44, Houston, Texas – United States
Having been on many cycling vacations on five continents, I would rate this one of the best, if not, the best bike experience ever. What makes this vacation special are the people behind Portugal Bike, José and Cristina, who are not only passionate, experienced, knowledgeable, and excellent about what they do, but they are also genuinely wonderful people, who are attentive, nice, and accommodating to the people in the group. From the jaw-dropping, stunning bike routes through the photogenic landscape of Portugal that they took the group on, to the wonderful hotels where we stayed at, to the diverse, delectable cuisine of Portugal they introduced us to, it was just more than a vacation; it was truly an unforgettable experience and a feast for the senses. I would gladly give this trip 6 stars if it were possible.
54 and 55, Bologna – Italy
My compliments to the PortugalBike team; we really had a terrific week! Everything was perfect: the organization, the warm hospitality, and the wonderful food! The route was very well thought out and planned: I was particularly pleased with the great GPS navigator you supplied us with; it is virtually impossible for you to get lost! The scenery was truly breathtaking and the weather marvelous; we really enjoyed every single moment; even some of the steeper hills! Thank you once again for organizing such a memorable event!
56 and 55, Northwood – United Kingdom
This was our 2nd bike adventure in Portugal, with Jose and Christina, of Portugalbike. This time we chose the mountain bike option. We were thrilled with the physical challenges we encountered, and drank in the natural beauty that Portugal offers. We explored Alentejo region from sea to coast, venturing through the Cork forest and stork nesting areas. The food, wine, accommodations and company was first rate. We highly recommend cycling with Portugal Bike, you will not be disappointed. We are already thinking of our next cycling adventure with Jose and Christina.
65, Blue Mountains, Ontario – Canada
An outstanding tour in less than ideal conditions…but seamless attention to details and the needs of our group (65-75+) Thank you for a wonderful experience in northern Portugal. Beautiful country, beautiful people. Please post my photo of the lake experience!
66, San Francisco – United States
A stellar experience in all respects… our incomparable leaders Ricardo and Luis, the spectacular scenery, the accommodations, food and, most of all, the fellowship. We hope to return.
68, Calgary – Canada
We have taken many biking trips throughout Europe and other parts of the world but this one tops our experiences to date. We travelled with Portugal Bike through the Alentejo region of Portugal for a week and experienced Wine, Castles, Marble and more. The owners, Cristina and Jose have the ability and a wonderful enthusiasm to put together as flawless a trip as we could have imagined. No detail was overlooked and we were treated to countless unexpected surprises and good fun throughout the trip. Everything was first class in our opinions with superb attention to detail in the bikes (which rode like velvet, 30 gears, equipped with cyclometers, mirrors, and helmets provided), the guiding – José is a passionate cyclist who thoughtfully took us thorough briefing about proper use and care of bikes, road etiquette, daily information about the region, cities, and imparted ( as did Cristina) lots of ‘local knowledge’ explained clearly on a timely basis. Because Portugal has a long and dense history spiced with complex relationships with the Moors and the Spanish for instance, the architecture, religion, food often reflects these influences and made for some fascinating discoveries for us as travellers – especially when one travels by bike. We were delighted with Cristina and José’s selection of fascinating accommodations (castles, monasteries for example), we ate and drank authentic, beautifully prepared food and wine of the Alentejo region and appreciated the balance of interesting terrain to cycle with experiences which ranged from visits to wineries to marble quarries, groves of cork oaks and olive trees. Overall, we cannot recommend highly enough this wonderful couple and their company Portugal Bike.
69, Melbourne – Australia
As a person of little bike experience, I have to say my two week tour of Portugal was truly rewarding. I travelled with my husband who is a competent rider, but the company provided me with an excellent hybrid electric bike which compensated. I was amazed how well I managed and it was through the assistance of the team at Portugal Bike who met the needs of everyone with their encouragement, good breaks along the way, excellent accommodation and attention to safety and every other detail that made it so outstanding. We both learnt so much about Portugal with the team’s descriptions on the way and visits to unique Portuguese sites of interest. We gathered together as a family at the end having shared a lovely adventure. Thank you Jose, Cristina and Ricardo.
