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Portugal best cycling

Evora, Portugal
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Cycling tours from half day till 7 days, in the alentejo and the algarve. Focus on the discovery of the landscape, the culture and the gastronomy of the area. Guided and self guided tours. Very knowledgeable guides, enthusiastic, local. Big emphasis on service. 3 Routes from hotel to hotel, one route based on a farm house.
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G B wrote a review Nov 2020
Melbourne, Australia72 contributions23 helpful votes
October 2019 in a pandemic-free world seems an age away. Reminiscing to keep the spirits up I would like to provide highlights of the self-guided cycle tour of the Alentejo Castles and Wine that we took in those carefree days. Looking back it was bliss. It was an amazing route starting in Arraiolas (bussed there from Lisbon) we met Maria and Joanna at the old convent pousada and tested bikes and received our briefing. This is a fascinating little town which has a history of rug weaving/ embroidery dating back to the Moors presence in the 12th century, with an excellent museum. On to Evora with its Roman ruins and amazing walled city, and surrounding megalithic sites of awe. Tiny historic villages, some almost ghost-like were navigated and picnics eaten in the shade of the parish church in the central square. Obrigada-ing to the friendly locals. We visited a pottery studio in S. Pedro do Corval where the family has a connection to Best Cycling- such a friendly warm welcome. And then the steep climb up to the mythical Monsaraz to spend a precious night in the stars, wandering the narrow streets after the tourists had all left. Rode through marble quarries near Vila Viçosa and Estemoz. And lived like kings and queens in the pousada palaces. An amazing route through history, friendly people and accessible restaurants and cafes. Bikes never let us down, and the taxi delivery of our suitcases between rides faultless. The accomodation arrangements all perfect. All in all I wish we were back there again. Stay well Portugal and see you again soon. Thankyou Portugal Best Cycling.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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marymike49 wrote a review Nov 2019
Vicopisano, Italy4 contributions1 helpful vote
My husband and I enjoyed two back to back cycle tours - Wild Algarve and Castles and Wine, in October 2019. We felt spoiled by the exceptional service provided on these fully supported tours. I can't say enough about our support team, Mario and Jorge in Algarve, Maria and Joanna in Alentejo. Portugal is a beautiful, welcoming country that can stand on its own. It was our guides and van drivers who made the trip extraordinary. They were knowledgeable, fun, easy going yet professional, and truly made our trip awesome. The well maintained hybrid bikes were really appropriate for the variable terrain - we really appreciated having front shocks for the gravel and cobblestones! These tours are not intended for novice cyclists. That being said, one couple on the Castles and Wine Tour were struggling with the (many) hills and with the assistance of Portugal Best Cycling switched to e-Bikes, which made their cycling much more enjoyable. I have no hesitation in recommending Portugal Best Cycling as truly Portugal's BEST.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Turaventur A, Proprietário at Portugal best cycling
Responded Mar 9, 2020
Hi Mike and Mary I am SO PROUD to read this! Thank you so much, really appreciate it!!!
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Ashley Lauren Byrne wrote a review Oct 2019
San Francisco, California24 contributions2 helpful votes
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I don’t know where to start but what an amazing trip. The landscape was great with cliffs, pine nut tree groves, pomegranate trees, salt marches, and of course great ocean views. The small villages were charming with great people to go along with them. The Pousadas we stayed at were also fantastic. The picnics were great. The best thing however were my two guides Jorge and Mario. Jorge made sure I was fed and hydrated the whole time and Mario made sure I wasn’t getting lost especially since I was ahead of the group. We all had good conversations and most of the time we closed down the restaurants. Such a good group. I feel like I made some friends along the way. I highly recommend doing a week trip like this. It was truly unforgettable!!!!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Turaventur A, Proprietário at Portugal best cycling
Responded Mar 9, 2020
HI! I am so happy to read this! I just wish I was there as well!!!:)
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Lori wrote a review Oct 2019
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We did the self-guided Castles and Wine tour in Portugal and could not have had a better experience. We are very experienced bikers, and have done simillar tours in France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary, and no tour company to date has matched thier level of professionalism, and attention to detail. The routes and day to day instructions were also the best and most accurate we have encountered. Mario's presentation the day before we started was funny, and professional. It says a lot when the tour company asks you to check in at the end of the day, to ensure you arrived safely. No other company has done this, and it showed an unepected level of caring and concern. In fact I fell and fractured my arm while riding and Teresa helped me every step of the way, from securing a taxi for me to get emergency care to helping me naviagate the Portugese healthcare system. she was fantastic! If you plan to bike in Portugal, Portugal Best Cycling truly is the best!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Teresa v, Proprietário at Portugal best cycling
Responded Oct 18, 2019
Thank you SO MUCH for this! I really appreciate it and will send it to all our team! I hope your arm is better now!
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John G wrote a review Aug 2019
Natick, Massachusetts3 contributions
We enjoyed a wonderful self-guided bicycling tour in the Algarve in August. Portugal Best Cycling made all the arrangements for the cycling trip from start to finish and everything was perfect. We were a bit nervous because we were a group of three adults and two kids aged 12 and 14. We're not avid cyclists but we're up for an adventure. We reserved the electric-assist bicycles and that was the right choice for us, as it made the trip much more of a vacation for everyone. The bikes are very easy to use and the e-assist turned what could have been a physically demanding bike ride into a fun and easy ride. The route maps PBC provides are very detailed and easy to follow, with clear turn-by-turn directions for each day of the ride. For the most part, the rides were on very quiet rural roads (often dirt roads), with just an occasional few kilometers on a busier paved road. The scenery was varied but always beautiful. Sometimes we were riding along the coast, coming upon beaches or stunning cliffsides, while at other times we were inland and riding through sparsely-populated farmland or park land. The routes pass through towns at just the right time for a snack or lunch. We were impressed with the lodging as well. We stayed in a small inn, a medium hotel, and a very nice pousada. The luggage transfers were flawless, our luggage was always waiting for us when we arrived at the end of each day's ride. PBC provides the tools and supplies needed in case you get a flat or need to do other maintenance, and they were easy to reach by phone when we needed a little help tuning up one of the bikes during one of our rides. We would happily plan another self-guided cycling trip with PBC!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Teresa v, Proprietário at Portugal best cycling
Responded Oct 18, 2019
Thank yo uvery much for your nice words, I will tell our team how happy you were. HOpe to see you back, you must come to our farm next time! Teresa
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