Updated Alentejo Circuit

The updated version of my Alentejo Circuit guidebook is now out – in both print and e-book versions. The first edition came out in 2014 and, as mentioned on the blog last month, I had decided it was time for a few revisions. I originally hoped it would be a fairly straightforward job but, of…

Dealing With Dogs

I’ve cycled many thousands of kilometres in different countries – mainly in Europe – and I’ve never (yet) been bitten by a dog. But I know that fear of dog attacks is a major issue for some cycle tourists, including in Portugal. So, how do you deal with dogs and how come I’ve never (yet) been…

Alentejo Rewrite

My Alentejo Circuit guidebook is currently undergoing a major rewrite – and I’m hoping to have the new, fully-updated edition out in September. Or as soon after as possible. I had been thinking of starting work on a new, more general, guidebook to Portugal this summer but then I realised it was more than five…

Maps Or More?

There are now two choices for anyone interested in Pedal Portugal’s route planning service – the original ‘maps-plus’ option or a simpler (and cheaper) ‘maps-only’ service. I started my route planning service back in March 2016 and have been helping riders put together self-supported tours across Portugal for the past three years. My first customer…

The Art Of Portugal

There are many things I love about Portugal apart from the cycling – the scenery, the history, the wine, the food, the wildflowers and, of course, the people. But I’m also often struck by the art of Portugal. Not the kind of art you see in galleries or museums but its public and street art.…

Too Hot To Ride?

I love Portugal and I love cycling. But I wouldn’t dream of attempting any serious bike riding there in July and August – and would generally avoid anytime between mid-June and mid-September. It’s just too darn hot! Many people thinking of doing a bike tour in Portugal get in touch with me asking for advice.…