Why Portugal?

Cheap booze, sunshine, ancient civilisations, wildlife… or getting in touch with your roots… everyone’s got different motivations for why they travel and what attracts them to different places. I’ve got my own reasons for loving Portugal but I was curious what the main draw was for other cyclists, particularly as some are – presumably –…

Let’s Go To The Seaside!

I’ve been checking over some of the touring routes on Pedal Portugal and decided something was missing from my Alentejo Circuit… the beach! The Alentejo has some of the prettiest and least developed bits of coast in southern Portugal so it seemed wrong to completely leave it off a route designed to give cyclists a…

Ready To Ride

So what do you fancy? Cycling through remote villages that look as if they haven’t changed in centuries, blasting across the Alentejo plains to get to the Algarve or pottering up the coast of Portugal? After several months of work, I’ve at long last completed my overhaul of the Touring Routes pages – which include all…

What’s The Attraction?

One of my projects in the pipeline is to turn this website into a guidebook – both printed and e-book versions. (When that will actually happen, I’m not sure. Depends on how long the pipeline turns out to be!) In the meantime, though, I thought it might be useful to find out a bit more…

Change Of Address

It’s a landmark day here at Pedal Portugal – I’ve just gone all posh and bought my own domain name. That means the “wordpress” part of the site’s address is no longer needed and – hurrah! – you can now just use pedalportugal.com (Which presumably you’ve already done if you’re reading this!) Hopefully all the…

Finding Your Way In Portugal

I do love Portugal but one of the biggest frustrations about cycling there is the lack of decent maps. Or, more frequently, the complete absence of maps of any sort! Oh, plus a few other issues. Like inconsistent road numbering and highly erratic road signage. And that many maps are out of date. It also…