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How to get there There are di­rect flights from Canada to Lis­bon. From Lis­bon, cy­clists can use the help of the ferry sys­tem (bikes travel for free) to reach far­ther south. When to go In the­ory, south­ern Por­tu­gal, with its Mediter­ranean cli­mate, can be a year-round cy­cling des­ti­na­tion. The sum­mer (June to Au­gust), how­ever, can see heavy tourism and soar­ing tem­per­a­tures. Some may find the win­ter months (De­cem­ber to Fe­bru­ary) a lit­tle too nippy and damp. Per­haps the best time to visit is in spring (April and May) when tourism is light, tem­per­a­tures are gen­er­ally com­fort­able and daz­zling wild­flow­ers abound. Fall (Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber) is an­other good op­tion. Get­ting around We brought gravel/cy­clocross bikes from home out­fit­ted with an as­sort­ment of bags to carry our lug­gage. This setup al­lowed us the com­fort of en­joy­ing all modes of travel – pave­ment, gravel and dirt. There are also a few com­pa­nies that run sup­ported tours in the Al­garve and Alen­tejo re­gions of Por­tu­gal. Where to stay Rid­ers can choose to rest their legs ev­ery­where from camp­grounds to fam­ily-run ho­tels to more lux­u­ri­ous re­sort-style places. We chose to travel light with­out camp­ing gear and used book­ing.com to se­cure roofed ac­com­mo­da­tion along route. Cost With one of the EU'S weak­est economies, south­ern Por­tu­gal is among the most af­ford­able des­ti­na­tions in Western Eu­rope. Small lo­cal ho­tels rarely cost more than 50 eu­ros and a calo­rie-laden pas­try can be had for less than a sin­gle euro. Find­ing your way We re­lied heav­ily on ride­with­gps.com to plot our rides, which were then up­loaded to our Garmin de­vices. With the routes on our head units, we found our way through the bounty of small coun­try roads ef­fort­lessly.

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