If you arrive in Portugal without a bicycle then, unless you plan on buying a bike, you’ve got two basic choices: sign up with a tour company or hire a bike and head off on your own.
There are quite a lot of outfits doing organised tours (see Guided Tours for more info) and lots of bike hire companies in the Algarve but not so many in other parts of Portugal. (If you want to do your own Google search, put in ‘aluguer de bicicletas’ and the name of the town or region)
*WARNING: Except for where there are comments in italics, I am not recommending any of the companies below. The information below is simply my research – please let me know of any other personal experience or recommendations you’re willing to share.
These companies offer bike hire in Portugal:
Bike Iberia – based in Lisbon but offer to deliver bikes anywhere in Portugal and come with a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence (although some reviews on the same website are more mixed). For information on the bicycles they offer, see here.
Cycling Rentals – also with a TripAdvisor certificate. Offers road/mountain/touring bikes delivered anywhere within Portugal or Spain. This is the company I use for all my guided tours and recommend to anyone wanting a bike delivered/collected anywhere in Portugal. Good bikes, fair prices and excellent customer service. We’ve now had dozens of their bikes and have nothing but praise for the company.
Europcar – no this entry is not a mistake! The car hire firm has now moved into offering ‘two wheels’ hires at a number of location. The firm has a wide range of bikes (although not all are available at every depot). Bike hire is now available at locations across the Algarve, plus in Cascais, Lisbon and Porto.
Go Cycling Portugal – newcomer to the market. Promises road, hybrid and mountain bike hire, delivered anywhere in Portugal.
Fold’n’Visit – on the northern side of the city centre. Offer bike hire – including folding and city/hybrid models – as well as one-day tours of surrounding cities and longer tours of northern Portugal.
Vieguini – in the centre of Porto, only a stone’s throw from the Douro and historic waterside area. Offers tandems, mountain bikes and city bikes, plus child seats, locks and helmets – as well as scooters (mopeds).
See also entries under National companies above.
Lisbon & Central:
Belem Bike – also known as Biclas.com – right on the waterfront on the way out towards Belém. Various bikes to rent.
Funbike – based in Sintra, just outside Lisbon. Despite the name, they have ‘serious’ mountain bikes and road bikes for hire. Also have a shop at Boliqueime in the Algarve that’s been recommended by a couple of fellow cyclists.
Lisbon Bike Rentals – right in the centre of town near Cais do Sodre and the Time Out Market. Has a selection of road and mountain bikes (for some reason the Boardman Comp is in with the fat wheel MTBs!). Also run Lisbon bike tours and offer a bike-packing service, including transport to the airport.
Portugal Rent Bike – is based in Cascais, just to the west of Lisbon and handy for the Sintra hills. Has road, city and mountain bikes to hire, including models for women.
See also entries under National companies above.
Abilio Bikes – based in Tavira in the eastern Algarve. Has a range of machines to rent by the day or month.
Algarve Adventure – mountain bikes only but includes delivery.
Algarve Bike Hire – based in Armacao de Pera, a small town to the west of Albufeira. Has road bikes and tourers as well as hybrids, mountain and city bikes for hire. Offers a delivery and collection service for the whole of the Algarve (free for immediate area, charge for wider area).
Avalanche – bike shop at São Brás de Alportel (north of Faro) that also offers bike hire and free delivery in a 25km radius of the town. Has mountain bikes or a choice of carbon or aluminium frame road bikes. Recommended by rider Richard O, who said: “Excellent service and range of bikes offered by the team at Avalanche.
“Drop off and collection times were as arranged. Full support kit provided – tube, levers, pump. LP Sensium in perfect condition (it was actually a new bike). Perfect gearing for the hilly terrain of the Algarve. Rui’s advice on the best/safest roads was very much appreciated. I would highly recommend hiring your bike through Avalanche.”
Bikeland – is a Trek and Scott dealer right on the N125, about 8km SW of Loulé (closer to the town’s railway station). Has a range of bikes to hire. Close to S-Bikes (see below).
Easy Go Electric Bikes – a new company based in Lagos, free delivery of electric bikes within a 10km radius.
See also Europcar entry under National companies above.
Funbike – based at Boliqueime, north-east of Albufeira. Despite the name, they have ‘serious’ mountain bikes and road bikes for hire. Also have a shop at Sintra near Lisbon. Scots cyclist Ian Mitchell said: “Not particularly cheap, but you get a quality Trek road bike and the service is personal and engaging. Good value for money.”
Lisa Bikes – based in Estoi (north of Faro) and has road, MTB and ‘touring’ (hybrid) bikes to rent (including children’s bikes). Also has electric bikes. The company also offers a range of cycle tours, both based based from one location or touring the region.
Martin’s E-bike – is in Almancil, due south of Loulé. Despite the name, the shop sells and rents both e-bikes and normal bikes. Has a range of machines, including MTB, road and hybrid/trekking bikes.
MegaSport – based near Loulé (north of Faro) offers Giant road and town/hybrid bikes – plus tandems (although these are more ‘fun’ rides than serious machines). Delivers free within the Algarve. I used the company in Jan 2015, renting two hybrid bikes that were perfectly adequate for a 65km ride into the hills. The staff were also very friendly and helpful (English-speaking). The depot isn’t that convenient – about 4km out of town on an industrial estate (not the location currently marked on Google) but we were given a lift to the station.
S-Bikes – another one near Loulé (close to Bikeland), just off the N125 – has a range of road, MTB and ‘city’ bikes.
Swift Momentum Sports – based near Carvoeiro and run by former pro rider Tomás Swift Metcalfe. SMS rents aluminium race bikes by Portuguese brand Jorbi and carbon bikes from Spanish companies CBK and Coleur. Recommended by other riders, including Kat, who said: “I used them while staying in Sagres and the bike was in tip-top condition. The company is owned by a ex-pro cyclist and he helped me with some routes.”