First stages

Welcome to the very first Pedal Portugal post!

This blog is still being designed and put together but the basic idea is to provide free advice and information to anyone interested in cycling in Portugal – whether you just want ideas for day rides, general tips or specific information on touring.

 The road to Idanha A Velha

I’ve started to put some information together, including the first few ride profiles – one under Porto & North and two others under Coimbra & Central.

I’ve also started working on a couple of longer routes. More details to follow…

Any ideas and suggestions on what you would like to see in the blog are welcome – please contact pedalportugal@gmail.com

Thanks, Huw

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5 thoughts on “First stages

  1. Hello from Seville.

    Thanks so much for starting this blog. I love riding in Portugal and get over there as often as I can. We have a beach house in Islantilla, Huelva, which is quite close to the Portuguese border. It only takes me a little over an hour to ride along a greenway from Islantilla to Ayamonte. From there it’s just a matter of taking the ferry over to Vila Real de Santo António.

    The old train that runs along the south coast is great for bikes. I took it as far as Lagos once and then rode up the coast. Lovely! I meant to ride the length of the country and cross back into Spain in Galicia, but I took a spill in Lisbon, cracked a rib and made it only as far as Caldas da Rainha.

    I’ve also toured parts of Trás-os-Montes and ridden the length of the Tagus, as well as making frequent shorter trips, mostly in the Algarve and the Alentejo.

    I look forward to learning more about touring in Portugal by reading this blog.

    Best regards,

    James Langford

    • Hello there. Glad the blog is appreciated. Sounds like you already know a lot about riding in Portugal. If you’ve got any suggestions for good routes that I can add to the existing list they’d be much appreciated. Cheers, Huw

  2. Hello Graham. Glad you’re finding it useful. Where to go depends a little on what you want to see… old towns, wild spaces, beaches, history etc. And when in 2012. The interior can get hot quite early on, while the coast may be wetter in the spring.
    I’ve just added a general ‘highlights’ section under planning – prompted by your question. https://pedalportugal.wordpress.com/planning/highlights/
    Personally, if limited for time I’d head up through the interior – from Tavira to Evora and keep on north but it depends how much time you’ve got to zigzag around.
    Time taken will also depend on how direct you want to go. A rough line from Tavira in the south to Viana do Castelo is just over 800km – so about 10 days of cycling. Bear in mind also that the prevailing wind is often from the north!
    Hope this helps but if you’ve got more specific questions, please keep asking! Cheers, Huw

    • Many thanks, Huw

      i plan to start my trip in Morocco in March and should be in southern Spain – Portugal by early April-ish. I thought a few weeks would be enough to get me through the country.

      I’d like a variety of things – a couple of beaches – but mainly old villages and such like is preferable. I have Rough Guide, so I will peruse that in the near future.

      BTW – I saw your site on Crazy Guy, where I have posted a few journals.

      Thanks again, Graham

  3. Your Web site looks to be just the thing, as I’m planning to tour Portugal in 2012. I will enter via Spain, right in the south., and intend to ride north up through the country and wonder if you have a list of ‘must-see’ places that I should include?

    How long do you think it’ll take me to cover teh length of Portugal – averaging around 80km a day?

    I prefer quiet roads and will probably have a tent with me.

    Thanks!

    Graham

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