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6 Days Pousadas Self-Guided Motorcycle Tour in Portugal

Guimarães, Braga District, Norte Region, Portugal

Picturesque Portugal Motorcycle Tour

Join this Pousadas de Portugal motorcycle tour created by MotorcyclePortugal! For a moment, you might imagine yourself to be in a medieval setting, where the nobility built their houses over time, such as the Mota Prego house, the Vila Flor and Toural palaces, and the many others that give Guimarães its unique atmosphere. So, don't hesitate to book this tour!

Key information

  • Terrain: asphalt
  • Bike: personal bike or rented bike (BMW 1200 GS or BMW F700 GS / 750GS)
  • Mileage: 1,200 kilometers / 746 miles
  • Daily rides: 280 kilometers / 174 miles / 4 - 6 hours
  • Meals: 5 breakfasts and 2 dinners

Highlights

  • Starts in Faro / Lisboa / Porto
  • See Cava de Viriato in Viseu
  • Go to Guimarães which has unique atmosphere
  • Ride to Palmela, located on one of the foothills of the Arrábida mountain range
  • Ride to Vila Viçosa region known for its pink marble
  • Airport transfer / delivery point
  • 5 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


5 riding days
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Faro Airport
Airport transfer included: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport
Airport transfer included: Lisbon Portela Airport
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Accommodation

Your accommodation for five nights will be one night at Pousada de Guimarães, one night at Pousada de Viseu, one night at Pousada Mosteiro do Crato, one night at Pousada Vila Viçosa, and one night at Pousada de Palmela.

Program

Please note that the arrival point are subject to change the tour.

Day 1: Porto to Guimarães

Visit Porto and ride to Guimarães. The Porto Baixa (downtown) is laid out around the Avenida dos Aliados (Avenue of the Allies), the city's focal point. At the top of this thoroughfare, there is the imposing municipal council building. At the other end, it opens onto the Praça da Liberdade (Liberty Square) where there is a statue of a mounted Pedro IV (19th century), emperor of Brazil and, like much of Oporto, a supporter of the liberalism movement. In a show of recognition, the king literally gave his heart to the city, now watched over in the Church of Lapa.

Day 2: Guimarães to Viseu

Arrive at Pousada de Viseu. The setting for the Pousada de Viseu is the former São Teotónio Hospital, which was originally opened in 1842. Atop the entrance to this majestic, imposing building, three statues, Faith, Hope, and Charity, stand looking out over the old city. In 1799, Dona Maria I obliged every county in the former district of Viseu to pay a contribution of one real towards the cost of building the hospital.

Day 3: Viseu to Crato

Arrive at the Pousada Mosteiro do Crato. It is situated in a mystic spot that is lost in time, among century-old houses: Flor da Rosa. The architectural intervention of Carrilho da Graça in the 1990s gave it a unifying modern touch, with which it welcomes its guests and diners with comfort and design.

The restaurant, between plastered and whitewashed walls and others with the original granite exposed, presents a room of extreme elegance, albeit unpretentious, and tables set with refinement, besides quality tablecloths, they welcome the clients with personalized charger plates. The cuisine is regional.

Day 4: Crato to Vila Viçosa

Arrive at Pousada Vila Viçosa. Dom João IV Pousada is set in the former Convent of Chagas de Cristo in the historical village of Vila Viçosa. Very characteristic with its intricate themed rooms, full of legends and tales, the pousada has kept intact the convent cells, the retreats and the oratories built by the nuns. Not to mention the delicious conventual recipes.

Day 5: Vila Viçosa to Palmela

Arrive at Pousada de Palmela. Dom João IV Pousada is set in the former Convent of Chagas de Cristo in the historical village of Vila Viçosa. Very characteristic with its intricate themed rooms, full of legends and tales, the pousada has kept intact the convent cells, the retreats and the oratories built by the nuns.

Day 6: Departure

The tour ends.

Bike rental deposit

Please note that MotorcyclePortugal requires a security deposit of 2000 EUR to be returned at the end of the tour (Visa or MasterCard payments are accepted).

Skill level

Intermediate

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

This motorcycle tour will take place in Portugal including Porto, Guimarães, Viseu, Crato, Vila Viçosa, and Palmela.

Guimarães

Guimarães is considered the birthplace of Portugal because Afonso Henriques, who went on to be the first king of Portugal, was born here. The historical center in the area that was within the Guimarães city walls, is associated with the formation and identity of Portugal and was classified a World Heritage Site based on the originality and authenticity applied in its restoration.

