Often overshadowed by regional cycling meccas France, Spain and Italy, Portugal is unlikely to break into one of the top five holiday destinations for cyclists. Even Portugal’s own “Grand Tour,” the Volta a Portugal, gets sandwiched between the Tour and Vuelta, leading many elite racers to stay home. Cyclo-tourists flock to the big three for the history, the culture and more importantly, the climbs: France has the Alps, Spain has the Pyrenees and Italy the Dolomites. So what’s left for Portugal?
While Portugal’s tallest peak lies 1450km west on the Atlantic archipelago of the Azores, the country still has plenty of up, and more than enough #roadslikethese to satisfy even the most well-traveled of cyclists. Acting as the perfect base camp to explore every ascent, descent and pasteleria in between is Portugal’s capital—and perhaps the country’s capital for cobbled climbs: Lisbon...Request the full story