started bikeiberia to share with others the unique way in
which cycling, both on and off road, opens up for the adventurous
traveler the hidden and still intact landscapes, history
and culture of remote areas of Portugal and Spain.
Although I grew up like lots of kids loving
to ride my bike in the neighborhood streets of Lisbon, it
was only at university in Évora, an ancient town
set in Portugal's vast Alentejo, that I discovered the fun
and potential of biking in Iberia. From the cobblestone
streets and the old Roman roads, I ventured further and
further into plantations of cork and olive, river valleys
lined with slate, rolling hills punctuated with megalithic
monuments, medieval fortified towns, ancient castles, and
whitewashed villages where life has changed little over
I subsequently went to England for three
years and cycled there and in over fifteen other countries,
on and off-road, in three continents, meeting lots of different
people, seeing varied landscapes, and experiencing other
histories and cultures. I returned to Portugal with a fresh
appreciation for how cycling can help break down cultural
barriers, and a new goal: that of helping visitors to the
Iberian peninsula experience the fun of cycling - either
off-road or on little traveled country roads -- while discovering
a landscape and way of life now hidden even from the average
urban Portuguese or Spaniard.
We call our company bikeiberia because
we want to show you some of the diversity of this vast region
of plains, rivers, seas, and mountains. Our on and off-road
routes criss-cross the Portuguese and Spanish borders, often
following old smugglers' trails. Don't worry, though; in
the European Union, it's perfectly legal, and there are
no border formalities! And you will meet the people of the
region, proud of their local identities, their hearty, delicious
foods and wines, and their way of life, remarkably unchanging
over the years.
promises you a unique experience, developing your cycling
abilities in a safe environment, enjoying quality accommodations
and service in remote and little-known areas, and discovering
magnificent locations in Iberia.
Jorge Didier Mimoso
you would like to discover what, one of the better-conserved
regions of Iberian Peninsula and Europe has to offer, you
should consider joining us in one of our tours. We are prepared
to bring you the opportunity to experience the best that
Portugal and Spain have to offer. Some of our tours will
include invaluable experiences for you such as visiting
workshops where cheese, wine, sausages or olive oil are
still being produced on a traditional way. We are fully
Our programs are for both Cycle Touring (guided or self-guided)
and Mountain Biking (guided only). Tours last from 1 to
15 days, with or without 4x4 and trailer back up. Both options
are based on our own specially selected routes through beautiful,
unspoiled landscapes of Iberian Peninsula.
We also hire, at competitive rates, hybrid and mountain
bikes (helmets included). All hire deals include helmets
and equipment such as racks, panniers, handlebar bags, child
All Guide-instructors have certificates in first aid and
carry first-aid kits. Their knowledge, experience and training
are an invaluable help for the minor hitches that inevitably
occur during a day's riding.
Our Guide-Instructors are Portuguese/Spanish-born and fluent
in English. They all possess extensive knowledge of the
culture and customs, local history, geography, wine and
food of various areas in Portugal and Spain. Shall you want
and they are willing to share this knowledge with you.
All bikes are hired with helmets. For each adult bike a
toolkit with pump, spare inner tube, a set of Allen keys
and patch kit is also provided. When required, and where
possible, we can adjust bikes to match the requirements
of individual riders, to allow them to get the most, out
of their touring experience.
At present we have hybrid bikes for road touring made by
Scott USA (front suspension, 24 speed) and Giant (rigid,
21 speed). For mountain biking we use Specialized (front
suspension, 24 speed) mountain bikes. These are quality
bikes of different sizes and all are Shimano equipped.
Cycle tours cover a minimum distance (which is indicated in each tour itinerary), but for those wishing to go for some extra kilometers they can always opt for an extended tour.
Each biker has his/her own pace, and this pace needs to be respected. We think we have found a solution to the problem of matching abilities speeds and interests.
No hassles! Share the pleasure of riding among others on a safe activity with a guide and support vehicle! Every morning you will be briefed about route options (different distances and sights for you to choose from) and you will decide on the route that you prefer to take. Once you choose, your Tour Leader will give you the appropriate road-book for the day's ride. Doing this, we can satisfy everyone's needs, from performance bikers to photographers.
Total freedom and flexibility to decide when to go, how
far to ride, what to see and where to go! Available at any
time in the year with the minimum of 2 Participants - bike
equipped w/ rear rack BUT it includes luggage transfer to
each accommodation. Your road-book will have a map of the
whole area where you will be riding and itinerary details
for each day. You will find road indications and valuable
information for the options we think worth considering between
your daily departure/arrival locations.
Supported Road Tours
Our guide should always be on hand in case anyone wants a lift. We make sure that your bike is ready to go, and that your luggage is shuttled ahead each day. You explore the country at your own pace, and there is all the time in the world to stop or to make your own detour. We stay in comfortable hotels, cottages and guesthouses, and suggest the best places for lunch and dinner each day. Our recommended routes are about 50kms (30 miles) a day and there are always longer options for keen cyclists.
It is never too early (or late) to start enjoying the great outdoors. If you want to bring your children (or your parents!) on a guided tour set up for families we are offering a tour that might be of interest to you.
Some our tours have been designed with families in mind, usually you will cover less mileage than our traditional routes so you can take more time to visit local attractions.
The Alentejo in particular offers a maze of quiet, relatively flat country roads, making this tour perfect for the younger traveler.
For a thorogh desciptions of the Tours click here.
Mountain bike groups are never bigger than 1 Guide to 12
participants, for safety reasons groups will remain together
at all times. It may be possible to have 2 groups with different
levels of ability, meaning you can choose between more demanding,
and a leisurely pace.
All mountain bike tours are guided, although our group
leaders will be happy to help you brush up on your orienteering
techniques. Group members may, if they wish, take turns
at "navigating" the group.
Equipment Rentals - No need to join a tour!
If you would like to go self-guided we can rent, at competitive
rates, quality bikes, helmets, handlebar bags, panniers,
and lights. We also have child seats so you can take your
kids with you, either in our bike or yours. Click here for
more info on bike rentals only
We are presenting you a selection of the more appealing
tours and itineraries, so you can have an idea of our rates
and conditions. Please note that these tours are only some
of our range of possibilities: we will be happy to make
a program specially suited to your (and your group) own
wishes and requirements (dates, locations, group size).
Our back-up vehicle, a 4x4 with a trailer for the bikes,
has plenty room for baggage and equipment - not to mention
tired bikers! When required, it can rendezvous at pre-arranged
locations along the route, according to possibilities and
needs. Where necessary it can meet up with bikers at any
point on the route.
When to come
If you would like to organize a tour with us, we consider
the best seasons for cycling to be spring (February to June)
and autumn (September to November). It is slightly cooler
at these times of year. Spring is an especially colorful
season, with the plains covered with all kinds of wild flowers,
while autumn is harvest season for the local vineyards!
If you would like to ride with sun shining on cool days,
then Southern Iberia with its mild winters is The place