We know that the recent Covid-19 virus has been causing global concern and we are all watching closely how this situation will develop.
From the very beginning we have been accompanying the situation and we fully understand these are not the perfect conditions to anticipate your next cycling holidays as these are times when we are very much focused on our families health and well-being. We empathise with all our travellers concerns, especially those who are about to join us for a ride in 2020, and we do not wish to expose anyone to a health risk, be it our guests or our guides.
Regarding the measures we have put into place so that we can contain the development of this pandemic, we have advanced the following measures, effective from the 12th March 2020:
- Our Lisbon and Porto offices are currently closed until the 01st of April 2020, and we will revisit this date if needed;
- Meanwhile, our staff is working from home, and remain as available as always, on the following e-mail: email@example.com or telephone at 00351 217 590 365 - we are here to answer all your questions;
Update on our cancellation terms - Postponement option
Even though our cancellation policy still stands, due to the current situation, we are offering our guests the possibility to avoid cancellation fees, by asking for a postponement of their tour.
Postponement options for tours running from March 12th to October 31st 2020*:
As we've been witnessing recent travel restrictions, we wanted to provide you with specific postponement options so you can keep your credit for future tours with us. The below information applies for all of our standard guided and self-guided tours operated in Portugal, from March 12th to October 31st 2020.
If you choose to postpone a departure or request a change in one of our standard self-guided or guided tours in Portugal because of Coronavirus concerns, the following terms will apply*:
If you choose to postpone your tour up to 30 days before the tour start date - We will keep the entire value that you payed on account, to be used by Dec 31, 2021. This value would be yours to use in any Live Love Ride tour until the 31st of December 2021, and we would not charge any postponement penalty. The value that would remain on your account is not refundable, not transferable to other guests and subject to availability.
30 or less days before the tour start date, the postponement option would not be available.
Live Love Ride does not typically cancel a trip once it is guaranteed. However, due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation, we will consider cancelling a trip in the 30 days prior to the tour start date based on information provided from the Portuguese Government or the Portuguese National Health Directorate (Direcção Geral da Saúde), with your health in mind.
If Live Love Ride cancels a standard Guided or Self-Guided tour according to the information from one of the institutions above mentioned, the following will apply*:
You may keep all your money on account for a future Live Love Ride tour or service to be used by December 31, 2021.
*please note that for Group or Custom Tours the terms may vary, and we will communicate them to each group individually. Also, please note that the price for future tours might differ.
We do hope the virus can be contained and that all those affected by it can recover safely. We will be accompanying the situation as it unfolds and will contact you in case any changes occur – please feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any further questions.
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Integrated in our initiative "1 ride = 1 tree", Live Love Ride has again helped plant 200 trees in Sintra Sierra, alongside Portuguese ONG "Plantar 1 Árvore", on the 15th and 18th of December.
Over 38 volunteers associated themselves to this cause and had to fight the elements to complete our planting, as "Elsa" storm hit Portugal hard this week! Nevertheless, we got to plant several endogenous trees in a plot in the Sierra, promoting the richness of that ecosystem. Here's the list of trees planted earlier this week:
Thank you to all the volunteers that participated! And a big thank you to all the guests that joined our bike tours and helped us give back to nature, for a total of 400 trees planted in 2019 - we'll keep on cherishing our ecosystem as much as we can, so we can continue to appreciate it's beautiful landscapes.
Photos of the event below:
Note: Unfortunately, Darren will not be joining us in this tour, as he is unable to attend at the time. However, the date remains open as a Group tour, that you can join with no minimum of guests required.
This is the second time Darren will be riding with us in Portugal, after having joined a group bike tour in the Douro river in 2016! After having first explored the terraced vineyards of the Douro valley in his first trip to Northern Portugal, this time we are heading to Alentejo. We'll be exploring the millennial history, culture and traditions of one of the world’s best wine countries, from north to south of this special region. Riding by the castles and monasteries of Marvão, Crato, Estremoz, discovering the medieval heritage of Portugal, explore the marble region of the Alentejo and its renaissance palaces, the fortified villages atop of the Alqueva and enjoying a week long ride in these peaceful rolling hills while exploring local wine cellars, sleeping in convents and discovering the UNESCO world heritage sites of cities like Évora, Vila Viçosa and Monsaraz. Click here for more information about this special tour.
BOOK YOUR SPOT IN THIS GROUP TOUR from 24th to 30th of May - Book until 31/12/2019, and benefit from a 5% discount on the price per guest by applying the code "earlyrider2020" ( does not accumulate with other discounts of promotions).
After winning "Europe’s Leading Destination" award earlier this June, Portugal has won, for the third year in a row, the award for "World's Leading Destination 2019" at the World Travel Awards! In total, Portugal won12 awards in the grand final of this ceremony.
As a Portuguese company who proudly to receive guests from all over the world to explore our country, we are honored to be distinguished in such way. We hope you can join us in exploring the best of Portugal on a bike!
Browse from all the experiences we have available in our website completely dedicated to Bike tours in Portugal, where you'll find experiences for road cyclists, mountain bikers and touring enthusiasts of different skills and experience, in diverse and beautiful regions of our country.
