My wife and I will be spending our honeymoon in Portugal this summer (late July and August) and, in addition to spending some time in the larger cities and on the beach, were hoping to do a 3-4 day bike tour as part of the experience.
We're wondering if anyone can make some suggestions for possible itineraries? We were thinking about either biking through the Douro Valley or around the Alentejo but, since we're limited to reading guide books, it's hard to get a sense of what that would actually be like.
Some factors that matter to us:
- We would need to start (and end, or train back to) a city where we could rent the necessary bikes and gear
- We are athletic and comfortable on a bike but this would be our first bike tourism. So I think an itinerary where we were challenged (65 - 100 km a day) but not crushed (through serious mountains, etc.) would be ideal. We're not afraid of some altitude, just not too much.
- The ideal itinerary would be beautiful, safe (smaller roads, not major highways), with great opportunities to eat (we love to eat) and sleep at night.
- We know it'll be hot in July/August, so that's pushing us towards the north, but we're wondering if there's a difference in temperature between the Duoro Valley and the Alentejo, or whether both would be too hot at this time of year?
Any help would be greatly appreciated!