Our cycling vacations in Portugal

You’ll breeze through some of the wildest landscapes in Europe on our cycling vacations 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 vacations 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 Biking vacations in Portugal

Porto to Lisbon cycling vacation, self guided

From 845 to1068
8 days ex flights
Family Cycling Vacations in Portugal | Self-Guided

Portugal cycling vacations, self guided

From 665 to729
8 days ex flights
Tranquility cycling vacations

Cycling vacation in Portugal, self guided

From 665 to729
7 days ex flights
A leisurely cycling vacation in the Algarve

Guadiana River cycling vacation, Portugal

From 715 to910
8 days ex flights
Cycle the majestic Guadiana River for a relaxing escape
Tailor made

Atlantic Coast biking vacation in Portugal

From US $2399 to US $3149
8 days ex flights
Snowshoe in the heart of Italy
Small group2022: 4 Sep, 9 Oct, 30 Oct, 2023: 26 Mar, 23 Apr, 30 Apr, 10 May, 14 May, 21 May, 28 May, 4 Jun, 11 Jun, 18 Jun, 25 Jun, 2 Jul, 27 Aug, 3 Sep, 17 Sep, 24 Sep, 1 Oct, 15 Oct, 29 Oct

Algarve self guided cycling tour

From 700 to1095
8 days ex flights
Dramatic coastline to picturesque countryside in the Algarve

Cycling break in the Algarve

From 405 to705
4 days ex flights
Self guided mini cycling break in Eastern Algarve

Terceira cycling vacation in the Azores

From 790 to1490
7 days ex flights
Self guided cycling vacation on the island of Terceira

Algarve cycling vacation in Portugal

From £1499 to £1579
7 days inc UK flights
Western Algarve self guided cycling vacation
Tailor made

More about our cycling vacations in Portugal

Self guided or small group vacations?

Portugal offers a mix of small group cycling vacations and tailor made self guided trips. Small group vacations are accompanied by a professional guide and 8-12 travelers 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 vacations 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 vacations in Portugal

For generations of travelers, Portugal’s sunny Algarve region has been the backdrop for blissful family beach vacations 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 vacations 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 vacations in Portugal

Best-known as a world-renowned destination for whale watching, Portugal’s Atlantic archipelago also has a growing reputation for cycling vacations. 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.
[Self guided or small group vacations?: Marien van Os] [Atlantic Coast : Web Summit] [The Algarve: Algarve Bike Vacations] [Peneda-Geres National Park : Quinta Lamosa] [The Azores: Portugal A2Z]
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