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…

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 And that many maps are out of date.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…

Where To Lay Your Head

Some months ago I put a poll on the homepage of this site, asking people what they most wanted from it and I found one result quite surprising. Top of the poll – no shock here – was 28% wanting more information on long distance cycling routes. (I’m working on that and will continue to…

Recommendations Needed

Help! Bicycles are wonderful things. But like any machine (and sometimes humans!) they need care and maintenance. In my quest to expand the information available on this site, I’d really like to add some recommendations for bike shops and mechanics in Portugal. So, if anyone out there knows anyone or anywhere they can recommend to…

Give Me Facts!

There are obviously a lot of cyclists interested in coming to Portugal. That’s clear from the increasing number of hits on this site. Last year I was getting around 3-400 visitors and 1,500 page views per month. This month, I’ve already hit 500 visitors and almost 3,000 page views! The fact that Pedal Portugal is…

Be Ready For The Heat!

I’m getting a few inquiries from cyclists thinking of coming to Portugal next summer and I keep giving out the same message – think about the temperature! With storms battering the UK – and a polar vortex freezing the Niagara Falls – planning a summer expedition somewhere hot is probably very tempting for many of…

What, No Bike?

I’ve had a couple of queries recently about options for hiring bicycles in Portugal and it’s prompted me to update a couple of parts of this site – with new pages on bike hire and guided tours. I wouldn’t say these offer an exhaustive list of options but they might give you somewhere to start.…