Quite simply, bike touring in Portugal is delightful!
Cyclists will enjoy Lisbon’s timelessness and continue on to the Algarve’s coastline offering wind swept white beaches. Portugal seems to have it all.
Visit beautiful Porto and go on to cycle the Douro or head out on the Camino. The Alentejo’s rolling countryside provides inspiring vistas.
Top that with magical palaces and monuments along Portugal’s Atlantic West coast. Immerse yourself in the spirit of the place.
With an evening glass of the national tipple, port, reflect fondly on the miles cycled.
Cycling in the Alentejo
Our holidays cycle through the middle of Portugal, a rich fertile area called the Alentejo. Home to a wealth of cultures it is agriculturally based and Alentejano famous woven carpets, ceramics, and delicious wine are crafted with pride. Cycle this area discovering the charming hilltop castle towns, its romantic Moorish legacy, the Roman mosaics and stirring monuments in the heritage city of Evora and the most lovely scenery.
A country of explorers is waiting for you!.
Bike Trips from Porto
Porto is a vibrant place to start your cycling tour from. Portugal’s 2nd largest city and based at the mouth of the Douro, its history of being a part of The Camino, its port wine trade and transport gives it a robust feel of excitement. The heart of the place is enchanting with its narrow alleyways, monuments, tile work, and riverfront setting. Try the delicious Portuguese kitchen and discover why it is so highly regarded and why this city is a UNESCO Heritage site.
Cycling in the Algarve
Further south is the region of the Algarve, from the Arabic word, Al Gharb (the west). An area full of the footsteps of others it is fascinating and blessed with a beautiful temperate climate. Cycle the Algarve, discovering the alluring sea vistas, perched castles, and its own romantic Roman and Moorish legacy. It is also where the Golden Age of Portugal began as seafaring vessels left home from here. Magical white washed villages, blue skies and waving palms.
Come and venture forth in it !
Cycling in the Douro
The winding Douro (River of Gold), the source of life essence to these vines, giving the soil a richness to grow, and your companion on this Portuguese bike trip. Pass by mighty gorges, forests, vines, olive and almond trees. Cycle to atmospheric family run Quintas (wine estates) with their traditional customs. Relish biking the Douro river gorge landscape, spotting the plentiful wild life and enjoying the lovely wine.
Bike Trips from Lisbon
Enjoying Atlantic breezes from its shores, this capital of Portugal was supposedly founded by Ulysess. Wander Alfama’s old city quarters and ride the Funicular elevator up these steep narrow streets. A lively city, enjoy fado, the mournful national song and hit the wonderful array of museums & cafes that crowd Lisbon. Built on seven hills, exploring it will get the heart rate going but your heart strings were always going to be pulled with this place
Highlights of the Alentejo and Algarve
Lisbon (Lisboa): Enjoying Atlantic breezes from its shores, this capital of Portugal since its conquest from the Moors in 1147, was supposedly founded by Ulysess. Wander the old city quarters of Alfama and enjoy riding the Funicular elevator up these steep narrow streets. A lively city, you can always enjoy fado, the mournful national song at many a cozy night place or hit the wonderful array of museums that crowd Lisbon. Built on seven hills, exploring it will get the heart rate going but it will definitely be worth it.
Arraiolos: The craftspeople have perfected the art of their traditional hand made wool carpets and these are displayed throughout its twisting streets. Some of these 17 th and 18 th century inspired designs might make the trip home like many a traveller through the ages. Some even hang in London’s prestigious Albert and Victoria Museum. As well, close by is the nature reserve and if you can fit in just one more castle, the town’s own 14th Century fortress still has its Gothic arches and Manuelin clocktower all in working order.
Redondo: A lovely little town with the ruins of a 14th century castle hovering above, and almost like an even higher star floats the church of the Misericórdia. The centre of the wine growing region of Alentejo, cycle through vineyards.
Monsaraz: Lying close to the Iberian border, this enchanting town could make you believe you are living in another time, so medieval is the place. The steep city walls secure this history and date from the 16th century. Here is a place to wander and the Gothic church and Palace of Justice are real treats to the architecture buff as is the 14th century castle that looms above.
Evora: Once the residence of kings, Evora is a real tapestry of Roman, Moorish and Baroque influence, all of which has been wonderfully preserved in this UNESCO heritage city. The pretty narrow lanes spilling flowers are a delight to explore and the curved arched entrance takes one back to its Arabic heritage and you almost might wish you brought your toga when you explore the Roman temple.
Estremoz: Due to its admirable strategic position in the area, the country’s monarchs flocked here to reign in safety and probably to take advantage of the warm sunlight that floods the area as well. An interesting town with old fashioned houses and open plazas.
Vila Viçosa: Resting on the orchard filled hillsides of this most fertile area; this town spreads out below its castle. So pretty is it that it was even given as a wedding present to Dona Brites, the wife of King Afonso IV. Here the former residences of the dukes and kings are furnished in this area’s marble and they are a delight to visit.
Vila Nova Milfontes: Along the Algarve coast there are so many villages which saw some fascinating history of pirates, battles and watching Portugal´s Golden era of Discovery. Vila Nova is no different, set on the Atlantic it was founded in the 15th century and its 17th century fortress attests to these hardy people. The town itself is very close to several nature preserves, some wonderful bird migratory paths and has some romantically sandy beaches.
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