Portugal is well known as a popular vacation destination. As a cyclist you can see so much more of this country – home to an abundance of nature and wildlife, with stunning natural beauty. Portugal is geographically fascinating with remnants of ancient volcanic activity like rugged rock formations, wondrous caves and cliff faces. You’ll bike through beautifully tended olive groves and cork plantations, and bike along sandy beaches, which sprawl for miles on end on the fringes of the Atlantic Ocean. Cyclists have the opportunity to experience the rich history, beautiful architecture and strong religious influence while enjoying, for the most part of the year, lovely sunshine. The Portuguese are also well known for their warmth, hospitality, and vibrant culture.
Our magnificent 'end to end' trip takes riders from the southernmost tip of Portugal all the way to Valenca in the very north, before crossing into northern Spain to finish in Santiago de Compostela. We’ll start in the city of Faro, ancient and rich with touches of Phoenician, Roman, and Moorish culture still sprinkled around the city. From there we head north, briefly joining the Guadiana River, with views across to Spain, before riding through the Guadiano Valley Natural Park and the completely unspoiled interior of southern Portugal. Our direction gradually bears northwest until we reach the coastal t… (Join People Cycling to read more)