Discover a generous, safe and welcoming country. Between land and sea, this country offers many surprises along its rivers and in its vineyards. Some of the UNESCO world heritage landscapes are waiting for you!
With its warm climate and charming cities, Portugal is a favorite destination for cycling holidays. Stage by stage, you will appreciate the warm welcome of the Portuguese and their cuisine. The steep roads and bike paths will take you through beautiful and varied landscapes.
At the heart of the great natural spaces of the Douro Valley, along the Atlantic Ocean or through the pine forests of the Algarve, Portugal offers many possibilities for your bike holidays.
The history of Portugal and its inhabitants is inseparable from that of the Iberian Peninsula, the country built its own identity despite the strong influence of neighboring Spain. From the Muslim conquest to the Carnation Revolution through colonial times, Portugal’s rich history has forged a people proud of its traditions while remaining open to the world.
Indeed, many Portuguese emigrated during the 20th century, but the attachment to the country of origin was mostly strong. As a result, Portuguese culture and culinary specialties such as Port wine or cod preparations have been exported all over the world.
The rich Portuguese culture is strongly marked by the Catholic religion.
Processions and other religious events are indeed numerous in this country where the number of churchgoers remains high. The architectural heritage is therefore also very rich. As for fado, the art that mixes music and traditional songs of which Amalia Rodrigues is considered the queen, it has become a symbol of Portugal and is the pride of its inhabitants.
Portugal develops year by year its trails and cycle routes. The rout along the Atlantic Ocean is particularly well endowed but cities and nature parks are becoming more and more hospitable to cyclists. The development of infrastructures goes hand in hand with lodgings and suitable services.
The EuroVelo 1 that runs along the coast of Portugal is an invitation to go further during your cycling holiday to discover the charms of this authentic country.
The climate of Portugal is relatively moderate despite its geographical location in southern Europe, largely due to the sea breeze. Inland, the heat can be heavier in summer. The climate is dry which offers good conditions for cycling around the country.
Portugal’s rich heritage and the variety of its landscapes:
Dear Caroline, I just wanted to say a big Thank you to you and all involved in helping to make my husband and friends birthday trip so good. They came back full of delight and great stories and I know they all had a fantastic time. We would definitely recommend you and your company, Thank you again Kind regards xxx (07/2015)
Hello Natalie, We are now back in Sweden from our bicycle tour in Normandy. I would just like to give you some feed back from the tour: We were all very satisfied with the trip. When planning the trip, we found it very easy to work with you, quick answers and good flexibility for our ideas. Excellent choice of roads, which took us through the fantastic landscapes of Normandy, and also along the fashinating see shores ending with the first D-day shore. Most roads with very little traffic. We also appreciated the kindness of all french drivers who never complained although we sometimes were in the middle of the small narrow roads. The distances was OK for all of us. When there was a choice of long or short distances, we always selected the long ones. Easy to find the roads with the excellent GPS and the very good Road Book. We also appreciated the very good choice of B&B, places where we felt wellcome and with good standard. A trip we will recommend to our friends. We also had good luck with the weather, lots of sun, not to strong winds, just one or two showers in daytime. (Was the weather also organised by you??) With Best Regards (05/2017)
Now that we are home and recovering from jet lag we would like to thank you and Davide for making it such an enjoyable trip despite the rain. The routes were very carefully crafted and gave us good views on safe roads and trails. The GPS was very easy to follow (...). The bikes were very good and performed without problem and the panniers and handlebar bags were the best we have encountered. We think that the combination route that we created with your help gave us good variety in the time we had allowed ourselves. (...) We will certainly recommend Abicyclette to anyone interested in seeing Bretagne on a bike. (...) Thank you again for a wonderful trip. Will and Marilyn (09/2017)
Dear Fabien, Thank you very much for your interest. Thanks to the good one to do, the enthusiasm and the explanations of the guide, today the first day we have completed the first stage successfully in spite of being experienced neither at bicycles nor in GPS. Incredible!!! Thank you very much. A greeting Martha (08/2017)
Bonjour, Suite au Week-End, un peu pluvieux, passé ensemble autour des Châteaux de la Loire, merci pour tes efforts et ta compagnie. A une prochaine fois, sans doute... (05/2013)
Back home now Fabien, thanks for all the help…a great week of riding and enjoying Le Tour! Merci! (07/2015)