N10-4 / N379-1 : Setúbal ( Arrábida Loop )

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pma_id | August 31, 2008 | Europe > Portugal Motorcycle Roads > Southern Portugal
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July 9, 2012 - Star Rating Graphic

Fantastic roads, beautiful scenary, great for a fast getaway. It takes more or less 1h to complete, really worth the time

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  • Dust_
  • Kawasaki Versys 2010
  • score: 9
December 24, 2011 - Star Rating Graphic

A great starting point for this route is Saint Philip's Fort ( Forte de São Filipe) in Setubal.
Do not miss it.
The route is very pleasant and relaxing.
In sunny, dry winter or spring days is is perfect.
Avoid the coastal bit at all cost in summer week-ends.

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January 5, 2010 - Star Rating Graphic

Ive been here in this last summer, but at this time we have too many traffic because of people trying to park to go to the beach. The best time to enjoy this course is at the spring time.
Beside this, it has good tarmac, great curves, corners and some straight sections. But watch out for the speed, because at the end of this straight sections we have some sharp corners.

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November 12, 2009 - Star Rating Graphic

Ive been here last weekend and I really enjoy this course!

Its has a spectacular enviornement, great closed curves and corners. Its a really challeging road! Great fun specially for supermoto bikes!

Be aware to not enlarge your curve line or you may have a big accident!

Very good for sunny Winter days!

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  • LSS_XT
  • Yamaha XT600 SM
  • score: 7
August 31, 2008 - Star Rating Graphic

We start this one coming from Setúbal, but other entrance routes are available.

If you do the main avenue near the city port, you will end up in a road that enters Serra da Arrábida natural park (a protected nature area). Just keep going forward and you will be doing the lower road in the loop. The tarmac is a little inconsistent and bumpy and with the beach crowds in the summer and some police presence, a moderate pace is advised. This section of the road is occasionally one way only (your current way).

You are now going by the lower part of the cement factory (yes, there is a cement factory in a natural park!) and some beaches. Proceed straight forward in the Portinho da Arrábida intersection (a great beach spot) and you will arrive at another intersection at the end of the road, turn right here and you can start the upper section of the loop.

The tarmac up here is much better and the view even more so, also, less traffic. There are some straight sections, but some very interesting corners.

Be careful when approaching the quarry (yes, there is also a quarry!), the road is full of dust.

After the quarry, you will come to the end of the road, turn right, go past the cement factory and back to your starting point. From here you can redo the loop (right) or go for Setúbal (left).

Since this is a natural park, please avoid littering, excessive speeds or very loud pipes.

If you do the loop early in the morning you can avoid the beach crowds, police, cyclists, boyscouts, etc.

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