If you don’t fancy riding on your own or planning your own tour, there are various options for cycling holidays in Portugal – including Pedal Portugal’s own Guided Tours. (For other operators, see below.)
Pedal Portugal Tours
I launched my first guided tours at the beginning of 2016 (please see the Reviews page to find out what the riders thought of the experience).
The tour schedule for 2017-18 includes:
- March 26th – April 6th: Border Castles Tour Tour full – booking closed.
- May 7th – 19th: Eastern Frontier Tour – 11 days, €1,355
- May 24th – June 3rd: Bespoke tour for closed group.
- SUMMER BREAK
- September 24th – October 6th: Eastern Frontier Tour – 11 days, €1,355
- October 15th – 26th: Border Castles Tour Tour full – booking closed
- October 29th – November 4th: *NEW* Rota Vicentina South West Tour – 5 days, €1,130
- December 3rd – 13th: Algarve Winter Tour – 9 days, €1,085
- CHRISTMAS / NEW YEAR
- March 4th-10th: *NEW* Rota Vicentina South West Tour – 5 days, €1,130
- March – dates to be confirmed: *NEW* Southern Explorer Tour – 10 days, €1,385
Further tours will be added in months to come. Please contact me using the form at the bottom of this page if you want to advance book particular tours.
The Border Castles Tour is a moderate 10-day holiday exploring the north-east Alentejo, riding across the region’s rolling farmland, visiting ancient towns and a string of frontier fortresses – see the blog for images from April’s Border Castles Tour. (March and October 2017 departures)
The Eastern Frontier Tour involves bicycling on a fairly tough north-south route through three different regions of Portugal over 12 days, from the northern end of the Serra da Estrela mountains all the way to the Gulf of Cadiz. (May and September 2017 departures)
The Algarve Winter Tour is a 9-day biking trip that takes in some of the most scenic scenery of Europe’s south-west corner, including spectacular Cabo São Vicente. (December 2017 departure)
*NEW* The Rota Vicentina South West Tour is a one-week trip exploring some of the best coastal and rural scenery in the far south-west corner of mainland Europe, following close to the route of one of the country’s most popular hiking trails. (October 2017 and March 2018 departures.)
*NEW* The Southern Explorer Tour gives you a head start on spring with a 10-day guided biking trip that will take you from the rolling landscape of the Alentejo to the coast of the southern Algarve. (March 2018 departure).
If none of these cycle tours appeal then there are lots of other companies out there that might be able to help you – scroll down to see a list of some of those operators. (Alternatively, I suggest a Google search based on the area you want to visit.)
Options can include guided tours with support vehicle, organised food stops etc or ‘self-guided’ tours where you get an itinerary and your accommodation organised but the cycling is left to you.
I do not have any direct knowledge of the companies listed below, the details are given for information only. However, if you use – or have used – any guided tour operators I would welcome any reviews or feedback so I can share the information with other riders.
This isn’t exactly ‘guided touring’ but mountain bikers looking for marked routes might want to check out the Centros de BTT site.
This provides details of a growing number of mountain bike centres in Portugal – with locations that offer a number of marked trails of different grades.
The main website is only in Portugal but there are links to details for individual centres, where you can download the brochure (folheto) – some of which are in English as well as Portuguese. These pages also include lists of tracks (percusos) with options to download them as GPX files.
If you’d prefer to be more independent but are uncertain about where to go, who to get there etc., I also now offer a route planning service. This provides a bespoke, comprehensive package of advice that should give you everything you need in terms of maps, route information and accommodation suggestions for you to easily be able to navigate your own way around whatever corner of Portugal you chose.
The list below contains a number of companies providing guided and self-guided tours in Portugal.
As mentioned above, these are not recommendations as we have no direct experience of these firms but are here for your information. Any reviews would be welcomed:
A2Z Adventures – a Portuguese company specialising in walking and biking tours in Portugal. Cycling tours include the Atlantic coast from Porto to Lisbon and riding in the Alto Alentejo.
Activity Algarve – based in Bouliqueme in the Algarve and offering both road cycling and mountain biking. The company offers both daily guided rides and longer self-guided tours.
Algarve Cycling Adventures – based at Sagres near the south-west tip of Portugal (and Europe). Offer mountain biking, road cycling and bike hire in the western Algarve. Includes guided tours led by professional road cyclists.
Cycle Tours Global – online directory run by an Australian company that profiles bike tours worldwide, including a number of operators in Portugal.
Cycling Through The Centuries – sister company of bike hire firm Cycling Rentals. Offer self-guided options and guided options – aiming for a combination of cycling, gourmet dining and luxurious accommodation.
Fold n’ Visit – in addition to cycle hire, this Porto-based company runs guided tours of the city, plus longer guided and self-guided tours of northern Portugal, including a seven-day Douro valley wine tour!
Headwater – one of the biggest firms in the activity holiday market across Europe. Has four cycle tour options in Portugal. Not cheap but it looks like everything is included.
Lisa Bikes – based in Estoi (north of Faro) in the Algarve. Offers bike hire and a range of cycle tours, both based based from one location or touring the region.
Live Love Ride – Portugal Bike Tours – Portuguese company based in Lisbon running tours in the Douro valley, in the Sintra and Arrabida areas near Lisbon, and in the Alentejo. GranFondos for serious roadies or more laid back touring, groups and self-guided options.
Mac’s Adventure – self-guided walking and cycling tour operator. The company has offered walking tours in Portugal for several years but has just launched (2014) a collection of self guided cycling tours in Portugal covering several different areas.
Portugal Bike – offers road, hybrid and mountain bike tours in various parts of Portugal. Gets good reviews on TripAdvisor too.
Pedal In Portugal – nothing to do with me just a very similar name! Offers tours in the Azores as well as the Algarve and the Alentejo.
Portugal Best Cycling – offers guided and self-guided trips around the Alentejo – plus hiking and kayaking options.