63, St Albans – United Kingdom
Cristina and Jose created a wonderful week. A great route, with enough challenge, good hotels, good food, and of course being in Alentejo some of the best wines in Europe. Let alone fantastic scenery. Our group has been cycling one week a year for the last 20 years, and this is a highly, picky bunch of successful people, used to the best; that there was no grumbles, and just a continuous repetition of ‘wow,’ shows how well it went. We have cycled in the USA, and in most countries in Western Europe, and we all agreed this was one of the best bike tours we have ever had. We had one unforeseeable issue and Cristina dropped every thing at 6pm that evening drove 2 hours and delivered a new wheel, and then a 2 hour drive home. Great service.
63, St Albans – United Kingdom
“My wife and I just finished a self guided mountain bike tour of the Algarve Wild Coast. It was one of the best cycling experiences we have ever had. The routes were well planned and every day was a different experience on our bikes. The views of the ocean and cliffs are fantastic on this trip. Jose and Christine are meticulous with their organization from the time they pick you up at the airport to the last day. The days are long, but the reward is: arriving in a new town each night, checking in to a great hotel and “recovering” with cold beer and local fresh fish. We will definitely be back to do another route.”
54, Boston, Massachusetts – United States
This was an Amazing Algarve Coast bike tour. You have to go! This bike tour with Portugal Bike was wonderful! From the beginning when contacting them to the end drop-off back in Lisbon, this bike trip exceeded my expectation. I had the perfect vacation seeing the Algarve Coast by bike. The bikes were in great condition, the ride was well organized, the scenery was amazingly beautiful, the lunches were fresh and local, good hotel locations and the daily chatter we shared while riding led to a spectacular experience. We were able to enjoy time in each town at the end of the ride in the late day to interact with the locals, explore the beaches and dining/drinking establishments. Each day was well thought out and ran seamlessly for the riders. We shared many stories, laughter and learned about the Portuguese culture along the way. Thank you Jose, Cristina and of course, our sweeper, Pedro. See you in Boston someday, I hope! Sign up now, you will love the trip. Worth every penny or euro! Obrigada!
What do you get when you put 10 friends from 6 different countries, aged between 40 and a Beatles Song (“will you still feed me?” etc.) of varying cycling abilities (semi pro to semi comatose) and consistently competitive, idiosyncratic, irreverent and iconoclastic, on bikes and send them down the west and south coasts of Portugal? Bedlam? An unmitigated disaster? A perfect recipe for a series of crashes, punctures and missed turns? Answer: All of the above, if left to their own devices. Reality: With Portugal Bike, bravely and beautifully marshalled by Jose the Shepherd and Cristina the Provider, a perfect, unforgettable cultural and cycling symphony. We had a blast. Jose was initially terrified that we were out of control. He was right, we were. But the two of them brought order to these exuberant delinquents with their calm professionalism and knowledge of the road, the country and its splendor. They both love what they do, are proud of their country and their role in making their guests feel special, and nothing is too much trouble. We stayed in great places, saw wonderful sights, ate very well, learned about the country and its culture and respected our need for speed …well, we thought we were fast. We had 3 local Portuguese friends and they were equally impressed. When considering a biking holiday in Portugal, think Portugal Bike. As a certain Mr Zimmerman said: ” Don’t think twice, it’s alright”.
62, Lexington, Massachusetts – United States
Are you looking for an exceptional bike tour? This tour and the company that runs this tour are very likely to exceed your expectations. The Jewels of Portugal tour offers a very well planned route, amazing sights, well-tuned bicycles, informative tour guides, good food and local wine and comfortable and unique four-star lodging. But let’s not stop there: The tour leader, van driver and sweep rider are pleasant, funny, exceptionally caring, watchful for everyone’s safety and enjoyment and just delightful people. This PortugalBike tour has all this and more, including great route documentation with sights not to miss, activities along the way, route profile info and riding tips. On top of all this, this owner-operated tour company manages all the logistics exceptionally well. And I don’t say this lightly or often (I am an international management consultant specializing in logistics and transportation who is extremely demanding on these points). PortugalBike’s team manages the pickup/drop-off coordination, luggage handling, and other elements incredibly well. (…) At the end of the tour, you will have a great appreciation of all that Portugal has to offer, have made some new friends and realize that PortugalBike has managed to raise the bar against which all bike touring companies are measured. After taking ten trips with five different bike tour companies across North America and Europe, I can easily say that PortugalBike was clearly the best and offered the most enjoyable experience.
