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Portugal is best known for its naturally beautiful coasts and gorgeous wines produced from the vines here. However, the country has so much more for you to experience. When on cycling holidays in Portugal, bask in not only the warm sunlight, but also the warm and friendly culture you can’t help but fall in love with.
The environment in Portugal is beautifully varied. The Douro Valley in the north is a breathtaking lattice-work of vineyards that the River Douro snakes through. And along the coast, the ocean has carved out dramatic rock features that lie next to idyllic fishing villages. Another major difference is in the environments found in the north versus the south of the country; northern Portugal is more lush with a cooler climate, whilst the south is more classically ‘Mediterranean’, with olive groves and a drier climate.
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Simon, Cycle Expert
The best word to describe Portugal would have to be ‘authentic'. From the culture and the food to the landscape and towns, it all feels natural and genuine. Cycling here, you’ll get the chance to visit gorgeous historical sights as well as eat some of the freshest food in Europe.
Cycling in Portugal is a wonderful and leisurely experience thanks to the quiet rural lanes that run through the country. There’s always a beautiful vista when pedalling here, whether it’s the old city of Porto or the vineyard terraces of the Douro Valley. After a leisurely ride, stop off for a coffee and a pastel de nata under the glorious Portuguese sun.
In Portugal, good food means fresh food. The cuisine here is all about bringing out the natural flavours of the dish, utilising lemon, garlic and coriander to lightly flavour the delicious produce. Whether it’s seafood, vegetables, fruit or meat, it’s likely it was harvested that morning and brought fresh to market. As you move inland, the menus will also naturally change, from sardines and squid to wild boar and chicken.
Portugal can be visited any time of year, and each season brings something different. Spring and autumn have generally milder temperatures and in the summer, there’s almost guaranteed sunshine. It can get quite hot in July and August, so cycling with earlier starts and mid-day breaks is best.
Portugal has some of the best wines in Europe, that are criminally underrated. The various wine regions throughout the country produce a huge variety of wines, from the vinho verdes of the north to the rich Port of the Douro Valley. You’ll often find the wines pair perfectly with the local food, complementing the freshness of the dish. The chefs and waiters always know the best bottle to pair with your meal, so don’t forget to ask for recommendations when sitting down for dinner.
The Douro Valley is our favourite destination to head to in Portugal for fantastic cycling. The scenery is gorgeous and the cycle paths are perfect for a leisurely pedal.
Portugal is one of those rare places where you can enjoy a cycling holiday at any time of year, thanks to the gorgeous weather. Whether winter or summer, you can enjoy a cycling holiday in Portugal.
Our expert team will make sure your Portugal cycling holiday runs as smoothly as possible. We are on hand to help with travel arrangements when required, not to mention we are ABTA & ATOL bonded so you can feel secure in your booking.
You’ll be staying in charming, beautiful and luxurious hotels in Portugal. We handpick all the accommodations, so expect a relaxing stay wherever you drop your bags.
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