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Porto to Coimbra: Silver Coast Bike tour

The second and third largest cities of Portugal linked by bike

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Discover The way of Saint James coastal path from Porto

A beautifull tour on bike filled with history and great sceneries.

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Our mission is to provide you with relaxing and enjoyable cycling holiday in Portugal, complemented with historical points, tasty gastronomy and wonderful views.

The bike tours in Portugal we offer are designed for recreational cyclists. For that purpose, we mostly use touring bicycles. Mountain bikes are used depending on the bike tour.

Road bikes are still available for those craving to step up to harder challenges and adventure themselves in Douro Valley.

Portugal Bike tours packages are offered both in self guided or guided bike tours, where mechanical assistance will always be guaranteed. Four star hotels, rural houses or farms will be booked for you.. You don't have to carry more than you need, since your luggage is transported, every day, from one hotel to the other, during the entirety of your Portugal bike tour . Van support is mostly offered in guided bike tours, where you can find water and snacks for the day.

Safety is our number one priority and we will always be nearby to help you on your next cycling tour. 24/7 phone support available for any eventuality.

We choose the best restaurants and hotels for your needs. Lunch and dinner, even if not included in our guided packages, will still be organized for your group.

Our store is in the city of Porto, where we also do city bike tours. Although our base is in the North of Portugal, we operate all around the country.

Take a look to our Portugal Bike tours !

Book a Bike tour in Portugal with us till December 31 of 2023 and get an extra night offer in Porto or Lisbon city for your 2024 booking.

Choose from the list in our Bike tours Portugal webpage and contact us to do a self guided Portugal bicycle tour or a guided bicycle tour.

Top Bike Tours Portugal is prepared for all kind of cyclists

Doesn´t matter if you are an inexperienced or experienced rider, if you enjoy a touring bicycle, mountain bicycle, road bike or electric bike. What matters most is that you enjoy, with your friends or family, the good sensations a bike tour as to offer. Our team is here to ensure that you have a relaxed and fantastic bicycle tour holiday.

If your looking for a guided bike tour in Portugal check our Calendar webpage to see all the departure.

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Contact us thru our contact form or just email us. Request information about the cycling tour packages available in our Portugal Bike Tours webpage. We will reply in less than 24 hours and send an oficial proposal with all the details. After your confirmation, accommodations will be reserved and a deposit will be requested.

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North of Portugal and Minho cycling holiday

North of Portugal and Minho cycling holiday

North of Portugal and Minho cycling holiday Cycling in the oldest Village of Portugal along the river side and the sea The Cycle Trail of Minho River was ranked as the fourth best 2009 trail in Eur…

Porto to Lisbon Cycling tour -  The green Coast and the Silver Coast

Porto to Lisbon Cycling tour - The green Coast and the Silver Coast

Porto to Lisbon Cycling tour The green Coast and the Silver Coast Join the Silver Route 1 and Silver Route 2 and cycle from Porto to Lisbon in this great trip between the 2 biggest cities of Portug…

Porto to Santiago de Compostela Bike Tour - Costal Path

Porto to Santiago de Compostela Bike Tour - Costal Path

Porto to Santiago de Compostela BikeTour The Coastal Way to St. James - "easy" This cycling tour presents itself as an easy route to reach Santiago de Compostela, the ultimate pilgrimage beacon in …

The combined experience of our team allows us to combine cycling with the historical component and gastronomy. Connoisseurs of excellent hotel services and catering, paths and landscapes that surprise and exceeded expectations.

What People Are Saying

Southern Atlantic coast and Algarve, Portugal Four intrepid bikers completed the 8 day tour just ahead of covid-19 March 20, 2020. Lisbon and the coastal bike route were grand, as described. Maps could have been better quality. Two GPS supplied with route loaded, finding the correct route in towns and leaving villages was a challenge. Lodgings and restaurants very nice, some staying open when we were the only guests. Sergio, Enrique and Diego, and Tripsite were extremely helpful daily! Thanks. We are home now, finished with the virus quarantine, well and ready to create a photo log of the trip. Hope to return to see the northern coast soon. ... Read more Sally , USA ,
Sergio arranged a really great 5 day (6 nights) tour for me with breathtaking views of Douro valley, interesting and challenging off roads, quite and tranquil back countries, and comfortable and quaint accommodations to relax in at the end of each day. Sergio took great care of us (there were another couple whose tour dates were the same as mine), checked from time to time to see how we are doing, any questions or problems we might have, and shared with us much information on the local culture. His other staff are also great, friendly and knowledgeable about their city. Sergio arranged for a free walking tour of Porto as part of the package, and when we were at Pinhao he took us to a vineyard for port wine tasting. We were equipped with GPS with turn by turn instructions, no way to get lost. Douro valley is a beautiful and serene place to cycle, sometimes you feel like you have the whole place just to yourself. The villages and towns along the way are not touristy at all, very much maintained its local way of life. A great way to see beautiful nature and way of life in the wine country of Portugal. Really recommend a visit to the archeological site of Foz Coa to see the rock art our ancestor left us over 20,000 years ago and hear about the fascinating history of how it was discovered and the fight to preserve an important part of human heritage. Miss the nature, the sun and tranquility of Douro wine valley. Fold'n and Visit is the company to go with when you want to book tours in Porto or the countryside around it. Really recommend it for their service, care, attention to details and hospitality. ... Read more Wagabonne , Beijing, China ,

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Porto to Lisbon self-guided - Picturesque rides along the Atlantic coast

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Porto to Lisbon self-guided - Picturesque rides along the Atlantic coast

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“We were so impressed by the way we were looked after along the way. Portugal is a fabulous country, and we are keen to explore it some more.”

Cycling Portugal - Porto to Lisbon

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“The places we traveled by bike were scenic and not heavily used by autos. Michael's picnic lunches were delicious and we looked forward to them every ride.”

Porto to Lisbon Atlantic Ride

“The meals had good variety and were good, however there was no accounting done to determine if the guide used all of the money or more.”

Algarve

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“The tremendous work on routing was appreciated, but the fair-weather routing proved challenging.”

Cycling in the Douro Valley

  • Enjoy stunning views of Douro Valley
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“Look around as Exodus charges a fortune. I wouldn't recommend their trips to anyone.”

Minho and Porto self-guided bike tour - Green Portugal, from the mountains to the sea

  • Explore the ruins of the medieval castle in Aljezur
  • Relax on beautiful beaches and witness stunning sunsets
  • Wander through Portugal's lively and charming capital
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Lisbon - Sagres

“ExperiencePlus is most definitely the Best Bicycling Adventure company in the world! Unique Chalking System shows bicyclers the route to follow.”

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About Portugal Cycling Holidays

Portugal has become a hallmark destination for those keen on self-guided bike tours, offering a vivid tapestry of landscapes waiting to be explored on cycling tour Portugal adventures. Our meticulously curated cycling trips are your ticket to traversing Portugal’s picturesque terrains, immersing in its rich history, and vibrant culture right from the saddle of your bike.

The country’s temperate climate stands as an invitation for year-round exploration , making Portugal bike tours an ideal choice while other parts of Europe are in the grasp of winter chills. Here, the allure of pedaling through scenic routes never fades, regardless of the season.

We understand that orchestrating a self-guided cycling tour in Portugal can seem daunting, which is why we extend 24/7 support to ensure a smooth and memorable journey from start to finish.

All our Portugal cycling ventures come equipped with comprehensive maps, tailor-made itineraries , and precise GPS routes. Our intuitive mapping system provides everything you need to navigate each route with ease. In essence, we’ve laid down the groundwork to etch an indelible mark on your travel memories through our self-guided bike tours and Portugal adventures.

We manage the logistics , allowing you to focus solely on cherishing every pedal stroke of your Portuguese cycling escapade.

Book your tour with us now and embark on a unique voyage, uncovering Portugal’s hidden gems on two wheels!

What are the Best Bike Tours Portugal Has to Offer?

Portugal is celebrated for its varied terrains, from the majestic Atlantic Coast and the Douro Valley to the tranquil coastal pathways and rolling vineyards of Alentejo. Allow us to assist you in choosing the perfect tour for your next cycling excursion in Portugal.

1. Douro Valley: Stunning Vistas and Endless Vineyards

Vineyards in the Valley of the River Douro, Portugal

Dive into the most iconic Portuguese Valley with Best Of Douro Valley .

2. Madeira: Atlantic Breeze and Panoramic Vistas

Beautiful mountain landscape of Madeira island, Portugal, on a summer day. Aerial panorama view.

Jump into the mesmerizing charm of the Atlantic with Ultimate Madeira Cycling Holidays .

3. Algarve: Mediterranean Ambiance and Captivating Sceneries

View of beautiful Marinha beach with crystal clear turquoise water near Carvoeiro town, Algarve region, Portugal

Algarve Cycling Holidays offers a unique escapade into the south of Portugal.

A Stunning Cycling Destination

Portugal is ideal for cycling tours. The country flaunts a Mediterranean climate , with mild winters and warm summers. Throughout the cycling season, from late spring to early autumn, anticipate agreeable temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C (59°F to 77°F). The peak summer months can be warmer, especially in southern regions, with temperatures occasionally reaching between 25°C and 35°C (77°F to 95°F).

This inviting weather ensures delightful rides, enabling you to immerse in the splendid beauty of the Portuguese countryside. This makes bicycle tours in Portugal a delight. And of course, a tour in Portugal is incomplete without savoring its world-class cuisine . From sumptuous pastéis de nata to savory bacalhau, Portuguese gastronomy is a rich tapestry of flavors and traditions.

On your travels, you’ll be enticed to try iconic dishes like francesinha, caldo verde, pastel de bacalhau, and an array of regional specialties. Don’t miss the exquisite Portuguese wines and cheeses, as they effortlessly enhance the culinary delights and offer the perfect relaxation after a fulfilling cycling day.

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Embark on a self-guided cycling odyssey, designed for a tailor-crafted and adaptable getaway on two wheels, unveiling wonders at your own pace while having the freedom to alter your itinerary or path as needed. Our dedicated team meticulously handles all facets, encompassing lodging arrangements, thorough planning, GPS navigational aid, and continuous support, to gift you a tranquil and engrossing journey. This venture champions autonomy, personal expression, and genuine cultural engagements.

Our tours are segmented into three tiers of difficulty: Leisurely , Moderate , and Challenging , categorized by the usual daily routine, although there may be variations in difficulty throughout the trip.

Leisurely tours are ideal for those in pursuit of a relaxed adventure amidst stunning landscapes, without the challenge of covering long distances or tackling rough terrains. These journeys typically cover 30-50 km each day, with an elevation gain of up to 500m. This allows plenty of pauses to relish the scenic vistas, enjoy local delicacies, and explore charming villages and towns along the way.

Moderate bike tours are tailored for those seeking a beautiful blend of scenic trails and a dash of challenge. Generally covering 50-80 km daily with an elevation gain of up to 1000m, these tours traverse enchanting landscapes and delightful villages, featuring a mix of flat and rolling terrains. They not only provide ample chances to stop and explore but also ensure a satisfying cycling workout.

Challenging bike tours are meant for experienced cyclists eager to push their limits. Spanning 80-120 km daily with an elevation gain of up to 2000m, these tours entail tackling steep ascents and demanding terrains. Though these tours require a high level of fitness and endurance, the exhilarating feeling of accomplishment at the end of each day, coupled with breathtaking views, makes the endeavor thoroughly rewarding.

We are devoted to discovering the ideal match for you. We collaborate with numerous lodging providers who meet our standards, although their availability may fluctuate, especially during peak demand times. Furthermore, we can customize your vacation to align with your preferences and budget, ensuring we identify the most fitting choice for your needs.

We advise booking your tour at the earliest opportunity, especially for popular tourist destinations with limited lodging availability. Prime choices often get snapped up for the summer before spring even arrives.

Addressing dietary preferences can vary based on their complexity. In Portugal, vegetarian options are generally available, but finding vegan meals might be more challenging in rural areas or smaller towns. Notably, lunch stops are often at traditional eateries which may not cater to special dietary needs beyond their standard menu. Keep this in consideration as you plan your adventure.

The ideal cycling season in Portugal stretches from mid-April to mid-October. In elevated regions like the Serra da Estrela, it’s preferable to cycle from mid-May to September.

Tours in Portugal can continue in light rain with the appropriate clothing. Summer frequently witnesses afternoon thunderstorms, making early tour starts recommended. If challenging weather conditions are expected, we’ll strive to adjust the tour beforehand.

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A bike tour in Alentejo feels like stepping into the past, with rolling landscapes of wheat fields, olive groves, cork trees, and vineyards.

Experience the quiet charm of cycling through the Alentejo region of Portugal as you discover an old-world way of life. It's the heartland of the world's cork production, still harvested by hand at the same steady pace that's been followed for generations. Unpack and unwind at one luxurious hotel for your entire bike tour, ensuring relaxation at the end of each day. Savor slow food cuisine, exquisite local wines, and cycle to historic towns like UNESCO-listed Évora, with its ancient Roman temples, city walls, and bath ruins. Here, time seems to pause, and the hustle and bustle of everyday life are long forgotten.

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Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Evora and learn about its medieval history

Explore the rugged beauty of the Alentejo Cork Forest on a guided jeep tour

Unpack and unwind at the Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and Spa, a prestigious member of the "Small Luxury Hotels of the World"

Take part in a private visit to a former 18th-century quinta, where you'll learn to cook traditional Portuguese dishes and sample some of the region's best wines

Immerse yourself in the the world of marble and enjoy the beautiful and unique scenery at one of the largest marble quarries

A quiet cobbled street in Monsaraz with white buildings and castle with Portuguese flag

A quiet cobbled street in the village of Monsaraz

Enjoy extraordinary views from hilltop Monsaraz, one of the country's most beautiful villages.

What Guests are Saying

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Each day was different and a unique experience. Really appreciate all the thought and planning that went into finding each restaurant and the logistics of moving a big group like ours look effortless! 5 star restaurants and wine.

Jim, Trek Travel Guest

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This trip was spectacular from the beginning to the end. All guides, all rides, all meals, all activities. Well thought out and planned.

Susan, Trek Travel Guest

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Thank you for another great experience. Some of our biking buddies did their own home-grown rides in Portugal while we were on the Trek trip, and they acknowledged the Trek trip looked a lot more fun.

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The dining experiences were amazing. The vineyard tour and dinner on the last night was unforgettable, gorgeous and so special. I felt so privileged to spend the evening there.

Sylvia, Trek Travel Guest

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Every meal out as a group was well thought out and enhanced our experience, from the opening dinner in town with local wine and food to the final closing. The lunch in Elvas with the incredible view was fabulous, with well selected food. The dinner in Estremoz was incredible, with the highest quality food and presentation. And the final closing dinner with wine tour, bit of cooking on the estate, and seating at the most elaborate table with wonderful service was a lovely closing touch.

Candace, Trek Travel Guest

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Both the tour of Evora and the tour of the cork estate were wonderful. The history of the region was central to the enjoyment and awe of the spaces we visited. Meeting and enjoying the people of the region enriched our time there.

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Vila Viçosa to Monsaraz

Pass through sweeping countryside and picturesque villages before climbing to the fortified Medieval town of Monsaraz, which overlooks the Great Lake of Alqueva and beyond, to Spain.

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Arrival / Departure

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Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS)

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A Padaria Portuguesa, Rua Mouzinho da Silveira 2, Lisbon, Portugal

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We suggest that you arrive at least one day prior to the trip start, which will enable you to adjust to the time zone and minimize the risk of missing the trip start due to flight-related delays. We recommend that you fly into Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Public transportation is inexpensive and easy to use from the airport. You can take the Metro with a one-way ticket for 1.90€ or the daily pass (which allows you to use the metro, bus, trams, and trains) for 6€. More information can be found at www.metro.transporteslisboa.pt . Alternatively, taxis are plentiful and cost approximately 15-25 Euros to Lisbon center.

Your Trek Travel guides will meet you at the bakery A Padaria Portuguesa (Rua Mouzinho da Silveira 2, 1250-042 Lisbon) at 10:00 AM on the first day of the trip. You'll then shuttle approximately two hours to your retreat oasis for the week. Please have your first-day cycling clothes and riding gear easily accessible, separate from your luggage. After a light lunch of local delights on the patio of the hotel, your guides will fit and familiarize you with your bike for the week and speak to the specifics of cycling in the area before taking to the roads of Alentejo.

If you will be late for the pick-up or are going to miss it altogether, please inform your guides. If you cannot reach them, please call our first hotel, Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and Spa (+351 268 887 010), and leave a message with your expected arrival time and contact details. A taxi from Lisbon to the first hotel will take about two hours and cost around 200 euros.

