Canadian riders Tim and Joanell Storm, from Victoria BC, have recently returned from their first cycle trip through Portugal. Former high school teacher Tim (60) and Joanell (56), who worked in a hospital laboratory, are recently retired. Their time in Portugal had many high points, from strangers buying them coffee to watching fishermen sort their catch on… Continue reading Pros & Cons Of Portugal
Top 10 tips for cycling in Portugal - terrain, maps, highlights, food, guided bike tours etc
We're flying back to Portugal this afternoon to get ready for the next Pedal Portugal guided cycle tour - this time for a new route. The Border Castles Tour goes through some of my favourite bits of the Alentejo. We start in Évora and over the next 10 days do an anti-clockwise circuit into the north-east corner of… Continue reading Ready To Ride
There are so many reasons I love Portugal - the range of landscapes, the sunshine, the quiet roads, the history, the (cheap) wine, all those castles, the food etc. etc. But one of the most important ingredients is the people. When I first visited the country I thought many of the Portuguese seemed a bit dour. But I soon learnt not… Continue reading Would This Happen At Home?
I've always loved maps. When I was a kid I would spend hours drawing them - treasure maps, lost islands, occasionally whole countries. Sometimes they were doodles in the back of school notebooks when the lessons got boring, sometimes they turned into much more elaborate affairs. I've also always liked studying maps. As I got older, I would… Continue reading Converted Technophobe?
Since announcing the first Pedal Portugal guided cycle tour in early October, I've been working hard to develop a range of tours for 2016* taking in a selection of the country's different regions. *NOTE: This blog post was about plans for our first year of guided tours (2016) - to see what's coming up in… Continue reading Guided Tours of Portugal
Warning: this post has nothing to do with Portugal but it is about cycle touring (and why I haven't been posting any updates for the last month) so hopefully still of interest! To celebrate my 50th birthday - and in the interests of trying out the roads in a few countries I've never visited before… Continue reading The Spice Of Life
Some of the hardest decisions when planning a cycle tour are not about where to go but what to take - particularly if you've got to carry everything on your bike. Making up your route as you go is easy. Some roads turn out to be nothing like as nice as they looked when you were… Continue reading Some Of My Favourite Things – Part 1
Fancy riding your bike to some of the most gorgeous and unspoilt beaches in Portugal? Want to escape the crowds on tiny back roads that aren't marked on any regular tourist map? Like the idea of tackling some some rugged hills and exploring orchards full of oranges and olives? Well, help is at hand! My second guidebook… Continue reading Cycling The Algarve – Published!
I realise not everyone can choose when to take holidays but I'm always surprised by the number of emails I get from people seeking advice on cycling in Portugal during July and August. It gives me a real dilemma. On the one hand I want to help, but on the other hand I don't want people going… Continue reading You Really Want To Go Now?