66, Wallingford, Pennsylvania – United States
I’m always wary of reviews with too many superlatives. So, I had some doubt when I read all the wonderful things people had written about their experiences with Portugal Bike. My friends, I need to tell you IT’S ALL TRUE! Our friends, my wife and I all had a fantastic time with Jose and Cristina. Our expectations were far surpassed. This was one of the best weeks of my life. We rode. We saw beautiful sights, too many to count. The vistas were breathtaking, the architecture amazing, the people friendly and the food and accommodations were fabulous. More than that, however, Jose and Cristina are national treasures of Portugal. They are genuinely lovely, friendly, welcoming people who do everything in their power to make your experience an amazing adventure. If you’re wondering if you should go to Portugal, go there. If you can’t make up your mind who should guide your tour, choose Portugal Bike. They are tremendous.
53, Moncton – Canada
This was our second trip with Portugal bike, this time doing The Quiet Villages on the Mountains. Spectacular scenery, great hotels and as always amazing hosts. If you want to see Portugal by bike, this is the group to go with. On day one, Jose and Cristina are your guides, on day two they are friends and by day three they become part of your extended family! We have done the south and the north of Portugal and both trips were outstanding yet different. The descriptions of the biking are very accurate. The bikes are high end and very well maintained. Jose and Cristina go out of their way to ensure that everyone has a great time and is comfortable with the biking. Don’t look any further if you plan to bike in Portugal.
56, Oregon – United States
I’ve just reluctantly ended The Ancient Medieval Villages bike tour. José and Cristina (owners) were amazing hosts, guides and cheerleaders. The scenery, equipment, accommodations and food were amazing and interesting. I am already trying to choose which tour to take next. I’m also ready to ride despite a few sore muscles that I hope will balance the amount of wonderful food eaten. Both José and Cristina answered questions as if it was the first time asked… (after being in business twenty years I’m pretty sure none of us had an original question). In that regard, I would encourage anyone interested in Portugal Bike to skip the self guided tour option and get the benefit of the knowledge, small places and answers to obscure questions/answers that you would be otherwise missing. Simply put…. Amazing adventure with amazing people! Thank you Portugal Bike! They are very accommodating if you decide to bring your own equipment. I brought my own pedals clip-ins for the asphalt and flats for the cobblestones (two sided) – but I didn’t need to in retrospect. Skip bringing your own helmet. They have very clean equipment and helmets are hard to pack. Newsflash – this area of Portugal is not only amazingly beautiful, but also does not have laundromats. I’m glad I brought my riding shoes that I could also easily walk in. Don’t forget your riding gloves or swimsuit (yes I forgot my swimsuit). Thank you José and Cristina for a fabulous taste of your beautiful country.
76, Santa Barbara, California – United States
Thank you again for a wonderful adventure! You two did everything possible to make the bike tour a terrific experience and you have spoiled me. I have taken several other bike tours and now I know just what a really excellent tour should be like. The bikes, van, accommodations, food, and all your extra services were first class. The scenery on the trip with the cliffs, beaches, long coastal views, and villages in a natural park setting was truly memorable. I was very comfortable and happy throughout the tour. I hope to return soon to join you on another tour. I am afraid that another company would disappoint me!
43, New Brunswick – Canada
We had a great time! We were a group of 14 friends. We were lucky to have enjoyed a week of great weather too, the scenery in the Algarve is amazing and on a bicycle was a great way to see it. Our tour took us through some areas that would be incredibly difficult to find by our own and then we would have missed the beautiful views. The tour hotels were all very good and served an ample breakfast to start our day. The bike quality was very good and they were new and well outfitted. This is the fifth bike tour we did in Europe. It was the first time that we were doing a guided tour and we were impressed by the excellent organization of José and Cristina. Thanks to Cristina for the excellent picnic with foods from the region. After all, we had a wonderful time on this tour. The tour company was very professional in all ways.
54, California – United States
We just completed the incredible self-guided bike tour “Charming Pousadas of the North” put together by Jose and Cristina and PortugalBike. From the moment we inquired about the tour the responsiveness and friendly personalized attention was clearly beyond the level of what we have experienced with other bike tours and travel services. Everything was thought through from the initial briefing, the very high quality bikes which were equipped exactly as we specified with SPD pedals, correctly sized, extremely well maintained and very comfortable. The documentation and maps provided and the flawless self-guiding Garmin GPS device guided us on the very well-planned route created by Jose. We rode from one beautiful Pousada to the next through vineyards, cobblestone streets, riverside boardwalks, charming village squares, stunning beaches, each time wondering how the next day could be any better – and each day shaking our heads in disbelief at how wonderfully different and amazing it was. Each Pousada was better than the next as well – from 11th century Monasteries to walled fortresses, to spectacular National Park lodges – all providing beyond our expectations for environment, dining, and friendly service. Jose told us at dinner the last night that he starts out every tour with clients and ends it with friends – and we are honored to be 2 more. Thank you Jose, Cristina and Portugal Bike – we will be back with more friends!