Additional Departure Information

You will say farewell to your guides at 11:00 AM at the Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and Spa in Vila Viçosa, Portugal. You will shuttle approximately two hours to the Lisbon Portela Airport to arrive around 1:00 PM. Please do not schedule a flight out before 2:30 PM on the last day of the trip to allow plenty of time for any unforeseen delays. If you are staying in Lisbon, the shuttle will also stop in the centre of the town at A Padaria Portuguesa (Rua Mouzinho da Silveira 2, 1250-042 Lisbon).

Day 1 Wind your way through the quiet country roads to Alandroal

Wind your way through the quiet country roads to Alandroal

Welcome to Portugal! After a two-hour shuttle ride, you'll arrive at your luxurious retreat in the Alentejo Region. Enjoy a light lunch on the hotel terrace, featuring local specialties such as soft, light sheep cheeses and black ham. Your guides will fit and familiarize you with your Trek bike, and provide riding tips before embarking on your first adventure through the Alentejo countryside. As you head south, you'll pass through the charming village of Alandroal, ... Welcome to Portugal! After a two-hour shuttle ride, you'll arrive at your luxurious retreat in the Alentejo Region. Enjoy a light lunch on the hotel terrace, featuring local specialties such as soft, light sheep cheeses and black ham. Your guides will fit and familiarize you with your Trek bike, and provide riding tips before embarking on your first adventure through the Alentejo countryside. As you head south, you'll pass through the charming village of Alandroal, where you can admire the beautiful oleander flowers, shrubs, and trees that have been used as motifs by local artisans. In the evening, you'll gather for a welcome drink of rich Alentejo wines before enjoying dinner at our guide's favorite restaurant. This restaurant offers a contemporary take on classic Portuguese dishes, using locally sourced ingredients to create a unique and hospitable culinary experience. Read More

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Lunch | Social Hour | Dinner

Alentejo Marmoris Hotel and Spa

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The Alentejo Marmoris hotel in Vila Viçosa is a marble showpiece designed by the owner with marble from their private mine. Enjoy a luxurio... The Alentejo Marmoris hotel in Vila Viçosa is a marble showpiece designed by the owner with marble from their private mine. Enjoy a luxurious experience of fine dining, spa treatments, and stylish relaxation. Read More

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TODAY'S RIDE:

Alandroal Loop - Approximately 17 mi | 28 km and 790 ft | 240 m

Day 2 Take a thrilling jeep ride through cork trees to learn about this impressive local resource

Take a thrilling jeep ride through cork trees to learn about this impressive local resource

Today you'll peer out over the Alentejo plains of twisted cork trees, fields of wheat, and olive trees as you ride to a rural estate whose land has been dedicated to cork oak forestry for five generations. Following a delicious lunch with all your favourite Portuguese flavors, you'll join our local guide, Joana, who will explain all the details of cork extraction. Raised in the area, she has an insider's perspective and passion for the land and the people. While cru... Today you'll peer out over the Alentejo plains of twisted cork trees, fields of wheat, and olive trees as you ride to a rural estate whose land has been dedicated to cork oak forestry for five generations. Following a delicious lunch with all your favourite Portuguese flavors, you'll join our local guide, Joana, who will explain all the details of cork extraction. Raised in the area, she has an insider's perspective and passion for the land and the people. While cruising in a jeep into the surrounding hills and forest, she will share with us all that she knows about this important and fascinating renewable resource that historically has been a huge part of the economy in this region. After our cork forest visit, we'll shuttle back to Vila Viçosa to enjoy some down time in the afternoon. This evening you can explore the town and enjoy dinner of your choice. Read More

Breakfast | Lunch

Private guided tour in a Cork tree forest

Private guided tour in a Cork tree forest

Learn about local native wildlife and cork harvesting on an exclusive guided jeep tour.

TODAY'S RIDE

Herdade Maroteira Loop - Approximately 32 mi | 52 km and 2,000 ft | 600 m

TODAY’S ACTIVITY:

Cork forest visit to learn about one of the most characteristic natural products of Portugal

Day 3 Immerse yourself in history and culture on a private walking tour through the UNESCO town of Evora

Immerse yourself in history and culture on a private walking tour through the UNESCO town of Evora

This morning you'll stop to visit a pottery shop in Redondo, where they make traditional wheel-thrown and hand-painted wares. You'll then continue toward Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Catch sight of its impressive 16th century aqueduct as you take an expert-led walking tour with our local guide to an ancient Roman temple dating back to the first century and the town’s most famous landmark. You'll finish the tour at the bone chapel, perhaps one of the most m... This morning you'll stop to visit a pottery shop in Redondo, where they make traditional wheel-thrown and hand-painted wares. You'll then continue toward Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Catch sight of its impressive 16th century aqueduct as you take an expert-led walking tour with our local guide to an ancient Roman temple dating back to the first century and the town’s most famous landmark. You'll finish the tour at the bone chapel, perhaps one of the most memorable monuments of Evora. Enjoy lunch on your own and take your time to explore a maze of perfectly maintained cobbled streets and narrow houses. Tonight we'll head to the town of Estremoz to sample some of Alentejo cuisine at the celebrated restaurant, Casa do Gadanha. Well-known for her skills in the kitchen, the chef, Michele, has created a cosy space in which you will enjoy her delicious plates that have a traditional base but with a contemporary twist. We will savor several courses of the most delicious and well-prepared food you can imagine and accompany it with some of the beautiful wines that the region around Estremoz has become well known for. It is a perfect way to enjoy the evening with your new friends. Read More

Breakfast | Dinner

Redondo

The whitewashed town of Redondo is famous for its traditional pottery. Get a close-up look at artisans working the pottery wheel and hand-pa... The whitewashed town of Redondo is famous for its traditional pottery. Get a close-up look at artisans working the pottery wheel and hand-painting their pieces. Read More

Vila Viçosa to Evora - Approximately 36 mi | 58 km and 1,800 ft | 550 m

Guided walking tour through the historic town of Evora

Day 4 Pedal towards the Spanish border and explore the picturesque village of Monsaraz

Pedal towards the Spanish border and explore the picturesque village of Monsaraz

Following breakfast and your daily route talk from your guides, you'll head south today, and ride what is arguably the most picturesque ride of the week. You'll pass through small towns, olive groves, and cross rivers to follow the Spanish border, ending with a climb to the picture-perfect village of Monsaraz. With its whitewashed walls and cobbled streets, you'll quickly fall in love with this charming perched village and surely have something to bring home from on... Following breakfast and your daily route talk from your guides, you'll head south today, and ride what is arguably the most picturesque ride of the week. You'll pass through small towns, olive groves, and cross rivers to follow the Spanish border, ending with a climb to the picture-perfect village of Monsaraz. With its whitewashed walls and cobbled streets, you'll quickly fall in love with this charming perched village and surely have something to bring home from one of its many artisanal shops. Monsaraz is located near one of the largest pottery producing towns in Portugal, so be sure to peruse the shops before you head to the town's main attraction, its castle, where you'll be rewarded with some of the most spectacular views of the town and across the Alentejo. Your guides will take you to the locals' favorite Taverna "Os Templarios". Enjoy a glass of wine with fresh Portuguese cuisine with a terrace that views across the river Guadiana and directly onto Spain. After a wonderful lunch together, we'll shuttle back to the hotel. The rest of the afternoon is yours to spend relaxing with a luxurious spa treatment at the hotel's well-appointed Stone Spa or reading your book by the pool. This evening we'll gather for a dinner at the hotel's restaurant Primavera, offering traditional Alentejo cuisine and an outdoor dining experience surrounded by colourful decor and beautiful hand laid marble flooring. Read More

Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Explore Monsaraz

Explore Monsaraz

The picturesque medieval hilltop village of Monsaraz is known for its well-preserved historic architecture, cobblestone streets, and panoram... The picturesque medieval hilltop village of Monsaraz is known for its well-preserved historic architecture, cobblestone streets, and panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. Read More

Vila Viçosa to Monsaraz with Shuttle - Approximately 33 mi | 53 km and 1,550 ft | 470 m

Ride Option 2

SHORT OPTION:

Reguengos to Monsaraz with Shuttle - Approximately 11 mi | 17 km and 700 ft | 213 m

Ride Option 3

AVID OPTION:

Monsaraz Loop - Approximately 43 mi | 69 km and 2,200 ft | 670 m

Day 5 Enjoy an exclusive tour of the Dona Maria winery and a hosted dinner at the 18th-century quinta

Enjoy an exclusive tour of the Dona Maria winery and a hosted dinner at the 18th-century quinta

Today, you'll meander along quiet country roads lined with vineyards to the charming village of Juromenha, which overlooks the border of Spain and Portugal. The fortress here has been a significant defensive position for centuries, and it now stands as a symbol of the area's rich history. Enjoy the views and shuttle back to Vila Viçosa for a tranquil lunch of your choice. For those who want to add more mileage, you can enjoy the ride back. In the afternoon, you can... Today, you'll meander along quiet country roads lined with vineyards to the charming village of Juromenha, which overlooks the border of Spain and Portugal. The fortress here has been a significant defensive position for centuries, and it now stands as a symbol of the area's rich history. Enjoy the views and shuttle back to Vila Viçosa for a tranquil lunch of your choice. For those who want to add more mileage, you can enjoy the ride back. In the afternoon, you can relax and unwind by the pool or join an optional guided tour of a magnificent marble quarry with our friend and guide, Luis. This evening, we'll shuttle to a former palace built by King Joao V for his beloved Dona Maria. Admire the lavish gardens and rooms adorned with 18th century tiles as you make your way to the palace's dining room. During this unique experience, our gracious host Isabel will share her passion and knowledge of Portuguese history, while you sample some of the finest wines in the region. You'll be transported to another era as you explore the stunning quinta , a testament to Portugal's rich cultural heritage. There, you'll indulge in a carefully prepared and perfectly paired meal, accompanied by the estate's popular and distinct wines. It's sure to be a unique and memorable experience. Read More

Breakfast | Social Hour | Dinner

Featured Meal | Dona Maria

Featured Meal | Dona Maria

This evening, step back in time to a palace built by King Joao V for Dona Maria. Our gracious host Isabel shares her passion for Portuguese ... This evening, step back in time to a palace built by King Joao V for Dona Maria. Our gracious host Isabel shares her passion for Portuguese history as you sample fine regional wines and enjoy a carefully prepared meal expertly paired with the estate's wines. Read More

Vila Viçosa to Juromenha with Shuttle - Approximately 25 mi | 40 km and 1,280 ft | 390 m

Juromenha Loop - Approximately 40 mi | 65 km and 2,800 ft | 855 m

Private wine tasting at Dona Maria’s

Private guided tour of the marble quarry with our guide Luis

Day 6 Enjoy a relaxed morning or choose a leisurely spin

Enjoy a relaxed morning or choose a leisurely spin

It’s sadly time to bid farewell today. Join your guides for a last spin or enjoy a leisurely breakfast and relax morning by the hotel pool. A private Trek Travel shuttle will depart from the hotel at 11:00 AM. You’ll say farewell to your guides before the two-hour shuttle to the Lisbon Portola Airport to arrive around 1:00 PM (with a second drop off option downtown). Please do not schedule a flight out before 3:00 PM on the last day of the trip to allow plenty o... It’s sadly time to bid farewell today. Join your guides for a last spin or enjoy a leisurely breakfast and relax morning by the hotel pool. A private Trek Travel shuttle will depart from the hotel at 11:00 AM. You’ll say farewell to your guides before the two-hour shuttle to the Lisbon Portola Airport to arrive around 1:00 PM (with a second drop off option downtown). Please do not schedule a flight out before 3:00 PM on the last day of the trip to allow plenty of time for any unforeseen delays. Read More

Farewell Alentejo!

Farewell Alentejo!

Bid farewell to Portugal with a brief final loop in the surroundings of your hotel.

Borba Loop - Approximately 16 mi | 26 km and 750 ft | 230 m

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Rider Information

Rider Level: 2

Terrain: Undulating

The terrain of the Alentejo region is a vast area of gently rolling hills. Portugal is best suited for our Type 2 Riders. Our Trek Travel guides can also easily accommodate Type 1 Riders, who seek less mileage or fewer uphills, with a boost in the van. For those eager to experience every mile but mindful of their physical limits, our electric bike option offers a comfortable and enjoyable solution. Type 3 Riders will enjoy the extra mileage the avid route options offer.

Daily Average

26 miles | 43 kilometers

160 miles | 257 kilometers

1,350 feet | 410 meters

8,130 feet | 2,480 meters

On most Trek Travel trips, we offer non-riding options for riders who want to take the afternoon off, or travel companions who want to spend little or no time in the saddle. Some of these options may need to be scheduled before your trip–please contact one of our Trip Consultants for more information. Expenses and/or related transportation to these activities may not be included in the trip price. Some non-riding options on this trip are:

  • Wine tasting at Dona Maria
  • Winery tours one of the many wineries in Estremoz and surrounds
  • Marble tour in Borba
  • Historical and cultural walking tours
  • Visit to the luxurious hotel spa
  • Guided cork forest jeep tour
  • Cultural visits in Vila Viçosa at the Ducal palace, the Marble Museum, the Vila Viçosa castle, and more

non rider

We've got you covered on and off the bike! Our team of guides will always have one in the support vehicle and one on the bike, ready to fill up your water bottles, fix a flat tire, or give you a lift up the hill. They'll also give you the inside scoop on the best local spots. And when you're not riding, your guides are happy to help with anything you need - from massage appointments to finding that special local treat you've been craving.

  • Fully guided and supported with two guides and one van minimum
  • Up to three daily route options on a pre-loaded Garmin GPS
  • Additional guides and vehicles added dependent upon guest count and trip logistics

A group of people getting fit for bikes in Glacier National Park

A marble palace set in the historic village of Vila Viçosa. Alentejo Marmoris is a prestigious member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World” and a shining, glimmering example of luxuriousness in the marble region for which Vila Viçosa is known. From its gourmet restaurant, focusing on local ingredients and contemporary surprises, to its luxurious spa located in an old olive mill, Alentejo Marmoris is where all travellers come to relax, unwind and sample the very best.

Bikes & Gear

New in 2023 Domane SL 7

Experiencing your cycling vacation of a lifetime is not complete without a world-class bike and the Trek Domane SL 7 Gen 4 is the best on the road. It raises the bar to deliver incredible endurance road bike comfort without sacrificing performance and features highly responsive disc brakes, road-smoothing IsoSpeed technology, and electronic shifting. This new bike is lighter than ever before, and carbon wheels are standard on every Domane SL 7 bike.

Verve+ electric assist lowstep bike

Trek Electric-Assist Verve+

Fun from the first pedal stroke, venture further on our Trek Verve+. With its low-step frame design, upright riding position, and the barely-there Bosch electric motor, the Verve+ has one goal: pure enjoyment. Designed for both comfort and adventure, get a boost up the hills when you need it with energy to spare.

Trek Domane+ SLR bike

Upgrade your experience on the Domane+ SLR 7. It has everything you love in a road bike, with the extra boost to take you farther than ever before. With an ultra-lightweight design and a whisper quiet electric assist motor, this performance e-road bike will assist you on the climbs and enable you to venture further. So go ahead—take the long way. With Domane+ SLR 7, there’s always room for more distance and more fun! Upgrade to the Domane+ SLR 7 on this trip for $399 (3-6 day trips) or $599 (7+ day trips). Available in limited quantities. See specific trip dates for available bike options.

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Trek Travel Guides

The World’s Best

From the moment you meet our guides, you'll understand the difference. You'll feel the genuine care they take to make your vacation perfect. From their expert support to sharing their favorite hidden spots, they tailor every moment to you.

Additional Gear

  • Trek Travel Santini cycling jersey to keep
  • Trek Travel water bottles to keep
  • Cinch sack day bag to keep
  • Bontrager saddle
  • Bontrager helmet
  • Bontrager front and rear Flare R lights
  • Garmin Edge 1030 GPS computer with pre-loaded routes
  • Shimano SPD-SL road style pedals, Shimano SPD mountain style pedals, caged, or flat pedals
  • A flat pack containing a tube, levers, and a CO2 cartridge with inflator
  • For the most comfortable ride, we recommend you bring your own saddle. If you prefer, you can bring your own pedals and helmet on the trip and our guides will install your gear on the first day during your bike fit.

A collage of cycling gear guests will use on a Trek Travel Classic Bike Tour.

Trip Inclusions

  • Five nights of accommodation at handpicked hotels
  • Two experienced guides to provide local knowledge, support, and camaraderie
  • Daily route support with both guides and our support van
  • Daily breakfast, three lunches, and four dinners
  • Two social hours of drinks and hors d'oeuvres
  • Ride With GPS Experience for your phone with daily itinerary and route navigation information

  • Up to three daily route options on riding days
  • Snacks and drinks for each day's ride
  • All gratuities for drivers, local experts and hospitality staff
  • All luggage transfers and transportation during your trip
  • A digital photo album of your trip
  • Entrance fees for all activities, private tours and events

A group boat ride in Costa Brava, Spain.

