The Pleasures of Cycling in Portugal
Set on the west coast of the Iberian Peninsula, next to Spain, Portugal is one of the hidden gems of European cycling. In addition to offering a mild climate virtually year round, this enchanting country boasts an amazing variety of landscapes ranging from never-ending sandy beaches along the wild Atlantic coast, to the terraced vineyards of the Douro River, the golden plains of the Alentejo dotted with olive and cork trees orchards and finally the calm southern region of the Algarve with its orange groves, almond trees and transparent azure waters.
Portugal’s many back roads makes cyling and hiking a dream for Terracotta Journeys’ guests allowing them to quietly peruse the picturesque countryside, explore tranquil medieval villages filled with white washed houses and chat with the friendly locals at corner café’s. Founded in 1147, Portugal’s extensive history means that after stretching the legs, interested cyclists or hikers can stretch their minds by visiting local castles, museums and other cultural attractions while learning more about the country’s past. Terracotta Journeys prides itself in always making sure to top off every day with a satisfying meal of regional cuisine, with fresh fish, local meats and produce paired with wonderful local wines providing the perfectly finish to an exhilarating day of cycling or walking.
And to rest the body and mind after an active day of cycling or hiking, travelers will, more often than not, find much deserved rest in centuries-old convents or palaces artfully restored into modern lodgings. These hotels, with hand-painted tiles paneling and period furniture offer all of the modern amenities coupled with a taste of Portugal’s rich heritage, another souvenir for the cyclist or hiker’s book of memories.
Visit Portugal on one of this Terracotta Journeys tours:
- The Costa Azul to the Algarve bike tour
- The World Heritage Bike Tour – Cycling the Extremadura and Alentejo (Portugal and Spain)
- The Romantic Mini Bike Tour of Greater Lisbon, Portugal
- The Douro River and the Port Wine Journey (Portugal and Spain)
- The Beautiful Atlantic Coast walking (hiking) tour, Portugal
- Atlantic Coast 3 Day Walking (hiking) mini-tour, Portugal