68, Calgary – Canada
We have taken many biking trips throughout Europe and other parts of the world, but this one tops our experiences to date. We travelled with Portugal Bike through the Alentejo region of Portugal for a week and experienced Wine, Castles, Marble and more. (…) No detail was overlooked and we were treated to countless unexpected surprises and good fun throughout the trip. Everything was first class in our opinions with superb attention to detail in the bikes (which rode like velvet, 30 gears, equipped with cyclometers, mirrors, and helmets provided), the guiding – José is a passionate cyclist who thoughtfully took us a thorough briefing about proper use and care of bikes, road etiquette, daily information about the region, cities, and imparted (as did Cristina) lots of ‘local knowledge’ explained clearly on a timely basis. Because Portugal has a long and dense history spiced with complex relationships with the Moors and the Spanish for instance, the architecture, religion, food often reflects these influences and made for some fascinating discoveries for us as travellers – especially when one travels by bike. We were delighted with Cristina and José’s selection of fascinating accommodations (castles, monasteries for example), we ate and drank authentic, beautifully prepared food and wine of the Alentejo region and appreciated the balance of interesting terrain to cycle with experiences which ranged from visits to wineries to marble quarries, groves of cork oaks and olive trees. Overall, we cannot recommend highly enough this wonderful couple and their company Portugal Bike.
49, London, Ontario – Canada
Portugal Bike’s hybrid tour of the “History and Coast” exceeded all of my expectations. I was impressed by the knowledge of our guides, the excellent & new equipment (bike, helmet, trip odometers, packs, water bottles, transport van) and also the condition and location of all hotels and restaurants – always well situated with the best views and food. Cristina and Jose recommended excellent regional choices for wine and for dinner – which we loved. Having met some cyclists en route who had planned their own trip, we’re convinced that Portugal Bike is the way to go: best routes/little traffic, varied pathways, healthy & plentiful picnics, and no worries …about anything!! I know, I would love to try a different tour next time, and possibly tack on a 2nd week while I’m at it! I cannot compliment Jose & Cristina enough – a very classy duo!
47 & 48, Topsfielf, Massachusetts – United States
Portugal Bike is a full service bike company which organizes a variety of comprehensive bike tours within Portugal. The tour offerings are spectacular, full of options which may be tailored to suit your level of skill and adventure, travel needs and wants, and all of which take you off the beaten path and/or to any part of Portugal you wish to visit. Portugal Bike was extremely accommodating, professional and patient with us during our trip planning, offering us much advice and suggestions on what to see, where to dine, etc., and what’s not on the map. The bike equipment and related support are superior; Cristina, Gose, and Ricardo are all extremely professional and knowledgeable and fantastically helpful and friendly and could not do enough for us. If you love adventure and seek a unique and special vacation Portugal Bike will bring you a truly unforgettable experience. Thank you for an amazing experience!
57, São Paulo – Brazil
We are pleased to inform that in August 2012 we did the tour Camino de Santiago de Compostela. This was an excellent adventure that took us along trails with an unimaginable history for those that come from tropical lands. The landscape is completely different from what we can see in Brazil. We were able to experience some of the situations described in the pilgrims’ reports. The pleasant company of the gods, the amazing discovery of the cultural “differences and similarities” between Brazil and Portugal, softened the weariness, the heat during the climbs and the rocks along the way. Everything was very well organized, first class equipment and car, very comfortable hotels; we enjoyed the ride, the food, the landscape and the historic monuments. We thank PortugalBike Team very much.
61, Hamilton, Ontario – Canada
Just wanted to thank you again for a fabulous adventure cycling the medieval villages in your lovely country. Your itinerary was well planned and we experienced a variety of landscapes, and riding routes. Your careful selection of accommodation and restaurants certainly enhanced our experience. Your attention to details was much appreciated and the knowledge of history, cultural opportunities and the natural landscape that you shared, gave us a true feeling of having tasted Portugal that you obviously love so deeply. I will be recommending your tours where ever I can, and hope to join you again sometime soon.