  • Airfare and transportation to and from the trip pick-up/drop-off locations
  • Lodging before and after the bike trip
  • Personal items purchased during the trip
  • Optional activities not scheduled by Trek Travel
  • On select trips some meals are not included. On these trips, Trek Travel invites you to explore the local cuisine at your leisure

Guide Gratuities

Guide gratuities are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. For this trip, we suggest a tip for your guides between $240-$300 per guest and, of course, you may choose to give more if your guides made your trip an unforgettable experience. While local currency is preferred, there are other options to make tipping easier. Most guides accept gratuity via PayPal or our staff can help before or after the trip. Gratuities will be divided among the guide team, so feel free to leave your gratuity with whomever you choose at the end of your trip.

Additional Details

Know Before You Go!

We want you to be fully prepared for your cycling vacation of a lifetime. This involves making sure that you choose the appropriate trip for you and that every aspect of your experience is flawless. Each Trek Travel trip is unique to ensure maximum enjoyment every time.

Your Trip Need to Knows:

  • Meals in the Alentejo region can last longer than usual; two or more hours, allowing time to enjoy the delicious and carefully-prepared cuisine at a leisurely pace.
  • Shuttles: We extensively utilize shuttles to explore our favorite places in the Alentejo region. Consider this an opportunity to enjoy breathtaking scenery and experience the region’s finest offerings as you are transported after the ride or to dinner on most days.

Before and After Your Trip

Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, known as the city of seven hills, is the capital city of Portugal overflowing with great café culture, music, art, and gratuitous history. You'll be enchanted by the narrow, cobbled streets and white washed walls, ochre roofs, and colourful splashes of ceramic tiles. Be sure to walk the streets of some of the many storied neighbourhoods and certainly don't pass up a pastéis de nata, Portugal's mouthwatering custard tart. We recommend the following accommodations for your pre- and post-trip hotel:

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Where to Stay

Memmo Alfama

Perched on a magnificent hillside in the Alfama district, with a spectacular view of the city lies this hidden gem of a shoe polish factory turned boutique hotel. Perfectly situated for your local explorations and an evening cocktail with a view. www.memmohotels.com

Hotel Britania

Boutique Art Deco Hotel in the heart of the historic center of Lisbon. A stay at this hotel is a step back in time. It's the only hotel in Lisbon to date from the 1940s and is truly a special experience, both from a design and a service standpoint. Very attentive and wonderful staff on hand to make your stay the perfect beginning or end to your Trek Travel Vacation. www.lisbonheritagehotels.com

Hotel White Lisboa

Modern boutique hotel offers panoramic views and comfortable accommodation in the centre. Hotel White Lisbon features an outdoor swimming pool and views of the city. www.hotelwhitelisboa.com

Packing and Weather

The south central region of Alentejo sees favorable temperatures year round, but spring and fall are the best time to visit with average 70-80 degree highs (21-26ºC) and lows of 50-55 degrees (10-12ºC). Mornings and evenings in fall can be cooler so make sure to pack layers. Rain is infrequent but there is always a chance for a shower so don’t forget your rain gear to assure you comfort while riding. View our Packing List

Ready to book?

To reserve your space on a trip, you can either call us at 866-464-8735 to speak with an expert Trip Consultant or book online any time by clicking the “BOOK THIS TRIP” icon near the upper right of each destination’s overview page.* Once you have submitted your reservation online, a Trip Consultant will contact you within one business day to answer any questions you may have and to confirm space, bike, and room availability on your desired trip. Your booking will be finalized once your no-risk deposit is paid. If you make a reservation more than 90 days prior to the trip, a $750 no risk deposit is due at the time of booking.** If you reserve your trip less than 90 days prior to the departure, the full balance is due at the time of booking. Once your booking is complete you will receive an email confirmation with important information pertaining to your trip.

*Please note that select trips cannot be booked online at this time. For those trips, please call a trip consultant at 866-464-8735.

**Deposit amounts vary for all Race, Cross Country, Special Edition, Ride Camp, Discover, and Self-Guided tours. Please confirm deposit amounts for all trips with your Trip Consultant at time of booking.

What happens once I book?

When a trip is booked, a guest confirmation email is immediately sent out. One week prior to the trip start, you’ll receive an email containing your trip start meeting location reminder and any last-minute information that you’ll need to know. You will also receive instructions to download the Ride with GPS app before your trip to provide you the day to day plan and daily route guides.

Guaranteed to run

With one person booked on a date, the trip becomes guaranteed.*

In the case where trips are at one or two guests, we will contact you prior to final payment to give you the following options:

Pay a small trip fee of $500 per person for two guests or $1000 for one guest, which ensures your preferred trip date will run. If there are three or more guests before departure date, the fee will be refunded in full.

Switch to a different trip or different departure date. Should there be any difference in trip price between your original trip and the new one, you will be expected to pay the difference, or we will refund you accordingly.

Offer only valid if Trek Travel contacts a guest to discuss these specific options. Bike trips with fewer than three guests may operate with only one guide. The guide will support all rides with a Trek Travel van. If you would like to discuss the option of having two guides, please speak with your trip consultant.

The small trip supplement for Ride Camps is as follows – for two guests an additional $250 or for one guest an additional $500.

*Cross Country, Discover, Race, and Special Edition trips as well as a small number of select departures have a minimum guest count to guarantee. Please check with your Trip Consultant for more information.

Unforeseen events may make it necessary to cancel or modify a trip. Our Guest Services team will update you with any changes. We reserve the right to cancel departures in cases of force majeure or the failure of third parties—such as hotels—to honor their reservations, in which case all payments received to date will be refunded, which constitutes full settlement. Trek Travel is not responsible for expenses incurred in preparation for any canceled trips, such as airline tickets, or for costs that are incurred due to travel delays, flight cancellations, or illness. We strongly encourage Travel Protection for complete coverage.

What if I have to cancel my trip?

We understand things happen in life and sometimes you have to cancel or change your tour.

Read our Cancellation Policy

Our Trip Consultants are available to assist and can answer your questions. Please call us at 866-464-8735.

Travel Protection

Trek Travel recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help safeguard you and your travel investment against the unexpected. We offer a travel protection plan through Arch RoamRight that provides coverage for unforeseen events that could affect your ability to travel with us. Learn more about our Travel Protection

Travel Services

We've collaborated with a specialized travel agency committed to delivering tailored vacation planning, ensuring your entire Trek Travel journey is nothing short of unforgettable. Learn more about our Travel Services

Sharing the joy that comes with wow moments

Trek Travel guides are dedicated to making moments that last a lifetime, and we invite you to thank them with a trip gratuity. These are customary and at your own discretion, to recognize service, hospitality, and the little extras that surprise and delight. For this Signature trip, we recommend between $240-$300 per guest and, of course, you may choose to give more if your guides made your trip an unforgettable experience.

Like everything else about your vacation, the Trek Travel team is here to make this experience easier for you. While local currency is preferred, you may also tip through the following options:

Via PayPal (please have this account set up in advance when possible) or with your guest services representative on the phone before or after the trip.

Gratuities will be divided among the guide team, so feel free to leave your gratuity with whomever you choose at the end of your trip.

You cannot put a price on a wow . But you can show your thanks for an exceptional experience.

General FAQs

Didn't find what you were looking for? Check out our General FAQs section. You will find answers to the most common questions that don't necessarily pertain to a specific trip. See FAQs

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Guaranteed trips.

Our trips are guaranteed to run once we have one confirmed booking on the trip.  Click here to view our full guarantee policy .

Trek Travel reserves the right to cancel trips with zero guests, therefore you must book with Trek Travel before making travel arrangements for the trip. We are not responsible for travel arrangements made prior to confirming your Trek Travel Trip. Select trips are not guaranteed.

Sold Out/Waitlist

This trip is currently sold out, but you may be added to the waitlist in the case of availability.

If a date is marked with Limited Availability, there are few spots left to book. We will secure additional rooms from our hotels before confirming your reservation.

Looking to travel with a small group? Ask our trip consultants about private trips and learn more .

What are your trip styles?

Classic - reserve:.

Savor the finer things as you relax in luxurious 5-star accommodations and wine, dine, and ride in some of the most unforgettable destinations around the world.

Classic - Signature:

Explore beautiful destinations by bike, enjoy extra inclusions, savor delicious local cuisine, and enjoy the perfect mix of accommodations.

Classic - Discovor:

Enjoy a casual cycling vacation with fantastic routes and comfortable accommodations.

Train like the pros in some of their favorite riding destinations.

See the pros in action at the biggest cycling events of the year.

Cross Country:

Tackle an epic adventure that takes you point-to-point across mountains, countryside, and more.

Self-Guided

Enjoy a bike tour on your schedule with just your chosen travel companions.

If a date is marked as Private, it is reserved for a private group.

Looking to travel with a small group or looking for a custom date? Call our trip consultants at 866-464-8735

What is the Difference?

Ultimate luxury:.

Savor some of the most spectacular, 5-star properties in the world. Exuding luxury and elegance, these one-of-a-kind accommodations offer the chance to rejuvenate at award-winning spas, dine at Michelin-starred restaurants, and more.

Enjoy luxurious accommodations handpicked for a refined experience. From signature spa treatments to delicious local cuisine, you’ll be more than provided for; you’ll be pampered.

These handpicked hotels provide relaxation and fun in a casual and comfortable environment. Delicious cuisine and great service mix perfectly for a memorable stay.

On select cycling vacations, you’ll stay at a mix of Explorer and Luxury hotels. Rest assured, no matter which hotel level you’re at, our trip designers carefully select every accommodation.

Road : 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 25 mi (40 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Gravel: 1-3 hours of riding. Up to 20 mi (35 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 1-3 hours of hiking. Up to 5 mi (8 km). Up to 1,000 ft (300 m).

Road : 2-4 hours of riding. 20-35 mi (35-60 km). Up to 2,500 ft (750 m).

Gravel: 2-4 hours of riding. 15-30 mi (25-45 km). Up to 2,000 ft (300 m).

Hiking: 2-4 hours of hiking. 4-8 mi (6-12 km). Up to 1,500 ft (450 m).

Road : 3-5 hours of riding. 25-55 mi (40-85 km). Up to 4,500 ft (1,500 m).

Gravel: 3-5 hours of riding. 20-40 mi (35-60 km). Up to 3,000 ft (900 m).

Hiking: 3-5 hours of hiking. 6-10 mi (9-16 km). Up to 2,000 ft (600 m).

Road : 4+ hours of riding. 40-70 mi (60-110 km). Up to 8,000 ft (2,400 m).

Gravel:  4+ hours of riding. 30-50 mi (45-80 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Hiking: 4+ hours of hiking. 7-15 mi (11-24 km). Up to 4,000 ft (1,200 m).

Classic - Discover:

Single occupancy.

Sometimes it’s more convenient and comfortable to have your own room while on vacation. We understand and that’s why we offer a Single Occupancy option. The additional price guarantees a private room all to yourself

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Cycling Tours in Portugal

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Bike Tours in Portugal

Top Rated Cycling Trips in Portugal

Bike Tours in Portugal. Portugal is an ideal country for cycling tourism, where you can bike along the magnificent Atlantic Coast, encounter wild beaches, and explore the rich landscape of the Algarve. Discover an incredible cultural heritage, enchanting villages, and unique traditions, coupled with the best of the Mediterranean gastronomy in a fantastic climate.

Exploring Portugal on a bike is a unique experience and adventure, whether you prefer a coastal trip with the sea by your side, to conquer our hills and mountains, or to immerse yourself through our typical and historic villages. So many options to choose from, but all of them offer you a rich pedaling experience!

Our tours are designed to provide bike enthusiasts everything they need for a great cycling trip. All the trips have been meticulously perfected and adjusted to tailor the needs of all our clients, from beginners to experts, with Easy , Leisurely , Fit , Challenging , and Extreme levels. You can check the best bike tours in Portugal for you on our Tour Grades .

All the cycling tours can be done either in small Guided groups or, if you prefer the freedom to travel at your own pace and away from the crowds, you can choose a Self-Guided trip. Self-Guided trips are a great choice for traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic since you can keep the recommended physical and social distance, you’ll only travel with the persons you already know, and you can bike in wide open beautiful spaces, far from crowds and off the beaten path. Check out more about our COVID-19 measures.

You can either bring your bike with you, since many airlines offer great prices for bicycle transportation, or you can choose to rent one of our top-quality bikes . Our Hybrid Bikes (also called touring or leisure bikes) are a big hit for being very comfortable and versatile, as well as our E-Bikes , for those who want an easier ride. For more specialized tours, we also have available MTB and Road Bikes .

Dare to experience a bicycle holiday in Portugal, and be amazed by nature, the culture, the heritage, and the amazing cycling paths! Choose your tour from the options below, or contact us for a Tailor-Made trip!

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CYCLING PORTUGAL: A GUIDE TO PLAN YOUR BIKE TOUR IN PORTUGAL

Cycling portugal is our favorite way of discovering the country. if you are planning to discover portugal by bike, check our quick guide, inspired on our experience of hosting portugal bike tours , that showcases the best tips to make the most of your bike tour in portugal..

Portugal is know to be one of the world’s most searched for holiday destinations. The country's popularity has been increasing enourmously, as more and more guests visit and praise its gastronomy, culture, natural beauty and authenticity. We couldn’t agree more - after all, we live here - and we’ve been benefiting from its climate and lifestyle for quite some time now. The country is doing a great job at promoting but also at securing its identity and its culture. One of the best ways to tap into the authenticity of the portuguese lifestyle and traditions is travelling by bicycle. Cycling Portugal is a great way to get to know the country, especially the less urbanized areas, where you’ll find the quaint villages, the vineyards, the fresh fish, the mediterranean cuisine and, for us cyclists, the absence of cars. Even though the country lacks big infrastructures like cyclepaths, it makes up by having great backroads, from north to south, that you can use to travel in. So, the question remains:

WHY CHOOSE PORTUGAL AS A CYCLING DESTINATION?

Weather, culture, gastronomy, geographical diversity, history, nature… you name it.

Great, accessible, diversity:  With 10 million inhabitants and 92,212 km2 of surface, it’s considered one of the most geographically diverse countries in Europe and home to several UNESCO world heritage sites and traditions - small enough country for you to cover a great portion of it on a bike to get to know lots of different heritage sites, traditions, flavours and natural beauty. Portugal is home to amazing beaches, glacial valleys, big mountain ranges, wine countries and national parks.

Tourism oriented : Tourism is one of the country’s main activities, which means you can find many types of hotels everywhere, overall good english knowledge, good transportation and lots of options of restaurants or cafés. Cycling in Portugal, you’ll find great infrastructures to support your stay: from amazing 5 star hotels to charming palaces and farms that have been restored with great care to host tourists from all around the world. Home to several UNESCO world heritage sites, we proudly take care of our touristic attraction and destinations.  

Great cycling climate all year long:  By Facing the north Atlantic Ocean, it’s home to a maritime climate, with average annual temperature of 16 Degrees and sunny weather all year long, making it perfect for cycling in Portugal. In July or August, it’s best to choose the region of your liking wisely, as it can be too hot for cycling in some interior areas. Cycling Portugal, you'll experience moderate Autumn and Winter is topped by a sunny spring and summer. This makes it a great option as a cycling holidays destination, either to start off your season or just riding throughout the summer.  Click to read on our “winter cycling in Portugal” article

Rich history and culture : Portugal has been the epicenter of trade routes, that once led the strongest naval fleet the world had ever seen, spanning over 600 years. Visiting Portugal, you'll encounter a country of explorers and one of the first to adventure into the see and discover cultures in Africa, Asia, India and the Americas, which is still today visible in it’s language, the third most spoken in the world. The “Portucale” county was formed in 1139 by D. Afonso Henriques, in an epic family battle. But even before it’s foundation,“Lusitania” was inhabited by Romans since 45 BC, the Visigoths, the Moors and many others. Today, Portugal is a sovereign nation-state which prides itself of being a part of Europe and having a rich and strong history and identity and as a petite country opened to the world, Portugal has always embraced other cultures and arts. Nowadays, you will find that modern and contemporary architecture, literature, music and theatre, all blend with millennial traditions and craftsmanship. A bike tour in Portugal provides a relaxing and authentic way to discover the country.

