Guided & Self-Guided Touring

Pedal Portugal…and others!

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 tours.

Scroll on down for information on other guided tour operators, as well as on mountain bike centres and routes in Portugal.

You might also want to look at our blog post on How To Choose A Guided Cycle Tour.

Our tours

We plan to run the following tours in 2022:

  • Southern Explorer – Sunday 6th March to Thursday 17th March – €1,460 Ten spaces available
  • Border Castles – Sunday 27th March to Thursday 7th April – €1,495 Two spaces available & reserve list
  • Historic Heartland – Sunday 24th April – Friday 6th May Sorry, tour full
  • Historic Heartland – Sunday 15th – Friday 27th May Sorry, tour full
  • Eastern Frontier – Sunday 18th to Thursday 29th September – €1,495 Reserve list spaces only
  • Border Castles – Sunday 9th to Thursday 20th October – €1,580 One space available & reserve list

For more information about us and the kind of trips we run, take a look at our general guided tours page, which also has links to information about our other tours, custom trips, our terms and conditions (revised due to Covid) and reviews from previous riders.

To get on our mailing list and be among the first to hear about new tours dates, please fill in the form below.

If you want to get a flavour of cycling with Pedal Portugal, the videos below show examples of the roads and scenery on our Algarve and Border Castles trips.

Tour operator listings

The list below contains a number of companies providing guided and self-guided tours in Portugal. 

Please note: I have no direct knowledge of the companies listed below, the details are given for information only. 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 Bike Holidays – based in Albufeira. Offer mountain biking, road cycling and bike hire.

Bike Tours Portugal – advertises tours with the slogan ‘luxury on two wheels’, other options include a women-only tour.

Cycle Tours Global – online directory run by an Australian company that profiles bike tours worldwide, including many 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!

Euro Bike – this Austrian company offers tours in the Algarve and Madeira (as well as elsewhere in Europe).

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 – walking and cycling tour operator, operates a number of self-guided cycling tours in different areas of Portugal.

Portugal Bike – offers road, hybrid and mountain bike tours in various parts of Portugal. Gets good reviews on TripAdvisor too.

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!

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.)

Mountain biking

This isn’t exactly ‘guided touring’ but mountain bikers looking for marked routes might want to check out the Centers guide operated by the Portuguese Cycling Federation. 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.

Much of the information is now in English as well as Portuguese and its possible to download PDFs with maps of the various routes, as well as as GPX files. 

Route planning

If you’d prefer to be more independent but are uncertain about where to go or how to get there, I also offer a custom 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. 

7 thoughts on “Guided & Self-Guided Touring”

  1. Thank you very much for sharing all the info thru your web page…!!

    Should I move to Portugal for living there, what would be the most friendliest place for a road biker?

    Thanks.

    1. Hi Jonas
      There are lots of road bikers everywhere in Portugal – although often only out on Sundays! If you want quiet roads stay away from the cities and the Algarve.

  2. Hi there! Your site is really interesting. We are planning a cycling tour in Portugal starting july 21st for 7-8days. We were espescually interested to in the central/ northern area – do you organise anything there or can recommend something ? We are looking for à tour including bike rentals, accomodation, and luggage transportation. Thanks a lot in advance.

    1. Hi Clarisse.
      I’m very sorry but I don’t organise tours in July and August. You can expect temperatures in the 30-35C range (quite possibly higher) and that’s too hot in my opinion – cycling becomes more about endurance than pleasure.
      I really recommend Portugal as a cycling destination but in the autumn (fall), winter or spring. Not the summer.
      I don’t know if other companies run tours in the summer months. You will need to look at their websites (you should find some links on this page) or contact them direct.
      Good luck, Huw

  3. Hi. We are interested in a bike trip from Porto to Lisbon next June. We would like a supported your. How long would that take and do you do that?

    1. Hi Alisa.
      Personally I avoid most of June as it’s starting to get pretty hot in Portugal by then. At the moment, the only tours I’m planning are the ones on this list – https://pedalportugal.com/guided-tours/
      I can plan and provide advice for an unsupported tour but can’t help you with a supported one. It’s also very hard to say how long it would take without knowing how far you want to ride, what kind of route to take etc.
      If you want more detailed advice, email me: pedalportugal@gmail.com

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