See below for details of Pedal Portugal’s guided cycle tours and listings of other bike tour operators.
If you don’t fancy riding alone or planning your own tour, there are various options for biking holidays in Portugal – including Pedal Portugal’s own Guided Tours. (The video below is a little example of the roads on our Border Castles trip.)
Scroll down for information on other operators running bike tours of Portugal. You might also want to look at our blog post on How To Choose A Guided Cycle Tour.
Pedal Portugal Bike Tours
For 2019 we have places available on the following tours:
- 29th Sept – 10th Oct – Border Castles – 10 days – €1,420 one place remaining
- 20th – 31st Oct – Southern Explorer – 10 days, €1,420
Our 2020 schedule includes the following tours:
- 1st-12th March – Southern Explorer – 10 days / €1,420
- 22nd Mar-4th April – Border Castles – 10 days / €1,420
- 10th-22nd May – Historic Heartland – sorry, tour full
- 27th Sept-9th Oct – Eastern Frontier – 10 days / €1,460
- 18th-29th Oct – Border Castles – 10 days / €1,460
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to advance book/request particular tours. We can put together a limited number of custom tours for anyone wanting a tailor-made trip for a closed group.
The links with the summaries below will take you to details of each guided bicycle holiday. To find out what previous riders thought, see our Reviews page.
The Border Castles Tour explores the north-east Alentejo, riding across the region’s rolling farmland, visiting ancient towns and a string of frontier fortresses and ruined castles, plus Neolithic tombs and a rugged natural park on the Spanish border. (Mar 2019, Sept 2019, Mar 2020 and Oct 2020 departures)
The Southern Explorer Tour explores the hills, rolling plains and historic towns of the southern Alentejo before crossing into the Algarve and on to the south coast. We visit better known tourist sights, as well as heading off the beaten track to places that get few other visitors. (Oct 2019 and March 2020 departures)
The Historic Heartland Tour provides a chance to explore some of the highlights of central Portugal, from the hill country near the Spanish border to the pine trees and sandy beaches of the Atlantic coast. (May 2020 departure.)
The Eastern Frontier Tour is our toughest bike trip, involving a fairly strenuous route starting from the northern end of the Serra da Estrela mountains, going up towards the Douro valley and then south along the Portuguese-Spanish border to the frontier fortress city of Elvas. (Sept 2020 departure)
The Algarve Coast & Country takes in some of the most scenic scenery of Europe’s south-west corner, including spectacular Cabo São Vicente.
Other tour companies
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.
Tour operator listings
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.
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.
Brake The Cycle – offers a Lisbon to Seville trip that they say focuses on eco villages and sustainable communities.
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.
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 – 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.
Top Bike Tours – 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!