Pros & Cons Of Portugal

Canadian riders Tim and Joanell Storm, from Victoria BC, have recently returned from their first cycle trip through Portugal. Former high school teacher Tim (60) and Joanell (56), who worked in a hospital laboratory, are recently retired. Their time in Portugal had many high points, from strangers buying them coffee to watching fishermen sort their catch on…

Pedal Portugal’s Top 10 Tips

All kinds of cycling-related inquiries turn up in the inbox at at Pedal Portugal HQ (which is generally wherever my laptop happens to be). Some are one-offs – like advice on a particular route or contacts for local cycling groups (still looking). Others are quite unusual – like what are the best roads for skateboarding from…

Oh For A Few Spare Million

I don’t often buy lottery tickets but if I ever had a few million to spare I know what I’d love to do – convert some more of Portugal’s old railway lines into decent cycle trails. The country has so much potential. But so few good quality off-road cycle routes of any length. There is the…

Making A Contribution

Here at Pedal Portugal, the Cornwall-based charity ShelterBox has long been a cause close to our hearts – which is why we’ve decided to support it through our guided cycle tours. Back in the old days when I had a ‘proper job’ (the 9-5 sort with regular pay cheques), I was in charge of communications…

The Portuguese Discoveries

Keep going back to the same place and it’s easy to get complacent. To think you’re an expert and you’ve pretty much discovered all there is to see and experience. But, despite visiting Portugal on a frequent basis since 2005 (and living there well over two years), I was delighted to discover this year that the…