Great food and wines : What is more important after having a tough and exhausting ride during the day than to enjoy a delicious meal? Regarding food, Portugal is definitely worth a visit: Being bathed by the Atlantic ocean means Portugal thrives on fantastic, fresh fish and seafood, expertly used in its trademark mediterranean cuisine. But the country’s great variety of cultures and landscapes means each region has an endless variety of cheese, wines and local gastronomy, so if you are cycling Portugal, you'll get to discover the Douro and Alentejo have been voted best wine countries in the world, not just because they are home to some of the best wine tasting experiences, but also because of their picturesque and authentic landscapes, people, wineries, farms and culture. So, everywhere you go, you’ll find it easy to savour great, authentic and simple food. From Michelin star restaurants to local “tascas”, Portugal is a foodie’s heaven.

Great backroads and trails, with small car-density : Most of the country’s population is condensed around Lisbon, Porto and cities nearby it. The countryside is much less dense in population, and so is some of the coastline, natural parks, etc. For instance, the region of Alentejo, which is roughly the size of a country like Belgium, only has 400.000 inhabitants - this causes the backroads to be great to to ride on your bike, in an almost car-free environment, where you can visit the local vineyards - that creates a great atmosphere for a peaceful group ride. Also, many regions have invested in the creation of bike parks and in maintaining and improving trails, making it perfect for mountain biking.

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cycling portugal: riding by the Atlantic Ocean

WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO GO CYCLING PORTUGAL?

Different regions are better explored in different times of the year...

Cycling Portugal, you’ll find a better experience in off peak season – July and August can be too hot for cycling, and there will be more tourists visiting during these months. You can do a bike tour in Portugal during the winter, the earliest months of the year, from January to March and enjoy the mild temperature, with an average of 17oC to 19oC, making it a great option for road cyclists and cycling groups who wish to improve their skills for the upcoming season. In April, May and June, you’ll benefit from the Spring time and early summer weather, making it a great season for leisure cycling and bicycle touring, with the flowers and crops in full bloom. September, October and even November are great for cycling as well, as the summer transitions into autumn for a great ending of the year - in September and October you can also witness harvest season, particularly in the wine regions of Douro and Alentejo.

Cycling in Portugal provides great photo opportunities

HOW SHOULD I PLAN MY TRIP?

Go on a self-guided adventure or choose a bike tour from a local supplier...

Fly in:  To reach Portugal, the best way is to fly to the airport that is the closest to the startpoint of your ride. You can choose the airport that best suits the region you wish to start discovering -  Porto airport is perfect to discover the North of Portugal, the Douro, to cycle to Santiago de Compostela by the Minho region; Lisbon airport is a better option to discover Sintra, the silver and blue coasts or Alentejo wine country; Faro airport will provide you a gateway into the south of the country, to the southwest coast and the Algarve. These are the three main airports in continental Portugal. You can also choose to fly to Ponta Delgada, in the Azores archipelago, to discover one of the most naturally beautiful destinations of the world, or to Funchal, in the island of Madeira.

Rent a bike and plan the route for yourself:  If you are an experienced rider, looking to expore the country on your own, maybe the best option is to look for Portugal Bike Rentals  that can provide you with good, reliable bikes - Portugal is a safe country, that can be explored on a self-guided adventure - just make sure you have the appropriate  bike routes , to steer you away from the traffic. You can also explore several options that are more oriented to cycling, like the following:

National Mountain bike centers ( "Centros de BTT"):  More than 1330km of identified trails in several mountain bike centers across the country, with special incidence in the North of Portugal

National cycletourism network : A project designed by a portuguese road project engineer and cycle touring enthusiast Paulo Guerra dos Santoos, with over 1375km of macadam trails and backroads, to ride from north to the south of Portugal.

Ecovia Algarviana: A 300km route in the Algarve, great for touring in the South of Portugal. Via Algarviana is a Great Pedestrian Route (GR13) which connects Alcoutim to Cabo de São Vicente, with a length of 300km, mostly installed in the Algarve mountain . It is intended that became part of the Trans-European routes, linking to the E4 and E9. The route crosses eleven municipalities in the Algarve (Alcoutim,Aljezur, Castro Marim, Tavira, S. Brás de Alportel, Loulé, Silves, Monchique, Lagos, Portimão and Vila do Bispo) and about 21 parish councils.

EuroVelo1:  From east to west, the Spanish border to Sagres, EuroVelo 1 crosses the Algarve in its entirety - over 200 kilometres of coastline - enough to suit everybody, from sheltered dunes to rocky coves, from tiny bays to vast stretches of open sands, from shallow lagoons to the crashing surf of the wild Atlantic.

Go on a bike tour in one ( or two) regions:  There are several companies offering  Portugal Bike Tours , operating in different regions. From assisted, self-guided tours to fully guided experiences, choosing to go on a planned experience gives you the opportunity to discover great trails but also hotels, restaurants, attractions, etc. Although the country's extension is not too big, it can take you nearly one week to fully discover a region like the Alentejo, Douro, Algarve or others. So the best option is either book one or two one-week bike tours in the regions you are more keen to discover. Keep in mind that different regions are best suited for different riders, as they have specific altimetries, landscapes and attractions. See below for a list of regions and how to discover them on a bike!

sunset on a bike tour in portugal

WHAT ARE THE BEST REGIONS TO GO CYCLING IN PORTUGAL?

Explore the ones that best fit your riding profile...

Cycling in Portugal: The Douro valley and International park

When to go:  March to June; September to October ( Harvest season) Type of rider:  Intermediate to Expert cyclists Bike type:  Road or Touring bike Terrain type:  Hilly Duration:  5 to 7 days

Explore the enchanting Douro Valley, a truly remarkable destination for a captivating bike tour in the northern reaches of Portugal. Begin your journey by flying into Porto airport, strategically situated where the Douro River converges with the sea, and the renowned Port wine cellars reside. As the world's inaugural demarcated wine region, the Douro Valley boasts an abundance of cellars, farms, viewpoints, restaurants, museums, and enticing activities for you to discover along your route (though we recommend venturing into the vineyards only after...). The birthplace of Port wine, this region also yields exceptional red and white wines, with the 2011 harvest being particularly noteworthy. To embark on the best cycling routes, head beyond Peso da Régua, the gateway to the wine region, accessible by car, boat from Porto, or a scenic train ride from the picturesque São Bento station.

To fully immerse yourself in the wine country, commence your ride in Peso da Régua and pedal alongside the river to Pinhão, traversing upward to Adorigo, Galafura, Alijó, and other captivating viewpoints. This hilly terrain, marked by both challenging ascents and exhilarating descents, is ideal for intermediate to expert cyclists. However, interspersed with rolling stages, such as the N22 between Peso da Régua and Pinhão, providing moments of respite and recovery. A bit upstream from Pinhão, continue ascending to São João da Pesqueira, ensuring a visit to the São Salvador do Mundo viewpoint. From Pesqueira, effortlessly reach Foz Côa, Moncorvo, or Marialva, initiating the exploration of the second leg of your journey—the Douro International Park. In this region, vineyards give way to expansive olive and almond tree fields, and the landscape evolves into a more rugged, untamed terrain. Uncover ancient treasures like the Foz Côa engravings (over 30,000 years old) and explore historical Portuguese villages such as Marialva, Trancoso, and Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, each crowned with its castle and fortifications, a testament to their proximity to Spain. The Douro Valley offers an unforgettable blend of challenging cycling routes and rich cultural exploration, ensuring an exhilarating and immersive experience for riders seeking the extraordinary.

Descending to Barca D’alva ( and climbing back) and riding alongside the Douro by the spanish border towards Freixo de Espada à Cinta is just mind blowing. As most of the region has private farms and plantations, we reccomend to explore the region on a road bike or a hybrid bike, as it’s easier to move around and you’ll enjoy a better experience. Another way to explore it is simply by joining a  Douro bike tour  with Live Love Ride - an excellent way to truly get to experience the lifestyle of this amazing region. Click here to read on about  Cycling in the Douro region , on a previous article in this blog, or view the video below, from one of our bike tours in the Douro with Bicycle Touring Pro:

Cycling in Portugal: the Algarve region

When to go:  February to May; September to November; Type of rider:  Beginner to Expert Bike type:  Road, Touring or Mountain bike Terrain type:  Mixed - mountainous interior, easier by the coast line Duration:  5 to 7 days

Cycling in the Algarve

The Algarve, at the bottom of Portugal, is a fantastic place for a bike ride and the country's most popular spot for tourists, attracting nearly 10 million people each year, especially when it's busy. It's great for all kinds of cyclists - whether you're just starting, know your way around a bit, or are an expert. Lots of road cyclists and groups come here to enjoy cycling in Portugal and soak up the warm sun. The land is mostly flat along the coast, making it good for beginners or those who just want to take it easy. But if you're up for a challenge, there are two mountain ranges - the Caldeirão and Monchique. The highest point is Fóia, standing at 902 meters in Monchique. It's a tough climb, but the views of the Algarve coastline and even Alentejo from the top make it totally worth it.

In the Algarve, you'll also find the Ria Formosa lagoon, a big nature area for different birds, covering over 170 square kilometers. The south-facing coastline is about 155 kilometers long and is known for its cool limestone caves, especially near Lagos. You'll discover a variety of beaches, from quiet ones in the Vicentina Natural Park to big sandy ones in Alvor or Falésia. In the southwest, there are some fantastic trails in the Rota Vicentina, marked paths soon to be part of a larger cycling project called EuroVelo 1. This will let you cycle along the Algarve coast from east to west and then up along the southwest coast towards Alentejo. There, you'll find cliffs overlooking beautiful beaches and charming fishing villages. These beaches are flat with a few easy hills, making for a smooth ride. You can stay at a cozy hotel like the "Salgados Palace Hotel," right by the beach, or go on morning rides to Barranco do Velho or Monchique, two beautiful spots around the Algarve. Summer temperatures range from 25°C to 48°C, and that's why you'll find lots of cork, almond, and orange trees there. So, if you're looking for a great bike tour, there are plenty of reasons to choose Portugal.

The easiest way to get there is by flying to Faro. If there is no direct flight which suits your trip or the flights are too expensive, you can book a flight to Lisbon Airport and take a rental car down to the Algarve. There are plenty of good options to choose in the Algarve for a bike tour - explore Live Love Ride’s Algarve Bike tours whether as an  Algarve Cycling Camp  or on a  bike tour on the portuguese southwest coast .  Click here to read on a previous post from our blog, regarding “ Cycling Algarve - A guide to discover the south of Portugal on a bike ”.

Cycling in Portugal: Alentejo wine country 

When to go:  March to June; September to November Type of rider:  Beginner to Intermmediate Bike type:  Road and touring bike Terrain type:  Mostly Rolling hills, with flat sections and ocassional climbs Duration:  5 to 7 days

cycling in Alentejo

Alentejo, hailed as one of the world's best wine country, is a delightful region in Portugal catering to all types of riders. Here, you'll navigate through endless rolling hills and hidden trails, weaving through vineyards, olive trees, and cork oak fields. The car-free roads and trails in Alentejo create a fantastic setting for any bike tour in Portugal. Its varied topography makes it especially suitable for beginner and intermediate riders, with minimal overall climbs. The landscape transitions from the rugged Marvão and Castelo de Vide mountain range in north Alentejo (Serra de Portalegre) to the olive tree and wine fields in central Alentejo, stretching from Estremoz to the Alqueva Lake, Europe's largest artificial lake. The Sierra D'Ossa's longer climbs provide an extra challenge. It's ideal to explore on a road or touring bike, as many fields are private and gated, often with grazing cattle.

With a total population of only 400,000 inhabitants, Alentejo stands as one of the country's less crowded regions. This means you'll often find yourself cycling along car-free roads and through charming little villages, engaging with the friendly local residents. Restaurants are scattered throughout, offering a taste of the local gastronomy, which boasts rich flavors of herbs, spices, pork, bread, olives, and olive oil—a fusion of Moorish and Portuguese influences. Alentejo's cultural heritage is deeply rooted, with ancient sites like 6000-year-old "Antas" and "Cromeleques," traces of Moorish architecture, medieval castles, and Roman temples. Explore local vineyards like Herdade do Esporão, Adega da Cartuxa, and Monte da Ravasqueira, indulging in on-the-spot wine tastings. One of our clients aptly described it as "Tuscany, without the hills," capturing the essence of Alentejo's charm and cycling allure.

Any bike tour in Alentejo should include Marvão, Castelo de Vide, Crato, Estremoz, Monsaraz and the Alqueva lake and Évora, the regions' capital and UNESCO world heritage fortified city where you'll find a melting pot of influences that make up the Alentejo's culture. From Évora, you can keep riding to the coastline, where you'll find some of the most amazing beaches in the country - Portugal's blue coast and Vicentina natural park, an area that deserves a bike tour on its own, that we'll cover below! Click here to know more about our  Alentejo bike tour - wine country and heritage ” or explore more about cycling in Alentejo, on our post here: " A perfect day out riding in Alentejo ".

Cycling in Portugal:  Alentejo and Algarve's coastline - Vicentina natural park 

When to go:  March to July; September to October Type of rider:  Beginner to Intermmediate Bike type:  touring or mountain bike Terrain type:  Rolling hills, long roads, with ocasional short and steep climbs; bike trails by the Vicentina natural park Duration:  5 to 7 days

cycling in the Portuguese southwest Coast

The stretch of the Alentejo and Algarve southwest coast, kissed by the Atlantic Ocean, offers some of Portugal's most captivating oceanic rides, especially within the Vicentina Natural Park. Starting in Sines and extending southward to Sagres (the country's southernmost point), this scenic route encompasses secluded beaches, cliffs, islets, and isolated rocks. The Pessegueiro island, a consolidated dune, rests just steps from the shore, while inland, a harmonious blend of woods, moors, irrigated and rainfed plantations, and production woods unfolds. The Southwest coast and Vicentina Natural Park boast rare botanical species, particularly around the Sagres and São Vicente capes, a diverse nesting bird fauna with white storks building nests on coastal rocks, and a vital passageway for numerous other bird species.

Riding alongside the coastline from north to south, the constant presence of the Atlantic Ocean, coupled with the varied backroads and trails of the Rota Vicentina, creates an incredible atmosphere for cycling. Ideal for mountain or touring bikes due to the mix of pavement along the way, this route accommodates different riders, from beginners to expert cyclists, despite encountering some climbs. Kickstart your bike tour from Lisbon, taking the train to Setúbal or Azeitão. Begin your ride by exploring Arrabida's natural park, then ferry across Setúbal's estuary to Tróia peninsula, where you can pedal alongside beautiful beaches and rice fields in Comporta. Head south to Sines, passing through stunning beaches like São Torpes and Porto Côvo, truly immersing yourself in the trails of the Costa Vicentina.

As it's a natural park, there aren't many hotels in this area, so it's wise to book early and opt for peaceful "herdades" along the way. Don't miss the must-see destinations of Cabo Sardão, Zambujeira, and Odeceixe before entering Algarve, cycling towards Aljezur and exploring the picturesque beaches of Amoreira, Carrapateira, and Arrifana. This coastal cycling adventure promises an unforgettable exploration of Portugal's Atlantic charms.

Riding south, you'll reach Sagres, the climax of your cycling holidays, as the country ends there, in Cape São Vicente. Start riding north towards Lagos, by the beaches of Burgau, Praia da Luz and many others and never forget to bring your swimsuit along for the ride, as there will be plenty of options to freshen up on the way. Click here to know more about our  Bike tour in the southwest coast of Portugal  or explore more about cycling in this area in  Rota Vicentina's website .

Cycling in Portugal: Porto and the Portuguese Camino de Santiago ( St James Path)

When to go:  May, June, July, September, October Type of rider:  Intermmediate Bike type:  Mountain and hybrid bikes Terrain type:  Mixed terrain Duration:  5 to 7 days

cycling in the Portuguese camino de Santiago

The St. James Path is more than a religious experience; it transcends into a spiritual odyssey for all who dare to embark on its sacred trail. Whether cycling from France, Spain, or Portugal, the Caminho de Santiago leaves an indelible mark on riders, becoming a milestone in their personal journeys. For those choosing the Portuguese Camino, the optimal starting point is Porto (or Lisbon for a 15-day adventure), leading cyclists through the captivating northwest of Portugal—specifically the Minho region—and into Galicia, Spain, culminating in the revered city of Santiago de Compostela. There are two main routes from Porto: the Coastal Path and the Central Path, both heading north—one along the coastline and the other approximately 30 km inland—converging in Pontevedra, Spain, before continuing the pilgrimage to Santiago.

Marked by yellow arrows or shells, guiding the way to the Santiago de Compostela cathedral, both paths are relatively easy to follow. However, the authenticity of the Portuguese Camino sets it apart from its more polished French or Spanish counterparts. The journey is rugged, genuine, and adventurous, providing a unique and enriching experience. The Central Path offers historical and cultural depth in the Minho region, passing through the charming Romanesque cities of Barcelos, Ponte de Lima, and Valença, with a bit more challenging climbs, particularly after Ponte de Lima in the "Labruja" sierra. The Coastal Path is smoother initially but presents technical terrain in the second and third days that may pose a challenge. Both routes feature diverse terrains—paved roads, macadam trails, ancient Roman roads, and occasional technical trails—mostly winding through forests and rural areas, interspersed with urban pockets like Porto and Vigo.

