738km N2 Portugal Cycling Tour

Portugal from North to South on Europe’s longest road

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Bike Type: Road

Number of riding days: 6

Tour Type: Guided or Self-Guided, Point to Point

Airport Lisbon / Faro

Km / day: 90-130km

Elevation gain / day: 1000-2000m

Overall Difficulty: Medium to Advanced

Accommodation: Rural Hotels

Are you looking for your next cycling trip to add to your bucket list for 2022? The N2 Portugal Cycling Tour could be the one for you.

 

738km 6-day* N2 cycling trip from North to South of Portugal

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.

North

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

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.

South

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.

*We also offer this trip over fewer or more days. A well trained cyclist might be able to complete the N2 Cycling Tour over 4 or 5 days. A more casual cyclist might wish to take 10 days to 2 weeks. Let us know how many km you would prefer to ride each day, and we can organise it for you!

 

Self-Guided – What’s Included?

Airport transfers
6 spectacular days of cycling from Chaves to Faro
7 nights high quality accommodation
Buffet breakfast
GPX files of all stages in advance
Mechanical assistance
Professional drone and GoPro photos of your trip
Civil liability Insurance
5* service – our promise!

Guided Option – all of the above, plus..

Airport transfers
Ride Snacks
Knowledgable and friendly guides with you every pedalstroke of the way
All staff first aid qualified
Support vehicles + Luggage Transfer

 

 

Not Included

Flights
Lunch and Dinner (although we will recommend cafes and restaurants for you)
Extras – e.g. jersey, bike hire, single supplement for accommodation

N2 cycling tour

738km North to South N2 Cycling Tour

Please note this is only an indication as external factors such as available hotels might impact which exact routes are followed. You will receive a detailed itinerary once you have booked.

 

Arrival into Porto Airport, transfer to Chaves

 

We will arrange for you to be taken (with any bikes and luggage you have of course!) from Porto Airport to Chaves.
Should you be arriving into a different airport, we can also arrange transport for you for an extra charge – just get in touch.
In Chaves you will be staying in a lovely hotel in the historic centre, a stones throw from the start of your journey.

 

 

Chaves – Peso De Régua

 

On your first day, you will head straight into the beautoful hills in the Douro region of northern Portgual. You will traverse vineyards and ancient traditional villages as you pedal down this section of the N2.

Finishing at Peso de Régua, your hotel is right on the river within a short walk of local restaurants and bars.

 

 

Peso da Régua – Tondela

 

This day will take you through more of the northern region of Portugal, traditional villages built with large dark stone, large swathes of forest and agriculture.

You will end the day in Tondela, a charming town with many great restaurants and cafes.

 

 

Tondela to Pedrógão Grande

 

This day will take you through the striking hilly region of central northern Portugal. You will end the day at a hotel next to the the Barragem de Cabril, a stunning reservoir on the Zézere river.

 

Pedrógão Grande to Ponte de Sor

 

 

Ponte de Sor – Castro Verde

 

Castro Verde – Faro

Today will take riders through the southern Alentejo, vast plains and small traditional villages and into the ‘Serra de Caldeirão’ in the northern Algarve. We believe this to be one of the most stunning stretches of the N2, as it winds through cork oak forests. 

The last 30km are mostly downhill as riders make the descent from Barranco do Velho to Faro. 

A must-do is a stop by the final N2 Roundabout, to cement your completion of this challenge!

You will stay in one of the many hotels in central Faro, within walking distance to the restaurants, old town and marina. And only a 10 minute journey the following morning to Faro airport.

 

 

Departure from Faro Airport

More than 12 people?

We are highly experienced at organising large group challenges and events. We can offer unbeatable pricing for the group trip you have in mind.

SEND A RESERVATION or QUOTE REQUEST

 

Send us a reservation request below for the N2 Portugal Cycling Tour and one of our friendly team will get back to you within 1 working day to help finalise and plan your trip.

Don’t forget! We create bespoke trips too – anything you would like to add, please don’t hesitate to ask us and we will do our best to make your ideas a reality.

 

 

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FAQ’s

Is it possible to do the N2 in fewer or more days?
Of course! We can easily arrange the N2 tour for the number of days that will suit you. If you do it in 5 days, that means over 140km per day on average. 6 days is over 120km per day on average and 7 days is just over 100km a day on average. At a more leisurely pace, why not take 10 or more days, which is around 70km per day or less.
Can I hire a bike?

Yes. Just get in touch to let us know exactly what you would like (road, e-bike or hybrid) and we will give you a quotation.

Am I 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.

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!

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.

 

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