If I had 3 days in Portugal I would ...

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  1. johnnywheels

    johnnywheels Adventurer

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    It's my long awaited first trip to Portugal - I'll be in Lisbon at the end of April and will I have three days to play before getting down to business. I'm planning to rent a bike to get out of the city to see some of the countryside, meet some people, and enjoy some great good & drink. I've scoured the forum for info, but I thought I'd put it out to the experts:

    If you had three days to explore Portugal (starting and ending Lisbon) where would you go and what would you see?
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  2. Johann

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    Alentejo, the bit below the Rio Tejo and above the Algarve. It´s on your doorstep from Lisbon. Totally deserted well surfaced roads and some great scenery. If you want a tour guide for some rides in the area let me know. I live near the Lago de Alqueva, a large man made lake made when the Rio Guadiana was damned a few years ago. It is a very interesting corner of the world and definitely off the tourist track. Some great riding loops nearby (N2 down to Faro, IC27 to Mertola etc).

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    johnnywheels Adventurer

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    I should have posted this in the EMEA section. Mods, please excuse my transgression and move this thread to EMEA Trip Planning.
    Thanks!
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  4. TheBritAbroad

    TheBritAbroad Just ride.

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    Ride up north on the freeway from Lisbon to the beginning of a road named the N2, then ride the N2 all the way down to Faro, then ride back up to Lisbon on the freeway. That way you’ll see a bit of everything. There’s a recent ride report with pics, maybe check that. Portugal is great for bikes, great for scenery, architecture and history, very friendly, pretty cheap and a nice size country with lots of different landscapes from plains to mountains to coast. Can’t go wrong. :rayof

    Edit: Here’s the ride report. http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/the-longest-road-of-portugal.1278776/
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  5. DreamCatcher

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    I would suggest: Lisbon - Sintra - Cabo da Roca - Porto - Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela - Lisbon
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    In case you go south don't miss Sines, Vasco da Gama birth place (pictures taken in May 2017 while sailing along Portugal coast - from Brest, France to Adriatic)

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    Thank you DreamCatcher! Excellent photos! I'm starting to plan my routes!


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  9. johnnywheels

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    The plan is coming together...
    I will be arriving from Miami into Lisbon on the morning of April 25, the "Dia da Liberdade" or Freedom Day holiday. A nice coincidence for me and given my need to escape the bounds of daily life and satisfy my inner need to roam the planet if only for a few days.

    Inmate Carlos M of Motoxplorers hooked me up with a 1200 GSA equipped with GPS for three days (thanks again Carlos!). Plans are made to be broken, but I've still I've put together a loose agenda that I'll feel free to adapt on the fly. Mainly I know where I'll be resting my head at night, have a general idea of where I'd like to wander and some places to see along the way.

    April 25 - I kept day one easy because I anticipate some jet from the flight. I can peel off at multiple points and head for the hotel (or perhaps take a nap on the beach somewhere?).
    Anyway, as I fancy myself a "retired" surfer, I thought I'd swing by Nazaré for a glimpse of the place where the mighty of that sport ride the giant waves. After that I understand there's a nice road north along the beach and through a forest on the way to Figueira da Foz. From there I'll head inland to Lousã where I'll stop for the night at the Palácio da Lousã Hotel (thanks for the recommendation, Carlos).

    April 26 - I keep hearing about the beautiful Serra Estrela Mountains, so that's my objective for day 2. From Lousã head east on N17 to Gouveia, then follow N232 to Valhelhas for lunch at Vallecula. After lunch back to Mantiegas on N232, then up to the top of Serra da Estrela on N338 and N339. Some possible places to see along the way are Castelo de Linhares da Biera (for fort on hilltop 20 min past Gouvela), and Junta De Freguesia De Folgosinho, or the trout fishery in Mantiegas. When I've had enough I'll head to the hotel Pousada Serra Estrela, not far from the mountain top.

    April 27 - I have to return the bike in Lisbon by around 6 PM, so depending on how I feel when I awake in the mountains some possibilities are:
    (1) Ride south through Castelo Branco and down to pick up the N2 near Sao Miguel do Rio Torto. Then follow N2 south about until I run out of time, and head back to Lisboa to return the bike.
    (2) Ride north to Pinhao, then to Peso de Regua on n222, connect to N2 and follow south, again until I run out of time then hop on the expressway to Lisbon

    So that's the rough idea. Thank you to all who have posted here to give me ideas! I wish I had more time!

    John


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  11. PhotoMotoAdv

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    The ride between Pinhão and Peso da Régua is absolutely beautiful. Try not to miss it if possible. On the way back to Lisbon, go along the coast and make sure you visit Cascais, another great place close to the capital. Enjoy Portugal, it's one of my very favorite countries. BTW, the people at MotoXplorers are the nicest - but you know that by now. :)
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    Regrettably I wasn’t able to make it there this time. I do plan to return to Portugal and this stretch of road is on my list! Thanks!
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