5 Reasons to Choose Portugal as your First Bikepacking Adventure
Cycling girl enjoying the bikepacking in Portugal

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There is something unique yet charming about cycling. Is it the wind caressing our face as it blows our hair back? Or the beautiful landscape whizzing past us in a moment’s notice? Is it the adventurous ups and downs of the cycling path, or the people we meet on the way?

Perhaps it is a combination of all, and therefore a holiday to Portugal is the best way to kickstart your passion for cycling. Wondering what makes bikepacking in Portugal so special?

The Saint Vincent Coast view our Bikepacking Adventure in Portugal
One of the many amazing beaches you can encounter along the Atlantic Coast in Portugal

Good Infrastructure

The importance of infrastructure is seldom considered when for cycling holidays in Europe. As the bike wanders down the winding road, the process becomes further smooth when the roads are built in a facilitative manner.

Ditches in the road, rough gravel and unmarked routes are the worst elements you could face when going cycling. In Portugal, you do not have to worry about any of this.

With special bike lanes and very low traffic, the cycling experience is unlike any other. As you embark on your bikepacking adventure, make as many stops on the way as you want.

Have lunch at a roadside café bar, or sit in any of the restaurants.

With a wonderful road network, and a notable camping network by the coast, Portugal makes a great first for going bikepacking.

The smooth bike lanes in Portugal bikepacking adventure
Along the route you can cycle on bike lanes like this.

Geography

Travelling from Porto and Lisbon, the two major cities of Portugal, the geography of the area permits fruitful experience.

How so? Opting for the “Bikepacking – the Portugese Coast” bikepacking tour, you route takes you from Caminha to Lagos along the Atlantic coast.

As you begin your downwards journey from North to South, the geography of the area includes flat ground for the first 200km, and only rolling hills along the route.

With less or no big climbs, cycling is not only easier, but allows you to enjoy life truly as you move downward and the wind doesn’t hit your from the opposite direction. Instead, it blows alongside you, like a friend in tow.

Safety

What makes Portugal different from the rest is the considerably reduced rates of terrorism or violence. Apart from small-scale pickpocketing, Portugal is considered extremely safe from crimes, compared to other European countries.

Cycling itself is an experience whereby you travel, exposed to the world with almost no barrier of protection.

However, in Portugal, the 3rd safest country of the world, the bikepacking adventure is a piece of cake. Wander through narrow streets, and visit quiet remote areas without any hesitation or fear.

Make the most of your tour, and if you feel queasy, the hospitable locals, or tour company is ready to help.

Cycling girl relaxing on the atlantic coast in Portugal bikepacking holiday
Yes, you can do this like a gazillion times when you cycle along the Atlantic Coast in Portugal.

Landscape

Bikepacking becomes boring if the same scenic landscape continues for the entirety of the way. However, with Portugal’s diversity of landscape, boredom is never an option.

From pristine white sandy beaches, to rocky cliffs aligning the coast, swap lands to surfer heavens, small fishing villages to large metropolitan cities – the surrounding landscape of Portugal changes every 50-70 km, making the bicycle touring incredibly enjoyable.

Cultural Experience

The fun part of cycling is the stops you make on the way. Especially as you tour through multiple villages and cities, the stops in between vary each time, giving a new outlook to the local culture.

If you wish for a holiday to Portugal, bikepacking is a great way for a truly cultural experience.

Meet the locals along the way, stop at a historical site or two, find out more about the stress-free life of the Portuguese, or have some of the delicious local cuisines.

Especially famous for their gastronomy, everything on the menu is bound to tantalize your taste-buds. Do not forget the national dish ‘Bacalhau’ – dried salted cod.

The view of Porto from the Dom Luis I bridge Bikepacking in Portugal
The city of Porto, I would definitely recommend you to stay here for a few days, to discover a bit more the city.

Can’t wait to begin your bikepacking adventure through the ‘happening’ Portugal? Book your tour now.

Confused where to book it from? Visit https://portugalsportholidays.com/our-tours/bikepacking-the-portuguese-coast/ for more information.

Happy cycling!

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András
Herczog András, WNC alapító, túravezető, túraszervező. Harminchárom éves élelmiszermérnök – kerékpár szerelő vagyok Magyarországról. Tizenkét éves korom óta foglalkozom komolyabban a kerékpározással. Hobbimmá vált a bringatúrázás. Az utóbbi években feleségemmel, Barbarával az Ibériai-félsziget csodálatos országaiban tudtunk hódolni immár közös szenvedélyünknek.

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2020-03-15
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András
2020-04-15
Thank you for the feedback, I am happy that it helped you, that was the idea! Soon I will share new post, related to tips for visiting Portugal. Best wishes, András
2020-04-02
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2020-04-15
Thank you very much for the feedback, and I am verry happy that you liked this article. Best wishes, András
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