Canadian cyclist Madhuri Pendharkar got in touch with Pedal Portugal earlier this year to pick our brains on a few ideas for a planned cycling trip. Last Sunday, she and partner Rob Lang got home after spending just over a month bikepacking around Portugal, riding from Porto to the Algarve and back again. Madhuri (62)… Continue reading Bikepacking Around Portugal
Personal Experiences Of Portugal
Links to a selection of videos and written reports giving some personal perspectives on cycle touring in Portugal.
Downhill Across Portugal?
When your bike trip starts in Portugal's highest city and ends at the seaside, it must be all downhill, right? As I've mentioned before, Portugal may be wonderful but it is definitely not flat. Our latest bike trip across the country – which we finished on Friday - was a research trip for guided tours… Continue reading Downhill Across Portugal?
Travelling Fast & Light
Here at Pedal Portugal we tend to be of the "take everything you need and take your time" school of touring. Our normal target for a day's riding is 80km - particularly if loaded down with camping gear as well as everything else. But some riders prefer to travel much faster and lighter. Guest blogger… Continue reading Travelling Fast & Light
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
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
Here's some inspiration for anyone thinking of a trip to Portugal... not my work but a gallery of photos from Bulgarian rider Nora Gavazova. I was able to help Nora with some route advice while she was in the Alentejo earlier this year and she kindly sent me these pictures. She's also added some useful… Continue reading Alentejo gallery
Oranges, Lemons and Poppies
It's about time for the next ride report... and another posting from fellow cyclist and Portugal fan Ian Mitchell, writing about his latest trip to the Algarve. Ian's previous guest post was in June 2014, when he sent in an account of his ride through the Intoxicating Algarve Hills. Now, he's just back home and has kindly contributed another… Continue reading Oranges, Lemons and Poppies
Intoxicating Algarve Hills!
The blog's been quiet for a while because I've been off cycling in France (always worth checking out the alternatives but my heart's still in Portugal). Anyway, for an account of the pleasure of cycling in the hills of the Algarve, I'm going to hand over to fellow rider Ian Mitchell. Earlier this year, Ian… Continue reading Intoxicating Algarve Hills!
The Most Beautiful Road In Portugal?
For anyone who likes dramatic scenery, big climbs and fantastic cycling, how about the road shown below? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10KkpJnRiEQ Gregor Tome reckons this is the best road in the country and recorded the following video as he rode through the Serra da Estrela. Gregor sent me the clip following a string of emails asking for advice… Continue reading The Most Beautiful Road In Portugal?