Cycling Portugal, General, guided tours

How To Choose A Guided Cycle Tour

Signing up for a guided cycle tour is a major commitment. Getting it wrong doesn't only mean you end up on a bike trip that doesn't deliver the experience you were after - it could also mean wasting time, money and (for non-retirees) a precious chunk of your annual holiday allocation. So, what’s the best… Continue reading How To Choose A Guided Cycle Tour

Cycling Portugal, General, Guidebooks

A Gap In The Market?

Some while back I used to write novels in my spare time. But my two cycling guides to Portugal now sell more many copies than my other books! Running Pedal Portugal - both this website and our guided tours - also seems to have almost completely taken over my life these days. But recently I've been thinking about doing… Continue reading A Gap In The Market?

Alentejo, Cycling Portugal, General, guided tours

Blooming Marvellous… At Last

One of my favourite sights in Portugal is the huge variety of wildflowers that carpet the countryside in spring as the combination of warm sunshine and damp soil triggers an explosion of growth. Although, this year there's so far been rather a lot more dampness than sunshine! Like most of the northern hemisphere, spring in… Continue reading Blooming Marvellous… At Last

Cycling Portugal, General, guided tours

Pedalling On Into Year Three

Pedal Portugal began life in 2012 giving out general advice on cycling in Portugal for both casual visitors and serious cycle tourists. One of the pages I put together for the website was series of links to companies running guided cycle tours. Trouble was, I had a look at a few of their sites and soon… Continue reading Pedalling On Into Year Three

Cycling Portugal, General, guided tours, Northern Portugal, Rides & Routes, ShelterBox

A Portuguese Love Affair – Part III

In 2005, my wife Carolyn and I arrived in Portugal for the first time after riding our tandem south through France and Spain. Over the course of about two months we cycled across the Algarve and then made our way north. Part I of the story dealt with our first impressions of Portugal and the start of… Continue reading A Portuguese Love Affair – Part III

Cycling Portugal, General, Reports, Rides & Routes

A Portuguese Love Affair – Part II

Just over six years ago, I began work on the Pedal Portugal website. This post continues the story of how it all came about. Part I explained how my wife Carolyn and I arrived in the county for the first time in 2005 as part of a year-long tandem trip - and how we fell in love with… Continue reading A Portuguese Love Affair – Part II

Alentejo, Algarve, Cycling Portugal, General, Rides & Routes

A Portuguese Love Affair – Part I

The Pedal Portugal website has now been going for six years - I wrote the inaugural post on 18th August 2011 for what was then a pretty basic site. Since then, it's fair to say that Pedal Portugal has come to play a major part in my life. As well as maintaining this site and trying to… Continue reading A Portuguese Love Affair – Part I

Cycling Portugal, General, Reports

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… Continue reading Pros & Cons Of Portugal