About Us

Pedal Portugal was set up to provide free information and advice for anyone interested in cycling in Portugal – whether you’re just thinking about a trip, want ideas for rides once you’re there or suggestions for long-distance touring routes.

In 2016 we launched our own guided bike tours, taking small groups (maximum 10 riders) around some of our favourite parts of Portugal. We also now offer a paid-for route planning service for anyone looking for more detailed, bespoke guidance.

Pedal Portugal was created by Huw Thomas, ex-journalist, author, teacher, gardener… and cyclist:

“My wife and I fell in love with Portugal on our first long-distance tandem trip, when we rode around the coasts of France, Spain and Portugal.

“Carolyn and I subsequently spent three years living in Portugal, working as English teachers. We spent two years in Viseu in the Beira Alta region and a year in Torres Vedras, just north of Lisbon.

“During that time we visited most corners of Portugal – some of it on our bikes. Overall, our favourite region – particularly for cycling – is probably the Alentejo. Coming close second would be any of the other inland areas on the border with Spain.”

No, not Portugal. This was the Rogers Pass in Canada!

“As well as plenty of cycling in Portugal, in 2011 we also completed a one-year, 10,000-mile tandem ride in aid of the disaster relief charity ShelterBox that took us across North America, New Zealand and parts of Australia and northern Europe.

“The original idea behind Pedal Portugal was to create a website that would provide the kind of information we tried to find while planning our own cycle trips and rides. As well as using our own knowledge, we’re very happy to take suggestions, recommendations or contributions from fellow cyclists.”

logo-high-resWe continue to support ShelterBox and from 2017 onward will make a £15 donation to the charity for every rider who takes part in one of our guided cycle tours.

Please get in touch via the comment box below or by email to pedalportugal@gmail.com. Thank you!