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Motorcycle Tour Portugal

A motorcycle tour in Portugal takes you deep into one of the most beautiful countries of Europe, at the heart of a land bathed in a soft oceanic sun. Head for Portugal to admire splendid landscapes in the regions of Algarve, Alentejo, Sierra Estrela or the magnificent valley of Douro. Ride along alleys, steep coastlines and mountain roads in this land with a variety of terrain and fascinating landscapes. During a motorcycle trip with a Royal Enfield in Portugal, your guide will take you to places where nobody goes, in the middle of eucalyptus forests and on Alentejo’s wine route. Riding on your motorbike, you will admire the beautiful panoramic views of terrace farms and the River Douro. In this world created between land and ocean, Portugal developed a unique identify and offers a rich cultural heritage to the travellers. Come and conquer the enchanting cities of Lisbon, Porto, Coimbra or Faro. Get seduced by the history, the vibes and the friendly bliss of a meal of grilled sardines. The Portuguese excel in the art of preparing a simple and delicious cuisine. Portugal unfurls its qualities and preserved beauty like few territories in Europe do. This motorcycle trip in Portugal will make you discover a different Portugal: a truly exotic experience!

Motorcycle tour season in Portugal

When is it a good time to travel in Portugal? Located close to the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal has pleasant weather at any time of the year. However, the best season for Portugal is from March to November. But, there are significant differences between the northern and the southern parts of the country and between the coast and the inland areas. The Atlantic influence is felt especially in the Northwest, which is more humid than the South. Winter the most humid season with heavy rainfall in the northern and the central parts of the country. In inland areas, the temperature differences are extreme. Summer can be scorching in the Douro Valley and in Alentejo. Winter is sometimes harsh in Serra da Estrela and the north-eastern parts. Temperatures remain low in the coastal regions: 12° in Porto, 13° in Lisbon and 16° in Faro. Like in many European countries, the number of tourists is the highest in the month of August, notably on the beaches of Algarve in the southern part of the country. To embark on a motorcycle tour Portugal, we prefer spring and autumn because the colours in the nature are magnificent and the temperatures the most pleasant.

Geography Portugal

Opening out to the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal is situated in the extreme south-western part of Europe. With a length of 560 km and a breadth of 220 km, the country shares its borders in the East with Spain, over more than 1200 km. Portugal also includes the islands of Azores and Madeira situated off the coast, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Two major rivers flow into the Atlantic after passing through the cities of Porto and Lisbon: Douro and Tage. The latter is a mythical river that characterizes the natural border between the North and the South of the country. In the North, the terrain is quite rough, with several mountain ranges dividing the country, such as the granite mountains of Serra da Estrela, a true playground for a motorcycle trip in Portugal. The vegetation cover is dense with pine trees, eucalyptus, chestnut trees, cork oaks, etc. In the South, the terrain is softer: low hills, large golden plains of Algarve and Alentejo. Southern Portugal offers a climate that is almost like the Mediterranean climate. Olive trees, almond trees and fig trees can be found here. Portugal is an ideal land for a motorcycle road trip.

History and culture in Portugal

Portugal is the fruit of a rich and passionate history. Celts, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and Christians have left their imprint on the country’s history. In the 15th century, Portuguese sailors including the famous Vasco da Gama embarked on a conquest of the world. They discovered Madeira, Azores, Cape Verde, and their expeditions led them to Brazil, India, China, Malacca and even Mozambique. As soldiers, missionaries, traders, they became stakeholders of the vast Portuguese colonial empire. From the 19th century onwards, Portugal experienced a few chaotic years, political instability and lack of economic power. With Salazar, a brilliant professor of economics, coming to power in 1932, the nation recovered, but at the same time, entered a long period of authoritarian regime. It is “L’Estado Novo” until the Carnation Revolution on 25th April 1974, when the army regained control. The society was liberated. The colonies became independent and in 1986, the country joined the European Union. During a motorcycle tour in Portugal, you will surely have the opportunity to listen to fado, the melody full of melancholy and saudade. Fado emerged in the early 19th century, according to some, as the song of the Portuguese sailors; others think it came from Brazil. You will discover that it is above all, the soul of Portugal!

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