Pedal Portugal is an on-going project, with older pages being revised and new pages added as and when possible.
Updates, corrections and additions from fellow cyclists are also extremely important – so if you have useful information to share or spot something on this site that needs updating, please leave a comment below or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This means that even if you’ve used the site before, new information may have been added since your last visit.
Listed below – most recent at the top – are all major revisions/updates to the site:
Campsites in Portugal – complete update. New sites added, all links checked and information (prices, opening times etc.) revised. Revised page, published June 2020.
Day Rides – general overhaul of all pages within this section. Updates, new maps and extra photographs. Revised pages, published April 2019. (Some work ongoing.)
Lisbon & Central – new information on public transport and bike lanes in Lisbon. Revised page, published 13th April 2019.
Historic Heartland – details of our latest guided tour, first departure from Guarda in spring 2020. New page, published 10th January 2019.
Transport – giving advice on planes, trains and ferries has been updated with new links and fresh information. Revised page, published 11th October 2018.
Food – a glossary – an A-Z of Portuguese food, from fruit and veg to cooking methods and classic dishes. New page, published 7th May 2017.
Cycling clubs & organisations – details of cycling (and cycling-related) organisations and clubs in Portugal. New page, published 13th November.
Guided & Self-Guided Touring – extra section on mountain biking with link to site providing map and list of centres with marked routes. Revised page, published 7th November.
Portugal Cycle Tour Reviews – comments and feedback from riders who have taken part in Pedal Portugal’s guided bike tours. New page, published 11th February.
Tavira & The Guadiana – options for up to three days of riding in the south-east corner of the Algarve. New page, published 23rd January 2016.
What to Take – ideas for what’s essential when planning a cycle trip. Revised page, published 11th October.
Pedal Portugal’s Guided Tours – information on a series of planned guided tours being launched at the end of this year. New page, published 24th April.
Bike Shops & Mechanics – updated to include new link to list of dozens of shops across the country. Revised page, published 26th February.
Transport – updated to include new details of which trains will carry bikes. Revised page, published 12th February.
Lagos Back Roads – a great day ride taking a circuit out to some gorgeous and unspoilt beaches. New page, published 27th January.
Algarve Adventure – a new touring circuit of the western Algarve’s hills and beaches. New page, published 24th January.
Roads & Maps – I’ve updated the section on maps, revising (down) my opinion of Michelin and adding in Portuguese map company ForWays. Revised page, published 17th January 2015.
Ecopistas & Ciclovias – information on medium and long-distance off-road cycle paths in Portugal (the few that exist). New page, published 15th December.
Mogadouro Explorer – a double loop through the countryside around this attractive but remote northern town. New page, published 14th December.
Frontier Crossings – a glorious but reasonably energetic day ride taking you on a circuit over the border into Spain from Montalegre in northern Portugal. New page, published 8th December.
Guidebooks – updated following the publication of the first of these, to the Alentejo Circuit. Revised page, published 4th December.
Magnificent Montesinho – a fairly tough day ride in the hills of the Montesinho Natural Park in the far north-east. New page, published 16th November.
Guidebooks – a new page about the series of Pedal Portugal guidebooks being produced and a sign-up form for anyone interested in publication dates etc. New page, published 14th August.
Alentejo Circuit – I’ve changed the main route to include Beja and added a two-day extension going out to the Alentejo coast. Revised edition published 5th July.
Rooms & Apartments – I’ve been adding more links to this page so that most suggested stops on touring routes and rides have an accommodation entry. Revised edition published 26th April.
Border Castles – Alentejo – I’m breaking down the Border Castles Tour into regions. The Alentejo section is finally complete. New page, published 25th April.
Campsites – there are now more than 80 Portuguese campsites listed. Revised edition published 24th April.
Evora to Lisbon – the final stage across southern Portugal – part of the south-to-north route from the Algarve to Galicia. Revised edition published 7th April.
Transport – revised version that includes new information on carrying bikes on planes, using buses and metro systems. Published 6th April.
The Alentejo – expanded background on the region and information for cyclists. Revised version published 15th March.
Vila Nova to Evora – revised and expanded description of this route through the Alentejo – part of the Algarve to Lisbon route. Revised version published 9th March.
Glossary – explanation of Portuguese words for different types of accommodation. New page, published 6th March.
Fantasy Castles – a revised and extended version of the ride from the Beiras section previously known as ‘Sortelha Castle’. Published 3rd March.
Lagos to Vila Nova – expanded version of the second stage of the Algarve to Lisbon route. Revised version published 28th February.
Algarve Hills – another (!) new ride for the Algarve section. One tough day or two easier ones, plus a couple of other options. New page, published 27th February.
Aljezur & The Beaches – a new ride and the second for the Algarve. Short but tough! New page, published 24th February.
Advertise – new page – and a new step for this site – details of how to advertise on Pedal Portugal. Published 23rd February.
Ecopista do Dao – revised version with new, improved map for this fantastic converted railway line. Published 21st February.
Northern Portugal – expanded information on cycling in the region. Published 17th February.
Transport – revised to include information on buses. Published 17th February.
Roads & Maps – expanded to give greater info on road conditions, road numbering and where’s safe to ride. Published 16th February.
Alenquer Explorer – two rides in the hilly countryside near Alenquer. Published 15th February.
Monchique Explorer – the first ride for the Algarve. Either one tough day or two easier ones. Published 14th February.
Ayamonte to Lagos – the first stage of our south-north route through Portugal. Published 10th February.
Arouca to Galicia – the fourth and final stage of the route from Lisbon to Spain. Published 7th February.
Bike Shops & Mechanics – a new page in the Directory & Links section listing places to buy spares and get repairs done. Still in its infancy – if you’ve got any recommendations to add then please get in touch. Published 5th February.
Lisbon to Peniche – one of the first routes added to this site was a south-north tour through Portugal. I only gave a basic outline originally and am now in the process of updating with full details. Published 30th January.
Advice Form – use this form for any queries and give me as much information as possible if you want a useful answer. Published 28th January.
Money & Costs – how to get hold of your cash and how much you might need. Published 15th January.
When To Go & Weather – some advice on the best time to visit, likely weather and where to find forecasts. Published 15th January.
Basic Facts – basic information on Portugal’s geography, including population size and density, terrain and climate. Published 14th January.
Planning – I’m in the process of revising and extending the planning pages, including grouping them into different sections. This version published 14th January 2013.
Bike Hire – details of companies that hire bikes in Portugal. Published 28th November 2013.
Language – a few thoughts on how to communicate with the locals. Published 20th November 2013.
Sea to Salamanca – details of a new route, taking you from the Atlantic coast into Spain. Published 14th November 2013.
Alentejo to Algarve – details of an inland route from Evora to Loule, near Faro in the Algarve. Published 10th November 2013.
Campsites – a growing list of campsites, divided into regions. Listed under town names and with an associated Google map. Published 26th October 2013.