Optimal for the mixed terrain, a mountain or touring bike is recommended for the Camino, though it can be done by road with limitations on following all indications. Intermediate to expert riders can complete the Camino from Porto in 4 to 5 days, while beginners/intermediate riders may take 6 to 7 days. While the Camino is accessible to all, a degree of preparation is advised, especially for beginners, who might find themselves spending long hours on the bike daily. Embark on the Portuguese Camino de Santiago for an unforgettable blend of spirituality, adventure, and personal discovery.

The Camino starts in Porto, the second largest city in Portugal after Lisbon and one of the major urban areas of the Iberian Peninsula. But before you leave and start your journey, you should take your time to taste the famous port and Douro wines, the city's charming architecture and many sights, such as the tower of Clerigos, the amazing Livraria Lello, the old quarters of Baixa with its local shops, restaurants and pastry shops, Ribeira - a quarter by the river Douro facing the wine cellars in Gaia - and other areas. Start to ride from Sé cathedral, either following the coastal path or the central path and discover the Minho region's green wines, local gastronomy, roman heritage and where Portugal started to emerge as a country as it is now, in the 12th century, as the county from which the first portuguese King arose, D. Afonso Henriques, is right here in the Minho. Ride towards Spain's Galiza, discovering the celtic heritage, the "tapas", the amazing seafood and brilliant architecture, until you reach Santiago de Compostela and realize that the Camino never actually ends... 😉 Click to know more about our  bike tour from Porto to Santiago de Compostela .

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Cycling in Portugal: Azores - São Miguel Island

When to go:  March to October Type of rider:  Intermmediate to Expert Bike type:  Road bike Terrain type:  Mountainous Duration:  5 to 7 days

cycling in Portugal: the azores archipelago

Embarking on a bike tour in the Azores archipelago, crowned the best island destination globally by National Geographic, unfolds an extraordinary adventure for nature enthusiasts. Positioned in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, equidistant between Europe and the USA, the nine Azores islands emerge from the ocean floor's lava outpouring, situated on the tectonic ridge between Eurasia and North America. The subtropical climate, evergreen fields adorned with lush pastures, vibrant flowers, and endemic flora and fauna create a perfect haven for cycling enthusiasts seeking a challenging expedition in one of the world's most unique and picturesque destinations.

São Miguel, the largest and most renowned island in the Azores, stands out as the comprehensive cycling destination within the archipelago. Here, cyclists traverse immensely scenic and impeccably maintained asphalt roads, passing dormant volcanoes, captivating lagoons, tropical forests, and thermal and sulfur springs. The journey includes climbs to breathtaking viewpoints in Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo, complemented by stays in premier hotels and thermal resorts across São Miguel.

For experienced trail and mountain bikers, São Miguel's trails present an enticing yet demanding terrain, with steep climbs accentuating this volcanic paradise. While walking or cycling on the roads offers a comprehensive island experience, it's important to note that this destination is not for beginners. A road bike loop from Ponta Delgada to Lagoa das Sete Cidades can accumulate around 1500m of total ascent. Climbing to Lagoa do Fogo can easily add another 2000m of total ascent to your ride. Despite the challenges, the unparalleled views make every climb worthwhile.

The ideal approach to exploring São Miguel by bike is to use Ponta Delgada, the island's capital, as a base for venturing into the western and central parts of the island. From Ponta Delgada, cyclists can ride to Lagoa das Sete Cidades via "Vista do Rei" or "Lagoa do Canário." Descending into the cauldron's blue and green lakes from these incredible vantage points offers an awe-inspiring cycling experience. For those seeking a less hilly ride, venturing towards the northern side to Santa Bárbara, Rabo de Peixe, or Ribeira Grande provides a captivating alternative in this cycling paradise.

To explore the eastern part of the island, we suggest riding towards "Furnas", a local thermal resort where you get to experience hot thermal springs, while surrounded by sub-tropical nature - you can ride by the coastline for a less hilly ride or, if you want to make it a big day on the saddle, go all the way up to Lagoa do Fogo - a truly epic climb, topped by an amazing view point - before reaching Furnas. From Furnas, you can ride to "Salto do Cavalo" viewpoint, Nordeste, Povoação and others. These are all tough rides, but it will make it even more special to recover in the hot thermal springs afterwards. Also, make sure you mix your cycling with other activities throught your stay - you'll find São Miguel to be a great destination for nature tourism, as you can join a whale watch tour to watch sperm and blue whales, walk the trails along the volcanoes, the lagoons and hot springs, surrounded by the deep blue color of the ocean and the almost fluorescent green of the pastures and forested areas, visit the only tea plantations iavailable in Europe. The island's trademark gastronomy, based on the tender meats and stews, the amazing fresh fish and seafood that are abundant in this part of the Ocean, as well as the surprisingly good white wines, local cheese and sweet pastries are really worht it too. Click to know more about our  Azores bike tours .

Cycling in Portugal: Lisbon’s magical Sierras: Sintra and Arrábida

When to go: April to October Type of rider: Intermmediate to Expert Bike type: Mountain, road or hybrid bike Terrain type: Hilly Duration: half-day to 2 days

road cycling in Portugal: Arrabida Sierra

The capital of Portugal, Lisbon, is a beautiful city with more than 2.7 million inhabitants, which makes it the 11th most populated city in Europe. Despite the perfect mixture out of city and beaches, Lisbon is also famous for their rich culture, their local food, their beautiful buildings and the pulsating nightlife. The Castle of Sao Jorge, the Bairro Alto and the Terreiro de Paço are just a few must sees in Portugal's capital. But regarding cycling, the best areas to ride are outside of Lisbon, in the Sintra sierra, north of Lisbon and near Cascais, or the Arrábida Sierra. Both are Natural parks and offer amazing viewpoints, great tarmac roads and bike trails. Sintra is famous for its Moorish ruins, Pena Castle, Quinta da Regaleira and it's luxurious vegetation, making way for narrow roads and trails across it's sierra that overlooks the atlantic ocean, in which you get to ride to Roca Cape, continental Europe's westernmost point.

Arrabida is well known for it's quaint villages, the vineyards, views over Tróia Peninsula and cristaline water beaches like Portinho da Arrábida where you can end your ride by the beach and fresh fish and Azezitão wines. You can explore both regions on road bikes or mountain bikes ( there are great rails and roads in both sierra). To reach Sintra from Lisbon, the best way is to take the train up to the historial center train station, to avoid Lisbon's marginal which is busy with traffic.

To reach Arrábida, the best option is also by train, leaving in Azeitão or Setúbal - you can take your bike in both trains. If you have more than one day in Lisbon, make sure to ride in both Sierras ( and let us know which one you like best, we can't figure that out ourselves). Click here to know more about our  Sintra and Arrábida bike tours , or watch our mountain bike video below, fully shot in Sintra and Arrábida:

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST EVENTS TO EXPLORE PORTUGAL ON A BIKE?

Embarking on a cycling event in Portugal is not just a ride; it's an immersive journey through diverse landscapes and rich cultural tapestries. Joining a Gran Fondo or cycling event allows riders to explore the beauty of Portugal on two wheels, from the winding roads of the Douro Valley to the historic streets of Lisbon and the coastal landscapes around Porto. Beyond the challenge of the ride, participants have the unique opportunity to connect with local communities, savor regional cuisines, and discover hidden gems along the routes. Here's a list of our some of our favourite events to discover Portugal on a bike:

Road bike events:

Douro Granfondo

Website: Douro Granfondo

Embark on an extraordinary cycling adventure with the Douro Granfondo, meticulously crafted by Bike Service Portugal. This event is not just a ride; it's a journey through the heart of the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Granfondo Aldeias do Xisto

Website: Granfondo Aldeias do Xisto

Nestled among the enchanting 'Shale Villages,' this Gran Fondo promises a ride through the heart of Portugal's natural wonders. Traverse the undulating roads, witness the unique charm of historic villages, and immerse yourself in the soul-stirring beauty of the Aldeias do Xisto.

Granfondo Serra da Estrela

Website: Granfondo Serra da Estrela

Scale the heights of Serra da Estrela in this challenging Gran Fondo. With its majestic mountainous terrain, this event offers cyclists breathtaking views and a test of endurance. Explore the highest peaks and lush landscapes that define the beauty of Portugal's highest mountain range.

Granfondo do Algarve Website: Granfondo do Algarve

Discover the Algarve region in all its glory with this Gran Fondo. From coastal roads to challenging ascents, cyclists will experience the diverse landscapes of the Algarve. Explore charming towns, coastal vistas, and the unique ambiance that sets this region apart.

Mountain bike events:

Maratona Serra d'Arga

Website: Maratona Serra d'Arga

Set amidst the stunning Serra d'Arga mountain range, this mountain bike marathon offers thrilling trails, challenging ascents, and panoramic views. Cyclists will navigate through lush forests and rocky terrains, experiencing the untamed beauty of northern Portugal.

Loulé Urban Race - Algarve Bike Challenge

Website: Algarve Bike Challenge

Explore Algarve's coastal trails and venture into the hills surrounding Loulé. This event offers a diverse mix of terrains and an exhilarating mountain biking experience.

Trilhos do Pastor - Serra da Estrela

Website: Trilhos do Pastor

Trilhos do Pastor, set in the majestic Serra da Estrela, invites mountain bikers to navigate through ancient shepherd trails and rocky landscapes. With routes that showcase the raw beauty of Portugal's highest mountain range, participants will encounter challenging descents and breathtaking vistas.

TransPeneda-Gerês MTB

Website: TransPeneda-Gerês MTB

Explore the rugged wilderness of Peneda-Gerês National Park in this challenging mountain bike event. Cyclists will tackle varied terrains, from rocky trails to forested paths, as they traverse one of Portugal's most pristine natural reserves.

Epic Camiño Português - Braga MTB

Website: Epic Camiño Português

The Epic Camiño Português in Braga offers an adventurous mountain biking experience along the historic Camino Português trail. Participants will ride through picturesque landscapes, medieval villages, and ancient trails, discovering the cultural and natural heritage of the region.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BEST ROUTES TO EXPLORE PORTUGAL ON A BIKE?

Embark on an unforgettable cycling adventure through Portugal, exploring a tapestry of landscapes, history, and natural wonders. Here are some of the best cycling routes, each offering a unique experience:

EuroVelo 1 - Atlantic Coast Route

Description: Follow the stunning Atlantic Coast of Portugal on the EuroVelo 1 route. This long-distance cycling path offers breathtaking ocean views, charming coastal towns, and a diverse range of landscapes from Porto to Sagres.

Website: EuroVelo 1 - Atlantic Coast Route

Ecopista do Dão

Description: The Ecopista do Dão is a converted railway track, providing a smooth and scenic cycling path through the Dão Valley. Enjoy the tranquility of nature as you pedal through vineyards, forests, and alongside the Dão River.

Website: Ecopista do Dão

Via Algarviana

Description: Via Algarviana is an inland trail that traverses the Algarve region. This challenging route takes cyclists through the Algarve's rural landscapes, traditional villages, and the scenic beauty of the Serra do Caldeirão and Monchique mountains.

Website: Via Algarviana

Rota Vicentina

Description: Rota Vicentina offers a network of cycling trails along the southwestern coast of Portugal. Divided into Historical Way and Fishermen's Trail, cyclists can explore pristine beaches, dramatic cliffs, and charming villages.

Website: Rota Vicentina

GR22 - Grande Rota das Aldeias Históricas

Description: The GR22, or Grande Rota das Aldeias Históricas, takes cyclists through the historical villages of Portugal. This long-distance trail explores medieval towns, ancient castles, and picturesque landscapes in the central and eastern parts of the country.

Website: Aldeias Históricas de Portugal

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Take just a little time out on two wheels to discover some of the finest jewels in the Algarve’s coastal crown. Right on the Rio Formosa natural park with its… Read More

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Our Portugal’s N2 cycle tour is a remarkable journey spanning 738 kilometers from Chaves in the north to the Algarve in the south. You will ride a stunning end to end route across 11 rivers and 35 municipalities from the lush mountains of the north to the rolling hills of central Portugal and the Mediterranean landscapes of the south.

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On this epic journey, you will encounter picturesque countryside, charming villages, vineyards, olive groves, and stunning vistas along the way. Central Portugal's gastronomical delights and world-renowned wines ensure that the journey is a memorable one both on and off the bike!

Distance and Climbing

The Portugal End-to-End tour is a challenging tour with some longer days in the saddle. Days vary, but generally the route has some climbs of medium difficulty and a few which are challenging. You will most likely need to train for the event and ensure you are fit enough to complete the distance and climbing. 

This Portugal cycle tour is suitable for our AVID Riders. Find out if you are an AVID or ACTIVE style of rider here . It is approximately 120 km and 1,700 meters of climbing per day.

For something a little more leisurely you can find out about our 12-Day ACTIVE Portugal N2 Cycle Tour here .  

The price is £1,365 per person sharing. Some single rooms are available for an additional supplement of £350.

What is included in the tour

  • Accommodation and breakfast in great hotels
  • Luggage transfer
  • Advice on places to stop for your morning coffee
  • Water, Soft drinks, fruit, cakes and bars en route
  • Van and mechanical support
  • GPX route files

What is NOT included in the tour

  • Airport transfer from Porto Airport at the start can be provided for an additional fee (£70)
  • Airport transfer from Quarteira to Faro Airport at the end can be provided for an additional fee (£50)
  • Bike box or bag removal at start, secure storage and delivery to finish can be provided for an additional fee of £70
  • Lunches - there are many cafés, bars and restaurants along the way
  • Evening meals - Our stopovers all have reasonably priced restaurants and pubs nearby and most of the hotels have good dining. Breakfast IS included
  • Optional trips / entry fees for any excursions you arrange independently
  • Insurance - you need to organise your own bike and travel insurance as required
  • Gels, high energy bars, energy powder and shakes - bring your own as per what works best for you and your tummy!
  • Flights to Porto / from Faro

An email will be sent out prior to the tour with a link to order extras such as bike box storage, airport transfers and merchandise

Portugal N2 GPX / GPS Files

All our cycle tours are supported with GPX files of the entire route. These start at the door of the hotel you are leaving and finish right at your finish hotel. The GPX route files for your Portugal N2 End to End cycle tour will be sent well in advance for you to check uploading to your bike computer. Any revisions will be resent. 

Portugal End to End N2 Cycle Route & Daily Itinerary

The route is very scenic with the following itinerary:

  • Arrival Day and Bike Tour Preparation (no cycling)
  • Cycle Chaves to Peso de Regua  -  90 km 1470 m
  • Cycle Peso de Regua to Tondela  -  106 km 1890 m
  • Cycle Tondela to Serta  -  140 km 2400 m
  • Cycle Serta to Montargil  -  110 km 1,330 m
  • Cycle Montargil to Aljustrel  -  160 km 1,570 m
  • Cycle Aljustrel to Quarteira - 121 km 1,450 m
  • Departure Day and Finish of the Cycle Tour (no cycling)

Routes are subject to change if necessary.

Your Portugal N2 GPX files will be sent in advance for you to upload to your bike computer.

Cycling Terrain and Bike Suitability

The tour is primarily on quiet roads with a small number of joining sections on busier roads. Some cycling in towns and cities is necessary, particularly at the start and end of the day. Roads are generally well surfaced and suitable for road bike tires of 25 mm or more. We recommend a good quality and well-fitted road bike with dropped handlebars. If bringing your bike in a box, we can remove it and return it to you at the end of the tour. 

Accommodation in Portugal

On the N2 Portugal End to End bike tour you will stay in comfortable, clean and good quality hotels. Bike storage will be available. Some hotels have restaurants. We have personally selected (and usually stayed in!) all the hotels we use. You will enjoy a fantastic breakfast each morning to fuel you for the day.

Your luggage will be transferred each day. Our support van will be there in a jiffy if you need any assistance during the day. 

Lunch, Snacks and Refreshments

There is a lot of choice when it comes to stopping off for lunch in local cafés and restaurants. Lunch and evening meals are not included in the price. On occasions you may choose to have an evening meal together with the group, or you are free to stroll around and explore the local cuisine which Portugal is known for!

Water, fruit, bars and snacks are available without limit each day from the support van. Just help yourself.

Arriving for Your Portugal N2 Cycle Tour

The tour starts in the beautiful and historical town of Chaves on the first date of the advertised tour with a detailed briefing. Flying to Porto is your best option. Direct flights to Porto are very reasonably priced from most UK cities (2 hr 30 mins approx) and elsewhere. We then prepare our bikes and spend the night in the our hotel. This first night is included in the price of the tour. Please contact us if you have other travel requirements you wish to discuss and we will do our best to assist!

