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
From €715 to €9108 days ex flights
Cycle the majestic Guadiana River for a relaxing escape
From £2149 to £24498 days inc UK flights
Discover magical cities and the Atlantic coast of Portugal
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From €799 to €14997 days ex flights
Discover golden sandy beaches and rugged cliff tops
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.
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