60, Auckland – New Zealand
A road bike tour of 6 Pousada’s in historic Alentejo. Everything was perfect, from the pick up at the Airport to our drop off at our apartment door in Lisboa. The bikes were the correct size, high quality and well maintained. Each day, tyres were checked, bike speedos zeroed and bottles filled ready for the day’s cycling. Christina and Jose, our guides are very knowledgeable and share local information regarding the region, the Pousada’ s, food and wine. Everything is taken care of – all we had to do was ride and enjoy! Their local knowledge gives a far better insight than you have being an average tourist. We were met by Christina at an appropriate break with a perfect picnic, complete with table cloth! 60km days in extreme heat made it a well worth challenge. At the end of each day’s ride is yet another magnificent Pousada with an incredible history, a stunning pool and a village to explore. I can only praise the organization and highly recommend Portugal Bike. Would we do it again – a resounding YES!
33, New York – United States
Jose and Cristina – the owners of Portugal Bike – are truly the best cycling tour operators in Europe. I went on the Camino de Santiago trip, which was a perfect mix of countryside scenery, cuisine, historical accommodations, and fun cycling. Cannot imagine a better way to see Portugal. Jose is a pro at gauging all cyclists’ strengths and abilities – being a first-time mountain cyclist, I felt completely comfortable having Jose lead us down somewhat challenging terrain. Highly recommend any of Portugal Bike’s trips!!
65, Georgia, Atlanta – United States
I cannot say enough good things about this trip. Everything went perfectly (including the weather). Jose and Cristina proved to be the perfect hosts. They managed to pull off every part of this trip without a single hitch. Every detail was well thought out. This was my 4th cycling trip in Europe and by far the best. We were furnished with first rate bikes (carbon) with upgraded components. We took their trip Towards the Algarve, which starts in Sines and runs along the coast for about 200 miles. The scenery was breathtaking. I have biked in the Provence region of France and through the countryside in Puglia, Italy, but this area of Portugal is the most beautiful that I have seen. We stayed in beautiful hotels throughout the trip. Jose biked with us everyday and Cristina would meet us for lunch and then at the hotel, where our bags would be waiting in our rooms. They arranged a wonderful meal each night, which always included fantastic wines. The biking turned out to be just the right amount The shortest day, 25 miles, was challenging due to the climbs, and the longest, 74 miles, was fairly easy since the terrain was mostly flat. Cycling is a great way to see this beautiful country, so I would encourage you to check out Portugal Bike if you have any interest in seeing Portugal.
70, Vancouver – Canada
In September 2015, my wife and I and three fun-loving Irish ladies cycled the History, Heritage & Coast guided bike tour. The hybrid bikes were state-of-the art, and the rides were safe, interesting, varied and very enjoyable. Our superlative guide, Jose, provided us with informative historical and environmental insights, while detail oriented Cristina organized our transportation, lodging and outstanding meals. The whole operation was professionally run with a caring and friendly approach, providing for a quality experience. Overall, we can’t say enough positive things about our trip and would highly recommend Portugal Bike tours.
61, Long Beach – United States
WOW! Do you like history, culture, beauty, delicious and different food, wonderful wine, but most importantly, lovely and gracious guides? Then this trip is for you! I am not a cyclist and I was able to keep up with those who were with the ELECTRIC bicycle (available for slightly more $.). It still gave me more than enough exercise each day so I could enjoy the delicious breakfasts, picnic lunches and delightful dinners with Christina and Jose each evening. Every Pousada was an exotic encounter with the past, a castle or a convent! We visited wineries, a pottery artesian in his shop, a rug museum, a marble quarry and more. We met great new people who like exercise, adventure and travel too! The only thing I would change is to go earlier or later in the year. Even though it is quite hot here in July, the mornings and evenings are lovely and cool. A trip of a lifetime!
48, Manchester – United Kingdom
The best cycling tour that we’ve ever been on. And we’ve been all over Europe. Our group started in the National Park area of South East Portugal (stunning and totally unspoilt). We cycled mostly by the coast and it was beautiful. We finished in Lagos in South Portugal. Jose and Christina of Portugal Bike organized everything. The accommodations were all of very high quality. Midday picnics and evening meals were again of real quality and at great locations. Jose and Christina are both kind people, good company, sense of humor and unobtrusive. A sea of great moments, laughter and memories. As good as it gets.
