I´m new on the forum so hello everybody and greetings from Finland.
I have been thinking to escape the incoming winter/darkness (December & January) to somewhere, where there is more sunlight and less rain - and especially no snow.
I'll be coming with my Nomad (and my better half).
Landing point could be Portugal, Algarve(?). It depends what would be a good location to stay and ride a bike.....I´m all ears here if somebody could help me out!
Time is limited...offcourse... but I´m thinking to spend there 3 - 4 weeks.....
So what choice do I have? Could I rent a chalet or...?
And most important thing, what are the best places to ride
3 to 4 weeks? That's a lot of time!
Lately we had some strange weather, switching between cold (for portuguese standard - thats 10ºC/11ºC!) and rain, to hot and sunny (yesterday when I arrived at the car, it was 35ºC!).
With so much time available, and if you have €uros, I would go for a "MTB-Trip"
For starters, I would land in Algarve (I think it's the cheapest flights from Europe), and if weather was OK, I would stay and check Monchique Mountain - There are some trails worth to check.
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There, with good weather (and I belive you'll get good weather), Beach+bike+rest - and you'll get batteries 100% charged!
Next, I would go north, visit Lisbon, and ride in Sintra. I ride a lot, and know a lot of trails around Portugal, and IMO, this is one of the greatest places to ride.
It's green, good DH tracks (can be riden with a Nomad no problem) and a lot... tons of trails.
If you're on Sunday, you can come with our ridding group (Enduro Style).
After, I would go to Lousã.
For me, it's one of the greatest sites to do DH.
Good tracks, lots of fun, and you can experience where the V10 Carbon was develop with Peat.
I can give you contacts for uplifts and guide.
So in these 3 sites, you would have plenty to visit (tourism) and biking.
Up north, you'll also have awesome trails, and Porto is a good spot to stay and relax.
For your travels, it's best to rent a car (commercial vehicle if you're only 2 persons)
Wow, I don't know where to start...thank you so much for the huge information package
Refering to the time that I´m planning to spend in Portugal, I have to say that traveling and biking make me feel that I'm alive, so I´m ready to spend all my money and holidays chasing that feeling ...and I really want to escape snow, christmas and definitely Santa Claus...I dont believe in that old fart
Could you tell something about the weather usually in December & January.... I wouldn´t mind something like 10ºC/11ºC. Rain is another story though...
I really have to check these mtb - trips also, usually they cost a fortune, but we'll see...
I truly believe that having a local "guide" or fellow biker would be the ideal option...
On the other hand I have plenty of time to get lost and hopefully found
Yes at least you've got DAY and NIGHT in the same day!
January is a long way to come... so, send me a Private Message when it comes close to your holidays.
In every Country, price meals varies a lot, and it's good to have something to compare with.
For ex. BigMac Menu (chips/Coke/burger) is around 6€. On a medium restaurant, prices can vary between 10€ and 20€, but if you look careful I think you'll find cheap meals around everywhere!
Higher prices can also be found, but a restaurant with a good relation between: quality/food/price, comes around at 15€/20€.
Gasoline and Diesel are a bit expensive if you compare with Spanish prices. At this moment, Diesel worth 1.499€, and Gasoline I think it's 1.7€.
If you come on holidays, try to avoid the highway - it's best to sight seeing, and you can really enjoy some sight viewing!
Algarve to Lisbon, near Atlantic Ocean, has one of the greatest Caps. The view there is beautiful, even during winter!
Hotels, and everything else, you can book using the usual web sites, like booking.
You can try and call the hotels directly. Sometimes, you can have better deals!
Portugal is a secure country, but that doesn't mean we're assault/violence free!
An eye on pick-poking while you stay in Urban areas and an eye on the bike is something to look for.
Other than that, enjoy the country in it's plenitude and joy.
Portuguese, in general are friendly! Communication can be have without proper English.
You'll not regret... EVEN IF IT'S IN JANUARY!
PS - today is something like 30ºC, sun, and blue skies!!!!!!!! If you do surf... bring the board!!!
The weather, is something that it wouldn't be predictable these days. It's crazy, today we have 27º next week will drop more than 10 degrees!!
In the beginning of the year we had fantastic weather to ride.
(offtopic) Hope that my next video I'll put here will be with a test on a Tallboy LTc