A recently built and very scenic road out of Alcobertas. Make sure you stop near the top and check the view to the sea on the left.
A nice short road, to climb out of the valley and near a dinosaur footprints protected area. Some nice hairpins but watch out for dust and stones from quarry trucks.
This road is unfortunately being destroyed as I am writing these words because the section between Sertã and Oleiros is being transformed into a fast one lane highway :-( The old road still connects to this one now and again and is referred as the M238.
From Oleiros onwards the road is untouched and there are some good fast corners.
A short but wonderful switchback filled road and a good way to get up to and down from the Torre.
A nice road exiting Torres Vedras in the general direction of Cadaval. Some nice corners in the beginning and though the dont last for long its a pleasant route North of Montejunto.
This road goes all the way from the N2 to the river that marks the Spanish border - theres a footbridge across to Spain - but Ive only ridden it as far as Cachopo, a lovely little town with typically Portuguese roadside cafe bars, ideal for a spot of lunch and something cold to drink before either pressing on to the river or turning round and enjoying the ride back the way youve come to the N2. This road is lightly trafficed, even by Portuguese standards, and youll need to watch out for any detritus washed onto the surface if it has rained, and speaking of surface, its mostly good but with the odd defect just to keep you on your toes. The challenge of this road comes from the topography - its as twisty as you could possibly want, with many elevation changes, and many complex sequences of challenging corners, some with excellent visibility, others blind.
Aracena - Huelva Secion:
Across the pleasant Sierra de Aracena, this road has good quality tarmac. Loads of fast sweeping bends will have you smiling in your helmet, thinking you're Joey Dunlop on the mountain section of the IOM TT. Big fun with very little traffic. Nobody goes to Huelva.
This small new road is appropriately called the Portuguese Stelvio. A collection of switchbacks leads to the N339 and then to the Torre.
One of the best roads in Portugal, the N2. Running across the interior of Portugal, North to South, this is just a small part of what this scenery filled and corner riddled road has to offer.
One amazing road! Coming all the way down to the Douro river hugging the hills in vineyard country one gets some amazing views and some great corners. Remember to keep your eye on the road instead of the scenery because its a long way down!
A little known but great route! The road starts with a narrower and sightlier worse tarmac stretch on the M511, but things change a lot reaching the N231, the tarmac gets better and road gets wider. The views in this mountain region are always amazing.
Turn right outside Hotel Baia and head towards Guincho keeping to the Coastal road. Great road with Ocean on your left heading towards Guincho beach. Surface is good, with fast sweeping corners. Once you have passed the beach you enter a woody section which begins your ascent to village called Malveria da Serra surface is good but corners are tighter. As you enter village turn left and follow signs to Cabo da Roca. This section continues rising and as you leave the village the views are fantastic and the road has some great turns where you can put you sliders to good use if you dare! The local bikers all come out along this section to Cabo da Roca every Sunday morning and on sunny days in the summer kids line the road to watch all the bikes. After a few miles watch for left turn on a corner, caution! Proceed into Azoia village (avoid restaurants here as are tourist traps) then follow signs to Cabo da Roca which is the most Westernly point of mainland Europe for a coffee at the bar/restaurant. During the summer can be very busy at weekends so midweek morning best time to go as it is cooler too.
This route is a different and mostly unknown way to cross the river Tejo. The narrow road runs mostly trough tomato fields and by two small airfields before reaching the small bridge. This is a one way bridge so you might have to wait some minutes at the lights.
WARNING: The bridge has a steel mesh surface! This is a dangerous surface for a two-wheeled vehicle so calculate well the risk of crossing it! Maintain a low constant speed and dont get distracted by the scenery.
Some nice corners in this road, also some traffic though. You can also turn South at some junctions and find some interesting back roads.
A good alternative to the motorway. Starts off in an industrial setting but then starts to open up as it moves North. After Santarém you get some really nice fast corners.
A nice connecting road, pity about the inconsistent road surface, but good on a trail bike. Plenty of corners to entertain.
At Nave Redonda the awful road surface starts to improve and the road itself gets twistier as one gets into the Algarves sierras. Watch out for some dirt and leafs in the surface. Continuing to Fóia (the top of the Monchique sierra) after Monchique is worth it, for the corners and the view.
A good low traffic alternative out/into Lisbon. Descending into Arruda there are some very nice switchbacks.
Not for Blasting. Quite nice C road.
A wonderful road through some amazing scenery along the border with spain and the Douro river.
Plenty of corners and a very good road surface.
Amazing ride It deserves 2 passages ...
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.
My favourite route out of Lisbon, either for a short two
hour stroll or as a way to get up north. Its mostly
unknown in the local biker community that usually goes
for the shorter show-off stroll to Cabo da Roca on the
It starts at the 3rd exit of the A8 out of Lisbon, before the toll section. Head for Bucelas, then Sobral de Monte Agraço where you have a right-left-right-left at the lights in the center. When you get to Vila Verde dos Francos be careful not to miss the small deviation to Montejuntos top, on the right, hidden by a corner.
The view at the top of Montejunto (666m) is amazing. On a clear and hazeless day you can see Sintra, Lisbon, Arrábida and even the Berlengas islands from up there.
The whole road is usually void of traffic and the corners vary throughout, with mostly closed ones in the beginning and open fast ones further on. Making the climb to Montejunto the road is pretty narrow, just back off the throttle and enjoy the amazing view.
The road surface changes trough the route, but in some places is pretty good. Nevertheless be careful with sand and the occasional oil spill from trucks.
There are some villages along the way so keep a sensible speed riding through them, please.
If you have the time, the return trip can be made connecting to Bombarral and afterwards by the coast to Ericeira and Cabo da Roca.
its a good road for RR bikes because have a fast corners, carefful whith police and not protect rails.
with rains some mud can be appear in the road.
reduce speed in the village
Plenty of corners on a pleasant road, although not as good as the connecting N112, its quite entertaining.