What’s The Attraction?

One of my projects in the pipeline is to turn this website into a guidebook – both printed and e-book versions. (When that will actually happen, I’m not sure. Depends on how long the pipeline turns out to be!)

In the meantime, though, I thought it might be useful to find out a bit more information from all you people who keep visiting my website looking for ideas and advice. (Thanks for coming – hope you found what you were after.)

Wild landscapes - the village of Linhares on the edge of the Serra da Estrela

Wild landscapes – the village of Linhares on the edge of the Serra da Estrela

I know why I love Portugal and how I first came to ride there – short version of the story is that my wife and I took a year off to go cycling through Europe. It made sense to head as far south as we could during the winter and after cycling through France in the summer and around the Mediterranean coast of Spain in the autumn, we reached the Algarve in January.

Several years later, Portugal was our first choice of where to live when we decided to retrain to teach English as a foreign language. We moved to Portugal for a year and stayed for three.

History and culture - public fountain in the centre of Castelo de Vide.

History and culture – public fountain in the old centre of Castelo de Vide

But why are you here? What’s making you think of going cycling in Portugal?

I’ve devised a short questionnaire and I’d really appreciate it if you can spare a minute to tell me what inspires you. I’ve listed a dozen possible reasons for wanting to come to Portugal – simply click on those that interest you. All or just a few. (If you tick ‘other’, please explain!)

Hopefully, if/when I do get round to putting a guidebook together, I can use that information to make it appealing to as many people as possible. And, of course, for when I’m thinking about adding more rides and routes to this website.

So here goes…

Spectacular beaches - the Atlantic coast at Almograve

Spectacular beaches – the Atlantic coast at Almograve

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