Why September is the best month of the year to go on a cycling holiday

There was a time when the end of August signalled the end of summer. That is no longer the case. September has emerged as one of the best months of the year to go on holiday, a last summer fling before the leaves start falling and the nights draw in. The most obvious reason is the lack of crowds, once high season has passed and the children are back at school, many popular tourist destinations offer life at a much more tranquil pace.

Travelling in September is a more cost effective time to travel too, with airlines and local suppliers offering competitive savings. The climate for cycling in September in Spain and Portugal is more favourable, with temperatures turning milder and the sky taking on that deep blue hue. So, here are Freedom Treks top 5 September tours for a late summer cycling break, whether you have 3 nights or a full week available.

For those who prefer to base themselves in one place then this cycling tour is the perfect fit, staying in a rustic and typical Alentejo country house. This tour offers plenty of flexibility and can be taken as a 3, 4 or 7 night tour, with a guided or self-guided option and everyone receives a bespoke cycling itinerary, according to their individual abilities. Enjoy the Portuguese countryside at its best and enrich your mind to the varied sights and sounds as you cycle through the hidden Alentejo. A perfect complement to a day’s cycling is relaxing with local food and wine at the end of the day. How much? Prices start from only £275 per person on B&B for the 3 night, 60 mile, self-guided option, including one evening meal, luggage transport and route maps. Self-guided tour departs any day year round. Grade: Easy-Moderate. Flights are not included; options include flying to Lisbon with from Gatwick with TAP Portugal or easyJet or from Heathrow with British Airways.