Portugal cycle tours 2020 & 2021

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…

Back on tour?

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…

Portugal Lockdown Quiz – The Answers

These are a bit later than originally promised (sorry) but here are the answers to my Pedal Portugal Lockdown Quiz. I’ve posted each question with the relevant picture clue and my answer. As I said in the original post there may be more than one answer possible but these are mine!  Thanks to everyone who…

Picture Clues – Portugal Lockdown Quiz

Last week’s Lockdown Quiz is proving quite tough – we haven’t had many answers and the top score so far is 17 out of 21. So, for anyone who is still scratching their heads, here are the questions again along with some picture clues that may help. Like the questions, some of the clues are…

Pedal Portugal’s Lockdown Quiz

Sadly, like so many of you, the Pedal Portugal team (me and Carolyn) is stuck at home, hoping to save lives by going nowhere. (Apart from a quick ride on our tandem or a walk to the beach when it’s not too busy.) So, if you’ve had enough of Netflix binges, household chores, rereading the…

Hope For Us All

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…

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…

Dealing With Dogs

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…

Alentejo Rewrite

My Alentejo Circuit guidebook is currently undergoing a major rewrite – and I’m hoping to have the new, fully-updated edition out in September. Or as soon after as possible. I had been thinking of starting work on a new, more general, guidebook to Portugal this summer but then I realised it was more than five…