Cycling has always been in our family. As kids we were dragged out every Sunday for bicycle rides. Family holidays always involved yet more cycling. The bikes would be loaded up and we'd be off for a week or two of camping - and what seemed like cycling every day. Wonderful? Sometimes. The cycling wasn't… Continue reading My Nan Was Tougher Than Me
With the good news that our guided tours are finally back up and running, we're delighted to announce our plans for the next 18 months. Carolyn and I are hoping to run two Pedal Portugal trips in 2020: 18th-29th October – Border Castles – 12 days / €1,420 ***six places left*** 8th-19th November – Algarve… Continue reading Portugal cycle tours 2020 & 2021
Phew! Six months after Pedal Portugal was taken off the road by Covid-19, it looks as if the wheels might soon be turning again for our guided tours. Like so many businesses around the world, our plans have been turned upside down and inside out by the pandemic. This year should have been a bumper… Continue reading Back on tour?
So, what - if any - is the age limit for doing a bike tour? And by bike tour, I mean a multi-day trip, riding for 4-6 hours each day, going up hill, down dale etc, etc. The simple answer of course is that there's no actual limit. But most of us would probably expect… Continue reading Hope For Us All
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
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?
When your bike trip starts in Portugal's highest city and ends at the seaside, it must be all downhill, right? As I've mentioned before, Portugal may be wonderful but it is definitely not flat. Our latest bike trip across the country – which we finished on Friday - was a research trip for guided tours… Continue reading Downhill Across Portugal?
Ideas needed for more cycle rides in Portugal Add to our Day Rides section with your favourite bike trips
I love Portugal and I love cycling. But I wouldn't dream of attempting any serious bike riding there in July and August - and would generally avoid anytime between mid-June and mid-September. It's just too darn hot! Many people thinking of doing a bike tour in Portugal get in touch with me asking for advice.… Continue reading Too Hot To Ride?