Departure Planning

The tour finishes in Quarteira where we spend a final night in our chosen hotel.  From here you can arrange your onward travels. We can provide transfers from our finish point to Faro Airport. You can fly to many UK cities (approx 2 hr 45 mins).

What to Expect on Your N2 Cycle Tour of Portugal

Our N2 tours run in late spring and autumn (fall). These are the best seasons for cycling in Portugal. Of course the weather will vary between the north and the coastal south.

From March to May, the country is in bloom and waking after the winter. In May you can expect daytime temperatures between 17 C and 24 C. May is generally a sunny month with low rainfall. Of course the weather will vary between the north and the coastal south.

From September to October the sun is still shining, the weather is warm, and many of the crowds have dispersed. In September you can expect temperatures between 19 C and 29 C. September is generally a sunny month with low rainfall.

Group Size and Tour Leaders 

Our groups are generally around 12 to 18 people. All our Portugal tours go ahead with a minimum of six people.

Our groups are supported by a tour leader and assistant, both of whom have previous tour support experience and are themselves cyclists who fully appreciate just how it feels however your day pans out. The tour leader and assistant ride in the van to better aid a speedy assist where required. On most tours we also have a rider on the road with basic mechanical and first aid skills who will try to ride ‘mid-pack’, but the van generally gets there first.

At the initial briefing all cyclists are provided with the tour leader and assistant’s number, as well as that of the emergency services which they are instructed to use in the event of an emergency.

English is fairly widely spoken in the larger towns in Portugal and where possible we will have Portugese speakers available to assist.

Camaraderie

Camaraderie forms a big part of the whole experience our tours provide and although single supplements are available, our tours are priced and catered for such that a single cyclist can feel comfortable making a booking and opt to share a twin room with someone they don’t know.

People tend to settle into their own way of cycling throughout the day and groups can vary from day to day and evening to evening. You can cycle at your own pace for a solitary cycle or join others.

Navigating the Portugal N2 Cycle Route

We recommend you bring a bike computer onto which you can upload the GPX files of the route. GPX files of the Portugal N2 route will be emailed to you before the start of the tour.

We will also email route profile sheets to help with finding your way.

Direction of Travel

We travel north to south. The prevailing wind is westerly.

Bike Maintenance

Each morning (and evening) bike cleaning materials, basic tools, pumps and lubricants will be available so you can groom your trusty steeds.

You can telephone any time for mechanical support where required.

Mechanical Issues

With regards to mechanical issues it’s helpful if everyone knows how to repair a puncture or replace a tube. However, we are on call if you need help re-seating a stiff tyre on the rim.

Minor mechanicals can be dealt with roadside and where more specialist help is required we can transport you and your bike to a local bike shop to carry out repairs.

Support Van & Cyclist

Our support van with water and refreshments will pass you at least once each morning and afternoon en route to lunch and hotel so you will normally be able to access your day pack before lunch, at lunch and in the afternoon.

We usually have a Support Cyclist on the road as well.

In the afternoon we ensure we get your bag to the hotel before you arrive.

Daily Routine

Every day starts with a hearty breakfast and a briefing.

Breakfasts vary but for the most part will include cereals, fruit, eggs in various guises, cheeses, meats and breads with coffee, juice and tea.

We’ll advise of a suitable morning coffee stop for ‘second breakfast’ and we’ll also specify a lunch stop where the van can be found. Sometimes there will be a choice of restaurant but in remote areas there may only be one suitable.

Evening meals are available in some of our Portugal hotels. We do however advise a little walk each evening just to sample the delights these towns have to offer.

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Pedal Portugal

Guided bike tours for small groups and free information on cycling in Portugal

Welcome to Pedal Portugal

Portugal is a wonderful country to visit – gorgeous scenery, friendly people, quiet roads, rich culture and history, some superb wine and some tasty food. Much of it is also relatively unexplored by cycle tourists.

And whether you’re the independent sort or looking for guided bike tours, this is the site for free advice and information on anything to do with bicycling in Portugal.

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If you’re new to cycling in Portugal, take a look at our Top 10 Tips first and then browse the following  sections:

Guided Tours has dates and details of our cycling holidays for small groups, plus information on my Route Planning Service for those who prefer being independent but want some expert advice

Routes & Resources is where you’ll find all the free stuff, with everything from campsite listings and addresses of bike shops across Portugal to suggestions for short rides and route plans for long-distance touring (see map below)

News & Information contains a little information about us, my blog , information on my cycling guidebooks and details of updates to the site

Due to various other personal commitments, we will not be running any more tours in 2024. We may resume operations in 2025 but do not currently have any specific plans.

To find out what previous riders thought of our tours, please go to our Reviews page.

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Ever evolving…

The free information on this site is a one-man project – and still evolving. Feedback and advice from other cyclists is always extremely welcome. So, if you have any tips or other information you’re willing to share then please do.

I hope you find Pedal Portugal useful. If in doubt, just go. Portugal is one of my favourite countries and well worth a visit. The people, wine and food are great and there’s some spectacular landscapes.

Happy cycling! All the best, Huw

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Huw, good day. I keep getting random emails from web designers, thinking that I am “pedalPortugal”. I reply to some of them saying I have nothing to do with pedal Portugal and “will they please unsubscribe me” as it were. Does not seem to work. Any suggestions?

I think I must have emailed you when you first began many years ago, and something must’ve got stuck in the mechanics!?

Hi Nick. Sorry to hear you are getting spammed. Honest answer is that I have no idea why web designers are targeting you! I’m not aware that your email address is listed anywhere on the site and I can’t see how/why you’d be getting these messages. I also get a lot of unsolicited emails offering to improve Google rankings, redesign the site etc etc. However, I use a Gmail account and that seems to be very good at sending 90% of them straight into the spam folder. I can have a search to see if I have any old emails or comments from you and simply delete them all.

Planning on touring Portugal self supported soon. Have your book The Alentejo Circuit. Downloaded route into RWgps. Can this download be moved to Komoot? Not very good at this. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks Louis Berube, Canada

Hi Louis. Sorry but I’m not a tech expert! Not used Komoot myself. You can export files from RWGPS in lots of different formats though. I’m sure one of them will work with Komoot.

Thanks Huw!

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Hi Huw, I apologize in advance because I know this is a question you’ve gotten many times before. I’m planning a bicycle tour beginning and ending in Faro. We would cycle the border with Spain as far north as Marvao. Then we would cycle through Evora on our way to the Atlantic coast and eventually to Sagres. Then we would cycle along the coast back to Faro. Of course my question concerns “when to go”. Our friends who desperately want to join us can only go from May 27th to June 13th. I was hoping for earlier but…they can’t do it. Would that be much too hot? Last summer we cycled our western states where the temperature routinely got up into the 90’s Fahrenheit. You may not remember this but in 2016 my wife and I ran into you and one of your tours in Alter do Choa at the Hotel Convento! Thanks in advance for any advice!

Hi Ray Alter do Chao in 2016? That was our very first Border Castles tour! Anyway, in answer to your question. Yes, it will be hot. Very difficult to predict with any certainty but afternoon highs well into the 90sF would not be unusual. You may be lucky and have slightly cooler weather, it may touch 100F by mid June (hopefully not but there’s a chance)… I would aim to do as much riding as possible in the mornings!

Are there any Cycling clubs near Aljezur for Lagos / Monchique rides or nearby? I’m here for August and September. I will explore your tours for next year as I am spending more time in Portugal and will be relocating from Singapore. Thanks, Paul

Hi Paul. Sorry but I don’t have any local contacts myself. I suggest searching online forums or contacting bike shops in those areas.

Hi Huw, as planned, we came up fully laden from Faro to Louie, then took a very pleasant route across to Barranco Velho and followed the N2 up to Almodôvar. The gradients were not too bad and we had a good day getting through the hills given the late start out of the airport. We’ve followed much of your Spanish border route and aim to get to Almeida tomorrow night, when we have to decide on a good route up to Leon in Spain. We’ve looked at the route up from Vila Nova to Braganza, but the roads look like they could be busy. Is Miranda do Douro a better option or do you have any other suggestions, as there are plenty of opportunities to get over the border and continue up on the Spanish side but we are happy to stay in Portugal for longer if it works.

Hi John Will have a look at the map tomorrow and refresh my memory. I rode some parts around Mogadouro, Miranda and Braganca a few years. Beautiful scenery but a couple of big river valleys. Be in touch again tomorrow.

Hello again – hope the ride to Almeida went well. If you go over to Spain, then Salamanca is definitely worth a visit but from what I remember, there’s not a lot else out there and it’s all quite open and exposed – and not that interesting! From Almeida, I would go north on N221 and down to Douro valley (not to VN Foz Coa) and on towards Mogadouro (lovely town). There are a few places you can detour off but I don’t think the 221 is very busy – haven’t ridden all of this but it doesn’t go anywhere major. You’ll have a couple of days of tough riding but the scenery will be great. From Mogadouro there’s an old road that parallels the main IC5 (although there’s not much traffic on that). You can cross into Spain at Miranda but there are some beautiful quiet roads if you just keep on north in Portugal. If you go as far as Braganca, the N103-7 north into Spain is a lovely ride. Bit of a climb but you’ll be used to that by now! Love to hear how you get on – always looking for pictures and reports for my blog!

We just got home after cycling the Algarve with Pedal Portugal. I can’t possibly explain how smoothly everything ran, and how much fun we had, thanks to Huw and Carolyn…we were a large group, and they handled the numbers with ease. The food, the wine, the scenery, the exposure to Portuguese culture…it was absolutely fabulous. They had an ability to get us through the day smoothly, without ever giving us the feeling we were being rushed. They worked so hard every day, making sure that our experience was the best it could be (from finding shade for me at the lunch spots, pointing out the good gelato places in town, to walking us around the cliffs after our ride) Im definitely coming back! Thank again Huw and Carolyn Sandy

BORDER CASTLES GUIDED TOUR – OCT 2018 Just returned from the Border Castles ride with Huw and Carolyn. They are lovely people, and work hard to keep the trip running smoothly, while simultaneously appearing to have a great time themselves! Loved the accommodations, food, wine and beautiful small medieval towns.

For those looking to book a tour, this couple is awesome!! We have done two of the tours, taken others with us on our second trip, referred still others to this site and are in the process of booking a third. Best things about it: (1) fantastic hosts; (2) great routes; (3) ability to go at your own pace; (4) affordable (I am an Accountant so I do not take that comment likely); and (5) did I say fantastic hosts (?). Any questions?

And I didn’t even pay him to write this – or know he was going to. Thanks David!

Hi there….My husband and I are arriving in Lisbon Sept 13, 2018 and will be touring the country thru December 5th on our tandem bike…..we are in need of storing the 2 suitcases our bike comes in…which takes up about one square meter of room…do you have any ideas?…anyone you know with a garage or basement or other safe place to store these? your help would be greatly appreciated!! thanks for your time! terri&greg

Hi Terri Have been away so only just picked up your message. You could try left luggage at Lisbon Aiport – http://www.lisbon-airport.com/baggage.html Don’t know if there is any limit on size – you would have to contact them. Otherwise, find a friendly AirBnB host where you can stay beginning and end of your trip. No harm in asking! Alternatively, try the Warmshowers network for advice – https://www.warmshowers.org/ You might find someone in Lisbon who can either help or give you the local lowdown. Let me know how you get on! Cheers, Huw

Hi Hew. So we got back from 3 months of Portugal in Dec. We toured for 6 weeks and then rented a van and pretty much circumnavigated the country with day rides and hikes. Your new Heartland Tour looks very intriguing, i know your booked for spring of 2020 but ?????????

Hi Greg Glad you enjoyed Portugal – it’s a great place to explore. I think the Heartland tour probably has the greatest variety of landscapes of our tours yet. I’ll let you know if anyone drops out of the spring 2020 trips. Otherwise – if you haven’t already covered the ground – there are still places on the other trips! It would be great to have a house band along for the ride. Fellow tandem riders also always very welcome – particularly the “non-serious” cyclist type! All the best, Huw

Well, that sounds fun! let us know if you get an opening. It would be an honor.

Hello Huw, My fiance and I are back from Portugal after an amazing trip. We would like to thank you very much for all the information that you share on your site as well as the suggestions that you sent in answer to our questions. We would not have been able to build a proper itinerary without you. You are a great ambassador for Portugal, Michelle & Thierry

Happy to share the pleasure of riding in Portugal and exploring one of my favourite countries.

I just finished a 5 day tour of the Portugal Coast that used the route planning service of Pedal Portugal. Outstanding ride routes and stunning views, each one special in some way. I used my own bike, and I crunched the rear derailleur on a curb. Pedal Portugal directed me to a shop, just off my route, and the fix was done in 20 minutes. Thank you Huw Thomas! My special thanks to Dave Wright, my friend, who set this up.

I’m extremely pleased to discover this great site. I wanted to thank you for ones time just for this fantastic read!! I definitely loved every bit of it and I have you book marked to look at new stuff on your web site.

Thanks – very glad it’s useful!

We just finished the “Borders and Castles” tour with Huw and Carolyn and had a fantastic time! Everything was perfectly planned with great routes, delicious food and drink, awesome castles and sights everywhere! I would highly recommend this group and biking in Portugal to anyone.

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The best cycling routes in Portugal

Whether you’re looking for afternoon jaunts or wish to explore the country on a profound level, cycling in Portugal offers fantastic routes, blissful sights and fascinating landscapes. With a lengthy Atlantic coastline and two offshore archipelagos, bike rides will often provide you with astounding sea views and ample toe-dipping opportunities. 

Cycle routes in Portugal have even more to offer than a beautiful, wild coastline though. With an amazingly large variety of landscapes, you can ride past rugged mountains and through glacial valleys, see rare Mediterranean forests and stop in remote villages for pasteis de nata, Portugal’s famous custard tart.

Flat, coastal cycle paths are plentiful and perfect for families as well as soloists. Many sections of coast include forest hills, rewarding your climb with exceptional views. Multi-day routes are also a wonderful choice and no two days will be the same. With a warm, maritime and Mediterranean climate, you can cycle year round. 

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A varied country where every inch is worthy of exploration, choosing cycle routes in Portugal can be tricky. What better way to settle on a location than its designated nature parks? There are seven in total, with a further national park, Peneda-Gerês. You’ll find Gerês in the far north, bordering Spain, and there’s a fair chance that you’ll fall heavily in love with its lush vegetation, staggering views and crashing waterfalls. Try to glimpse the wolves that roam here. 

If you’re based in or near Lisbon, you can head out to Sintra-Cascais Natural Park on the coast. Cycling in Portugal hardly gets better than this, with the UNESCO World Heritage town, Sintra, begging to be explored before you ride into the park proper. Days here are often strenuous, with challenging climbs. Dirt, gravel and asphalt trails can be found here. 

Islands and archipelagos

While the mainland has a lifetime’s worth of cycle paths and trails, if you find yourself in one of the archipelagos, two-wheeled adventures are equally wonderful. Bike rides in Portugal’s island chains can be dramatically different, from Madeira’s tough, volcano switchbacks to the hydrangea-lined lanes of Sao Miguel in the Azores. 

All with volcanic foundations, cycling is typically hilly in Portugal’s islands but the incredible views and culture make the thigh-burn worth it. Stop at volcanic lakes, try Azorean cheeses and ride the desert landscape of Porto Santo. 

You can fly or ferry your bike from the mainland to the islands or to make things easy, rent one out there. Hundreds of miles into the Atlantic, Portugal’s islands have an isolated yet welcoming feel. 

Pedaling from January to December

Mainland Portugal provides year-round cycling conditions and there’s always somewhere sporting the perfect weather. In the heat of the summer, when the south can be exhaustingly hot, head up north to Gerês, the mountains or even over to Sintra-Cascais with its cooler microclimate. 

In winter, pedal down south to the jaw-dropping beauty of the Algarve coast with its endless tracks, back lanes and paths. You’ll find gloriously warm temperatures and near-deserted trails. 

The archipelagos never get too cold but the Azores experience significant rainfall throughout the year while Madeira has wet winters. That’s why these wonderful islands are so unbelievably green. 

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On this 13-day road bike tour you will visit some World Heritage sites in Portugal, and you will ride along the Atlantic coast. The best bicycle tour to visit some historic places of Alentejo region and the beautiful Portuguese coast north of Lisbon.

On this 11-day bike tour you will ride the long Atlantic coast from south of Lisbon to the extreme East side of the Algarve region, crossing the south-westernmost point of Europe, the Cape S. Vincent.

