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Discussion in 'Europe' started by scorch, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. Mac Ka

    Mac Ka just a guy on a bike ..

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    let's do it brother.....I'm up for a ride and stay over somewhere..not at yours though.......(desperately trying not to be presumptuous here)...I love riding the country and wild camping
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  2. bingbong

    bingbong Long timer

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    Well I'll be mobile with a GSA later this year so let's stay in touch and make a plan. Serra da estrella?
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  3. Mac Ka

    Mac Ka just a guy on a bike ..

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    Was on the Torre 2 days ago. Sounds great buddy. Pm me when you're ready...
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  4. gepenunes

    gepenunes n00b

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    Hi Tim,

    Just trowing my two cents here. I'm Portuguese, was born in Lisbon and have been living in Porto for the last 8 years (I moved in January 1st 2009). I won't go on about how good the country is, and how cheap or even "freeish" some things are here (Free healthcare and education :) ). I think the biggest decision you'll have to make is about what kind of scenery you want to live in. Your not gonna move to Lisbon, the Portuguese who can, do not move into Lisbon, so lets leave that out. If you wan mountains head for the north, anywhere 30 minutes out of Porto and you'll find great spots and deals, particularly if you're ok with buying to rebuild. This has the advantage, obviously, of building to your exact needs (i.e. a big ass garage for the bikes and gear, if it was me!)

    Personally, I love enduro and thus I need mountains! :) If I was on your shoes, I would head to one of three options that I will list here and that are all, at most, an hour's drive from Porto:

    Baião
    https://goo.gl/maps/cFhYfNs3xVT2 - This small town is 30/45 minutes from Porto, nested between the Douro and the A4 (Highway from Porto to Vila Real). Lots of little villages with houses that need restoration and/or with available land to build. I would not limit to the city, look for options in the small villages. Countless numbers of trails, the fire roles from Serra da Cabreira and the Alvão and Marão mountains close by (will get to that in a bit)

    Arouca https://goo.gl/maps/WG9YJ6YkjqA2 - Gorgeous scenery, lots of mountains and the Paiva river, one of the least polluted in Europe, and where you can find little villages nested in the mountains. Make sure you clean the land close to the house, clear all the trees and you'll be alright even if fires breakout. The food here, if you like meat is heaven and most of the people grow their own vegetables and will most likely be offended if you don't accept them when they share.

    Vila Real https://goo.gl/maps/8E3jZrbRaEn - This is by far the largest of the three cities. It seats a stone throw away from Alvão and Marão mountains, and from hereon north to the Trás os Montes area (the Northeast corner of Portugal) there are more trails available. One issue here, that you will find in some cities inland: the municipality doesn't really let a lot construction to happen so prices can actually be quite high for houses. The solution is to move to the nearby villages. Villa Real is now that the new highway has been complete, an hour away from Porto.

    If you want to take a look at house prices her are a couple of sites http://www.era.pt/ ; http://www.remax.pt/ . Especially in the little villages/towns, nothing beats getting into the cafes and just ask if people know anyone that is selling a property. Not all will be worth while, but it will be a fun process nonetheless :)

    For these three options, you can find both fast trails to really hard extreme enduro trails. Just choose what you want to do :)

    Having said that the Algarve's milder climate is really good, and if you go to the mountains instead of the beaches, you'll find also great bargains and trails that will take you a lifetime to get to know them all.
    Someone said before, take a couple of weeks, rent a car and get to know the country a bit!

    If you're ever in Porto, the first beer is on me, just PM! That goes for all inmates too!

    Cheers!
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  5. vidd

    vidd how was your lamb?

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    I'm a Portuguese fella currently living in the US. Missing my f800gs I left back in Portugal more than I can put into words. Wondering if having it shipped to me is a sane option. Wondering how to go about it. Or should I just give it up and start over with something new on this side of the Atlantic. The bike is near Lisbon, I am not. Thoughts? Help?
  6. TheBritAbroad

    TheBritAbroad Just ride it!

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    Count me in maybe, I have a tent, a local on the back, 160 horsepower and I speaka de lingo. :)
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  7. TheBritAbroad

    TheBritAbroad Just ride it!

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    @gepenunes Some interesting inland northern locations you have listed there, very tempting (to ride, not to buy)...! Thanks.
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  8. bingbong

    bingbong Long timer

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    This sounds like the start of a "plan" :D
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  9. Johann

    Johann commuterus tankslapperus

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    Got room for another one? Would need to confirm dates, I run a couple of small holiday homes and they are flat out in July/August but things start tailing off in September. If that doesn´t work then count me in for the next one.
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  10. bingbong

    bingbong Long timer

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    Ill be riding my bike back from italy end of September so around that time would suit me. And it would be cooler inland... I'm beginning to like the sound of this, Good riding good food good company...
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  11. bingbong

    bingbong Long timer

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    Probably better to start a thread in the US forum. I have seen a few conversations about this over the years. It depends very much on what state you need to import the bike into. You could also look into temporary importation. Might be more simple but time restricted.
    There's a guy on UKgser that does a lot of shipping maybe he can help.
    http://www.ukgser.com/forums/showthread.php/439122-USA-Motorcycle-Freight-Shipping
    I know a guy that can take your bike by van from Lisbon to the UK if you need it.
    Good luck.. :D
  12. Johann

    Johann commuterus tankslapperus

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  13. Tripletreat

    Tripletreat Been here awhile

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    Much thanks for those tips, Johann and Gepenunes!
  14. fulviapaulo

    fulviapaulo Been here awhile

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    Sounds good to me ;-) I'm in (depending on dates :freaky )

    Just curious... Where are those houses?:thumb
  15. bingbong

    bingbong Long timer

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    Would be great to meet you FP I know you have been a great contributor on here
  16. bingbong

    bingbong Long timer

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    Houses.... the funny thing in Portugal I have found...
    Spend a bit of time in Portugal and you will see lots of potentially great places... apparently for sale. But as soon as you ask the price, it doubles because they think you are interested
    :lol3
  17. Johann

    Johann commuterus tankslapperus

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    Near Evora, I can PM you the details if you want but prefer to keep business and forum life seperate, I don´t want to advertise on the site.
    Cheers
    John
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  18. ozmoses

    ozmoses ...

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    My wife and I will be in Porto next week!

    Thought about renting a moto, don't know if there's time...

    No firm plans, don't know our itinerary, but if any inmate wants to have drinks or a meal,etc send me a PM (Conversation) here.

    :beer
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  19. ontrip

    ontrip Been here awhile

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    will be in Ponta Delgada (Azores) on September 13th for 2 weeks, will be renting a car for the period and a bike for a few days.

    Some great riding on St Miguel
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  20. StevenD

    StevenD Hmmmm, dirt!

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