How to contact bikeiberia?
You can call, send an email, fax or write us a letter. We
are happy to provide you requested information and advice,
but also to listen to your suggestions. Contacts.
What is the maximum number
of people in each tour?
Cycle Touring Guided tours will normally be of 6 to 12 participants.
Mountain Biking tours will normally be of 6 to 10 participants,
except on 1 Day Tours and 3 Day Tours where it can be from
2 or 4 to 12 participants. In Tailored tours number of participants
will be determined by the group and accommodation limits.
What type of bikers come
on tours with bikeiberia?
Participants usually know that biking is great way to move
around, in special for those who love to travel, explore
and discover, while living meaningful life experiences!
There are always some expert participants and novices being
introduced to the activity, mostly are cyclist travelers
in between these two small groups. They may be single or
married, young but mature people or lively souls! Most people
are around 25 to 60 years of age.
Who are the Instructors-Guides
on the tours?
Your Tour Leader is broad experienced and English fluent,
able to perfectly understand and accommodate cultural differences.
Other guides and staff are always Iberians, who know so
well the region, the routes and the places we will be visiting.
While scouting routes and preparing tours we establish good
relations with local inhabitants, being able to then show
you what is worth seeing in a natural and interesting way.
Due to experience, knowledge and sensitiveness of our Instructors-Guides,
you can count with their efforts in finding pleasant solutions
for your special moments or specific interest.
What will the weather be like?
Our diverse climate is ideal for cycling it just depends when and/or where you want to go cycling! We recommend that you do bring some rain gear; however, equally we recommend you bring suntan lotion and a sun hat!
Weather is not easy to predict especially when adding the fact Portugal and Spain make a vast and diverse territory.
We have coastal areas and low altitudes vs. inland areas with medium altitudes and mountain areas.
NW and Northern Iberia have a Continental clime, SW and Southern Iberia is mostly Mediterranean, Central Iberia has definitely a Continental clime.
Lower altitudes and Mediterranean climates are usually mild
and great destinatins for biking throughout the year,
this included e.g. Lisbon, Sintra, Cascais, Caparica, Arrabida, etc
being particularly nice the Summer especially the coastal areas.
Medium altitudes and Continental climes have very high temperature amplitudes,
Winter (late November/April) is cold and rainy, Summers are short (mid July/August) hot and dry.
Should I go on a Self-guided
In order to maximize your understanding of the local culture
and better encounter the hidden secrets of Iberia, we recommend
that you sign up for one of our guided tours. However, if
you prefer to travel independently and have more flexibility
with your time schedule, you may want to consider a self-guided
tour. With the self-guided tour, you will have your accommodations
arranged, a quality bike ready and receive a Welcome Pack
with your detailed itinerary and travel map. We will also
transfer you from/to Lisboa. Luggage shuttling between accommodations
is usually arranged for 4 or more participants only.
Where will I stay? / What
is our accommodation like?
When on a bike tour with bikeiberia your accommodation may
not be luxury, at least will be clean, comfortable and all
rooms will be en suite or with private bathroom. All inns
are recognized and classified by National Tourism Board.
Where available you may stay at Historical Buildings with
the finest Hospitality, often genuine convents & castles,
Memorable! In country areas we tend to stay at Turismo Rural
cozy and charmeful cottages or Manor Houses.
What is the Singles Supplement?
Our prices and rates are based on two sharing a room either
twin or double beds. Some participants are travelling alone
in our tours, they will be charged a Singles Supplement
only if they wish not to share a room. We will make our
best efforts but due to small capacity inns we may not be
able to always meet this request.
What and where will I eat?
Normally a Continental breakfast, including some local foods,
will be served in the hotel we are staying. In some places
we will have to organize and prepare it ourselves. A great
chance to cook something you miss from home? For lunch we
like to serve a picnic when possible, based on local products
and gastronomy of the area we are visiting, with quality
cheese and wine, being a great opportunity to spent relaxing
moments in wonderful country locations, without wasting
precious daylight hours. For dinner we look for traditional
restaurants and some of the renowned Tascas, for its food
preparation, quality and atmosphere. We will always try
to give you the chance to try different dishes from the
rich and varied local gastronomy. Wine is included with
If necessary and when possible, we can order a vegetarian
meal or other special diet to meet your requests.
What bike will I be using?
We advise you to use one of ours, saving you work, time
and money for bringing your own. We are proud that our bikes
are all up to international quality standards, and well
maintained, to prevent us from disappointing you! For Bike
Touring and non technical Mountain Biking you will be using
an hybrid e.g. Giant bikes-Shimano equipped w/ 21 speeds
or e.g. Scott Front Suspension bikes-Shimano equipped w/
24 speeds, handlebar bag, rear rack and slick tires. On
Mountain Biking tours you will be riding a e.g. Specialized
Hardrock A1 FS Comp, 24 speeds, with Rock Shocks front suspension
forks. You will also receive with each bike a quality helmet
(EU and SNELL/ANSI approved) to use while riding with us
and a toolkit, which includes bike tools, spare inner tube
and a patch repair kit.
To meet your bike riding preferences our bikes are prepared
to be adjusted and suit different requests.
What roads will I travel
on Road Ridings Tours?
We look for roads that link interesting locations worth
visiting for its heritage, landscape, villages their people
and culture. We have selected those roads where we found
better tarmac and the least traffic, this is important for
your safety. Along the day you will often find the ideal
spots for the desired photos.
