Nestled on the Iberian Peninsula, bordering Spain and the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is a beautiful, ancient country, steeped in history.

Based in Monchique, in the heart of the Algarve – the southernmost region of Portugal – as cyclists we simply adore the varied terrain of rugged, thickly wooded mountain ranges and the stunning sands of the Mediterranean that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Anyone who thinks of a Portuguese holiday as a high-rise hell with overcrowded beaches, hasn’t yet discovered the true beauty of this ancient country with cities that are older than Rome.

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If you’re a scenery seeker, then Portugal delivers, on all counts – not just for cyclists, but for walkers and hikers, too!

In this part of Portugal you’ll find quaint fairy-tale cottages, a far cry from the traditional coastal towns and villages, clear blue skies, cobbled streets littered with bistros, cafes and artisan stores, and most importantly, the Serra de Monchique – the rolling mountain range (and cyclist’s heaven!) that separates the western part of the Algarve from the Alentejo district.

For the family trip, or the romantic break, your precious time together could not be better spent. Partnering with the five-star, bike-friendly MacDonald Monchique Hotel & Spa, Cycology have all your bases covered.

From relaxed accommodation and exceptional hospitality on tap, enjoy spa packages, gastronomic treats, a full leisure programme, poolside cocktails, and a kid’s club, without even leaving the hotel.

If you do decide to venture out – when not rocking your ride on the stunning Serra de Monchique – then family activities are just a stone’s throw away.

The kids will love the Zoomarine theme park, Slide and Splash water park, or the Jeep Safari that boasts breath-taking views across some of Portugal’s most idyllic and secret beauty spots.

For the adults there’s walking excursions, and for the petrol head the local motor racing circuit allows you to release your inner Lewis Hamilton and test drive high powered sports cars on the closed circuit. Or why not fly high above the Serra with a balloon trip.

How’s the weather?

As you would expect, Portugal doesn’t come up short on the weather front, either. With the hottest months of July and August averaging 28°C (82°F in old money), October and November averaging 22°c (72°F) and the coldest months (Dec-Feb) averaging 12-14°C (54-57°F), and over 300 days of sun per year, with the summer months seeing 12 hours of sunshine every day and no rain, Portugal is a cyclist haven at any time of the year.

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