Category Archives: Bicycle touring

Bicycle touring central Portugal: Alcobaça to Sintra

From Batalha it wasn’t far to Alcobaça, yet another monastery, yet another UNESCO World Heritage Site.  After so many monasteries, churches, cathedrals, cloisters, one might begin to wonder if it was really possible to see something new in Alcobaça, another building … Continue reading

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Bicycle touring central Portugal, a pilgrimage of sorts

Beira felt very different from Algarve and Alentejo.  The rest of our bicycle tour, sort of paralleling the Atlantic Ocean from Coimbra to Lisbon, was once again very different from anything we had already seen in Portugal.  Traffic was heavier, the … Continue reading

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Bicycle touring Beira: picturesque Portuguese villages

Our first two weeks in Portugal were spent in Algarve and Alentejo.  Returning to Portugal from our stint in Extremadura, we were in yet another of Portugal’s regions, Beira.  It felt very different.  Alentejo was fairly flat riding with few … Continue reading

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Una vuelta por bici en Extremadura

In the planning stages this bicycle tour went through a number of iterations.  At first we were starting in Agadir to meet Zane and Kurt for some riding in Morocco.  However, Zane flew to Guatemala instead.  Then we were starting … Continue reading

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Évora, Estremoz, Elvas: east to Extremadura (Espanha)

Évora was the first UNESCO-listed place that we visited in Portugal.  It’s a walled city known for its huge cathedral, the São Francisco church, a small Roman temple, and an impressively long Roman aqueduct that’s still used to bring water … Continue reading

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