Name of company
Bike My Side
What type of activity is it?
Private guided tours of the Algarve by motorbike and sidecar.
We booked a two-hour tour around Portimão and Ferragudo, and met our guide at the Naval Club at Portimão. We were instantly impressed with the first sight of our transport for the day: a classic black Russian Ural sidecar motorcycle, whose history dates back to the 1940s - although this one was actually a 2012 model so it’s got modern technology to support its authentic look. It’s still a quirky bike though, and one that was handled perfectly by our driver throughout the ride.
Where do you participate in this activity?
The company is based in Portimão but offers tours throughout the Algarve, including Lagos, Monchique and Albufeira.
We stopped frequently to take photographs or enjoy the view - it really is a unique way to travel, and we felt that we had explored somewhere that we already knew well with completely fresh eyes, as you have a different viewpoint and perspective as you travel along.
We also enjoyed being waved at and smiled at throughout the ride: there is something so engaging about this mode of transport, and we were really made to feel special on our tour.
The helmets come fitted with a state-of-the-art intercom system to enable you to communicate as you are travelling, and your guide will share snippets of information with you that only a ‘local’ would know - it really adds to the sense that you are experiencing something unique as you travel along side streets and in areas where a car just cannot travel.
The company’s motto is “Private guide with a smile” and they have nine different planned tours available to book. You can also fully customise your own tour with a personalised route, or a picnic, or you could even be taken to church in the sidecar on your wedding day.
The company also offer a range of tours in Lisbon.
Tours usually last between two and four hours and the price ranges from €35 to €100 per person - good value for the unique and personal experience this gives you. Along with your guide, only two people are allowed on each ride - one on the motorcycle, along with the guide, and the other in the sidecar.
The company is listed in www.algarvedirectory.net - mention Algarve Directory when you book a tour to receive a 10% discount.
Dave and Alyson Sheldrake. Photos courtesy of www.davesheldrakephotography.com