The Pedal Portugal website has now been going for six years - I wrote the inaugural post on 18th August 2011 for what was then a pretty basic site. Since then, it's fair to say that Pedal Portugal has come to play a major part in my life. As well as maintaining this site and trying to… Continue reading A Portuguese Love Affair – Part I
I had a tough but wonderful ride into the hills of the Algarve today as I continue to check bits of the route for the next Pedal Portugal guidebook - which is going to cover the western half of the region. Although I've ridden quite a few of the roads involved (and am getting lots of guidance… Continue reading A Testing Test Ride
With most of Europe in the grip of winter, January seems a good time to put together a new touring route for Portugal's Algarve region - which provides some of the best opportunities for cycling anywhere on the continent at this time of year. Look carefully at a map and you can see how far down the Algarve… Continue reading Winter Riding
Excitement is mounting here at Pedal Portugal HQ. And not just because Bournemouth Air Show is on at the moment and I've got fighter jets screaming through the skies above my house, flying upside down, doing loop the loops, and generally making a racket.No, the reason for the excitement is that in less than three… Continue reading Twenty Days And Counting
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… Continue reading Let’s Go To The Seaside!
For a while, the Algarve was a bit of a blank space on this website - but I'm pleased to say that situation has now been rectified! Particularly as the Algarve has got to be one of the best places in Europe to go cycling in the winter or early spring. (Not so much in… Continue reading Algarve Options
As well as updating and radically expanding Pedal Portugal's list of campsites, I've also been looking at the route descriptions. I've just added some basic details of an excellent north-south route from the Alentejo down into the Algarve - starting from Evora and ending up in Loule. It's a ride that takes in a number… Continue reading A New Touring Route
First of all, happy 2013 and may your wheels keep rolling throughout the coming year! I'm not going to be updating this blog on a regular basis as my wife and I left Portugal in July 2012. Hopefully, however, the information here will continue to be useful - I know this blog gets anything between… Continue reading New Editor(s) Needed!
Just had our first Warmshowers guests here in Torres Vedras. Amie (USA) and Olli (Finland) are near the start of an epic 15,000-mile trip from Portugal to SE Asia. They had a 'warm-up' ride from Malaga to Lisbon and then did the official start from Cabo da Roca (Europe's most western point) near Sintra. After… Continue reading Foodie cyclists passing through