On a self-guided cycling holiday in Portugal, we provide a high-quality bike, our lovingly compiled route notes and maps, and luggage transfers, so that you can meander from one wonderfully located hotel of character to the next at entirely your own pace.
Our cycling holidays in Portugal have a wide appeal: besides the glorious scenery, there are opportunities for bird-watching, and fascinating history and traditions to discover. In keeping with our Slow holiday philosophy, our carefully researched routes (described in easy-to-read notes) allow plenty of time to appreciate it all. And because there’s no group, no arrangements to make (we do all that), and no luggage, you can be spontaneous, stopping for a lunch of fresh fish or to gaze at the reflections on the water.
For glorious views while you’re cycling, Portugal, with its timeless interior and long coastline bordering the Atlantic, is a great choice. One of the best places for a cycling holiday in Portugal is the northern region of Aveiro, where you’ll find serene lagoons rich in birdlife, fantastic seafood, and the sandy beaches of the Costa de Prata (Silver Coast). Another, equally delightful, destination for a cycling holiday in Portugal is the Minho, where historic towns are dotted along the banks of its picturesque waterways.
To give you a good idea of how we can tailor our trips to your individual requirements, take a look at the section of the website specifically devoted to travellers from outside the UK.
Alternatively, if you’d prefer to get the low-down on Inntravel holidays from someone who has first-hand experience, you can email Phil Wise. Based in California, Phil has taken many trips with us over the years, and will be happy to give you general information about travelling to Europe and the overall Inntravel holiday experience from an American perspective.
Are our cycling holidays in Portugal right for you?
The flat terrain makes for easy cycling in Portugal’s Aveiro and Minho regions, giving you plenty of time to make the most of your surroundings. To be sure that our cycling holidays in Portugal are right for you, take a look at the definitions of our cycling grades below. (Our grading system assumes you are using a ‘regular’ bike, so if you choose an e-bike, bear in mind that the cycling will be considerably easier.)
Easy cycling for all with shorter days mainly on the flat, but some gentle ascents.
Easy-to-moderate cycling featuring undulating routes with more frequent short ascents, and a mix of shorter and longer days.
Moderate cycling with some longer, steady uphill sections, and longer days.
Fairly strenuous cycling featuring longer days with some sustained climbs. (We don't currently have any holidays at this level.)
What to expect from your cycling holiday in Portugal
There are three key ingredients which are common to all Inntravel holidays, including our cycling holidays in Portugal: sublime landscapes; delightful hotels hand-picked for their warm welcome; and flavoursome local cuisine.
Route notes you can rely on
We take pride in producing route guides with all the information you’ll ever need, and update them continually, so you can trust their accuracy. As well as containing directions from A to B to C, which you follow at your own pace, they enrich your holiday experience by telling you about the places you pass through, local traditions, and more.
Freedom to choose
Holidaying independently, not in a group, means you can stay in intimate hotels, and decide which places to visit each day. What’s more, there’s no set start date, no set duration (feel free to add extra nights), no set travel arrangements – we’ll happily book a bespoke travel package for you, either by air, by rail or by ferry.
We’ve been offering holidays since 1984 and have built up a wealth of experience. Whenever you contact us, you’ll deal with friendly experts who share a passion for travel and who have stayed in our featured hotels and cycled our routes. They’ll be delighted to answer your queries and help you plan your perfect holiday.