Best of Portugal Tour
The Heart of Portugal
Portugal | Spain
The only way to really get to know Portugal is by motorcycle and this remarkable country has a lot to offer! Our Best of Portugal Motorcycle tour encompasses everything you could want to see in a country as beautiful and mesmerizing as the ancient Roman Lusitania: its fantastic beaches, dizzying cliffs, folklore, Fado music, incredible gastronomy, world-famous wines, captivating cities with centuries of history, and of course an abundance of serpentine roads for motorcycling.
On this 12 day Portugal sojourn you’ll sleep in ancient palaces and renovated castles in Lisbon, Porto and Evora, and in the evening dine on Portuguese specialties like Bacalao and Cataplana. During this motorcycle tour, you’ll follow the snaking course of the Douro River through the vineyards used to produce Port wines. All this and more will be yours to enjoy in one of Europe’s best kept secrets, Portugal!
* Price includes BMW F700GS
IMTBike ROUTE rating
It is essential to know the different skill levels needed to participate in the IMTBIKE TOURS that are offered to you. IMTBIKE makes sure that it offers different tours for all riding styles and levels. The IMTBIKE team always works diligently in designing our routes. This is a laborious process which entails reviewing all road choices before selecting the best option for an IMTBIKE tour.
The most experienced motorcyclists looks for roads that require technical skill; narrow twisty roads with little traffic and endless curves. But these same roads would be too difficult for a less experienced rider.
The local driving habits, the amount of traffic, the asphalt quality and the radius of the curves vary considerably from country to country and even in different regions of the same country. They will also vary depending on the season of the year. All of these factors have been studied by IMTBIKE and have been taken into consideration when rating our tours.
IMTBIKE thinks it is also important to know about the different types of roads you will be enjoying on your tour. To understand the road types easier, IMTBIKE has divided them into two categories, and we have calculated an approximate percentage of each on all of our tours.
- TOURING ROADS: These are wider roads comprised mainly of larger radius sweepers. They are still curvy roads but not tight mountainous twisty curves. Please remember that you will ride very few straight roads on IMTBIKE tours!
- CHALLENGING ROADS: These are roads that are tight twisty turns which require more technical skill. Many times they will be narrower roads without a shoulder and sometimes with steep inclines or descents. Normally they will be mountainous roads accompanied by spectacular sceneries.
If you have never ridden a motorcycle outside of your country, or if you have little experience riding on mountain roads with many curves, we recommend that you choose a tour rated moderate or intermediate. If you have any questions or doubts please do not hesitate to call or email us. We are always happy to answer your questions to make sure that you choose the best tour for your riding level.
This route offers wider sweeping turns that are easy to maneuver. This route may have some tighter turns in a few places but this will be the exception. Regardless, even on moderate tours you must be able to ride a large cylinder motorcycle in any condition. Never plan to learn how to ride a motorcycle on an IMTBIKE tour. We recommend having a minimum of 8.000 km (5.000 miles) of experience riding a large cylinder motorcycle to participate on a MODERATE rated IMTBIKE Tour and you should ride a motorcycle on a regular basis at home.
This route rating can have sections of very twisty curves on narrow roads with no center line to divide the road. There will also wider radius curves on these routes. Traffic conditions can be intense at times in some urban environments and the local driving habits may seem aggressive and unpredictable to you. It is imperative that you are an experienced motorcyclist. We recommend that you have a minimum of 12.000 km (7500 miles) of large cylinder motorcycle experience to participate on a INTERMEDIATE rated IMTBIKE Tour and you should ride a motorcycle on a regular basis at home.
This route rating has long sections of technical narrow twisty roads and sometimes single lane roads. These twisty roads will often be in mountains where steep inclines and descents will be commonplace. Some riding days can be long and challenging. Traffic conditions can be intense at times in some urban environments and the local driving habits may seem aggressive and unpredictable to you. It is imperative that you are a very experienced motorcyclist on a large cylinder motorcycle. We recommend that you have a minimum of 16.000 km (10.000 miles) of large cylinder motorcycle experience on an ADVANCE rated IMTBIKE Tour and of course you should ride a motorcycle on a regular basis at home.
IMTBIKE Average Daily Riding Hours
5 to 7 hours
6 to 8 hours
7 to 9 hours
How many hours a day you ride on a tour is important information in helping you decide on the right IMTBIKE tour for you. Some tour members want to ride as many hours as possible everyday, while others prefer to stop more frequently and dedicate more time to enjoying the scenery, visiting cultural sights and arrive at the hotel earlier to relax before dinner. The daily riding hours are calculated including the coffee breaks and photo stops but they do not include the time taken for lunch.
Normally we’ll start our riding day at 9:30am and we will take about a one hour lunch break sometime between 1pm and 2pm. So if the daily riding hours for a given tour are 5-7, then you will arrive at the hotel between 3:30pm- 5:30pm depending on the average speed of the group.
Start / End Lisbon/LisbonTotal Distance 2800 Kms
Total Time 12 DaysRiding Days 10 Days
Rest Days PortoBreakfast 11 Included Breakfasts
Daily Mileage 250-350 kms / 160-220 miles.
Hotel Overnights 11 NightsRiding Season Spring, Autumn
Highlights: Cascais, Sintra, Lisboa, Porto, Óbidos, Serra da Estrela, Algarve, Costa AtlánticaAccommodations: Awesome hotels. First-class historical Pousadas and Paradors plus a few specially selected boutique hotels with local flair. Pousadas and Paradors are Castles, Palaces & Fortresses converted into motorcycle-friendly hotels.
