738km North to South N2 Cycling Challenge


N2 Cycling Challenge 2021 Dates:

12th – 19th September 2021


Bike Type: Road

Number of riding days: 6

Tour Type: Guided, Point to Point

Airport Porto / Faro

Km / day: 100-130km

Elevation gain / day: 1000-2000m

Overall Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced

Accommodation: Rural hotels

Cycling the N2 in 6 days

Are you ready for a real challenge? How about a 738km 6-day N2 cycling trip on the longest road in Europe?

Portugal is one of the least explored countries in Europe, and a true hidden gem for cyclists. During this trip you will traverse the country from North to South.


The north of Portugal is lush and green, world famous for the Douro Wine Region, the oldest demarcated wine region in the world. The ancient terraces cling to the side of every hillside, changing colour in Autumn turning the valleys to gold. leaving unforgettable images in the memory of any passing cyclists. K0 of the N2 road starts in Chaves, close to the border with Spain and this is where you will start your N2 cycling adventure!


Central Portugal is characterised by the drier expansive plains of the Alentejo, small villages that feel utterly untouched by modern life, and some of the best producers of cheese, wine and olive oil in the country. For many miles cyclists will be grateful for the plane trees that line the route, providing shelter from the strong sun – but don’t forget to look out for storks who roost in the telegraph poles beside the road.


As you reach Southern Portugal, the greenery returns along with a range of hills that produce a few punchy climbs but stunning views towards Spain and the surrounding ‘Serra’. Cork oak plantations make a large majority of the roadside vegetation, along with beautiful orange groves on the approach to Faro.

The route is littered with magnificent castles, a reminder of its less peaceful past. The Algarve itself was one of the last strongholds of the 400 year long Islamic Conquest of Iberia, re-taken by the Christians in 1189, and in fact many place names, churches and the gastronomy of central and southern Portugal still hint at this rich heritage.

What’s Included?

Z Airport transfers
Z 7 Nights Hotel accommodation
Z Buffet breakfast
Z Luggage + Bike Box transfer
Z Dinner with wine or beer
Z Knowledgable and friendly guides
Z Support vehicles
Z Échappée Portugal jersey worth €60
Z GPX files of all stages in advance
Z Mechanical assistance
Z Professional drone and GoPro photos of your trip
Z Ride snacks
Z 5* service – our promise!


Not Included


V Flights


N2 cycling tour

Portugal N2 Cycling Tour: Example Itinerary

This is an indication, a detailed itinerary will be sent to you on booking.


Airport Transfer














Airport Transfer

Arrival into Porto Airport, transfer to Chaves
Chaves - Castro Daire
Castro Daire - Penacova
Penacova - Abrantes
Abrantes - Montemor-o-Novo
Montemor-o-Novo - Castro Verde
Castro Verde - Faro
Departure from Faro Airport

Pricing Options Explained

All prices are per person per holiday and vary depending on your group size and room choice.

Single Occupancy Total - €1275 per person

With single occupancy you are guaranteed a private room and bathroom in all accommodation that we stay in. 

Note: If you are travelling alone you must choose this option.

7 nights, 2 travel days and 6 riding days. For everything else that is included, check the list above!

Twin or Double Room Total - €975 per person

This option is great for couples or friends travelling together.

You will share a bathroom. We will always try our best to ensure that you get your choice of beds (double or twin). 

7 nights, 2 travel days and 6 riding days. For everything else that is included, check the list above!

Group of 6+ Total - €875 per person

Got a group of 6 or more? You have just saved yourself €100 each! 

This price is based on two people sharing each room. If any members of your party wish to upgrade to a single occupancy just get in touch – we can do a special rate for this too.

7 nights, 2 travel days and 6 riding days. For everything else that is included, check the list above!

Group of 10+ Total - €775 per person

A group of 10 or more? You have saved €200 each!

The price is based on two people sharing each room, however if anyone in your party wishes to have their own room just get in touch and we will give them a special upgrade rate.

7 nights, 2 travel days and 6 riding days. For everything else that is included, check the list above!

Reserve your place

We know the pandemic has made organising travel arrangements  difficult! To help, we only require a small deposit in advance. Full payment for your N2 cycling challenge is due 1 week prior to the start date.


Pay a 20% deposit per item

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What is your cancellation policy?
You can book in confidence with a very flexible cancellation policy which can be read in detail here.

We strongly recommend that you travel with adequate travel insurance to cover the cost of flight cancellation and holiday cancellation.


Will I be too slow?

Definitely not!! We pride ourselves on providing holidays for all abilities, and we have guides for different fitness levels. Often groups will be divided into three different groups so suit everyone!

Having said that, there are two trips that do require a reasonable level of fitness – the Bikepacking Adventure and the N2 Challenge. Both of these trips have a minimum number of kilometres to complete each day.

Can I hire a bike?

Of course. Just get in touch to let us know exactly what you would like and we will give you a quotation.

I would like to create my own bespoke holiday - can you help?

Of course! We would love to help you put together the perfect cycling holiday for you and your group.

We can assist with:

  • Booking hotels, villas or BnB’s
  • Hiring bikes
  • Plotting cycling routes (road or off-road)
  • Hiring guides
  • Car Hire
  • Booking restaurants
  • Recommending cafes
  • Airport transfers

We charge really reasonable prices for all of the above, making your life as the organiser really easy. Let us know what you have planned and we will help you plan an unforgettable week of cycling in Portugal for you!

Get in touch!

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