Want to go bicycling in Portugal? Unsure where to go or how to get there? Not certain of the best time to go?
Want to stay independent? Don’t want to pay a fortune to be part of an organised tour?
It can be tricky if you want to head off under your own steam but are a bit uncertain about where to start.
Help is at hand with the Pedal Portugal Route Planning Service. With my knowledge of what the country has to offer – its varied landscapes, historic towns, beaches, different wine regions etc. – I can help you decide where to go.
Equally importantly, I know many of the country’s roads. I can tell you where to find back roads that don’t appear on any printed maps. I can also tell you how to avoid busy highways – and where you have no choice but to join the traffic.
I rode the length of Portugal on my first visit to the country and subsequently spent three years living there – which is when I started the Pedal Portugal website.
I still spend at least several months a year in Portugal and by now have ridden thousands of kilometres of the country’s roads.
During the past couple of years I have published two guidebooks on cycling in Portugal, as well as launching a series of guided biking tours that take small groups of riders around some of my favourite parts of the country.
What’s on offer
My route planning service is designed for anyone seeking comprehensive help with planning a cycling route through Portugal. (Scroll to the bottom of this page to see some reviews from people who have already used my services.)
Whether you want a one-day ride or a three week tour the length of the country I can plan a route for you based on your preferences – how far you want to ride in a day, what kind of things you want to see, the kind of terrain you want to tackle.
I can also advise on where to hire bikes if you’re not taking your own and give suggestions for accommodation options to match your budget, plus information on how to deal with any other logistical challenges – like taking your bike on trains and busses.
Simply use the questionnaire at the bottom of the page to give me as much detail as possible about where and when you want to go. The more information you give me, the more easily I’ll be able to come up with a ride/route that matches your requirements/interests.
If I need more information I will email you back explaining what I need to know – if you prefer (or it’s easier) I can call you via Skype to discuss your plans.
Once I’ve got enough information and we have agreed on an outline route, I will put together a detailed plan for you. This will include:
- A route map* for each day – including alternative routes where available/suitable. This can be downloaded to a cycle computer or printed out as detailed directions.
- A ride profile. This will show you the gradient/incline along the entire route, tell you how many metres of ascent/descent are involved, the maximum incline and the average over the day.
- Notes on places to visit/sights along the way. Where possible I will also include information on cafes, supermarkets etc so you know where to find provisions.
- Accommodation suggestions. Booking where to stay will be up to you but I will give you ideas for anything from campsites to rural B&Bs or hotels, depending on what you’re after.
- Advice on logistics, such as getting from airports, using public transport along the way or hiring bikes.
- Individual requirements. If there’s anything else you want to know, just ask. I can’t promise to solve all your problems but I’ll try my best!
*For maps I use the website ridewithgps.com This allows maps to be viewed using a range of sources (including Google Maps and Open Street Map), and provides a detailed cue sheet giving directions and distances for each section of the ride. For an example route, click on the map above.
Please note: I can not guarantee to have personally ridden every kilometre of routes I recommend. However, I will probably have ridden/travelled at least 80% of the roads involved. Other sections will be based on detailed research and personal knowledge of the general area.
I charge a minimum fee of £25 for each day of route planning (plus any additional information required) for rides of up to 80km/50 miles. There’s a sliding scale for longer routes:
- 80-120km = £35
- 120-160km = £45
- 160-200km = £50
After the first five days of routes, there is also a £5 discount on each subsequent day.
Payment is required in advance once an outline route has been agreed and you wish me to go ahead and plan a detailed route.
Please fill in the questionnaire below and give as much detail as possible – I can’t help you unless I know what you want!
Please note: Planning detailed routes is not something I can always do instantly (I might be off leading a guided tour). If you want to use this service please try to give me at least three or four weeks’ notice.