*All IMTBIKE lodgings are hand-picked for their quality of service, local charm and strategic locations.
- Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon, safety instructions and welcome dinner
- Day 2: Lisbon – Tomar
- Day 3: Tomar – Coimbra
- Day 4: Coimbra – Porto
- Day 5: Porto Rest Day
- Day 6: Porto – Serra da Estrela
- Day 7: Serra da Estrela – Serra da Estrela
- Day 8: Serra da Estrela sur - Évora
- Day 9: Évora – Algarve Oriental
- Day 10: Algarve Oriental - Algarve Occidental
- Day 11: Algarve Occidental – Lisbon
- Day 12: Flight Back home
Day 1: Arrival in Lisbon, safety instructions and welcome dinner
Your guides will be waiting for you at the airport to take you to your hotel in Lisbon. You’ll have time to rest and visit the city before meeting with the group for a welcome briefing in the evening. Afterwards we’ll all eat dinner together in a traditional restaurant. The first and last day of the itinerary correspond to your arrival and departure days. Depending on which country you are from, you might have to leave a day early. Please make your airline reservations accordingly.
Day 2: Lisbon – Tomar
Lisbon is an incredible city, but we’ll have no trouble saying goodbye knowing what lies ahead. We’ll be visiting Cascais, (Portuguese Monaco) and Cabo da Roca, (the westernmost point in Europe) while riding our very first Portuguese roads of the trip. Leaving the city we’ll follow the coastline on a road frequented by motorcyclists and surfers’ vans heading out to the beaches. Next we’ll visit Sintra, a town full of palaces and luxurious manors, where for centuries the royal family spent their summers. We’ll finish the day in Tomar, an attractive small town famous its history with the Knights Templar.
Day 3: Tomar – Coimbra
Today we’ll explore the beautiful mountains and lonely roads of the interior. We’ll experience the most rural part of the country and see with our own eyes how the locals live in this part of the world. The way of life hasn’t changed much in years! We’ll ride the Serra da Lousa Mountains on some fun, twisty roads through a thick forest. We’ll end the day in the lively university town of Coimbra.
Day 4: Coimbra – Porto
Another day of great motorcycling awaits us with more curves and mountain roads through the Caramulo and Gralheira Sierras. We’ll link up one small road after another through beautiful villages and incredible landscapes all the way to the steep, vineyard covered banks of the Douro River. The last part of the day will bring us along the river to the beautiful city of Porto, world famous for its delicious wines.
Day 5: Porto Rest Day
Today you’ll have an opportunity to explore Porto. Don’t miss your chance to visit one of the famous wine cellars on the other side of the river in Vila Nova de Gaia. You can also head towards the beach and eat freshly grilled sardines or even hop on your motorcycle and ride north along the Atlantic coast, the choice is yours!
Day 6: Porto – Serra da Estrela
You’ll follow the course of the Douro River upstream through an unforgettable landscape of steep river banks covered with vineyards where the famous Port wine grapes are grown. You’ll visit the attractive and historic city of Lamego just before heading south towards the most mountainous area of Portugal and the best roads in the entire country: The Serra da Estrela Mountains.
Day 7: Serra da Estrela – Serra da Estrela
We could spend weeks carving up the marvelous, solitary mountain roads of this region but we have condensed them into one fantastic day for your motorcycling pleasure. A few hundred kilometers of perfect asphalt, beautiful views, and infinite curves…what else can we say? Today is a day of motorcycling Nirvana!
Day 8: Serra da Estrela sur - Évora
We still have a bit more riding to do in the Serra da Estrela as we explore the Sao Mamede Natural Park before finally heading northwest towards the mighty Tajo River, which we’ll cross more than once. Next we’ll head south, little by little entering into another wine growing region, the Alentejo. We’ll finish our day inside the impressive, perfectly conserved walls of Évora.
Day 9: Évora – Algarve Oriental
Today we’ll say goodbye to Portugal as we ride into the welcoming, friendly, sun soaked lands of Andalucía. The Sierra Morena Mountains will be waiting for us with magnificent motorcycling roads. We’ll visit the colorful Riotinto mines and the town of Jabugo, with supposedly the best Spanish “Jamon” in the world. From there we’ll head straight towards the Atlantic Ocean and our hotel in Mazagón.
Day 10: Algarve Oriental - Algarve Occidental
The coastal roads through Portugal’s southern Algarve region are busy with tourists and traffic. As usual, we’ll escape the droves by heading into the mountains in search of solitary motorcycling roads with that perfect Portuguese asphalt you will have come to love. We’ll ride the roads of the Vale do Guadiana Natural Park and the pretty Sierra de Monchique Mountains. From there we’ll ride down to the coast, to the sand and beaches of the Algarve to rest for the night in the pretty town of Lagos.
Day 11: Algarve Occidental – Lisbon
Today we have a long ride north along the Atlantic coast in search of the Tajo River. We’ll cross it near the coast on one of the most famous bridges of the city. Along the way we’ll visit the Cape of Sao Vicente, very important in maritime history for its strategic location. After riding the entire length of the picturesque southern coast, the marvelous city of Lisbon will welcome us again with open arms.
Day 12: Flight Back home
Today you will say your goodbyes to the guides and the other tour members (now your new friends) as you make your way to the airport to fly home. We’ll see you again on our next motorcycle adventure together!
* Price includes BMW F700GS