Updated Alentejo Circuit

The updated version of my Alentejo Circuit guidebook is now out – in both print and e-book versions. The first edition came out in 2014 and, as mentioned on the blog last month, I had decided it was time for a few revisions. I originally hoped it would be a fairly straightforward job but, of…

The Art Of Portugal

There are many things I love about Portugal apart from the cycling – the scenery, the history, the wine, the food, the wildflowers and, of course, the people. But I’m also often struck by the art of Portugal. Not the kind of art you see in galleries or museums but its public and street art.…

Oh For A Few Spare Million

I don’t often buy lottery tickets but if I ever had a few million to spare I know what I’d love to do – convert some more of Portugal’s old railway lines into decent cycle trails. The country has so much potential. But so few good quality off-road cycle routes of any length. There is the…

The Portuguese Discoveries

Keep going back to the same place and it’s easy to get complacent. To think you’re an expert and you’ve pretty much discovered all there is to see and experience. But, despite visiting Portugal on a frequent basis since 2005 (and living there well over two years), I was delighted to discover this year that the…