Most of the roads we ride are in good conditions, in some
places you will be riding on ancient cobbletsonned streets,
specially in historic town centers where they are being
refurbished, or dirt roads.
How is a normal day in a
In the Hotel Reception there will be information about scheduling.
The day will start w/ a briefing presenting the day's route
and options, while calling your attention to details of
the heritage, landscape and curiosities. Self-Guided touring
participants will leave after informing Tour Leader of their
intentions for the day. Tour Leader will join at some point
to stay among participants.
Mountain Biking participants will depart all together with
the Tour Leader ready to give indications of the trails
to follow, while discovering the region and its enchantments
In both cases our Backup Land Rover will supply cool drinks
and snacks, so we can ride with a smile, and prepare wonderful
picnics in the most incredible places
Do I have to carry my luggage
on a tour?
No, if your tour has back up or luggage transfer pre arranged.
Your luggage is carried in the support van or shuttled to
your next accommodation. All what you need for the day is
a camera, book, glasses, can be taken on the bike handlebar
bag or on a Daypack. You can leave anything you may need
for the day in the vehicle too. When you arrive to your
accommodation you will have your luggage there.
What is included in the price
of a tour?
In our tours we may include bike and helmet, plus accommodation,
meals, transfers, our service with native guides, entrances
for monuments and shows, and more. For more information
please check the details of the individual tour you're interested
What level of difficulty
are the tours?
We try to balance a challenge to your Physical ability and
Learning through experiences you will live with local inhabitants,
their ancient traditions and cultural values, traditional
architecture, wild life, on a desired approach to the Iberian
We believe that biking is a great way to discover a region,
and there are always options to please everyone, both those
who really want to exercise and those who prefer a more
leisure approach, at any moment you can take a lift with
our back up vehicle.
If you are physically active and used to ride a bike 2/3
times/week, if you are fit, do not let the possible level
of difficulty on a tour stops you from travel and discover
the region you want to.
How far will we cycle everyday?
Distances are always subjective. The same distance Mountain
Biking requires more energy, time and fitness than road
Cycle Touring. In Iberia it is rare when climbs are too
long or steep.
A normal day will include 4 to 6 hours biking. Those who
are faster may take less time. There will be plenty of time
to be among locals, sightseeing, shopping, and to have a
Bica (tasty expresso coffee) or Imperial (beer glace) on
What to do if my partner
is more (or less) active than I am?
The fact that you are on holidays together does not mean
you have exactly the same interests and tastes. Our tours
are flexible and designed to suit different capabilities
and interests among the group. Your partner may just ride
around the town, go sight seeing and shopping or just read
on terrace while enjoying the sun and a drink! There is
so much that you will experience on your travel here that
it is good to have someone special with you to share it.
What if my Partner is not
into Mountain Biking? What is your "Road Option"?
If you've signed up for a mountain biking tour, but your
traveling partner would prefer to road ride, no problem,
we can accommodate you both! Our mountain biking tours labeled
with the "Road Option" provides an opportunity
for a biker to ride roads which are in the vicinity of our
mountain bike trails. With the "Road Option",
you will receive a detailed itinerary where you be able
to meet up with the rest of the mountain bike group at different
points during the day. Our Leader Assistant and our backup
vehicle will be taking care of you. Alternatively, if a
group of road cyclists is interested in one of mountain
bike tours, we will be happy to redesign the ride for road
Should I take a Sampler ride
or a bikeiberia Adventure?
It depends on how much time you can afford for cycling and
for your holiday.
Our Sampler rides offer a brief yet deep insight to the
country with a chance to discover and experience what most
visitors would probably miss. BikeIberia Adventures are
a great opportunity to experience Portugal and Spain at
their best for those who can afford more than just 3 days
for a bike tour.
Do you have special prices
Yes. If you have a group of 6 or more reserving at the same
time, we will offer you a discount and we may be able to
offer special conditions and schedules to meet exclusively
your group requirements. Please contact us.
Do we get transfers on arrival
If our tour departure town has a major airport we will transfer
you to your accommodation, otherwise we will arrange an
airport departure time usually in the early afternoon to
our country Begin town. On the morning following our Farewell
Dinner we will transfer you to the appointed airport.
What happens if I can not
stay the whole length of a tour?
Our office can usually make separate arrangements for those
arriving late or having to leave early, to calculate the
price we will apply a pro-rata plus a fixed cost of €120.
What support and information
will I receive?
When you reserve a tour with us you will receive a Reservation
information, with detailed information about your reserved
tour and how to proceed for Tour Confirmation. When you
Confirm your reservation you will receive a Confirmation
Pack which will help you on better organizing and planning
your trip. In both cases and at any moment we are here to
answer your questions and doubts by e-mail or over the phone.
Up on arrival you will be given a BikeIberia Welcome Brochure/Road
Book with historical and geographical notes, currency and
temperature converters, detailed daily itinerary information
and our suggestions for the great stay we want you to have
while in Iberia!
Why book ahead?
Popular dates, locations and tours sell out well in advance! Don't be disappointed!
Reduce stress! Don't waste time haggling with the hotel concierge.
Lock in your price! Currency dips & price hikes won't effect you.
Save vacation time! Plan & book now, not when you get there.
Balance your vacation budget! Charge tours on this month's credit card bill.
Ensure you experience the best of it with the locals.
When should I reserve a tour?
The sooner you reserve the earlier we can confirm place
for you in our tours. Most participants will reserve 3 to
6 months in advance. If possible we will make our best efforts
to confirm late reservations.