About us

Cycling Holidays Portugal is founded by Bert Smeman, a Dutch bicycle fan. All his life his hobby has been cycling. First as a competitive cyclist, later as a participant of so-called "Cyclo Turismo" events in Portugal. Discovering the unspoilt places in this country is what he likes most. And these unspoilt places are exactly what is on offer here. Based in Portugal, we can deliver a tailor-made cycling holiday for you.

Come cycling in the Algarve of Portugal!

Sasha Hannah top 5 star review
“…there is no one moment that stands out - it was all so well organized. The routes, well planned, the scenery beautiful, the accommodation excellent.”

Kevin Keating top 5 star review
“…the trip was a pure and delightful adventure - The route was challenging in places and yet it was balanced overall and allowed us to spend time not only on the bikes (no more than 4 h-5 hours a day depending upon that section of the route) but it also gave us ample time in the towns we got to visit. Ours was a self-guided tour so Kudos on the directions - they were great and with all the little side roads and various turns they were written so that even if you went the wrong way you knew it within 2 km or less - which obviously can save a lot of time and energy. We never got lost. Hotels were great - they were above average -- they had great pools and the staffs were very accommodating. The attention to those details as well as the equipment provided, support available if something happened , was very much appreciated and better than what we had experienced with other tours in the past.
Bert knows what he's doing and understands the concept of mixing a bicycle trip with the opportunity to explore Southern Portugal. Have Fun.”

Derek Campbell 4 star review
“…fantastic. We did not know what to expect and how things would work, but it was a totally wonderful experience. We were given maps and instructions which helped us arrive at each destination. Our luggage was collected and delivered for us. Each Bed and Breakfast was very comfortable and the breakfasts were everything we could want.. Very well organized and we absolutely loved everything about the holiday. Would definitely do this kind of thing again!”

Mark Lowenstine 4 star review
“…we found Bert very easy and pleasant to work with, both by e-mail and in person."

Mary Jane Ferrill top 5 star review
“…the entire trip was beyond all of our expectations! Bert has taken so much time and effort to personalize this holiday, that it makes this a truly exciting adventure. This is very important to me: Never once did I feel unsafe in any of the places we visited. Thanks Bert!! Good Job!!”
One of the best ideas I've ever had! It is evident that Bert is very concerned with the safety, well being, and satisfaction of his clients. I would highly recommend this holiday.
Barbara Lamplugh review 14 Oct 2009 4 star review
“… Bert's organization made everything work smoothly. You would certainly not find such thoughtfulness and individual attention in a larger outfit"

Barbara Lamplugh 4 star review
“… Bert's organization made everything work smoothly. You would certainly not find such thoughtfulness and individual attention in a larger outfit."

Andrew Stewart 4 star review
“…the support we received from Bert was exceptional. He simply could not have been a better host on our first - but I hope not last - trip to Portugal. Every aspect of this self-guided bike trip exceeded our expectations, and we've been on three prior bike tours in France and Italy. The care that went into planning each mile of the route was extraordinary"

Deivos Benabib top 5 star review
“…we rate our trip a 5 star holiday. We take the opportunity to thank again the warm, well organized and professional intervention by Bert.”