If you’re after an active getaway that’s also full of sunshine and great cuisine, why not consider one of our cycling holidays in Portugal? As well as glorious weather conditions and a laidback, friendly culture, the country is packed with amazing natural attractions that are well-worth exploring at your own pace.
Plus, you’ll find several wonderful Canvas Holidays campsites in Portugal that offer up deluxe mobile homes and comfortable tents for relaxing in after a full day of riding.
When to go to cycling in Portugal
You may have heard that Portugal is easily one of the hottest countries in Europe! While this makes it great for beachgoers, it’s not always ideal for cyclists. To avoid the extreme summer temperatures, try to book your Portugal cycling holiday in the spring or autumn (especially if you’re heading to the southern regions).
The weather in the Algarve remains warm right through until November, too, so you could always enjoy a half term break on bikes with the kids!
The best cycling routes in Portugal
Portugal isn’t just about wonderful sandy beaches and tucking into feasts of fresh seafood. You’ll also find impressive mountain ranges and lush wine growing regions that make for the perfect cycling holiday destinations.
Cycling in Northern Portugal
Northern Portugal is one of the most popular regions for a Portugal cycling holiday. The weather tends to be a bit milder than the south, plus you’ll not only find historical cities like Porto, but the verdant valley surrounding the Douro River that’s dotted with some of the country’s best vineyards.
Cycling in the Algarve
While many head to the Algarve to laze around on the sand, it’s actually an ideal location for a more active holiday. Well cared for roads and great facilities make it easy to navigate, while you’ll find big resort towns and smaller villages off the beaten track are perfect for a rest and some tasty grub.
Cycling in Central Portugal
Central Portugal is a fantastic spot for those hoping to cycle and surf. Its so-called Silver Coast has some of the best waves in the country (don’t worry – there’s plenty of surf schools with equipment hire so you don’t need to balance your board on your bike!). You’ll also discover a scattering of fascinating towns like historic Coimbra and colourful Aveiro.
Cycling near Lisbon
Get the perfect balance of a city break and rural escape by opting for a Portugal cycling holiday near the capital. Lisbon itself is jam-packed with wonderful historical and cultural attractions, from Belém Tower to Castelo de S. Jorge, and it’s becoming more and more cycle-friendly every year. Ride along the path that follows the Tagus River or hop on a train with your bike to Cascais where you can cycle along the coastline to beaches that are normally tricky to reach by car.
Fancy camping in Portugal, too? Take a look at our wonderful campsites that offer up brilliant accommodation, fun activities and plenty of amenities for all the family to enjoy.