Meet our Bike Tour Guides - Gonçalo Ramalho
Posted in Portugal Bike Tours on June 25, 2012 by Jim Goldberg
Guide: Gonçalo Ramalho, Lisbon, Portugal
Meet our Portugal bike tour guide Gonçalo Ramalho. Gonçalo is the creator of the most recent video of our Algarve Blue tour, and he keeps us up-to-date on the bike tour adventures with daily photos of beautiful scenery, local food, and our tour guests having fun.
Once you meet Gonçalo, you‘ll be ready to book your next bike tour. His love of all-things Portugal, along with his enthusiasm and knowledge, give our tour guests an insider’s view; you’ll feel like a native by day two!
Q. How long have you been leading cycling tours?
A. I’ve been leading tours for 9 years now, and I am ready for at least another 29 years. (At Easy Rider Tours, that makes us very happy!)
Q. What do you love about the routes you lead?
A. I love getting the opportunity to know my country better than any anthropologist. I love stopping on every corner to taste local cheese and talking with people hanging out on the sidewalks or at cafes. I love sharing the local flavor along the way. Having access to as much fresh fish as I can eat doesn’t hurt either. We’re never far from the coast in Portugal.
Q. What is the most unique thing about the routes you lead?
A. On the Alentejo tour, our bikes become time machines. We visit a pre-historic dolmen, a Roman temple, and medieval convent, all in one day. That night, we stay at the convent (15th-century Pousada dos Lóios). It’s an amazing experience.
Q. What is your most fun/interesting/ crazy memory of leading tours?
A. There are so many wonderful memories to choose from, it’s hard to pick just one. I think my most interesting memory was the time we had a couple on the tour who were university-level researchers. They analyzed every aspect of the daily program in a scientific way. It was a great learning experience for us all!
Q. Are you married? Children? Where do you live?
A. My wife, Didi, and I live in Lisbon with our two daughters. They’re 3 and 5 years old, and they keep us very busy.
Q. What do you do in the off season?
A. I am a journalist for Bike Magazine, and I enjoy spending as much time as I can with my family.
Q. If you could cycle anywhere, where would it be?
A. If I could cycle anywhere I would choose Whistler—British Columbia—for mountain biking or the Alps for road cycling.
For information on Easy Rider Tours bike tours in Portugal including our Algarve Blue and Minho Grape Escape tours, please visit our website.