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Top 7 cycling routes in Spain & Portugal

Spain and Portugal are perfect for exploring by bike on a cycling holiday. You’ll be in good company as cycling is a popular sport here, meaning there are plenty of great cycling routes. Add to this the year-round sunshine, history, culture and cuisine and you have an ideal holiday!
1. Cycle the Camino de Santiago

Follow the ancient pilgrim route by bike. On this moderate-graded cycling trip we follow the last 200 kilometres through scenic northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela. There’s a real sense of achievement to be felt as you reach Monte Gozo and see the cathedral for the first time.  A self-guided version of this moderate-graded trip is also available if you’d prefer to cycle it without a group.

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2. Self-guided Cycling in Mallorca

Explore the stunning island of Mallorca with our easy-graded 8-day route. Sights include medieval hilltop villages, fields full of wildflowers, olive groves and of course beautiful sandy beaches. Averaging 33km a day along quiet roads, you’ll see lots of the island and still have lots of time to relax.

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3. Cycle Marseille to Barcelona

This moderate-paced trip combines France and Spain. From the wetlands of the Camargue, where you’ll cycle past lagoons and canals rich with birdlife, to the fortified medieval towns and ancient port towns of Aigues Mortes and Sete, there’s a variety of sights to see along the way.

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4. Self-guided Cycling in Asturias

Explore the sunny northern coast of Spain at your own pace on a self-guided trip that takes you through charming coastal villages and across green rolling hills. Our route gives you ample opportunity to stop at sandy beaches and explore hidden coves. What’s more, there’s lots of delicious food and drink to sample, such as fresh seafood and locally produced cider.

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5. Cycle Seville to Porto

Tick off both Spain and Portugal on this cycling trip that takes you off the beaten track, to the less-touristy areas of these destinations. We travel along Europe’s oldest border between the two countries, seeing an array of historic landmarks and stunning scenery along the way. The route can be challenging at times but it’ll all be worth it when you’re enjoying a glass of the local port at the end of the dtrip Hotels are mainly premium standard so you can relax in comfort after a day’s cycling.

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6. Self-guided Cycle South Portugal

This South Portugal ride takes you along a beautiful coastal route. Pedal your way through seaside villages, past unspoilt beaches and rolling sand dunes. Cycling around 30km a day on easy to moderate routes, you’ll get plenty of time to relax, explore and enjoy the local cuisine.

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7. Cycle Portugal – Lisbon to Algarve

On this Southern Portugal adventure we cycle through dramatic scenery along the entire length of Europe’s largest coastal natural park, the Vicentine Coast. We start in Lisbon, where you’ll have the option to visit the colourful palaces of Sintra, then cycle down the coast through quaint fishing villages and past remote and wild beaches.

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