Being the sunniest country in Europe, Portugal is a great destination to plan your cycling holiday during the winter. With around 3000 sunny hours per year, it has a mediterranean climate with significant influence from the Atlantic Ocean. In the North of the country, during winter months, you'll find high humidity with some precipitation but, down south, humidity gradually reduces and climate becomes drier - average annual precipitation down south is less than 500 mm.
So, during the first months of the year, it's generally advisable to explore the south of Continental Portugal - Algarve and Alentejo's coastlines or inland Alentejo - or visit the Azores archipelago, home to a sub-tropical climate and right in the middle of the warm watered Gulf Stream, meaning that it never gets too cold or too hot - during the winter months the average temperatures can hover around mid 50s F (14 C), but you can expect to find all the seasons in one single day in São Miguel island.
Spring in Portugal begins early, as nature wakes up in late February - April is still a bit rainy, but the weather becomes much warmer.
Here are a few options we suggest to plan a winter cycling holiday in Portugal for 2020:
This 7 day tour will have you explore the Portuguese Southwest Coast's natural park, and is located in the warmest regions in Portugal, with lowest precipitation levels, making it a great winter destination for cycling. In this tour, you'll ride from start to the end of the “Costa Vicentina” natural park, experiencing the laidback and relaxed atmosphere of this region of the Alentejo and Algarve. This is a Mountain bike tour, in which you'll explore the beautiful backroads and trails by the cliffs and beaches of the Southwest Alentejo natural park, the finest preserved stretch of European coastline, covering over 100 km.Ride by long stretches of sand and small beaches nested between the cliffs and rocks like such as Almograve, Monte Clérigo, Arrifana or Praia do Amado, many of them preserved in a virtually unspoilt state, explore quaint fishermen villages, their local gastronomy and wines and ride up to Cape of São Vicente and the nearby Sagres promontory, that housed the famous nautical school founded by the Infante D. Henrique in the 15th century.
You can book a private self-guided or guided tour in the region, or even join a group tour starting on the 23rd of February, during "Carnival" - visit our group tour calendar at https://llride.com/open-dates-calendar/
This is an easy to moderate bike touring experience, where you'll ride by the UNESCO world sites of Évora, Monsaraz and Vila Viçosa, exploring the vineyards of one of the world's best wine countries. A bike tour in the sunny Alentejo plains, suited for every type of rider, where you'll explore the natural beauty of the vineyards and olive fields, admire the Alqueva lake and its Dark Sky reserve as well as trying the delicious local gastronomy. You'll start riding from Évora, capital of Alentejo and, for the following days, you'll be riding by the backroads of Alentejo, visiting the monuments of the region like the Almendres Cromlech or the Diana temple, tasting the beautiful wines of Cartuxa and Esporão and enjoying the rural landscape of the Alentejo "Montado". After exploring Évora in a series of loop rides that can take you as far or as close as you wish, you'll ride towards Monsaraz, to explore the margins of the Alqueva Lake and the fortified village atop the lake. From your hotel in Monsaraz, you can choose to explore the region's vineyards in several loop rides. Leaving Monsaraz, you'll ride north, towards Vila Viçosa, in te middle of the marble region, to explore the marble quarries, Ducal Palace and castle and, in a series of loop rides from your hotel, ride up to Estremoz, Serra D'Ossa, Borba, and more.
You can book a private self-guided or guided tour in the region during the winter months. Click here for more info on this cycling holiday in Alentejo.
On this weeklong road bike tour you'll be riding by São Miguel island, in the Azores archipelago, voted best island destination of the world by National Geographic and located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, halfway between Europe and the USA. The 9 Azores Islands are the result of the outpouring of lava from the ocean floor, as it stands on the ridge between the tectonic plates of Eurasia and North America. Its sub-tropical climate, evergreen fields with luxuriant pastures, flowers, endemic flora and fauna make it a great destination for cycling enthusiasts who want to embark in a challenging adventure in one of the most unique and quaint destinations in the world.
You can book a private self-guided or guided tour in the region during the winter months. Click here for more info on this cycling holidays in Azores.
Day dreaming about your next cycling holiday destination? Start planning your bike tour in Portugal for 2020, by joining a group on our guided tours for next year!
Our 2020 tour calendar is now available, where you can join a group for a guided tour and discover Portugal on a bike with other likeminded travellers!
All tours on our calendar have guaranteed departures, in which you do not need a minimum number of participants ( unlike our private guided tours, which require a minimum of four guests) in which you'll be able to share your experience with other bike riders.
For 2020, we have designed several options for riders of different skills and tastes, in our favorite regions, such as the Douro valley and historical villages of northern Portugal, the Southwest Coast's natural parks, Alentejo wine country, or the Portuguese Camino de Santiago.
You can now start planning your bike tour with Live Love Ride for next year, booking a date for 2020 and benefitting from a 5% early bird discount*!