61, Bend, Oregon – United States
My husband and I recently completed the Cork Trees and The Algarve Wild Coast mountain bike tour. Jose and Cristina are the team that designs this fantastic bike tour from Sesimbra to Lagos. The tour highlights consist of: riding through National Parks, single track along the Mediterranean coast, cycling through dense and long Cork Oak Forests and visiting the beautiful beaches of the Algarve Coast. The scenery is spectacular! From beginning to end, attention to detail is what makes a Portugal Bike Tour so wonderful. Jose and Cristina are true professionals in every sense of the word and ensure that your trip will be memorable. The bikes are in excellent condition, the route well thought out with stops for points of interest and delicious picnics to refuel. The choice of overnight accommodations is very good and you will enjoy the incredible variety of fish in the evening. Together, with Jose as your guide explaining the cultural and historic points of interest, and Cristina providing logistical support, you will not be disappointed.
63, Corvalls, Oregon – United States
My wife and I just finished Portugal Bike’s two week tour through the center of Portugal (Alentejo and the coast) with a group of 14 cyclists guided by José, Cristina and Ricardo. This was a very well organized and executed cycling trip. The route was exciting, through the cork and olive groves, across rolling landscapes, past vineyards and marble quarries and limestone caves, out to the central coast north of Lisbon. (…) Cristina and José (and Ricardo) are seasoned, patient and adaptable guides; they know their routes, they organize great lodging and meals, and they provide a context and passion which frankly you might miss on a self-guided trip. We’ve participated in a number of Backroads (and other) adventures in the past; Portugal Bike is every bit as good, at a fraction of the cost. Maybe the peak moment: staring down from the walls of the Marvao castello, over valleys settled by the Romans, shaded by grand chestnuts, contemplating a dinner of pork and clams steamed in a copper cataplana. Go for it!
64 & 62, Sunriver, Oregon – United States
What a great experience! Having previously completed bicycling tours in other countries we were very impressed with our experience with Portugal Bike. The tour was well-organized and well-supported. José and Cristina demonstrate an eye for detail, planning, and interest in their clients. They are wonderful ambassadors for their country! Prior to the trip all our questions were answered promptly and comprehensively. During the trip José and Cristina ably communicated information necessary for the ride as well as superior knowledge of the terrain, environment, history and culture of Portugal. Pre-ride orientation and daily briefings kept us apprised of what to expect, how to stay safe on the road, care for equipment, and language and cultural differences. The thoughtful itinerary kept us on quality roads with safe riding conditions and interesting stops at castles, ruins, marble quarries, cork trees, and scenery. Rest stops and picnic lunches were well timed and evenly spaced. We were pleasantly surprised to discover that traffic on the designed routes was very light and drivers were extremely, cautious, polite, and safety conscious. All accommodations were comfortable and well appointed. Arrangements varied from hotels, to boutique hotels, to convents and historical pousadas. Dining experiences provided fine examples of local cuisine and excellent Portuguese wine selection. The equipment was the best we’ve seen on an organized tour. The road bikes were extremely well tuned and in excellent condition. Helpful accessories included computers, rear mirrors, and seat bags. We found that we had unnecessarily packed bicycling equipment that we simply never needed. The transport van was large and comfortable. We will always look back on our tour with Portugal Bike with fondness and appreciation for José and Cristina as well as for Portugal, it’s welcoming people, culture and history. Thank you Portugal Bike for the warm, lasting memories of Portugal!
52, Bronx, New York – United States
My wife and I have just come back from the Charming Pousadas in Alentejo tour with Jose and Cristina. It was absolutely amazing. Cristina has provided all necessary information prior to the tour and answered all our questions. The tour was planned really well. Jose is a very knowledgeable guide who led us riding, but also stopped and shared history of Portugal and its cultural traditions. We learned about cork trees, marble production, meaning of colors of houses in Alentejo. We visited castles that go back to the 11th century, cycled on beautiful roads, stayed in unbelievable places. Can you imagine staying in a hotel that used to be a monastery built in the 13th century and having 3 stone walls in your room actually built in the 13th century? And how about staying in a former castle where paintings on the walls date back to the 15th century? Cristina and Jose planned evenings as well with visits to wineries, museums and great dinners in very interesting restaurants. We hope that one day we will come back for another tour. And it would definitely be with Jose and Cristina. If you like cycling and want to visit Portugal, Portugal Bike is the only company you need to know. Cristina, Jose, thank you for the wonderful week!
