Since setting up DragonMotoTours in 2012 it has been a goal of ours to run a motorcycle tour riding in Portugal and on this research trip we are one step closer to achieving it. Our route saw us leave the UK on the 25th of March, ride through France and Spain and we crossed the border 4 days later. It was as if they knew we were coming as the weather could not have been more welcoming with temperatures at a very balmy 18 degrees and the sun shining for the entire day, they had also cleared the roads of traffic in fact it felt like we had the place to ourselves 🙂
Our first route took us into the Douro River valley through some of the most beautiful scenery with rolling hillsides covered in olive groves. The nature of a river, of course, is to meander and this resulted in a road which mirrored it’s path giving us fantastic twists, turns, curves and bends to enjoy as we descended from the high plateau down to the the valley floor and beyond.
The only real signs of life we saw on our first day (apart from the grazing cattle and sheep!) was as one of the river cruise boats docked, a beautiful day for “messing about on the river” as they say but as relaxing as it looked we much preferred our modes of transport and given the nature of the roads we were just as chilled out 🙂
As we headed south yesterday we rode through Spain staying for two nights in one location giving us an opportunity to do a second ride-out into Portugal, this time to a very different region to the Douro valley with more open, flowing riding roads (as opposed to the twists of the river route on Friday), although similar themes carried through 1) no traffic 🙂 2) beautiful scenery and 3) olive groves and vineyards.
We have only managed to ride a small part of a truly beautiful country, a very different feel to the usual tourist parts of Portugal such as the Algarve, Lisbon and Porto and we are very much looking forward to sharing the routes we have selected when we tour here in 2020 🙂