Three great Portugal mountain biking holidays with Portugal Bike

Sep 24, 2014 BY Paul McWilliams

One of Europe’s oldest countries, Portugal is known for its mix of rugged landscapes and traditional rural lifestyles. Explore 300 million-year-old battered Atlantic coastlines and jagged slate mountains on some great Portugal mountain biking holidays.

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Discover the country with Portugal Bike on one of their three top MTB tours. Each has its own distinct identity and up to 70% of the tracks off road, so you’ll need to bring your best biking skills. Choose between guided, supported or self-guided tours with optional bike hire.

Camino de Santiago de Compostela

One of the world’s oldest pilgrimage routes, this medieval trail is no picnic. The tour starts at Guimarâes, Portugal’s oldest city and the town known as the ‘birthplace of the Portuguese nation’. It finishes at the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Feel the mystical atmosphere of over a thousand years of pilgrimage along the way. Pass ancient churches, religious iconography and explore the medieval architecture of Ponte de Lima. You’ll also cycle through the fortified town of Valença and explore its ancient streets.

Tours include five days cycling and are rated as 4/5 in terms of difficulty. You’ll cover 220 km at a rate of 44km a day and the trail is split roughly two thirds asphalt to one third dirt tracks. Prices start at €1,640 for self-guided tours and rise to €2,220 for guided. Find out more.

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Cork Trees and Coast

Explore the stunning national parks and forests of Arrabida, south of Lisbon. Ride between Mediterranean landscapes and rugged coastlines starting in the town of Sesimbra.

The beautiful and mysterious cork trees are one of Portugal’s greatest natural resources. They grow in dense clusters creating unique landscapes with winding pathways and tunnels through thick vegetation. Head down to Alentejo and the Vicentine Coast Natural Park, one of the most preserved landscapes in Europe.

The tour is four days of cycling at 56km a day. The difficulty rating is 3/5 and around 70% of the riding is off road. Prices start at €1,040 for self-guided tours and go up to €1,860 for guided. Find out more.

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The Algarve Wild Coast

Cycle the Vicentine Route along the wild Algarve’s west coast. Enjoy cliff-top cycling and winding fisherman’s trails along stunning beaches. Head down to Sagres, the south-westernmost point of continental Europe and the lively small coastal city of Lagos. Experience the beautiful yet rugged landscape of the exposed Atlantic coast, complete with unique flora and fauna.

Tours include four days cycling at 54km a day. The difficulty rating is 3/5 and 68% of trails are off road. Prices start at €830 for self-guided and go up to €1,770 for guided. Find out more.

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Bike rental charges and single supplements apply on all trips. Prices vary according to the time of year and it’s recommended to try and avoid high summer as it can get very hot.

Transfers and accommodation are included on all their great Portugal mountain biking holidays. On guided tours you’ll be treated to breakfast, picnics at lunch and dinners in some of the region’s finest eateries in the evenings. Self-guided tours come with breakfasts provided only.

Portugal Bike is one of the leading bike tour operators in Portugal. Operating since 1995 they have over 300 tours under their belts and have taken more than 9,000 people with them. As well as offering great Portugal mountain biking holidays and off-road adventures, they also provide hybrid and road bike tours. Explore the ancient medieval villages of Alentejo, or quiet granite villages and charming pousadas of the north.

There really is no better way to explore Portugal than by bike. To find out more visit Portugal Bike.

 
Alentejo, Algarve, Arrabida, Guimaraes, Lagos, Lisbon, Ponte de Lima, Portugal, Sagres, Santiago De Compostela, Sesimbra, Spain, Valenca, Vicentine Coast National Park
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