Portuguese bike friendly hotels
Some Portuguese bike friendly hotels have joined together in a network of hotels intended to fulfill the special needs of bikers and bikes.
Are you a fan of biking? Do you like to spend your holidays on two wheels? Then Portugal is definitely your choice! Not just because we have perfect weather conditions for this sport and amazing routes of different difficulty levels but also because since the early days of March 2012 it has been created Bikeotel, a network of Portuguese bike friendly hotels.
Bikotel project intends to promote lodgings that attend the special needs of bikers, either concerning their health, their bikes, their equipment or tips for new routes. According to Público, a Portuguese newspaper, Bikeotel network has so far 12 associated lodgings that comply with the seven commendatory items – namely to assure bikers a parking place, garage, laundry services for biker’s equipment, bicycle repair, menus rich in hydrocarbon, fruit and vegetables, as well as nearby bike routes – and several other optional demands. For the time being, Bikotel is served by the following lodgings:
- Quinta Nova da Nossa Senhora do Carmo (Douro region);
- Several Inatel Inns, namely Manteigas, Vila Ruiva, Alamal, Piódão and Castelo de Vide;
- Casas do Vale do Minho (Schist Villages);
- Casa das Penhas Douradas (Serra da Estrela);
- Aparthotel Mira Villas
At the moment are being evaluated several other applications from different hotels intending to join the list, in order to provide a higher offer without neglecting quality. Casas do Côro (http://www.assec.pt/casa-do-coro/?lang=4) in Marialva, Aldeia de Pedralva (http://www.aldeiadapedralva.com/default.aspx?lang=ing) and Herdade da Matinha (http://www.herdadedamatinha.com/eg/), both in the Natural Park of Sudoeste Alentejo e Costa Vicentina, are already in an advanced stage of the acknowledgment process.
Find out more about the Bikeotel and the adherent hotels at the official website http://www.bikotels.com/. The site also offers the opportunity to search hotels by price, to search routes according to difficulty level or to download GPS route maps.