Size: 35,556 square miles (92,090 square kilometers) - slightly smaller than Indiana
Border countries: Spain
National tourist office: www.portugaloffice.org
At a glance
Located in South Western Europe, Portugal features over 528 miles (850 km) of pristine blue water and sandy beaches. Along with Portugal’s coast are the energetic cities of Lisbon and Porto. Built on hills overlooking the coast, Lisbon is one of Europe’s underrated capital cities. Highlights include Europe’s largest Oceanarium, museums and the Park of Nations, excellent for cycling. Porto, Lisbon’s northern rival, highlights ancient castles, natural parks and home to the world-famous Port wine of the River Douro. Walk along cobblestone paths and enjoy Portugal's famous cuisine of fresh seafood, cheeses, or sausages, accompanied by Fado music, Portugal's traditional melancholic singing.
Why cyclists love it
Portugal is popular not only with cyclists, but with all seeking outdoor activities. Its sunny weather and Mediterranean Sea breezes provide the perfect atmosphere for a biking tour. Dedicated bike paths and small side roads with little traffic allow visitors to explore the rolling hills and quaint villages of Portugal's countryside. Cycling through the Algarve Region provides beautiful views of Portugal's coast.
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The Algarve is the southernmost region of Portugal and is often considered Europe's sunniest spot. The landscape is breathtaking in the Algarve – mountains, inlets, natural lagoons, beaches, limestone caves, and the blue-green ocean await you.
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Cycle along Portugal's coast on bike paths and small roads with minimal traffic. While rolling hills are present, the tour is suitable for those in basic condition as well as families.
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This bike tour of Portugal begins at the Spanish border, taking cyclists through such highlights as the castle of Catro Marin, the fishing town of Tavira, and the old Moorish capital of Algarve.
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