On this 7-day bike tour you will visit the most historic places of Alentejo region, staying in Castles, Monasteries, Convents and Palaces. Romantic environment and Heritage show you the History of Portugal.

Have a 7-day road bike tour and enjoy cycling along the south-west coast of Portugal. The long Atlantic coast from south of Lisbon to the Algarve region, crossing the Cape S. Vincent, the south-westernmost point of Continental Europe.

Enjoy a 6-day tour biking in Portugal to discover the castles and the land of ancient fights and battles. Learn History, stay in World Heritage sites and enjoy the beautiful and quiet landscape of Alentejo region.

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Self-Guided Road Bike Tours

Cycle Portugal in a 13-day self-guided road bike tour. Ride along the beautiful Atlantic coast, discover World Heritage sites and the remote, open landscapes of the Alentejo with its medieval towns protected by hilltop Fortresses.

On this 11-day self-guided bike tour you will ride the long Atlantic coast from south of Lisbon to the extreme East side of the Algarve region, crossing the south-westernmost point of Europe, Cape S. Vincent.

On this 7-day self-guided bike tour you will visit the most historic places and medieval towns of the Alentejo region, staying in Castles, Monasteries and Palaces now converted into luxury hotels.

Have a 7-day self-guided bike tour and enjoy the south-west coast of Portugal. The long Atlantic coast from south of Lisbon to the Algarve, crossing Cape S. Vincent, the south-westernmost point of Europe.

Enjoy a 6-day self-guided bike tour in Alentejo to discover the castles and the land of ancient fights and battles. Learn History, stay in World Heritage sites and enjoy the beautiful and quiet landscape of Alentejo region.

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Scheduled Hybrid Bike Tours

Visit the most well-preserved medieval town in Portugal. Discover the typical fisherman’s beaches along the coast north of Lisbon, known as the Silver-Coast, in a fantastic 7-day Portugal bike tour.

On this 7-day bike tour you will ride on the most well-preserved coast in Europe. Admire the beautiful protected landscape, ride on the cliffs and enjoy the paradisiacal beaches along the Atlantic coast.

Cycling the Camino de Santiago is a 7-day tour from Porto through seaside Atlantic villages, ancient Roman roads, dense woods and centuries old pilgrims’ footpaths to Santiago de Compostela.

Enjoy a 6-day bike tour in the North of Portugal! Ride along bike paths within a luxuriant environment and visit gorgeous medieval towns. Discover the beautiful region of Vinho Verde (Green Wine).

Self-Guided Hybrid Bike Tours

Visit the most well-preserved medieval town in Portugal. Discover the typical fisherman’s beaches along the coast north of Lisbon, known as the Silver-Coast, in a fantastic 7-day bike tour in Portugal.

Enjoy a 6-day bike tour in the North of Portugal! Ride along bike paths within a luxuriant environment and visit gorgeous medieval towns. Discover the beautiful region of Vinho Verde (green wine).

SINGLE DAY TOURS

A one-day Road Bike tour in Portugal that crosses the Natural Park of Arrabida Hills and shows you gorgeous views over the deep blue sea. The best example of Mediterranean vegetation in Portugal.

Enjoy a one-day Road Bike tour in Portugal and discover the beautiful landscape with a luxuriant vegetation of the Natural Park of Sintra-Cascais. The best example of a rainforest in Portugal.

This hybrid bicycle tour starts in the cosmopolitan town of Cascais and goes along the sea with amazing views over the Guincho beach and the coast of Cascais.

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  • A UNESCO world heritage site producing wine for over 2,000 years
  • Landscapes of terraced vineyards, olive groves, and traditional villages
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  • Experiences Portuguese viniculture and Port wine, the region’s cultural treasure

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Our Douro Valley, Portugal Bike Tours

With granite bluffs, terraced vineyards, and whitewashed villages, the Douro Valley in Portugal’s north has some of the most dramatic landscapes in Europe – and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our tours explore the region along quiet lanes that snake their way up and down the steep-sided valleys. Along the route, you have the chance to visit medieval houses, grand churches, quaint villages, and excellent museums. The area is also one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world, with wine – especially Port wine – having been produced here for over 2,000 years.

The region was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 2001, primarily driven by its long history of winemaking, with an official demarcation as a winemaking region having been made in 1756. The landscape has been manipulated and terraced over centuries. The landscape is additionally dotted with quintas , which are farm complexes and estates built and developed for the purpose of winemaking.

Cycling in Portugal offers a unique way to explore the scenic vineyards, charming villages, and historic sites of the region. The winding roads and gentle hills provide for challenging yet enjoyable riding, with stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. Stop at local wineries to sample the famous port wine and visit historic landmarks while taking in the area’s rich cultural heritage. Overall, cycling in Portugal offers a memorable and enjoyable way to experience the beauty and culture of the region. Stay in unique hotels full of history and character.

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Douro Valley Sample Itinerary

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With granite bluffs, terraced vineyards, and whitewashed villages, the Douro Valley has some of the most dramatic landscapes in Europe – and has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our tours explore the region along quiet lanes that snake their way up and down the steep-sided valleys. Along the route, you have the chance to visit medieval houses, grand churches, quaint villages, and excellent museums. The area is also one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world, with wine – especially port wine – having been produced here for over 2,000 years.  

TOUR LENGTH

6 Days / 5 Nights

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS

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  • Private transfer from Porto with bike set up and route briefing at the start of your ride
  • Bilingual guides delivering superior service
  • Handpicked accommodations with breakfast
  • On-call roadside assistance and guide available via phone
  • Luggage moved between lodgings and optional participant transfers along the routes
  • GPS units, maps, directions and a comprehensive guidebook
  • Private transfer back to Porto at the end of your tour

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

  • Alternative start/end location at Porto Airport
  • Cooking classes
  • Train rides along the valley

BIKE AVAILABILITY

Day-by-day flow.

Day 1: Porto to Vidago

Day 2: Vidago to Vila Real

Day 3: Vila Real to Pinhão

Day 4:  Pinhão Loop Day

Day 5: Pinhão to Peso da Régua

Day 6: Peso da Régua Loop Day

Day One - Porto to Vidago

The Intermediate ride starts with a van transfer to Lagoa do Alvão, a lake just outside Vila Pouca de Aguiar. The first section of the ride is flat through open, rocky fields with wide-open vistas. After 6 km, the route descends through pine forests – typical of Northern Portugal – as it passes the Pedras Salgadas Nature Park. Soon after the park, a short climb brings you to a long, rolling descent into Vidago. The route is punctuated with small stone hamlets with cobbled streets.

Leisure riders will be transferred to the Pedras Salgadas Nature Park where they join the Intermediate ride, described above.

The Challenge route begins in Ribeira de Pena – at one of the many beautiful Baroque churches in the area. A descent from the town takes you to forested roads and then on to an open, steep ten-kilometer climb with expansive views. The route joins the Intermediate route shortly before the Pedras Salgadas Nature Park.

Ride across open vistas on quiet lanes punctuated with ancient stone hamlets

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RIDE OPTIONS

10 miles with 750 feet of climbing

Intermediate 25 miles with 1,200 feet of climbing

Challenge 30 miles with 3,400 feet of climbing

OVERNIGHT TOWN

Vidago is a small spa town famed for its miraculous springs with medicinal carbonated waters. In the 19th century, the spa was popular with the royal court and became the most visited spa in Portugal. The waters here have been bottled since 1873.

Day Two - Vidago to Vila Real

Today’s routes head south through scenic and remote countryside.

The Intermediate ride follows a bike path. The views are typical for north Portugal with rocky outcrops, ferns and forested sections. Riders exit the bike path in Vila Pouca de Aguiar for lunch and then rejoin it for a long, straight section through flat farmland. The route joins the road for the final descent into Vila Real.

Leisure riders take a van transfer to Vila Pouca de Aguiar where they join the Intermediate route.

The Challenge route heads west from Vidago before turning south and climbing up through forests and past vineyards and olives groves. The first climb is dotted with houses and villages. The second is more remote and steeper with multiple hairpins. A smooth descent takes you to Vila Pouca de Aguiar for lunch, after which riders follow a modified version of the Intermediate route (avoiding a section of gravel) described above.

Pass through countryside typical of northern Portugal: rocky outcrops, ferns, forests, vineyards and olive groves

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Leisure 20 miles with 600 feet of climbing

Intermediate 30 miles with 2,100 feet of climbing

Challenge 40 miles with 4,000 feet of climbing

Vila Real is a compact, university town on the Corgo River. As the name suggests, the city has a royal heritage with many grand palaces from the 16th and 17th centuries. There are also interesting museums, churches, and gardens. The river here runs through a steep-sided gorge that has scenic walking trails along the riverbank.

Day Three - Vila Real to Pinhão

Today’s ride to Pinhão takes riders into the heart of the Alto Douro; an area that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. The area is visually spectacular and has a rich history in wine growing, dating back over 2,000 years.

After an initial climb from Vila Real, the Intermediate route winds through small country roads, passing by small villages, farms, and rugged forests. The final seven miles of the route is a twisting descent into the pretty little town of Pinhão where riders get their first sight of the magnificent Douro River.

The Leisure route starts with a transfer to the village of São Martinho de Anta where it joins the intermediate route.

The Challenge ride winds deeper into the rugged countryside to the east of Vila Real before turning south to the pretty medieval villages of Sabrosa and Provesende. The route joins the Intermediate route for the final section into Pinhão.

The Epic route takes a much longer loop to the southwest, following the Douro River to the east into Pinhão.

Ride into the heart of the Alto Douro; an area so spectacular that is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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Leisure 15 miles with 650 feet of climbing

Intermediate 30 miles with 2,300 feet of climbing

Challenge 35 miles with 3,100 feet of climbing

50 miles with 5,000 feet of climbing

Known as the home of port wine, Pinhão sits on a picturesque bend of the Douro River. Wine is the key attraction and there are many quintas to visit where you can tour and taste port as well as many other regional wines. There are also boat and train tours out of this attractive little town.

Day Four -Pinhão Loops

All today’s routes start by climbing the steep hill out of Pinhão to the village of Casal de Loivos where riders can take a short detour to the viewpoint that is claimed to be one of the most beautiful views in the world.

The Leisure ride is a simple out-and-back ride to the viewpoint.

After the viewpoint, the Intermediate route continues to climb through wine country to the pretty village of Alijó – a great option for lunch. After Alijó, the ride is a relatively easy cruise downhill, back to Pinhão.

The Challenge route continues west from Alijó past terraced vineyards before descending into Sabrosa – another stunningly pretty village and another great option for lunch. After Sabrosa, the route turns south and passes quinta after quinta before descending back to Pinhão.

The Epic route follows the Challenge route to Alijó where it heads southeast to begin a challenging loop that takes in the riverside town of Tua as well as some spectacular mountain passes on both sides of the Douro River.

A viewpoint with what is claimed to be one of the most beautiful views in the world

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Leisure 10 miles with 1,400 feet of climbing

Intermediate 25 miles with 2,800 feet of climbing

Challenge 35 miles with 3,900 feet of climbing

55 miles with 6,500 feet of climbing

Day Five -Pinhão to Peso da Régua

The Leisure route starts with a train ride from Pinhão to Covelinhas. In Covelinhas, it is a steep climb out of the train station but the views over the river and the surrounding landscape are spectacular. The route then parallels the Douro River into Peso da Régua.

Note that there is no Intermediate route available today.

The Challenge route begins with a tough 7-mile climb to the northwest of Pinhão, passing through vineyards as well as rugged, wild countryside. At the top of the climb, you begin a long, rolling cruise past vineyards, cobbled villages, and olive groves. The final descent to Peso da Régua is fast and technical.

The Epic route heads into the hills south of the Douro River. There are three big climbs, and each winding climb gives front row seats to the colossal landscape of the Douro valley. The village of Armamar, at the bottom of the second climb, makes a great lunch stop. The descent to Peso da Régua is 9 miles on smooth roads with more outstanding views.

Ride through vineyards as well as rugged, wild countryside with spectacular views across the valley

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Leisure 10 miles with 650 feet of climbing

Intermediate None

Challenge 30 miles with 3,000 feet of climbing

40 miles with 4,700 feet of climbing

Peso da Régua

Situated in the heart of the Douro Valley, Peso da Régua has a rich history dating back to Roman times. In the 18th century, the town became the main trading post for port wine and is now home to some of the best restaurants in the area as well as being the starting point for scenic train rides and river cruises.

Day Six - Peso da Régua Loops - Last Day

Today’s rides head across the car-free bridge to the south bank of the Douro River.

The Leisure ride is an out-and-back ride on small lanes alongside the river. The roads are rolling with fine views of vineyards, their quintas and, of course, the river.

The Intermediate ride follows the Leisure ride for five miles before heading uphill to the historic town of Lamego with its castle, cathedral, sanctuary, and iconic stairway. After enjoying lunch in Lamego, you descend quickly back to Peso da Régua.

The Challenge route follows the Intermediate route for the most part but adds in more riding west, alongside the Douro River.

The Epic route is the same as the Challenge route with an additional loop south from Lamego. This additional loop climbs through remote villages, fruit orchards, and pretty countryside. At the top of the climb the route changes to pine forests and riders enjoy a fast descent back to Lamego, where they rejoin the Intermediate route back to Peso da Régua.

Head uphill to the historic town of Lamego with its castle, cathedral, sanctuary and iconic stairway

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Leisure 15 miles with 1,300 feet of climbing

Intermediate 20 miles with 2,000 feet of climbing

Challenge 30 miles with 2,900 feet of climbing

40 miles with 4,400 feet of climbing

As this is the last day of your tour, there is no overnight accommodation unless explicitly requested on booking.

ACCOMMODATION

Primavera Perfume Hotel This simple and modern hotel is located on the outskirts of Vidago. The rooms lack character but are spacious and clean. There are pools and a basic spa on the property but you are also just a short walk from the Vidago Palace with its luxurious spa and multiple restaurants.

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Hotel Mira Corgo This property is in the center of town close to the historic sites, restaurants, and shops. This is a modern hotel that is a little dated and functional but the staff is helpful and friendly. The hotel has an indoor pool and a fitness center. While the breakfasts are simple, there are also other good eating options nearby.

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The LBV (Late Bottled Vintage) Hotel is perched on the hill above Pinhão with breathtaking views over the valley. The rooms lack character but are spacious and comfortable. There is an outdoor pool with great views. NOTE: The property does not have a restaurant and is a 15-minute walk from the center of Pinhão.

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Original Douro Hotel

Aptly named, this was the first hotel in Peso da Régua. The hotel is in the center of the town, close to restaurants, the Douro River and the Douro Museum. The rooms are stylish and have been recently renovated. The stylish bar serves local sausages, regional bread, and Douro wines. Breakfast is plentiful and varied.

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ACCOMMODATION NOTES

Properties in our Budget category are typically simpler B&Bs and more modest inns or hotels. However, all the properties are well-kept with en suite facilities.

Mix & Match You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

Borralha Hotel & Spa A charming and welcoming hotel located on the outskirts of Vila Real with comfortable and stylish guest rooms. It is a 20- to 30-minute walk to most restaurants but the hotel also has a decent restaurant on-site. The hotel also has a spa, a good-sized pool and pleasant outdoor areas.

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Quinta de la Rosa This family-owned, working winery is located on the steep banks of the Douro River and is surrounded by vineyard terraces. The hotel rooms are elegantly decorated and scattered around the estate. There is a beautiful pool overlooking the river and most rooms have river views. The hotel also has a good restaurant.

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Peso da Régua:

Delfim Douro Hotel This family-owned, working winery is located on the steep banks of the Douro River and is surrounded by vineyard terraces. The hotel rooms are elegantly decorated and scattered around the estate. There is a beautiful pool overlooking the river and most rooms have river views. The hotel also has a good restaurant.

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Properties in the Classic category are typically smaller hotels or luxurious B&Bs with very personal service sometimes including wine tasting or evening hors d’oeuvres.

Vidago Palace Hotel Commissioned by King Carlos I as a luxury spa resort that was to equal the finest in Europe. The hotel originally opened in 1910 but was fully renovated and reopened in 2010. The property is situated in a vast park and boasts several excellent restaurants, a golf course, several pools, and a thermal spa.

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MW Douro Wine & Spa This luxurious retreat is set amid the rolling hills of the Douro Valley with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. There is a full-service spa and multiple pools. The hotel also has an excellent restaurant and a good wine bar with an extensive selection of wines from the Douro region. Note this hotel is out of town at the end of a steep climb.

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The Vintage House Hotel This elegant hotel is located in beautiful gardens, by the river in the center of Pinhão. The rooms are spacious and exquisitely decorated. The hotel’s restaurant is excellent, specializing in local cuisine with seating indoors or on the riverside terrace. The views of the river from the terraces – and some rooms – are magnificent.

