N2 Road Tour

The "Portuguese Route 66". N2 route has become internationally known for being the only road that crosses the country, north to south through the interior.

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This tour, taking place along the "Estrada Nacional 2" Road (N2) it's ideal for those who want to discover Portugal. Its diversity, culture, landscape, demography, gastronomy and heritage.

Known as the "Portuguese Route 66", the EN2 route has become internationally known for being the only road that crosses the country from north to south through the interior. Along its 738 km, connecting Chaves to Faro, it is possible to contemplate different landscapes, from the Douro vineyards, through the Alentejo gold plains to the Algarve. The EN2 road runs through 11 districts, 35 municipalities, 11 mountains and 13 rivers, joinning some of the most emblematic Portuguese cities, towns and villages.

Minimum participants: 6

What's Included:
- 7 nights of accommodation on Half board basis;
- Transfer from and to the airport;
- Luggage transfer between hotels;
- Briefing and travel road book;
- Bikesul App with navigation function or GPS device with pre loaded
  courses;
- KTM Revelator Alto Disc;
- Saddle bag with an extra inner tube, levers, mini pump;
- Helmet;
- Bikesul exclusive water bottle offer;
- Bikesul jersey offer;
- Personal Accidents and liability Insurance;
- Nutrition and Hydration Kit;
- National Road 2 Route Passport (Stamps).
         
Not included:
- Flights;
- Lunches;
- Any beverages consumed with meals that are included in the package;
- Extra equipment non-specified as included;
- Mini-bar and extra consumptions not mentioned in the program;
- Personal expenses;
- Travel Insurance.  

Extras:
- Extra-nights (subject to availability);
 

Highlights

  • Cycling the 3rd biggest road in the World

  • Crossing Portugal from north to south, along traditional villages

  • Outstanding diversity of landscape and touristic POI

  • Pedrogão Dam

  • The Castle of Montemor o Novo

  • Chaves, Vila Real, Peso da Régua, Lamego and Faro

Itinerary

You can fly to any international airport in mainland Portugal, however, we recomend you to fly to Porto.

Upon your arrival, a member of the Ride_In_/Bikesul staff will warmly welcome you and make the transfer to Chaves, the city where this adventure begins! After checking-in at the hotel, a general briefing will be held and all necessary documentation will be delivered. Depending on the time of arrival, you might also have the opportunity to make a bike warm up and visit this beautiful historic city.

 ACCOMMODATION  
 Chaves
   MEALS
   Dinner (drinks not included)

On this day we will ride through the region of Trás-os-Montes, passing the beautiful city of Vila Real, which is also the capital of the district of Tras-os-Montes region, until we reach Peso da Régua on the banks of the Douro River.
Located next to the Douro River, this location played a major role in the production and commercialization of Port Wine, as it was from here that the casks of wine were transported in Rabelo boats to Vila Nova de Gaia, where the wine aged in the cellars.
The imposing slopes of the Douro River are covered with vineyards providing breathtaking scenery.
Leaving the Douro River it is time to climb to the destination of this first day, the city of Lamego. Considered a historic and monumental city, as it hosts a large number of monuments, churches and emblazoned houses.

DISTANCE AND ALTIMETRY
101km | 1900mt - 62.5mi | 6.300ft of climbs
 ACCOMMODATION 
 Lamego

   MEALS
   Breakfast
   Dinner (drinks not included)

The second stage begins with a long and demanding climb that takes us over 1,000 meters. Bigorne village is also the highest point on the entire route.
We will then continue on a "up and down" terrain, taking us to one of the most emblematic cities of Portugal, Viseu the "home" of D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal. The passage through the splendid city of Viseu is undoubtedly one of the highlights of this stage.
Then will ride along the Dão River. In Tondela, we briefly leave the N2 and continue on the renewed Ecopista do Dão, the old historic railway line of Dão, now converted into a cycle path in a scenario of unique natural beauty.
In Santa Comba Dão we return to the EN2 and move on to the Aguiera dam.

DISTANCE AND ALTIMETRY
125km |1700mt - 75mi | 5600ft of climbs
 ACCOMMODATION 
 Aguieira
   MEALS
   Breakfast
   Dinner (drinks not included)

This will be a challenging stage in a rugged terrain right in the center of Portugal. After a mostly flat start in which we will roll on the banks of the Mondego river in a fantastic setting, a difficult section that will take us through the municipalities of Vila Nova de Poiares and Góis, passing by some of the characteristics and peculiar Xist villages.

DISTANCE AND ALTIMETRY
90km | 2000mt - 58mi | 6.600ft of climbs
 ACCOMMODATION 
 Pedrogão
   MEALS
   Breakfast
   Dinner (drinks not included)

The first part of this stage will be cycled still in the center region on mountainous terrain, undoubtedly a challenging start. Constantly going up and down, we will pass through the villages of Sertã and Vila de Rei entering then the Ribatejana region. The scenery changes radically and the hills and valleys give way to typical Ribatejo wetlands. From Abrantes to the Montargil dam the route will be rolling and pleasant.

DISTANCE AND ALTIMETRY
125km | 1.280mt - 78 mi | 4.200ft of climbs
 ACCOMMODATION 
 Montargil
   MEALS
   Breakfast
   Dinner (drinks not included)

The change in landscape and terrain is noticeable as we ride towards the south. The Sierras, valleys and hills now give way to plains and wide agricultural fields as far as the eye can see.
We will pass through some of the most typical towns and cities in the Alentejo, which perfectly define the habits, customs people and traditions of this land, such as Montemor-O-Novo, Alcáçovas, Torrão and Ferreira do Alentejo. The end of this stage will be in Aljustrel, a village that has in mines and agriculture, its main sources of income.

DISTANCE AND ALTIMETRY
157km | 1.600mt - 98mi | 5.250ft of climbs
 ACCOMMODATION 
 
Aljustrel
   MEALS
   Breakfast
   Dinner (drinks not included)

The last stage will go through the lower Alentejo, passing through the historic villages of Castro Verde and Almodôvar and then we enter on the Serra do Caldeirão, which borders the Alentejo and the Algarve regions. This last mountain, despite not having a high altitude, is quite interesting, making the road somewhat winding, without being dangerous, and quite fun to ride.
Still 30km from the coast, in Barranco do Velho we started to see the blue of the Algarve sea making the arrival even more epic.


DISTANCE AND ALTIMETRY
118.5km | 1150mt - 74mi / 3770ft of climbs
 ACCOMMODATION 
 
Faro
   MEALS
   Breakfast
   Dinner (drinks not included)

After your breakfast, it’s time to say goodbye to the Algarve, the transfer will be made to Faro* Airport.
*If your flight departure from a different Airport, please contact us.

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