Our cycling holidays in Portugal

You’ll breeze through some of the wildest landscapes in Europe on our cycling holidays in Portugal. Every trip is mindful of the impacts bikes can have on the environment, sticking to tracks that are well-suited to two wheels – whether that’s in Sintra-Cascais Natural Park, the Algarve or between Porto and Lisbon. These holidays take the time to introduce you to tucked-away villages and vineyards. Staying in locally run accommodation helps preserve rural ways of life in areas where lots of people have left for the cities – and where you can sit on the terrace and watch the sun set on the valleys that grew the grapes for the glass of port in your hand.

Our top Cycling holidays in Portugal

Porto to Lisbon cycling holiday, self guided

From €845 to €1068
8 days ex flights
Flat terrain tour along the coast

Short cycling break in the Algarve

From €425 to €725
4 days ex flights
Self guided mini cycling break in Eastern Algarve

Algarve road bike tour

From €940 to €1450
8 days ex flights
Experience the best road biking the Algarve has to offer!
Tailor made

Portugal cycling holiday, Obidos to Cascais

From €1045 to €1215
6 days ex flights
Cycle beautiful coastal scenery around Lisbon
Tailor made

Central Camino cycling holiday in Portugal

From €1790 to €3740
7 days ex flights
Ride from Porto to Santiago de Compostela
Tailor made

Lisbon to Algarve cycling holiday in Portugal

From £1320 to £1390
8 days ex flights
Cycle wild coastal landscapes, pristine coves and beaches
Small group2024: 14 Apr, 21 Apr, 28 Apr, 19 May, 8 Sep, 15 Sep, 29 Sep, 6 Oct, 13 Oct

Porto to Lisbon cycling holiday in Portugal

From £1399 to £1469
8 days ex flights
Explore the Douro Valley to Lisbon on bike
Small group2024: 5 May, 26 May, 2 Jun, 1 Sep, 8 Sep, 22 Sep, 29 Sep

Cycling holiday in Portugal, self guided

From €850 to €1125
7 days ex flights
A leisurely cycling holiday in the Algarve

Alentejo & Algarve self guided cycling holiday, Portugal

From €850 to €950
8 days ex flights
touring bicycle holidays sw portugal - alentejo and algarve.

More about our cycling holidays in Portugal

Self guided or small group holidays?

Portugal offers a mix of small group cycling holidays and tailor made self guided trips. Small group holidays are accompanied by a professional guide and 8-12 travellers on sociable daily rides that will ensure you always have people cheering you on up the next hill. Every afternoon ends with a few glasses of the local vinho and a celebration of that day’s achievements. On self guided trips you will head out on your own with detailed maps and route notes, usually staying at a different place every evening where your luggage will be waiting.

Atlantic Coast cycling holidays in Portugal

Portugal’s wild and windswept Atlantic Coast route links two cultural dynamos: Porto and Lisbon. Often overlooked in favour of the sun-drenched Algarve, the western coast is a rugged playground for cyclists who can drink in that seasalty air as they ride between fishing villages, beaches and stretches of forest. Trips run north to south and see you covering around 50km a day, which will swallow up the 310km route in a week. Even though the Atlantic breeze helps, temperatures can still hit the high 20°Cs in summer, so spring and autumn remain the best time to cycle the Atlantic Coast.

The Algarve cycling holidays in Portugal

For generations of travellers, Portugal’s sunny Algarve region has been the backdrop for blissful family beach holidays or golfing getaways. But those resorts get packed, especially in summer, and some of us prefer a little more adventure than strolling from green to green. Cycling is a fantastic way to see an alternative side to the Algarve. Routes will often take you inland to explore communities and landscapes that tourists rarely see, or through coastal environments very different to those you normally find in the Algarve photo shoots. Algarve cycling holidays help you avoid crowds and help tourism revenue reach places it normally doesn’t.

Peneda-Gerês National Park

Portugal’s great under-explored gem is the Peneda-Gerês National Park, north of Porto in the Minho region. Some of Portugal’s oldest towns and villages are found in this cool and sometimes wet landscape a world apart from the sun-baked Algarve. Roe deer and Iberian wolves roam the forests, and shepherds guide their flocks through cobbled alleyways. It’s fantastic for cycling. Even the busiest roads in Gerês are quiet, and though there are a few strenuous climbs involved there’s nothing too challenging. Finish with a few days to relax by the river in Porto.

Azores cycling holidays in Portugal

Best-known as a world-renowned destination for whale watching, Portugal’s Atlantic archipelago also has a growing reputation for cycling holidays. On spring and autumn rides around islands such as Terceira or São Miguel you can easily go for hours without encountering another living soul, but you may well spot a breaching whale off the coast. You can stop to cool down at natural volcanic pools, try a little wine tasting, or hop onto a boat one day to admire the cetaceans of the Azores close-up. The terrain is very manageable for regular cyclists and tailor made tours allow you to add a rest day whenever you want.
Travel Team
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[Self guided or small group holidays?: Marien van Os] [Atlantic Coast : Web Summit] [The Algarve: Algarve Bike Holidays] [Peneda-Geres National Park : Quinta Lamosa] [The Azores: Portugal A2Z]
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