This part of Pedal Portugal is where you’ll find the following sections:
About Us – a bit of personal biography and some information about our cycling experiences and how both the website and our guided tours came about.
Blog – posts here are generally either to do with Portugal, cycling or a mixture of the two. The frequency of posts is fairly erratic!
Guidebooks – information on the guidebooks I’ve produced relating to cycling in Portugal. Two so far but hopefully more to come.
Latest Updates – this is where you’ll find information on which pages or sections of the website are new or have been updated recently.
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Hi there from Canada! I saw your “Pedal Portugal – Day 9 – Porto to Vila Real” on Routeyou,com. I am wondering if this is a good path to follow on the way to Amarante or is it better to go more directly over land? Thoughts from knowledgeable people are welcome. oh, BTW, we are doing this 2 January 2019!
I was confused by the message as I don’t recall ever putting any routes on this website. Then I looked at it and realised someone must have used our name for their own tour.
But, anyway… immediate reaction is that it’s probably a pretty good route. It will certainly be easier than going direct – you’ll have some major climbs if you don’t follow the river valleys. On the other hand, the roads in some of the valleys can be fairly narrow and busy so cyclists do need to take care.
January? Could be lovely, could be wet and cold. We cycled south to north in February once and only had a couple of wet days in about six weeks. Seriously cold at night though – make sure you find accommodation with heating.
Is it possible to take a fully assembled bike on the train from Lisbon to Setubal? The CP website shows it is a intercidades train and it’s not clear if it’s possible to take a bike on that route. Any info would be appreciated
Yes and no! You can’t take the train from Lisbon itself – because as you’ve seen all services are intercity (which do not take bikes).
However, the answer is to take a passenger ferry from Terceiro do Paco over to Barreiro. You can then take an urban train service (every half hour) to Setubal. Urban trains should take bikes no problem.
Best of luck, Huw
Thanks, Huw – that’s really helpful. Ian
Hello, since January 2018 that ALL Intercity trains allows to transport fully assembled bikes, all over the country. 2 places per carruage, hanged on a hook.
Thanks very much for the update – great news too!
Is there a link on the CP website?
Portuguese language only : https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/pt/informacao-cliente/informacao-util/transporte-bicicletas
I used a Huw Thomas route on the coast from Lisbon to Sagres. Great ride, fantastic views. Only rain was at night.
My wife and I are thinking of touring with our Bike Fridays in Portugal/Spain this April and May. We are considering riding from the Faro region north to Evara and on to the White Villages in Spain. First of all, would the weather be good during that time of year? I’m paranoid of rain, as we were absolutely hammered in France last Spring. Would we be fighting a terrible wind heading in that direction?
I’ve read that the Faro region is crazy busy with car traffic. Would you recommend that we bus somewhere down the road to dodge the bad traffic?
We prefer to ride quiet back country roads over the highway system. In France we found a ready network of great roads that were pulled from a touring guide. Although the guide was incomplete and had many of the roads misnamed, it gave us a general route. Can we find the same scenario in Portugal and Spain? How about downloading routes on my GPS?
Can’t give any guarantees where the weather is concerned but you should be okay at that time of year. I’ve had glorious weather at that time of year and seen some downpours. The good thing is rain generally comes in bursts not continual. (I can sympathise – I was also in France in May and got drenched).
You’re more likely to have to struggle with high temperatures in the Alentejo in May. Don’t think wind will be a particular issue although prevailing winds do tend to be from the north. (I went south to north in February and it was a plod on the coast at times.)
Wouldn’t recommend Faro area for riding. Hop on a train to Lagos and start from there. Trains are cheap and quite easy to negotiate.
Maps and routes are a big problem in Portugal – one of the main reasons I started this site. There’s also not an extensive network of minor roads in some parts – but many main roads have very little traffic.
Depending on your time, I’d start from Lagos, go around the coast towards the Alentejo and then inland. Take a look at my South to North route and email me if you have any more questions.