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Quinta da Pacheca This quinta or country estate is set in a vineyard on the opposite riverbank from Peso da Régua. The guest rooms are beautifully-appointed, each with its own distinct character and style. The property offers wine tastings, tours of the vineyards, and cooking classes. There is also a gourmet restaurant.

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Peso da Régua – Upgrade:

Six Senses Douro Valley Once a 19th-century manor, this luxurious hotel overlooks the terraced vineyards of the Douro valley. There is a spa with two swimming pools as well as yoga and wellness classes. While the hotel is outside Peso da Régua, there are several dining options on the property. They also offer tours of their organic gardens and well-stocked wine cellar.

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Properties in our Luxury category are some of the nicest full-service hotels in the area. They typically include spa facilities and a good restaurant.

Mix & Match

You can choose accommodation in different categories in different towns. Please ask for prices.

A hotel upgrade is available in Peso da Régua to the Six Senses Douro Valley for $1,040 per room per night. See description opposite.

BIKE CHOICES

Hybrid bike.

Hybrids bikes, a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike

Hybrids bikes are a cross between a mountain bike and a road bike. They have a relaxed riding position and are great for beginners and intermediate riders. A typical model is the Trek 7.3 FX with Shimano components and high-pressure road tires for better cycling efficiency than your typical hybrid.

Road bikes, a racing style bike with drop handlebars

Our road bikes are a racing style bike with drop handlebars. The road bikes are faster bikes than the hybrids with less upright riding position. A typical model is the Émonda ALR 5 with aluminum frame, carbon forks, and Shimano 105 components. (NOTE: Some of the smaller roads in Puglia can be a little rough making a hybrid bikes a better choice for some riders.)

eBikes, designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills

Our eBikes are designed to give you a little extra assistance when climbing hills. The ride position is very similar to our hybrids. We typically rent Scott E-Sub equipped with a 250W E-drive Bosch motor. If one rider in a couple is stronger than the other, an eBike can be a great choice for the less-strong rider.

Your Own Bike, if you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there

If you have a favorite bike, we can help you get it to your destination as well as set it up once it is there. Please ask about options for bike shipping and assembly.

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Receiving & Assembly per bike charge to receive bike from shipper, assemble the bike and repack it and deliver it to a shipper at the end of the tour.

Bike Boxes  a per box charge for the extra logistics needed to handle bike boxes during a tour. Note: this fee can be avoided if you leave your box with your start/end hotel.

Tandem Bike  a per bike fee for the extra logistics to handle a tandem bike that is brought by a guest.

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Porto, Aveiro,Lisbon

8 days − self guided, 3 & 4* hotels & country inns.

Ride alongside the Portuguese northern coast to arrive in Lisbon!

This self-guided bike tour is a beautiful journey down the Portuguese shoreline and visiting many cultural and historic sites. It links two of the main cities in Portugal, Porto, and its vibrant capital, Lisbon and many seaside places like Figueira da Foz and Óbidos, the walled town.

Enjoy Porto, a Unesco World Heritage City in Western Europe and learn about its famous wine and gastronomy, experience Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal, and arrive in Lisbon, a city that has served as inspiration for many artists, writers, photographers and filmmakers through the ages.

Admire its brightly coloured buildings straddling the slopes, striking ochre roofs, tile-covered building facades and narrow twisting alleys of the medieval districts.  It is one of Europe’s finest capital cities and a great achievement to cycle to!

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Day 1. PORTO ARRIVAL

Arrive into Porto  and to your hotel in this historic and fascinating city. Creating a bit of a buzz for itself, Porto has become a popular cultural place and you will enjoy your day exploring the Ribeira , the medieval centre and its many interesting buildings, cafes, galleries and shops. Gof for a walk riverside, seeing the Eiffel bridge or over to the Port Wine lodges on the southern bank, but be careful on your way home! Don’t over enjoy those lodges. A UNESCO Heritage city, you will be spoiled for choice here for what to do and that is true especially so for dinner, as the city has many fine Portuguese spots to dine.

Day 2. PORTO TO FURADOURO

Ride: 42 km | Elevation Gain: 77 m It is always nice to get out of the big city and your cycle today is a nice flat one, in which you will just fly along. Via many small towns hugging the coast with Umbrella fir trees and sandy beaches it is a pleasant ride. Heading towards Furadouro , surrounded by pine forests, you will enjoy this quiet ride and the town itself is a good base for the night.

Day 3. FURADOURO TO AVEIRO

Ride: 40 km | Elevation Gain: 40 m Another great day of flat cycling and through the nice Natural Reserve of Sao Jacinto with a small boat transfer. Aveiro is a popular day trip from Porto and it known as the Portuguese Venice with so many inlets and canals with brightly hand painted colourful boats called Moliceiro , used for collecting seaweed bobbing in the marinas. A thriving port through the Middle Ages due to vast sea salt pans which supplied the entire country, you still can visit these salt dunes today and soak in these medicinal properties. Very handsome pastel coloured homes line the streets and the old town is pretty around the fish market. Homes there are attractively tiled in those famous Portuguese Azulejos and there are some very nice examples of Art Nouveau in the town. You might want to try (or not!!) the town’s specialty of eels which are from the town’s lagoon.

Day 4. AVEIRO TO FIGEIRA DA FOZ

Ride: 35 km | Elevation Gain: 124 m A little bit harder cycling day today on your way to Lisbon with a small climb near the end of the day, but a lovely cycle nevertheless. You leave along the canal and reach the town of Mira and its quaint beachside fishing village. The fishing boats are very pretty with their curved bows, reminders of a Phoenician past and the villages along this coast was only settled in the 19th century due to piracy threats onwards from the Vikings.. The coast is long and impressive and stretches for miles here and you can have some marvellous seafood whilst you wait for your transfer to Figueira da Foz . Based on the Rio Mondego, it is a popular place for tourists due to its huge beach and has a lively atmosphere with its many outdoor plazas of cafes and restaurants.

Day 5. TO NAZARÉ

Ride: 81 km | Elevation Gain: 533 m This is a wonderful ride today (although your biggest day yet) along the sparkling Atlantic coast, and via what was the Pinhal de Leira pine forest . This  “Royal Pine Forest” track was originally built in the 14th century by King Dinis, known as the farmer king, in order to build a barrier to the encroaching beach sands. It is a nice area of wildlife and an air infused with pine and sea saltiness.  It is growing back after forest fires of years past but still a pleasant area to cycle. Today’s rolling route follows the Atlantic Road, designated cycling route, past the sentinel lighthouses through the Costa da Prata (Silver coast) to Nazaré , Portugal’s famous fishing town but one now most known for the massive waves that International surfers make their names on. Incredible views of the goliaths that come storming in, is from the upper part of town at the lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic. Try a fish dinner tonight, as it won’t come fresher than those served here.

Day 6. TO ÓBIDOS

Ride: 48 km | Elevation Gain: 460 m This is an exciting day of cycling starting along the Atlantic coast with a more touristic bent included. There is some climbing to do today but it is a charming route with beautiful vistas. You continue inland to medieval Óbidos , with a most enchanting blue and white tiled entrance, the Porta da Vila, through its solid fortified walls. The narrow winding cobbled streets lead up to the beautiful castle with its lovely rounded turrets. The village itself is delightful with flower pots spilling out of windows and bright colours on white-washed walls. In medieval times this place was so loved by the wife of King Dinis, that he gifted it to her. We hope you will feel the same way!

Day 7. LISBOA!

Get up early to wander this atmospheric place of Óbidos before your 11am transfer into the Capital city of Lisbon which rests on the Tagus river. One of Europe’s most vibrant and exciting places appealing to all with its romantic Alfama hillside district where the houses rest on top of each other in a most photogenic way and the modern day “medieval” castle tops it. The sights are many in this lovely city of World War II intrigue, medieval legends, art galleries galore and museums for everyone and without doubt, some world class food opportunities. Catch a tram over to the district of Belem and enjoy the stupendous UNESCO Heritage sites of the Jeronimos Monastery and 16th century Belem Tower the launch marker from which many Portuguese explorers left. Wander over and get a delicious Pastel de nata, cream tart, a real Portuguese favourite and perhaps visit the botanical gardens or even intriguing Carriage museum. This full day doesn’t even factor in, enjoying late night Fado music , a true cultural treat of this city!

Day 8. LISBON TO LISBON AIRPORT

We hate to say goodbye, and so will you for leaving this place really is a heartbreak. Or don’t stop and join us on our guided tour of the beautiful and traditional Alentejo area or keep self guiding all the way down the Blue Coast to the Algarve ! The choices are endless. Boa Viagem and we hope you enjoyed your trip down the West Coast!

Trip details

Leisure Cycling Tour : Self-Guided Bikes : Hybrid or Ebike  Route: Porto, Aveiro, Óbidos, Lisbon Group Size: Minimum 2 people Sunday start. Other days are possible for an extra fee of 240€ pp. Groups 4+ free choice of start.
Easy : Daily average of 45 km over flat/rolling terrain. The tour is suitable for leisure cyclists of all ages who have a good level of fitness and enjoy leisure biking.

Accommodation

7 nights in 3 & 4 Stars Boutique Hotels  | All bedrooms are en-suite | Breakfast included
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Pre-tour information & support on tour Map, Guide Book of history, customs & where to eat, Helmet Bag, Water Bottle & Tee-Shirt Luggage moved on daily Toolkit, first aid kit, puncture repair kit, pump, and spare inner tube and Pre-paid mobile phone GPS loaded with the tracks and a roadbook with detailed information 7 nights Accommodation 5% off on your next tour with Us!

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Guide and support vehicle Meals, wine experiences and cooking experience Travel Insurance . we suggest Nomads / Worldwide / Colombus Good Quality Bike Hire – Specialized Hybrid Bike (or similar) (€120) | CUBE Reaction HPA e-bike (or similar -*if step Thru wished, please ask specifically*note, not available if under 160cm, or over 180cm)  (€180) *Please note we are unable to take guest’s own bikes on this tour. Porto Gastronomy & Aveiro Boat Experience : €55 per person. Details: ▪ Day 1 – 1 Port Wine visit and tasting, at a historic Port Wine cellar in Porto* (only available for clients arriving before 15:00h this day, because the last possible visit to the cellars is at 17h45 – subject to availability) | ▪ Day 3 – 1 Moliceiro boat trip in Aveiro | ▪ Day 3 : Aveiro’s speciality tasting, including 1 pastry, 1 liquor and biscuits Special Wine & Dine package with 2 dinners : €160 per person. It includes: ▪ Day 1 – Gourmet dinner at Porto with three courses & wine – in Porto ▪ Day 7 – Fado dinner & soirée, three courses menu & wine with typical music Fado show – in Lisbon Picnic package : €110 per person. Includes 5 light lunch meals to carry on bike in riding days. Custom Portugal Cycling Jersey – €65 Extra nights
Quiet country and coastal roads. Some unpaved Bike Paths

A delightful collection of hotels accompany you on this bike tour along the Atlantic. An important part of the journey is where you lay your head after a great day’s cycle. Luckily these 4 star town and city hotels and historical family run spots will not disappoint.

The great stretch of beach outside your hotels, the charming villages to explore once you finish your day’s cycle trip, all will be an exciting part of your daily routine.

You will want to keep cycling on this Atlantic bike ride down Portugal’s beautiful coast!

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“The end of our trip was great. We especially liked Obidos and our hotel. Our bikes worked well and were dependable. We really did enjoy the trip and we will return to Portugal in the future.” J. Palo – Oregon, USA – October 2023
“The trip was very good. The hotels and staff were all helpful. The hybrids were excellent. Pick up of goods/us all went smoothly. Good choice of hotels and a very interesting trip. Just too short! PS: The first day I discovered I had left my laptop in Porto. We had biked for about 45 minutes towards the next stop, but I turned around to go back to the hotel to get it. So my first day was not quite as relaxed as I’d hoped! Anyway at least it was a beautiful ride despite my memory loss… Thanks again for your help Maria. We’d like to do something like this again.” B. Jones – British Columbia, Canada – March 2023
“My wife and I really enjoyed our Porto to Lisbon bike tour- a great way to see Portugal’s coast and explore some great cities like Aveiro. Well organized, good equipment, and lovely hotels. We had good weather in mid-October.” T. Gainer – Portland, OR, USA – October 2021
“Amazing experience! My husband and I are back from our biking trip in Portugal with a suitcase full of wonderful memories. I would like to thank Cycling Country for the amazing organization that they provided to make our trip go as smoothly as it did. The bikes were very comfortable and in great condition (thank you for the special Dutch-style bikes – they were great!) and well equipped with emergency tools. They really thought of everything we might need along the road. The “Ride with GPS” navigation was very easy to follow and had lots of interesting tips and useful information. Also the hotels were all very nice and in great locations. In addition, the support we received before and during the trip was first class. Above all, the scenery was fantastic and the trails very varied along the coast, through beautiful parks and interesting places. I highly recommend both the trip and Cycling Country as the organizers.” E. Brager – Bethesda, MA, USA – September 2021
“Self-guided Porto to Lisbon tour – Great experience and very well organized! The selection of cities/towns and routes through Portugal’s central coast is varied and interesting. The route was not very challenging (mostly flat) and great for those who want a laid back ride, and kept us off main roads ( love not having to negotiate much car traffic!). Cycling Country was reliable, friendly and accommodating with good attention to detail. Hotels were solid, with some nice touches, like a few with spa amenities. We were especially grateful for their help with finding places for Covid tests for our return flight to the US. Our flight got canceled and they graciously made accommodations for us, much appreciated!” T. Eggers – Piedmont, CA, USA – July 2021

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Tour de France standings, results after Jasper Philipsen wins Stage 16

The importance of teamwork took center stage at the 2024 Tour de France as Belgium’s Jasper Philipsen of Alpecin-Deceuninck won Stage 16 in a sprint finish behind the efforts of teammate Mathieu van der Poel. 

After a rest day Monday, the Tour continued Tuesday with Stage 16, a flat 117-mile ride in hot and windy conditions from Gruissan to Nîmes. The last flat stage of the Tour, Stage 16 marked the last opportunity for the sprinters to claim glory. 

Philipsen did just that. In the last few hundred meters of the race, Van der Poel flawlessly executed a classic lead-out, seizing control with Philipsen on his wheel. With Van der Poel’s help out front, Philipsen accelerated to outpace Phil Bauhaus of Bahrain Victorious and Alexander Kristoff of Uno-X Mobility.

"I'm really happy after such a team effort," Philipsen said after his win. "It's always nice when you can win together."

Today’s victory marks Philipsen's third Tour stage win of the year and the ninth of his career. The Belgian had a slow start to the Tour but has turned his fortunes around since winning Stage 10 .  Philipsen has now won half of the stages of the last week. 

The race for the green jersey (points classification) also heats up with Tuesday's results as Eritrea’s Biniam Girmay of Intermarché-Wanty crashed at high speed in the final meters of the race. Girmay has had a breakout Tour, winning three previous sprint stages and making history as the first Black African rider to win a Tour de France stage. 

The extent of Girmay’s injuries is not yet known, but the green jersey wearer got back on his bike with visible cuts up his arm and leg and was able to finish the race flanked by two of his teammates. 

"I just hope (Biniam’s) okay after the crash because he doesn’t deserve to lose like this," Philipsen said.

Girmay led Philipsen by 86 points before Stage 16, but his lead has now narrowed to 32 points, increasing the stakes of the intermediate sprints during future stages. 

"I will just try what I can but hard stages are yet to come, so we go day by day but we also mostly enjoy this win," Philipsen said of his chances of winning the green jersey. 

The general classification standings remain unchanged. This Tour is still Team UAE Emirates’ Tadej Pogačar ’s to lose as the 25-year-old Slovenian maintains his strong position heading into the final week of racing. Today’s stage marked Pogačar’s 100th day of his career racing the Tour de France and, highlighting his dominance , his 34th wearing the yellow jersey. 

Tour de France Stage 16 results

TOUR DE FRANCE: Recap, results and standings after Stage 15

Tour de France general classification standings after Stage 16

Tour de france jersey standings after stage 16.

  • Yellow ( general classification ) : Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)
  • Green ( points classification ):  Biniam Girmay (Intermarché - Wanty)
  • Polka dot ( mountains classification ):  Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates); worn by Jonas Vingegaard (Visma-Lease a Bike) in second place
  • White (young rider classification ):  Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep)
  • Yellow numbers ( teams classification) :  UAE Team Emirates
  • Golden numbers ( combativity award ):  Thomas Gachignard (TotalEnergies)

Tour de France Stage 17: How to watch, schedule, distance

Date : Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Location : Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux to Superdévoluy (France)

Distance : 110.5 miles (177.8 km)

Type : Mountain stage 

Streaming : Peacock, FuboTV

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