The updated version of my Alentejo Circuit guidebook is now out - in both print and e-book versions. The first edition came out in 2014 and, as mentioned on the blog last month, I had decided it was time for a few revisions. I originally hoped it would be a fairly straightforward job but, of… Continue reading Updated Alentejo Circuit
I've cycled many thousands of kilometres in different countries - mainly in Europe - and I've never (yet) been bitten by a dog. But I know that fear of dog attacks is a major issue for some cycle tourists, including in Portugal. So, how do you deal with dogs and how come I've never (yet) been… Continue reading Dealing With Dogs
My Alentejo Circuit guidebook is currently undergoing a major rewrite - and I'm hoping to have the new, fully-updated edition out in September. Or as soon after as possible. I had been thinking of starting work on a new, more general, guidebook to Portugal this summer but then I realised it was more than five… Continue reading Alentejo Rewrite
Links to a selection of videos and written reports giving some personal perspectives on cycle touring in Portugal.
There are now two choices for anyone interested in Pedal Portugal's route planning service - the original 'maps-plus' option or a simpler (and cheaper) 'maps-only' service. I started my route planning service back in March 2016 and have been helping riders put together self-supported tours across Portugal for the past three years. My first customer… Continue reading Maps Or More?
Pedal Portugal is recommended as "excellent" by Lonely Planet
With the festive season behind us, now seems a good time to look ahead and plan some more cycle tours. Here at Pedal Portugal HQ we've drawn up a guided tours schedule for 2020 that include repeats of our best-loved trips, plus a new route exploring some of central Portugal. Starting in Guarda, our new… Continue reading Guided Tour Dates – 2019 & 2020
Life has got easier for cyclists using trains in Portugal
Here at Pedal Portugal we tend to be of the "take everything you need and take your time" school of touring. Our normal target for a day's riding is 80km - particularly if loaded down with camping gear as well as everything else. But some riders prefer to travel much faster and lighter. Guest blogger… Continue reading Travelling Fast & Light
In 2005, my wife Carolyn and I arrived in Portugal for the first time after riding our tandem south through France and Spain. Over the course of about two months we cycled across the Algarve and then made our way north. Part I of the story dealt with our first impressions of Portugal and the start of… Continue reading A Portuguese Love Affair – Part III