67 & 66, Calgary, Alberta – Canada
If you plan to cycle in Portugal you need to choose this operator. The equipment is top notch and the couple who operates is top of class. Very focused on making your trip most memorable with careful attention to detail. They love their country and show it proudly and in style. A very personally focused company with gear that is better than the big operators that we have used on other trips and in other countries. We would highly endorse Jose and his lovely wife Cristina. They understand the service business and value their customers and show great care. This is our second trip with them and there will very likely be a third.
58, Mississauga – Canada
This was our second trip with Jose and Cristina, and we were extremely happy with all aspects (we took The Ancient Medieval Villages tour in May 2013). Jose and Cristina have planned a challenging, scenic and interesting route, with very quiet roads of smooth pavement. The bikes were of highest quality and a pleasure to ride. (…) We had a 5 hour hike on Day 4, which was a nice diversion from cycling and offered scenery we would not otherwise have experienced. Cristina provided refreshments at desirable locations along the route and nutritious lunches. Hosts are both very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable of the region. They accommodated our specific needs with a smile (dropped us off at our hotel instead of at the airport which was wonderful and much appreciated). We hope to take another trip with Portugal Bike! Thank you, Jose and Cristina!
55, Colorado – United States
Just finished our bike trip to the Algarve from Lisbon. What an amazing journey: beautiful views, fabulous food and wine and wonderful accommodations. The very best part of the trip were Jose and Christina, our guides. They were phenomenal! They made sure our needs were met and went out of their way to ensure we had a fabulous experience. Portugal is a friendly, beautiful country with excellent fresh seafood. The weather was cooler than we expected which was good for cycling. Bring a good camera as the coastal views are spectacular. Make sure and get the fish cataplana somewhere …excellent. We hated to say good-bye to our new friends, Jose and Cristina.
56, Bedford, Massachusetts – United States
Great Trip with Jose, Christina, and Ricardo as tour operators and guides. We rode along the coast with incredibly beautiful ocean vistas (unlike the coast in US, we were able to ride along the cliffs above the ocean). Bikes were great (Scott hybrids with excellent components and brakes), and the course was maybe 65% asphalt and 35% trails. (I loved the trails portion, although I ride a road bike at home). This part of Portugal has rolling hills, but only a couple were truly very steep, but blessedly not too long. All breakfasts, lunch and dinners were included. Breakfast was at the various inns where we stayed, all of which were clean and comfortable. Lunch was generally in a cafe with sandwiches and soup. Dinner each evening was selected by the operators and intended to demonstrate typical specialties of the region. I loved it all (except for salt cod which I tried on my own in Lisbon and hated).
This trip was not a high-end luxury tour, as reflected by the price, but very good value, with a cost lower than previous trips I have been on, all meals provided, good accommodations, and excellent guides. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour and may well return for one of their other tours next fall.
70, Virginia – United States
This was our 7th biking trip in Europe, and the couple who run Portugal Bike are far and away the best trip organizers and leaders we have experienced. They do a fantastic job in every aspect of the trip, starting with their site and its explanation of their trips, their quickly answered and comprehensive e-mails when booking or asking questions or for help, their meet and greet at the airport, their pre-trip orientation and, certainly not least, every aspect of the trip itself. (…) Their constant attention to detail leads me to believe they perhaps had a hand in selecting our 11 person group, as we could not have been with a more enjoyable bunch of people, who had us laughing all the way across southern Portugal. A final word, about our sweeper, Pedro. He too was delightful and, like Jose, went out of his way to explain cultural and historical points as we biked each day, opening our eyes to new and interesting aspects of our experience of the country. We’d like to emphasize that Jose, Cristina, and Pedro are not longer acquaintances, but, rather, as Jose said, “family”.
58 & 59, Manchester, Connecticut – United States
We had a wonderful time on your Charming Pousadas of the North tour. The landscape was lush, verdant and varied. Jose planned a wonderful route, as far away from traffic as possible – country roads, farm and forest lanes, cobblestone paths through villages, even a segment of a Roman Road. In addition to planning a unique and satisfying route, Jose was a pleasure to ride with, full of cheer and a font of cultural and historical information. Cristina provide solid van support, perfect picnic lunches. The accommodations were wonderful, luxe and filled with history. Cristina and Jose also were perfect dinner hosts, choosing restaurants wisely, and creating a warm flow of conversation. The overall experience was a wonderful introduction to Portugal that only thoughtful and gracious Portuguese hosts could provide. We are veterans of about 20 inn-to-inn bike touring trips with a variety of touring groups, and found Portugal Bike to be at the top in terms of the overall quality of our experience. We’re looking forward to booking another trip with Portugal Bike in the near future.
