Motorcycle Holiday
On Road Tours
in Central Portugal

Our choice of BMW F650 GS Dakars gives both motorcycle rider and pillion a comfortable day's ride out.

With this in mind, we offer a selection of on road tours in Central Portugal which include places of interest.

Central Portugal has extensive beaches and fishing villages along the coast with mountains and plateaus dominating the landscape inland.

Beiras is the name of the region running south of the Douro river and north of the Tagus river. This region of Portugal is an area of contrasts, both ancient and modern with villages perched on mountain outcrops and endlessly appealing views of terraced olive groves and cool forest streams.

Listed below are just some ideas for a ride out but other tours are available and all tours can be tailored to suit your choice of places to go and sights to see.

Costa Nova

A day's tour to the coastal region of Costa da Prata including lunch in the charming town of Costa Nova, south of Aveiro.

The traditional houses (Palheiros) originally provided shelter for colonies of fishermen and their fishing equipment. When it became fashionable to bathe in the sea, towards the end of the 19th century, the local fishermen began to rent out their palheiros in the summer season.

It was at this time that they began to paint the outside panels of these wooden houses in bright colours which gives this town a brightly-coloured, candy-striped unique appearance.

Tomar Castle

A day's tour to Tomar Castle and the Convent of the Knights of Christ.

In the 1100's the Knights Templars, were given refuge in Portugal in exchange for helping the Portuguese to expel the Moors. It was at Tomar that the Templars began constructing their first Portuguese stronghold in 1160.

This spectacular castle contains a eight-sided chapel and is a classic example of Templar architecture. In the 1300's The Templars became the Order of Christ and the great Convent of Christ was built. The Templar Castle and the Convent of the Knights of Christ was classified as a world heritage site in 1983

Caramulo and Bucaco Palace

A day's tour to Serra do Caramulo and Bucaco Palace at Luso. As with any tour in this region, you will enjoy spectacular mountain views.

Caramulo is said to have some of the purest mountain air in Portugal and during the 1930s the town had no less than eighteen sanatoriums.

Caramulo has a museum dedicated to modern art and vintage cars and motorcycles.

From Caramulo you will proceed to Luso and the Bucaco Palace.
An amazing variety of buildings built over many centuries with a magical forest of around 700 varieties of trees, many of them brought by Portuguese explorers from Africa and the New World, and including 300 exotic species such as Himalayan pines and Mexican cedars.

A Two Day Ride Out to Porto and a Tour of the Douro Valley

The Douro River is northern Portugal's longest river. The River Douro rises in Spain and flows to Porto winding its way through dramatic gorges, past mountains and terraced hillside vineyards that produce the area’s famous port wine.

There is an additional cost of £50-£75 per person for this tour to take into account a night's hotel stay with evening meal depending on the season and choice of hotel

For more information on Central Portugal see our Places of Interest page at

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