Oranges, Lemons and Poppies

It’s about time for the next ride report… and another posting from fellow cyclist and Portugal fan Ian Mitchell, writing about his latest trip to the Algarve. Ian’s previous guest post was in June 2014, when he sent in an account of his ride through the Intoxicating Algarve Hills. Now, he’s just back home and has kindly contributed another…

Intoxicating Algarve Hills!

The blog’s been quiet for a while because I’ve been off cycling in France (always worth checking out the alternatives but my heart’s still in Portugal). Anyway, for an account of the pleasure of cycling in the hills of the Algarve, I’m going to hand over to fellow rider Ian Mitchell. Earlier this year, Ian…

Dream Time

Most people have heard of Lisbon and Porto and the Algarve. But that’s often where their knowledge of Portugal stops… and there’s so much more! I spent two very happy years living in a city called Viseu (due west of Salamanca in Spain) and did a lot of riding in this part of Portugal’s Beira…

Back on the road

This blog has taken a back seat recently due to a combination of things like work, illness, major bike maintenance and Christmas interfering with my cycling! However, this weekend was the Carnaval holiday (taken very seriously in Portugal). We took the opportunity to head north to our old haunts in the Viseu area – and…

Mud and rides

The rain arrived here yesterday. Torrential too – we went out cycling on Saturday afternoon and came back with the bikes coated with dust. Today we had to avoid a tractor scraping six inches of mud off the road! Still, the rain is probably a good thing. It’s the first here for months and the…

First stages

Welcome to the very first Pedal Portugal post! This blog is still being designed and put together but the basic idea is to provide free advice and information to anyone interested in cycling in Portugal – whether you just want ideas for day rides, general tips or specific information on touring.  The road to Idanha…