68, Calgary – Canada
A group of friends “discovered Portugal” with Portugal Bike, on their wonderful “Marble, Wine and Heritage” adventure. And while we have cycled many parts of Europe and beyond, this bike tour was by far the best. Guides and owners, Cristina and Jose, an extremely organized, knowledgeable, and personable couple, guided us through the Alentejo region of Portugal. The hybrid bikes were in top notch condition, the day’s itinerary and highlights were reviewed each morning, literature detailing the towns, the history, technical data, sights, and accommodation was provided. We visited marble quarries, vineyards, olive and cork orchards, enjoyed the local cuisine and excellent wines, and stayed in comfortable and intriguing hotels, monasteries and castles. I highly recommend Portugal Bike and would happily cycle with them again and again.
42, Florida – United States
Thank you for the best vacation ever. (…) I am so impressed with your company and I am telling everyone; you were tour guides, personal trainers, translators, concierge, taxi, caterers, historians, friends and professional business operators. Portugal Bike takes care of everything, all you need to do is ride and enjoy!! Great home made lunches, excellent local restaurants, transportation and translation services you will be thrilled with your vacation. The time I spent off the bicycle was as interesting and diverse as during the ride. Portugal Bike is priceless and you (Jose and Cristina) are a pleasure. Spending a week with 2 total strangers and trusting their judgement was a concern of mine before selecting my trip. I recommend you both on your character and integrity; you are both excellent people (personally and as business owners). I HIGHLY recommend this trip to everyone and anyone who has a pulse and a desire to see a beautiful country. By bike, land and van, ocean coast, cliffs, beach, caves 45m under, castles, farms, countryside villages, vacation hot spots, fancy hotels, sheep herds and my favorite – Obidos, the city inside the castle walls, it’s amazing. Thank you again for everything!!!!
33, Colorado – United States
My wife and I did the northern mountain bike trip to Santiago a couple of weeks ago. We had an AWESOME time. Here’s a quick rundown: 1) Jose and Cristina are really the perfect guides. Both very friendly and very professional. Very knowledgeable about Portuguese history, culture etc… And Jose is a hell of a cyclist, to boot! 2) Really cool hotels. Obviously, these vary depending on the trip, but we stayed in 3 historic “Pousadas,” which were amazing. We also had one awesome new, modern hotel along the way. 3) Some wonderful food. With one exception, all the restaurants they selected were excellent. We had a lot of authentic, tasty Portuguese dishes. 4) Beautiful, challenging, rewarding biking. My wife and I are both in good shape, but neither of us is an experienced cyclist. Jose did a great job of encouraging us and helping us out without being condescending or unnecessarily demanding. We both felt exhilarated at the end of our 220+ km journey! All in all, this was a splurge for us, but one that we will absolutely remember for the rest of our lives! Oh, and I don’t want to promise that they’ll do this for everyone, but Jose and Cristina even drove us about 30 km out of their way to our final hotel in Cascais, outside of Lisbon, which was certainly above and beyond the call of duty… Thanks again Guys!!!
58, Boulder, Colorado – United States
Portugal Bike arranged a self-guided tour for my wife and me in the north (Minho) region. Everything about the trip was fantastic. The quality of our hybrid bikes (one regular, one electric) was top notch, the route was well thought out to avoid traffic and maximize scenery, the GPS was very accurate, detailed and easy to use, and the support at the beginning, end and middle of the day was outstanding. Jose was very clearly invested in making sure everything went well. We had pouring rain for part of the day. It is a testament to Jose and Portugal Bike that at the end of the day we could not have cared less that at one point we were soaked. Everything else about the tour was so good that the rain did not matter.
55, Ontario – Canada
My husband and I just finished a self guided mountain bike tour of the Algarve wild coast. It was one of the best cycling experiences we have ever had. The routes were well planned and every day was a different experience on our bikes. The views of the ocean and cliffs are fantastic on this trip. Jose and Christine are meticulous with their organization from the time they pick you up at the airport to the last day. The days are long, but the reward is: arriving in a new town each night, checking into a great hotel and “recovering” with cold beer and local fresh fish. We will definitely be back to do another route.