In the same way as Portugals tourism, also the cycling lanes are very concentrated along the coast and to the metropolis of Lisbon and Porto. Wide parts of Lisbon are good connected by cycling lanes, just the city centre is difficult to access by bike. In Porto cycling lanes are rare in compare to that, but great to enter and leave the city. 15 km north of Porto starts a cycling lane which leads you to the city centre. It’s not non stop connected but in wide parts it brings you along the coast down south for more than 40 km.
Long distance cycling routes
While the cold water of the Atlantic limits Portugals access for beach tourism, Meanwhile the wide forests, deep river valleys and numerous national parks form it a perfect bike destination with a highly interesting cultural background. Thanks to that, in the shadow of the dominating surf tourism, cycling became a serious sector of Portuguese active and outdoor tourism. Specially the region of of Porto and the north are pioneers of Portugals Bike tourism.
E1, one of the european long distance cycling lanes leads all along the portuguese coast, what doesn’t mean that all the coast is good to cycle. Indication sometimes is good and the way easy to find, sometimes high frequented main roads are hard to avoid. Find further information at the official website www.eurovelo.com/en/eurovelos/eurovelo-1/countries/portugal
But the most famous cycling lane is already located in the north: O Caminho de Santiago, the portuguese version of the famous pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. Best known from Porto, but the scallop shell, the traditional indication of the way, is already to find in the south of the country.
A good overview to the cy ling lanes in the north of Portugal gives the brochure “CICLOVIAS, ECOPISTAS E ECOVIAS” of the official tourism organisation.
Only a very few regions provide indicated mountainbike trails. Often can help the walking paths. In compare to many other places here we can share them quite good. Normally the red-white indication are the easier walking ways and often the more appropriate bike trails. Red-white plastic stripes in the trees along the way normally are leftovers of a recent mountainb ike race and can also indicate the way.