Simply visit our website at https://llride.com, choose your favorite tour and preferred date for 2020 and, while booking, apply the code "earlyrider2020" to benefit from the 5% discount your purchase. This is valid until 31/12/2019, and can be used in all our weeklong self-guided, guided and premium tours starting in 2020*.
Start planning your dream cycling holidays for 2020! See you then 🙂
*Promotion available until 31/12/2019, applies only to standard self-guided, guided and "premium" bike tours. Does not apply to half-day or one day tours, bespoke bike tours or cycling camps. Live Love Ride reserves the right to change or end this promotion. Please contact Live Love Ride team at ridewithus @ liveloveride.pt for more information.
For the third year in a row, Live Love Ride has been distinguished with Tripadvisor's Certificate of Excellence! After having won this certificate in 2017 and 2018, our guests have kept on recommending us in the world's largest Social Travel Website, by sharing details of their experience on our tours.
The 2019 Certificate of Excellence is very important award for us, as we are focused on improving our guests experience at all times: curating better routes, presenting new experiences, investing in quality bikes and infrastructure and training our guides so that you can have a great experience in our bike tours.
Thank you to all the guests that have provided us such amazing feedback, we are truly honored by your preference. We're already preparing new surprises so that you have a blast on our cycling holidays for the years to come!
The Live Love Ride team
As passionate cyclists, we are always on the lookout to design new bike tours with the best roads and trails to explore a certain region. Serra da Estrela Natural Park has always been on our mind, as it not only hosts the highest point in Continental Portugal, but truly amazing, undiscovered landscapes that transport us in space in time. In this region you're able to visit the "Historical Villages of Portugal", 12 villages that capture the essence of pre-roman to medieval times, understand the lifestyle and culture of the "Transumância", the Burel fabrics and textiles, experience Portuguese gastronomy at it's purest and some of the most different wines Portugal has to offer at the moment.
These reasons alone make it a special region to explore. But it took us a while to design the perfect bike tour in the region, as we needed to pair these attributes with key issues so we could make it into a perfect bike tour - trails, roads and the best hotels to showcase the region. And so, with the help of local riders, we designed a tour to be better experienced on mixed terrain, as this untamed land requires us to skip the road for some trails every now and then, so we can explore glacial valleys, river springs and the GR22. This lead us to create our first ever "Gravel" tour, as we feel that's the best bike to explore this mixed terrain, as it isn't technical and allows us to better flow from one castle to the next. And here it is, our "Bike tour in the Portuguese Historical villages and Estrela Natural Park".
This bike tour starts with a 2h30m transfer from Porto airport ( or hotel) to Covilhã, a gateway to the Estrela Sierra, where we'll stay for the night on a charm hotel that will allow us to explore it's historical city center and gastronomy - a great introduction to the region. After breakfast, we'll descend towards the Zêzere river, tackling the macadam trails towards Belmonte, the first of several historical villages we'll visit, where the castle marks the top of this fortified village. After the mandatory coffee stop, we'll ride by the GR22 towards Manteigas and then Penhas Douradas, where a SPA at high altitudes await - this is where we'll stay for the next nights, exploring the Sierra. For the next days, we'll be be conquering the "Torre" - the highest point in continental Portugal, descending by trails in Glacial valleys, riding to nearby historical villages like "Linhares da Beira", ride to the spring of the Zêzere river and get to know more about the ancient "Burel" textiles and gastro traditions of the Estrela national park - while indulging in the best accomodation and SPA of the region.
From there, we'll ride north, to "Penalva do Castelo", where we'll rest for a night at the spectacular "Casa da Ínsua" Parador, and then towards "Trancoso" and "Marialva", which boast spectacular castles and ruins of long lost eras, dating back to the 12th century. From Marialva, we'll cross the "Côa" river using the GR22 route, by the natural reserve of "Faia Brava" and ride to our last Historical Village of the journey, "Castelo Rodrigo", which sits on the top of a small mountain, overlooking the high mountains of Portugal and Spain. The Douro river is nearby, and so are the almond trees, vineyards and olive trees characteristic of this region.
As this bike tour comes to an end, you'll be transferred back to Porto and hopefully experienced this region in an authentic manner, bringing you closer to it's magic, in a way only a bike can transport you.
Integrated in our initiative "1 ride = 1 tree", 200 trees were planted on the 3rd of March, in Sintra, Portugal.
The initiative, promoted by Live Love Ride and Portuguese ONG "Plantar 1 Árvore" saw 30 volunteers gather in the Sintra Sierra on a beautiful Sunday morning to plant a tree for each rider that joined our bike tours.
Together, we planted 200 endogenous trees in a patch of land that was in need of reforestation in the area. Here's the list of endogenous trees planted:
30 Laurus nobilis (Loureiro);
25 Myrtus communis (Murta);
25 Phillyrea latifolia (Aderno-de-folhas-largas);
45 Quercus faginea (Carvalho-cerquinho);
67 Quercus robur (Carvalho-alvarinho);
8 Sambucus nigra (Sabugueiro);
Thank you to all the volunteers that participated! And a big thank you to all the guests that joined our bike tours and helped us give back to nature - we need to cherish if we can continue to ride by it's beautiful landscapes.