People Cycling Rides

Portugal's Medieval Towns and Castles.

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Ride Info
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Ride Leader
Marty Fink
Tour Dates
Start Location
Lisbon, Portugal
End Location
Lisbon, Portugal
Cost (est.)
$4200 (USD + $150.00 ride fee)
$1000 (USD
Payment Due
Avg. Distance
46 mi / 74 km
Avg. Elevation
2400 ft / 732 m
Ride Description


Discover Southern Portugal on a 20-day adventure beginning and ending in Lisbon.  Ride the spectacular Atlantic Coast, visit UNESCO World Heritage sites, and explore picturesque, well-preserved medieval towns.  There will be 13 required riding days, 3 rest/choice days, and 2 days at both the beginning and end of the tour in the capital city of Lisbon.  The average daily distance is 46 miles, with the longest day 57 miles.  The average estimated daily climbing is 2,400 feet, with the biggest day at 2,900 feet.

Why is Portugal a great place for cycling?  One reason is that Portugal has been designated as one of the safest and most peaceful countries in the world.  Portuguese drivers are courteous and patient with cyclists and this route was chosen with quiet country roads.  At the end of each day’s ride, you can relax in three and four-star hotels experiencing excellent Mediterranean food and wines.  There’s also great seafood! 

We will step back in time on this tour by exploring numerous towns brimming with fascinating medieval history.  One example is Tomar, which is our first “choice day”.  It’s perfect for exploring the 12th century Knights Templar Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  In town you’ll enjoy narrow-cobbled walkways and mosaic-tiled squares.  With a laid-back pace of life that’s typically e… (Join People Cycling to read more)

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People Cycling has four categories for our rides – Easy, Moderate, Difficult, and Challenging. It should be somewhat obvious what these categories mean, but please become familiar with the elevations and distances that define them:

Easy rides are under 30mi/48km in average distance and 1600ft/500m in average elevation
Moderate rides are over the Easy rating but under 50mi/80km and 2460ft/750m
Difficult rides are as over the Moderate rating but under 75mi/120km and 3280/1000m
Anything over the Difficult rating

NOTE: This is not a strict guideline. There could be rides that have a day or two where the average elevation or distance exceeds the values given above. These anomalies should be outlined in the ride description. It is recommended that you read it carefully.

About People Cycling

People Cycling is a bicycle touring club, which you can join for free. We offer Domestic and International Cycling Tours which are led by volunteer Ride Leaders. Our tours are made up of a small group of participants (typically 15-20 or so) who want to ride an average of 30 to 55 miles a day over a one or two week period in interesting regions of the world. Our tours range in price from frugal getaways to luxurious adventures. We travel road, gravel, or mountain bike styles, and all bicycle types – including e-bikes, recumbents, and tandems are typically allowed.

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