***Portugal is now (June 2020) in the process of lifting restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. We hope to run tours later this year but will only do so if safe and sensible.
Our schedule for 2021 may also be revised once we have a clearer idea of the situation.***
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 videos below show examples of the roads and scenery on our Algarve and Border Castles trips.)
Keep scrolling 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
***Please note: the dates below are a provisional schedule based on the ending of the Covid-19 pandemic.
We will confirm tours once it is safe to do so but in the meantime please get in touch of you want to book on a provisional basis.***
- 18th-29th October – Border Castles – 12 days / €1,420
- 29th Nov-10th Dec – Algarve Coast & Country – 12 days / €1,455
- 21st Feb-4th Mar – Algarve Coast & Country – 12 days / €1,455
- 14th-25th March – Southern Explorer – 12 days / €1,495
- 16th-28th May – Historic Heartland – 13 days / €1,590
- 26th Sept-8th Oct – Historic Heartland – 13 days / €1,590
- 17th-28th October – Border Castles – 12 days / €1,495
Please note: We’re also open to running different tours if that’s what (enough of) our customers demand. Get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to request particular tours/dates.
For small groups who want to decide their own route/dates, we may also be able to put together custom tours.
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. (October 2020 & October 2021 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. (March 2021 departure)
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 & September 2021 departures.)
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. (December 2020 & February 2021 departures)
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. See also Ericeira Bike below.
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.
Ericeira Bike has been running mountain bike tours of the coast around Ericeira and Sintra since 2017. Also has mountain bikes available for hire, plus accessories including surf board racks!
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!