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!

In March, everybody rides a bicycle enjoying the sunny days. Snow is not common: you can only see snow in the northern mountainous regions. Portugal is an excellent place for cycling.

Portugal is one of two countries in the Iberian Peninsula. This is one of the south regions in Continental Europe, therefore it is a hot and dry region.

 

Some say September and October!

September and into October are good times to plan a bike tour in Portugal. The temperature is not so hot and it is warm enough to feel good outside. In Autumn you can cycle in Portugal taking in the gorgeous scenery with the yellow and brown fields 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.

 

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. Please see all tours below.

Recommended Bike Tours in the Spring
Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring - The ancient medieval villages

Tour Type: Road Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (3.1)
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring - The charming pousadas in alentejo

Tour Type: Road Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (2.8)
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring - Jewels of portugal

Tour Type: Road Bike Tour
Duration: 13 days, 12 nights, 9 days cycling, 2 days free
Difficulty level: Advanced (3.8)
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Center, Lisbon Region

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring -Along the silver coast

Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Easy (1.0)
Regions of Portugal: Porto and The North, Center

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring Amazing algarve coast

Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Moderate (2.4)
Regions of Portugal: Algarve

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring - Beautiful alentejo beaches

Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (2.7)
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Algarve

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring - History heritage and coast

Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Moderate (2.2)
Regions of Portugal: Lisbon Region, Center Region

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring -The algarve wild coast

Tour Type: Mountain Bike Tour
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights, 4 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (3.3)
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Algarve

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring - Cork trees and the algarve wild coast

Tour Type: Mountain Bike Tour
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights, 7 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (3.2)
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Algarve

Recommended Bike Tours in the end of Spring, in the Summer and in the beginning of Autumn
Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring Summer Autumn - Quiet villages on the mountains

Tour Type: Road Bike Tour
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights, 4 days cycling
Difficulty level: Advanced (3.7)
Regions of Portugal: Porto and The North

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring -Along the silver coast

Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Easy (1.0)
Regions of Portugal: Porto and The North, Center

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring Summer Autumn - Charming pousadas in the north

Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (2.7)
Regions of Portugal: Porto and The North

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring Summer Autumn - Historic towns in the north

Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Easy (1.3)
Regions of Portugal: Porto and The North

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring Summer Autumn - The beautiful north of portugal

Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour
Duration: 11 days, 10 nights, 8 days cycling, 1 day free
Difficulty level: Moderate (1.8)
Regions of Portugal: Porto and The North

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring Summer Autumn - Camino de santiago de compostela

Tour Type: Mountain Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (3.2)
Regions: Porto and The North, Spain

Recommended Bike Tours in the Autumn
Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Autumn - Towards the algarve

Tour Type: Road Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (3.2)
Regions of Portugal: Lisbon, Alentejo, Algarve

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Autumn -The west coast and the algarve

Tour Type: Road Bike Tour
Duration: 12 days, 11 nights, 9 days cycling, 1 day free
Difficulty level: Intermediate (3.1)
Regions of Portugal: Lisbon, Alentejo, Algarve

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring - The charming pousadas in alentejo

Tour Type: Road Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (2.8)
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring - Jewels of portugal

Tour Type: Road Bike Tour
Duration: 13 days, 12 nights, 9 days cycling, 2 days free
Difficulty level: Advanced (3.8)
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Center, Lisbon Region

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring - The ancient medieval villages

Tour Type: Road Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (3.1)
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring Amazing algarve coast

Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Moderate (2.4)
Regions of Portugal: Algarve

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring - Beautiful alentejo beaches

Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (2.7)
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Algarve

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring - History heritage and coast

Tour Type: Hybrid Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Moderate (2.2)
Regions of Portugal: Lisbon Region, Center Region

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring -The algarve wild coast

Tour Type: Mountain Bike Tour
Duration: 6 days, 5 nights, 4 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (3.3)
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Algarve

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring - Cork trees and the algarve wild coast

Tour Type: Mountain Bike Tour
Duration: 9 days, 8 nights, 7 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (3.2)
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo, Algarve

Recommended Bike Tours in the Winter
Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Autumn - Towards the algarve

Tour Type: Road Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (3.2)
Regions of Portugal: Lisbon, Alentejo, Algarve

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Autumn -The west coast and the algarve

Tour Type: Road Bike Tour
Duration: 12 days, 11 nights, 9 days cycling, 1 day free
Difficulty level: Intermediate (3.1)
Regions of Portugal: Lisbon, Alentejo, Algarve

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring - The charming pousadas in alentejo

Tour Type: Road Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (2.8)
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo

Best months to plan a bike tour in Portugal - Spring - The ancient medieval villages

Tour Type: Road Bike Tour
Duration: 7 days, 6 nights, 5 days cycling
Difficulty level: Intermediate (3.1)
Regions of Portugal: Alentejo

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