The city still has a harmonious, well-preserved heritage that is evident in the graceful iron verandas, granite balconies and porticos, mansions, arches connecting the narrow streets, paving slabs smoothed by time, as well as towers and cloisters.

For a moment, you might imagine yourself to be in a medieval setting, where the nobility built their houses over time, such as the Mota Prego house, the Vila Flor and Toural palaces, and the many others that give Guimarães its unique atmosphere.

Viseu

According to some explanations, the city's name derived from the Roman term "viso", which means a good view, and in fact, from its highest point, where the original settlement was formed in Roman times, Viseu offers its visitors some quite magnificent panoramic views.

One of the most interesting features remaining from this period is to be found in the city's outskirts and is known as the Cava de Viriato (an embankment which must date from between the second and the first century BC).

This is the largest monument from this period in the Iberian Peninsula, although it has not yet been totally uncovered, and it is thought to have been a fortress where the remarkable warrior Viriatus, the chief of the Lusitanians and the heroic leader of the rebellion against Roman occupation, entrenched himself for defensive purposes.

In the twelfth century, the city was granted a charter for a free fair, which is still held today in August and September. This is known as the Fair of São Mateus and is one of the city's main events.

Crato

The Pousada Mosteiro do Crato blends the architectural characteristics of the castle, convent, and Ducal Palace, which result in an eclectic and unusual work of art.

Vila Viçosa

Situated in one of the most fertile regions in the south of Portugal, Vila Viçosa was often at the center of some of the most important moments in the country's history.

The House of the Dukes of Bragança, the most powerful noble family after the Royal Family, was established here. The first Duke of Bragança was Dom Afonso, the illegitimate son of D. João I (1385 - 1433).

However, the building of the Ducal Palace, which is now open to visitors, was actually the work of the fourth Duke of Bragança, D. Jaime, who made an important contribution to the town's development in the sixteenth century.

During the holding of the Cortes or parliament in 1646, D. João IV, the eighth Duke of Bragança, crowned the image of Our Lady of the Conception who was worshipped at the parish church, and declared her to be the patron saint of Portugal. After that time, the kings of Portugal never again wore the royal crown. Vila Viçosa region is known for the marble, extracted, and cut at more than 160 quarries, and internationally famous (especially the pink marble).

Palmela

This town, located on one of the foothills of the Arrábida mountain range, has over the centuries attracted the various peoples who have passed through the Iberian Peninsula.

It is believed to owe its name to the Romans, specifically to a praetor called Palma, while the Arabs were responsible for building the castle at its highest point, from where it dominates the whole of the area between the Sado and Tagus Rivers, and even the Sintra mountain range can be seen. This explains its importance at that period for reasons of military strategy, just as nowadays, it is one of the best belvederes in the entire district.

Palmela was recaptured from the Moors by Dom Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal (12th century), with the aid of the Knights of the Order of São Tiago (St. James), whom he rewarded by donating these lands for settlement and defense. In the 15th century, a convent was founded inside the castle, which served as the headquarters of this religious and military order, and is currently a country-house hotel.

Palmela is also an important wine-growing region, producing excellent table wines and a fortified wine called Moscatel of Setúbal. This is the origin of the town's most important celebrations, the grape harvest festival that takes place at the beginning of September and includes processions, performances, and the release of bulls.

Food

You will be served five breakfasts and two dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Top and side case
  • 24-hour support (road assistance)
  • Transfer from / to airport of the delivery points (Faro / Lisbon / Porto)
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts
  • 2 dinners with drinks
  • 23% VAT
  • Personal or rental bike (BMW 1200 GS or BMW F700 GS / 750GS)

What's not included

  • Lunches
  • Other drinks
  • Flights
  • Personal expenses
  • Fuel
  • Parking
  • Toll
  • Driver personal accident insurance
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal accident insurance
  • Additional driver
  • Collision damage insurance excess
  • Security deposit (2000 EUR)
  • Luggage Transport from Airport to the Hotels

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at either Faro Airport (FAO), Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS), or Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport (OPO). Transfer from / to these airports is included. MotorcyclePortugal will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Faro Airport Airport transfer included: Faro Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport Airport transfer included: Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Lisbon Portela Airport Airport transfer included: Lisbon Portela Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Availability

Start: Friday October 9, 2020
End: Wednesday October 14, 2020

Tour information

MotorcyclePortugal can assist you with transferring your motorbike to and from the location at the following rates:

Portugal
  • Faro - Lisbon: 280 EUR
  • Faro - Oporto: 480 EUR
Spain
  • Faro - Seville: 300 EUR
  • Faro - Madrid: 750 EUR
  • Faro - Barcelona: 1,450 EUR
  • Other arrangements can be made upon request.

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