.
Algarve Winter Tour a 9-day circuit of some of the finest scenery in the western Algarve. Two trips have already been completed but more are planned for December 2016 and January and February 2017.
Coastal Explorer a new route exploring the beaches and countryside south of Lisbon, starting on the gorgeous Arrábida coast at Setúbal and ending at the far south-west tip of the European mainland. Departures in November 2016 and January 2017.
Eastern Explorer Tour this trip takes a north-south route through three different regions of Portugal over 12 days, from the northern end of the Serra da Estrela mountains all the way to the Gulf of Cadiz. The September tour is now full but there will be another departure in April 2017.
Northern Frontier Tour take a loop through some of the country’s wildest and most dramatic scenery (plus a little bit of Spanish Galicia). The next tour is in May 2017.
I’m putting together a series of detailed guides – with print and ebook versions – covering some of the best areas in Portugal for cycling.
The second book – Cycling The Algarve – is now out. This includes a six-day touring circuit of the western Algarve (plus a tiny bit of the south-west Alentejo), a couple of two-day extensions and 10 day rides starting in various towns to the west of Faro.
The first guide – The Alentejo Circuit – contains details of a six-day tour through the region, starting and finishing in the World Heritage city of Évora, plus a three-day extension out to the coast. See the Guidebooks page to find out more and to sign up for updates on future publications.
Route Planning Service
For those of you who want to stay independent but aren’t sure about where to go, I have now launched a new service that might solve your problems.
***Please note: I will be travelling in Portugal from the end of August to early November (leading cycle tours) so will be unable to deal with any immediate requests for help. But if your trip is further off, please do get in touch.
I’ll continue to answer one-off questions for free as I have done for the past few years (see Browse & Ask below). However, if you need a more in-depth service then I’m offering to put together bespoke rides and touring plans to match your interests and requirements.
I’ll agree a basic route with you and then draw up a detailed itinerary, arming you with carefully-planned routes, information on places to see along the way – as well as where to find a cafe or supermarket – plus suggestions on accommodation. All you need to do is get yourself there and do the pedalling! For more information, see the Route Planning Service page.
Browse & Ask
At the moment, this site is a one-man project – and still developing! The Latest Updates page will show you the most recent additions and revisions to the site.
You can also follow on Facebook – which I’ll also use to flag up changes, new info and post the odd picture to make you dream of Portugal!
Feedback and advice from other cyclists is very, very welcome. So if you’ve got any tips, rides or other information you’re willing to share then please do! (Either via FB, email or a comment on this site).
Please browse the pages, look at the information available and use the Advice Form if you’ve got any questions – the more details you give me, the easier it is to give you a useful answer. (This is a FREE service but any donations via PayPal – whether $1 or £1 – will be greatly appreciated.)
Don’t forget to also check out the blog for news, updates and other developments. As the site is a work in progress you might want to follow the blog to make sure you don’t miss posts providing new information. (See the sign-up box at the top of the right-hand column.)
I hope you find Pedal Portugal useful. I can’t answer every question but, if in doubt, just go! Portugal is one of my favourite countries and well worth a visit. The roads vary but the people are great, the wine’s cheap and you’ll never forget the views.
Happy cycling! All the best, Huw