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Skedaddle Twaddle about the cycling holidays we offer in Portugal

Pedal Portugal! 5 essential experiences

Escape the buzz of the big cities, Porto and Lisbon, and head out on two wheels in search of remote countryside and a traditional way of life. With 13 cycling holidays (and counting!) exploring every corner of this popular destination, here are 5 essential experiences you don’t want to miss in Portugal

1. Soak up a bounty of stunning sandy stretches
Portugal’s dramatic Atlantic coastline provides endless picture-perfect views from the saddle, alongside unrivalled opportunities for a cheeky post-ride dip.

2. Discover the so-called ‘Hawaii of Europe’
The world is only just wising up to Portugal’s autonomous islands, The Azores! Explore the biggest island, Sao Miguel and discover sublime scenery around every bend.

3. Sampling Port in its rightful place…
Partial to a drop of the sweet stuff? Don’t miss our trips through the UNESCO-listed vineyards of the Douro – Portugal’s premier port producing region.

4. Ride ancient trails through wild, natural landscapes
Portugal’s countryside is home to many off-road trails bursting with technical challenges. This natural terrain explores some of the most remote areas of the country.

5. Exploring Sintra’s fairytale castles
A visit to Portugal is always enriched with a visit to the forest-clad town of Sintra, famed for its unique array of majestic palaces and castles.

Want to explore Portugal by bike? We’ve a little something to suit every type of cyclist here, and with 5% off this month, there has never been a better time to book. To see the full range of holidays click here.

Join us for an exciting new guided tour in Portugal

Psst! We’ve some exciting news to share…
Our best-selling leisure holiday, the Azure Ocean Ridehas been a firm favourite of Skedaddlers for a good few years now and in 2018 we’re chuffed to introduce a new guided version of this classic cycling journey. Alongside charismatic guides to show you the way and a support van for when the going gets tough, here’s what else you can expect…

We say:
If you dream of cycling beside the sea, this is the ride for you! The wild Atlantic ocean forms an almost constant companion as you glide ever South in search of sweeping golden beaches, tasty, fresh fish and the enchanting castles of Sintra.

You say:
“Beyond our expectations! Your partner in Portugal’s organisation and coordination was first class. The hotels were beyond our expectations, in wonderful locations and extremely comfortable. Sintra was just amazing an added bonus which we were not expecting! Tim, Wiltshire

The views along the Atlantic coast were amazing. We also enjoyed the variety of terrain, which included forested areas, fishing villages, sand dunes and castle towns. Much of our enjoyment can be attributed to the support provided by Antonio.” Bruce, Canada

Feeling inspired? 
Don’t miss your chance to join our inaugural guided tour in 2018, or go self-guided and choose your own dates. To see more of our new trips click here.

Bike the best of Spain and Portugal

Escape with us to Portugal or Spain for your chance enjoy some late season fun in the sun! If the lure of tasty tapas and sun-kissed trails isn’t enough, what about these tempting biking opportunities still up for grabs this season?

Best for: The chance to tackle a variety of terrain
Trip: Atlantic Trails, Portugal | Grade: 3 to 4
Trail Highlights: 
Riders can expect a range of great biking experiences, from soaking up epic vistas on the cliffs of the Atlantic Coast to fun forest tracks in the beautiful Arribida and Sintra Natural Parks!

Best for: A coastal adventure bursting with singletrack trails
Trip: Cami de Cavalls Menorca, Spain | Grade: 4
We say:
 With a high percentage of this 200k journey comprising singletrack, this is a fun journey for regular riders looking to test their skills out on an open air playground…complete with stunning views across the Mediterranean Sea.

Best for: Experienced riders seeking exhilarating riding in the mountains
Trip: Sensational Sierra Nevada, Spain | Grade: 4 to 5
We say: 
Welcome to arguably Spain’s most dramatic mountain range (and certainly the highest!) With demanding climbs and thrilling descents this is a trip for the seasoned mountain bikers amongst us – prepare for an exhilarating biking experience.

Keen to join us? Check out our mountain biking expert Matt Cain’s latest blog to help you make the most of the late season riding opportunities this year.