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…

The Toughest Yet

Last week we completed our toughest guided tour so far – riding from Portugal’s highest city, Guarda, to the Vila Real de Santo António at the mouth of the Guadiana river. The Eastern Explorer covered around 600km over nine days of riding but also involved more than 7,000m of climbing. Along the way we crossed three regions…

The Long And The Short

After five years or so running the Pedal Portugal website simply as an information resource for fellow cyclists, I took the leap and decided to try running my own guided tours at the end of last year. My ‘guinea pig’ bike tour set off from Lagos on 31st January and since then I’ve run two…

New Route, New Schedule

A new list of Pedal Portugal guided cycle tours is now available, with planned dates looking as far ahead as June 2017. The revised and updated itinerary for this autumn (fall) includes two guided biking tours of the Alentejo – the Border Castles Tour (departs 9th October) and the Alentejo Circuit (departs 23rd October).    Also coming up in…