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“AMAZING Family Bike Tour in Northern Portugal”
Review of Portugal Bike

Portugal Bike
Ranked #1 of 9 things to do in Odivelas
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Discover Portugal ...On a bicycle! Travelling with PortugalBike will connect you deeply with the country, becoming part of its everyday life, observing details that typical tourists miss and enjoying spontaneous encounters along the way. PortugalBike is a Portuguese-owned company offering you bicycle tours, that help you to enlarge your horizons and your knowledge, showing you historic evidences and amazing landscape together with very good food and wines. Our goal is that you visit Portugal ...Riding a bicycle!
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I traveled with my 4 adult kids with Portugal Bike in early June. We biked the Historical Towns of the North Tour. This was definitely the highlight of our 2 week vacation in Portugal and one of the most memorable trips we have ever taken as a family. Our tour guide was Andre. He as friendly, extremely knowledgeable and always went out of his way to make sure everything was perfect for us. The bikes were top notch, the hotel accommodations were varied but all had there own character and charm. The bike routes were for the most part on bike paths which ran along either rivers or the Atlantic Ocean with amazing views. We would most definitely recommend using Portugal Bike and biking in general in Portugal where they are totally "bike friendly". Every part of the tour was well organized from start to finish. We look forward to our next bike tour with Portugal Bike in near future! Maybe next time the Algarve!!

Thank Jennifer G
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Reviewed June 9, 2018

We celebrated a big birthday by cycling "The Charming Pousadas In the North".

Our best vacation yet! Portugal Bike Tours were excellent. We signed up for the partial assist option and got over and above our expectations. Staff were locals - top notch!

The ebikes allowed us to get a fair dose of exercise leaving enough energy for us to enjoy the spectacular scenery, take breaks at local cafes along the way and practice our Portuguese. Being fairly physically active already, only not with cycling (we are no slouchers), daily we were reminded of how glad we were to have chosen ebikes.

One recommendation for Portugual Bike's is for them to add a bell onto the handlebars that can be rung in situations such as going around a tight cobblestone corner.

Thank G0tt0travel
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Reviewed June 9, 2018

We recently did a self-guided bike tour in the Alentejo region of Portugal. All details, from the bikes themselves, to the routes, to the accommodations, were handled by Portugal Bike. This was our 7th European bike trip (we've done everything from super-organized guided tours to finding our own way on a tandem), and this was definitely one of our favorites!

Starting with the gear-- the bikes were top of the line, and much nicer than what we ride at home! So that made the journey very comfortable and easy. They gave us GPS devices that had all the routes pre-loaded, so we were able to focus on the scenery instead of worrying about the next turn. (Although route sheets and maps are "fun" in a different kind of way, this was SOOOO much better!). They also gave us cell phones with all of their numbers pre-loaded, in case we ran into any problems, portable chargers just in case we ran out of juice, and blinking lights for the back of the bike. So we were prepared!!

I'm a stickler for organization, and Portugal Bike was GREAT in that respect. Communication ahead of the trip was perfect, so we knew exactly what to expect. And they were right on time with the transports. The notes they put together for the rides were extremely helpful, too.

The rides were stunning-- beautiful countryside, lots of farm animals, neverending fields of flowers, charming small towns, hilltop villages, LOTS of castles/fortresses, ... everything we go to Europe to see! For our group (primarily runners rather than cyclists), the rides were just the right amount of challenging, with rolling hills and the occasional quad-burning sustained uphill. Most of our time was spent on small roads with little traffic, but there were stretches of less appealing "highway", probably unavoidable to get us to where we needed to go. Almost all of the roads were in great condition.

And last but not least, the accommodations exceeded all expectations! We usually allocate money toward good food, wine, and adventure, and skimp on hotels, because we don't plan to spend much time in the rooms. But wow, the inns and pousadas where we stayed on this trip were exceptional!

All in all, a GREAT trip, and a great value!

Thank active_travel_gnome
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Reviewed June 9, 2018

Viewing Portugal from the ground level--on bikes--was our goal. We chose Portugal Bike due to its stellar reviews. Since this was our first bicycle adventure we decided that a guided tour would be most appropriate. It was extremely well-organized, our tour guides were delightful (we miss our new friends!) and thoroughly competent, and the e-bikes, which we heartily recommend, were very high quality and functioned flawlessly. The pousadas were lovely, and the meals and wines were quite good. All in all, a top quality tour. Our only caveat: choose your tour carefully. These pousadas were located outside of the towns in spectacular settings, but some may prefer staying and exploring the charming towns of Portugal instead. We also would have liked to learn a bit more about the region and to have spent a bit more time in the towns we passed through rather than bicycling from one pousada to another. In any event, we give very high marks to the Portugal Bike team. Well done!

Thank MVRon21
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Reviewed June 7, 2018

We wanted to bike tour in Portugal with an interest in history and local farming, but we didn't want to find the route and hotels. Portugal Bike had just the week-long tour for the four of us! They patiently answered all of our advance questions, and when we arrived they were at the appointed place to greet us. They provided us with excellent quality bikes - we chose hybrid bikes for the lower gears and wider tires, both useful when visiting medieval hilltop villages. They gave us two GPS units with the route preloaded, as well as paper backups and their own phone app with more information and maps. The hotel selection was interesting and excellent. Our stay at a restored convent was absolutely amazing. The route was very good, lots of tiny country roads with little traffic, and the occasional stretch of busier road. Fortunately the Portugese drivers are respectful of cyclists and we felt comfortable most of the time. Our bags were picked up each morning and deposited at our next hotel, never a hitch. We really enjoyed the freedom of being self-guided, with the knowledge that we could call PB for help if we ever needed it. We had some weather and had to sit out a storm or two under a tree or in a bus stop, and we missed our turn once and found ourselves at the Spanish border, but that all added to the adventure and we always made it to our hotel before dinner. We always had time to tour the castles and forts, some of them dating back to Moorish times. The price was very reasonable, like 1/3 of the cost of a certain US company that begins with a B. And the wildflowers! Endless fields of flowers. I highly recommend risking a bit of rain in early season to see the countryside so green and blooming.

Thank Nat C
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