Cycling is one of the most popular sports in the country. If you are planning a holiday in Portugal this is a great way to discover the secret places that the normal touristic routes would never take you.
If you are lucky enough to have a local friend that knows the best places to visit, then our first advice would be for you to stick with him/her, if not, there are several tour operators that will give you an amazing experience.
We list now the 5 secrets that are not that secret, for you to enjoy the ride safely.
While travelling to a place where you may enjoy warm temperatures, sunscreen is a must but is important to mention a refillable bottle for fluids, a cream to hydrate your inner legs and extremely vital, a camera with extra battery to capture the best moments and landscapes.
2. Be predictable
Cycling can be risky everywhere in the world. Being a Mediterranean country, we are famous for reckless driving, which somehow is a reflection of our reality even though that label is badly accepted by Portuguese drivers.
Ride with caution, wearing visible clothing and be sure your bicycle has lights whether you are doing a day or a night ride. The best way of avoiding road accidents is by preventing them.
3. Chose the right tour provider
Portugal is a rich country of flora where you will be able to see a wide range outstanding landscapes , where the picturesque scenery is continuously changing.
There are a handful of companies offering the service of bicycle guided tours. Knowing the tour providers around the country we would strongly rate Live Love Ride-Portugal bike tours were you can find Leisure trips, daily tours, cycling camps and much more. One of the best tours is certainly “Bike tour by Douro river – Cycling the Douro valley” with a duration of 7 days and a daily average between 45 to 90 Km, certainly there will be time to get to know and enjoy the area.
The tour will be in one the best wine regions of the world. While riding by the river you will be able to enjoy “socalcos” views an UNESCO world heritage where the famous port wine comes from. You will be pleased with a Douro and Port wine tasting while discovering the ancient history of Portugal. Historical villages will delight your imagination as a bridge to the past. As important as all the views, wine, and food and learning is the bike challenge of climbing to reach the most stunning viewpoints. Check out prices.
4. Travel light
The thought of bringing and extra pair of trousers or two jumpers just in case something happens is a common miscalculation. Trust us on this one, while on the road you want to ride light to make the journey pleasant so that you can enjoy the view. If you are over weighted you will put extra effort on your muscles and body that will, consequently use your body reserves quicker leading to fatigue.
5. Enjoy the ride sharing it with someone
Every so often is difficult to share the road with someone else due to different ability levels. Remember that you will be doing adventure tourism, enjoying views and sensations that you haven’t seen and felt before. Happiness is only truth when shared, you can talk, sing, take a selfie or even share the lead to cut wind, but in the end you will remember the shared moments.
All in all, cycling is perhaps an easy and pleasurable way of touring in the country, if you are looking for a personalized and high quality experience, we fully advise Live Love Ride Portugal bike tours.