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Portugal offers beauty, excitement, and something for everyone

Portugal, while relatively small, is one of the greatest destinations for motorcycle tours in Europe. The country offers such an incredibly diverse array of sights and experiences that it will be hard to drag yourself back to the airport to head home! Portugal has existed as a nation for about 900 hundred years, and in that time its borders are relatively unchanged. That feat is remarkable, but it also creates a wonderfully vibrant and unique culture that you are sure to love. The major cities, like Porto and Lisbon, are home to fantastic architecture, delicious cuisine, and some of the country’s most famous museums and monuments. You’ll find buildings decorated entirely with one of Portugal’s trademark works of art – azulejo, which are intricately painted ceramic tiles. In Porto, be sure to wander the waterfront along the mighty Douro River, visit the Port wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia, and marvel at the interior of the Sao Bento train station. In Lisbon, hitch a ride on a funicular to beat the hills, visit the Castelo de Sao Jorge for spectacular views of the city (and a little history), wander the Alfama neighborhood, and visit the monastery and monuments of Belem. You should also try to catch a Fado show, which is a deeply emotional, uniquely Portuguese musical performance.

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They’re also home to the major airports and are likely where you’ll first enter the country for your Portugal tour, unless you happen to be traveling overland. Although, you will be able to take some shorter domestic flights to places like Faro in the south.

Any Portugal motorcycle tours must encompass the smaller cities, towns, and villages, and Planet Ride does their best to find tours that do. There, you’ll have an eye-level view of Portuguese culture. In fact, Guimaraes is considered to be the birthplace of the nation! Another great destination is Evora, where much of the city is still hemmed in by ancient city walls, houses have been built into the aqueduct arches, and ancient megalith complexes hide in the surrounding landscapes. Then you have places like the religious pilgrimage city of Fatima, the surf mecca of Nazare, and the southern beachside party town of Faro.

The countryside, including the mountains and forests of the north, the hot rolling plains of Alentejo, and the sun and sand of the Algarve, should not be ignored during your Portugal tour! Destinations like the stunning national park of Peneda-Geres and its lakes, mountains, and waterfalls, the terraced vineyards of the Douro river valley, or the ancient megalith structures found outside Evora are all sure to leave an impression. Portugal is doing an excellent job of preserving the environment and has countless Natural Parks and nature reserves. For example, Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina protects a large swathe of the southwestern coast, Serras de Aire e Candeeiros Natural Park offers caves, waterfalls, and amazing hiking, or Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela, which offers dramatic, rugged landscapes, high alpine passes, and massive monuments carved straight into the rock.

So, no matter where you go in Portugal, you are sure to find something unforgettable. A mix of cities, towns, and countryside offers the best view of the Portuguese culture and can all easily be combined into a short or long Portugal tour.

What Planet Ride offers for motorcycle adventures in Portugal

Planet Ride has tracked down a collection of Portugal motorcycle tours that will leave you breathless and wanting more! We have spent countless hours in search of phenomenal local guides who are at the top of their craft. We only work with the best, and these guides have been working and living in Portugal for years. They know all the best sights, great places to try the local food, and what those strange road signs mean. They can help you sink into the local culture or get you out of mechanical trouble with your bike. Every guide we feature is dedicated to bringing you’re a Portugal tour that is top-notch and unforgettable.

Take Jean-Francois for example. He chose to settle in Portugal for its authenticity, charm, landscapes, traditions, gastronomy, culture, and heritage. Jean-Francois leads several different Portugal motorcycle tours, like the 10-day Great Tour of Portugal and an 8-day Harley excursion from Porto to Faro. On the former, you’ll begin in the town of Mira, where you receive your Harley, Honda, or BMW bike and attend a briefing with all of the other riders. From there, it’s off to Lisbon and the historic quarter of Belem. Days three and four take your further south, where you’ll eventually reach Faro on the coast of the Algarve. Be sure to take in the scenic views of quaint fishing villages, golden seaside cliffs, and endless sand, surf, and ocean. Now, you’ll head back north to the ancient lands of Alentejo. Stops in Evora and Covhila let you discover a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the entrance to Serra da Estrela. Continuing, you’ll round out this road trip adventure winding through the carefully terraced vineyards of the Douro River valley. Along the way, you’ll get to visit a Quinta, or wine estate, where Port wine (and others) are produced! Finally, things come to a close, and you return to Mira.

Then there’s Pedro, who’s a native of Portugal and guides some intense off-road riding. His Wild Trails in the Heart of Portugal tour is six days of some of the most exceptional enduro riding out of all the motorcycle tours in Europe. You’ll arrive in Porto with a little time to explore before joining up with the rest of the group for dinner and a trip briefing. While out on the town, make sure to cross the famous Ponte Luis, wander along the river, and marvel at the azulejo that decorate countless Porto landmarks. For the next five days, you’ll crisscross north-central Portugal on a solid KTM bike. The first day of riding takes you along a rough stone track (which also happens to be where the Trials World Championships were once held) to an ancient Celtic city (or, Citania) from the 1st century B.C. Day three of your off-road Portugal tour will see the group heading for Recarei and its surrounding mountains and eucalyptus forests. The hilly terrain and steep descents make for some crazy riding! Finally, you’ll hit Lagares and the “impossible climb” of Senhora Salto on the last two days of riding, before relaxing a bit in Porto and heading home.