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Portugal is the Best Country for Europe Bicycle Tours

Europe Bicycle Tours…
…have attracted enthusiasts not only from Europe but also from different parts of the world who are looking for a good dose of fun, excitement, thrill and adventure. As far as Bicycle tours are concerned, Portugal is undoubtedly the best country where you can get all that you want and experience a ride like you’ve never had before.
 
Europe’s West Coast with a Culture-Rich History
Portugal boasts of its abundant seafaring past which led to the very first discoveries of seaways to Brazil, China, Japan and India. Pedro Alvares Cabral and Vasco da Gama were only two of the popular captains that introduced spices to the European continent and made it more famous than ever. The world renowned epic verses of Luis Camões’s Lusiadas pay tribute to the golden age of discoveries of Portugal.
When you are in this place, history itself will greet you at each turn from the Moorish castles and palaces of the kings and queens to the different UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A visit to the capital of Portugal, Lisbon, will get you introduced to one of the oldest cities of Europe where you can indulge in a vibrant but utterly relaxed atmosphere of contemporary life that perfectly blends with the rich history of the past.

Photo: Lisbon

Enjoy Life the Portuguese Way
The people of Portugal are known for enjoying and making the most out of life while taking great pride of their rich heritage. They showcase their humble nature through their genuine passion for the traditional folk festivals as well as Fado, that wonderful music that tells the story of longing and past love that will ignite those deep feelings in your heart even if the language is foreign to your ears.
The cuisine […]

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August 13, 2015|

The Survival kit You Should Take on a Bike Holiday

Pedaling outside along the road, with the sun shining and having a horrible headache….
Having a hole in the wheel in the middle of nowhere or die of thirst uphill….
Very unpleasant situation any biker can face upon a trip. We have put together a couple of items any biker should bring with him as a survival kit:
A Pump with repair kit is a must upon any biker tour, since a hole can damage a tour. Always take one with you as it fits on the bikes and it is very practical! A Mobile plastic bag is very useful if you travel in rainy season, but also if you find something you might like to bring home on the way, if you have any garbage, a plastic bag is always handy. Under the seat, you can use the bike bag with some medical identification info, in case you need someone’s help, this will identify your allergies to certain medications or blood type for example. (Hopefully you never need it) and in case of malaise or headache, the ideal would be bring a painkiller to numb the pain until at least you can go to some place to take a break on the trip.
Another important thing, and useful, is to take money. We may need it for any eventuality, or even to buy a postcard with a beautiful landscape, or if you want stop to lunch in a beautiful place. Food is always necessary in these trips. There is nothing worse than riding with weakness. Also always take an energy bar or fruit to stay well nourished.
Finally, and indispensable, is to take water bottles, at least two. Drinking plenty of water allows a better balance of body […]

March 19, 2015|

The adventures of Cycling in Lisbon

Lisbon is known as the city of the seven hills, with its beautiful viewpoints and outstanding views over the city. This geographic feature turns cycling in Lisbon a bit challenging. However, which bike lover does not like challenges? The city center is probably one of the most hilly areas of the city including the neighbourhoods of Alfama, Graça, Principe Real and Chiado. There are always options that you can take in order to overcome this challenge. If you want to explore the area of Baixa and then go up and visit the Castle of São Jorge and appreciate this beautiful views, you can always take a lift at Rua dos Fanqueiros  170-178 and from there take a second panoramic lift that will take you to the castle. And the good news is that both lift are free of charge!
If you want to explore the area of Chiado while you are in the Baixa area, there is also a good trick to avoid the way up: you can go into the metro station of Baixa/Chiado and take the opposite exit to the Camões square using the huge escalators without any need to pay any transportation title as you will just use the exits of the tube station. Well on your way down, no excuses! Just pedal on and preferably use the brakes (probably a good advice is to check whether they are in good conditions first!). In the remaining areas of Lisbon cycling is a very good way to commute between different areas. The elevations are moderate and so not a big deal!
Photo: José Manuel
One of our preferred cycling routes goes along the Tagus River connecting the areas of Parque das Nações (Expo area), until […]

January 28, 2015|
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