The Picos & Portugal Tour is a true ‘Trans Iberian’ Adventure as we leave the Picos de Europa and cross Spain’s Cordillera Cantabria. Entering Portugal’s North East corner – a region once so remote it spawned its own dialect and customs – we join an extraordinary network of trails (many un-mapped). From rolling hills and farmland, through forests and sunken tracks to the countries highest mountain range; along ridge lines and valleys through olive and orange groves we make our way south to the Mediterranean coast. Our return crosses the Algarve’s highest point en-route to the wild and rugged Atlantic coast, before we head inland and return to the mountains. Our departure from Portugal sees us riding dirt roads through Galicia’s most spectacular scenery as we complete our Iberian loop.
It’s not just the riding and scenery that’s spectacular, off-bike highlights include:
Évora – The UNESCO World Heritage listed Roman city
Sintra – UNESCO listed ‘Fairy Tale’ town
Mértola – The riverside town that dates back to Phoenician times
Chaves – Roman town
Almeida – The country’s most impressive fortified border settlement
Then there’s the food, wine and of course port – all of which are extremely good value.
Following our 3500 mile recce of Portugal in 2019, we put together a final recce of what we believe is a fabulous combination of dirt roads, tarmac and destinations. The final recce was due to take place in between Morocco tours this spring, with a view to running a pilot tour this autumn.
Lockdown put pay to those plans, but with Europe once again opening its borders and welcoming visitors, we have decided to proceed with our final recce.
As a result, a maximum of 5 places are available to join me for the final recce of our Picos & Portugal Tour.
70% of the dirt roads have been ridden but we need to explore the final 30%
That element of the unknown is what makes it a final recce and not a pilot tour.
Be prepared for surprises! Some days may be shorter than planned; some longer. Planned routes may prove impassable requiring alternatives to be found.
As a restricted numbers recce, there will be no support vehicle.
Your feedback will be used to polish the recce into a full tour in 2021.
The tour is designated Riding Level 3 (see FAQ’s) and is designed to be ridden on a multi-cylinder adventure bike. Large capacity single-cylinder adventure bikes (690’s/701’s etc) will also have a great time on this route, if not quite as comfortable on the tarmac days.
Logistics & Expenses
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The FCO currently advises against all but essential travel to both Spain, and as such your Travel Insurance is likely to be invalid. Should you require medical attention, you will be reliant upon your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).
You will also be required to quarantine at home for 14-days upon your return.
This situation is under constant review by the FCO and may change at any time.
Motorcycling by its very nature is a socially distanced activity but we will be taking a few extra precautions off the bikes:
All accommodation for the recce includes a single room supplement so nobody will be sharing a room.
We will follow local guidelines with regards to social distancing, the wearing of face masks, the use of hand sanitizer etc