The best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal

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The best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal

The best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal

By José Neves

Once I heard someone saying that “Spring time in Portugal starts in January!” Wow… In fact, we were cycling under a deep blue sky and the temperature was pretty nice for January!

Portugal is one of the two countries in the Iberian Peninsula. This is one of the south regions in Continental Europe, therefore it is a hot and dry region. In March, everybody rides a bicycle in Portugal enjoying the beautiful sunny days. Snow is not common in Portugal: you can only see snow in the northern mountainous regions. Portugal is an excellent place for cycling.

 

Some say September and October!

Some people say September and into October are good times to plan a bike tour in Portugal. It is the end of the Summer and the temperature is not usually so hot and it is still warm enough to feel good outside. September and October are good times to cycle in Portugal taking in the gorgeous sceneries with the yellow and brown fields of autumn along the way.

 

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I prefer the Spring time!

In my personal opinion, the best time to go cycling in Portugal it’s Spring time! Definitely! As of the second half of March until the first half of June the flowers are blooming and the fields are covered with wild flowers of different colors.

 

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So, what is the best time to plan a bike tour in Portugal

From early March to late June, the energy in the air invites us to cycle and the sun feels nice and not too warm, temperatures during the day are around 18ºC and 26ºC (64ºF and 80ºF), depending the region of Portugal and the month.

Also, from September until the first half of November is a good time of the year to plan a bike tour in Portugal. The heat is not so intense as in the end of June until August (35ºC/95ºF), and the rain usually starts in the second half of November. And there is also beauty in the landscape in the Fall, although as I said I prefer the green and the flowers in the Spring.

December and January are usually colder months, the temperature during the day is usually around 10ºC (50ºF). But when you cycle you generate heat, so we can say that Portugal is an excellent place to ride a bicycle almost all year round.

The southern regions of Portugal, Alentejo and Algarve, are warmer and drier than the northern areas, which are a bit more cool and rainy. The best advice as to the best time to go cycling in Portugal is to head south, to the Alentejo and Algarve regions during the winter, spring and autumn months. Porto and the North of Portugal are best cycled during the summer months.

Historical weather for Portugal can be searched at wunderground, a Weather Channel and IBM company. Daily and weekly weather forecasts for Portugal can be searched at the Portuguese Weather Institute.

If you’re looking for more depth, we’ve divided up our catalog according to our recommendations for the best months to join each of our bike tours in Portugal.

 

Recommended Bike Tours in the Winter

Towards the Algarve
Regions of Portugal: Lisbon, Alentejo, Algarve; Tour Type: Road Bike Tour

The West Coast and the Algarve
Regions of Portugal: Lisbon, Alentejo, Algarve; Tour Type: Road Bike Tour

The Charming Pousadas in Alentejo
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo; Tour Type: Road Bike Tour

The Ancient Medieval Villages
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo; Tour Type: Road Bike Tour

Marble, Wine and Heritage
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo; Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour

 

Recommended Bike Tours in the Spring

The Ancient Medieval Villages
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo; Tour Type: Road Bike Tour

The Charming Pousadas in Alentejo
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo; Tour Type: Road Bike Tour

Jewels of Portugal
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Center, Lisbon Region; Tour Type: Road Bike Tour

The Amazing Algarve Coast
Regions of Portugal: Algarve; Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour

The Beautiful Alentejo Beaches
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Algarve; Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour

History, Heritage and Coast
Regions of Portugal: Lisbon Region, Center Region; Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour

Cork Trees and The Algarve Wild Coast
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Algarve; Tour Type: Mountain Bike Tour

 

Recommended Bike Tours in the Summer

The Quiet Villages on the Mountains
Regions of Portugal: Porto and The North; Tour Type: Road Bike Tour

The Charming Pousadas in the North
Regions of Portugal: Porto and The North; Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour

The Historic Towns in the North
Regions of Portugal: Porto and The North; Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour

The Beautiful North of Portugal
Regions of Portugal: Porto and The North; Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour

The Way of St James
Regions: Porto and The North, Spain; Tour Type: Mountain Bike Tour

 

Recommended Bike Tours in the Autumn

Towards the Algarve
Regions of Portugal: Lisbon, Alentejo, Algarve; Tour Type: Road Bike Tour

The West Coast and the Algarve
Regions of Portugal: Lisbon, Alentejo, Algarve; Tour Type: Road Bike Tour

The Charming Pousadas in Alentejo
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo; Tour Type: Road Bike Tour

Jewels of Portugal
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Center, Lisbon Region; Tour Type: Road Bike Tour

The Ancient Medieval Villages
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo; Tour Type: Road Bike Tour

The Amazing Algarve Coast
Regions of Portugal: Algarve; Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour

The Beautiful Alentejo Beaches
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Algarve; Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour

History, Heritage and Coast
Regions of Portugal: Lisbon Region, Center Region; Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour

Cork Trees and Coast
Regions of Portugal: Lisbon Region, Alentejo; Tour Type: Mountain Bike Tour

The Algarve Wild Coast
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Algarve; Tour Type: Mountain Bike Tour

Cork Trees and The Algarve Wild Coast
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Algarve; Tour Type: Mountain Bike Tour

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