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Portugal

Your Linesman

Luis Lourenco

Rally Raid enthusiast with many events run in Portugal and Morocco. Traveller with several world regions covered such as Africa, Europe, Middle East, all across Russia, South America, India… Nowadays the focus is organizing Rally Raids in Portugal, but always trying to find free time frame to travel.

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The trail has been put up by country based volunteers. The accuracy of the trail is not guaranteed, nor are the GPS co-ordinates. We do not represent or warrant that materials in the site or the services are accurate, complete, reliable, current or error-free. We cannot represent or warrant that the site or its servers are free of viruses or other harmful components. If you stray onto private land, apologise and get back onto the byway or trail. These trails can be shut or permanently closed at short notice under local law. Do not ride trails beyond your capability. If unsure, get off your bike and walk the trail first. Trail riding alone, especially on trails you do not know is really unwise. Wear the proper safety kit. Many country trails are rarely maintained. You will find ruts, holes, floods, treacherous surfaces and the occasional booby trap hazard deliberately placed by people who do not like motorcycles using trails. When you use the trails, you are on your own. You exercise your judgement in your own skills and your own navigation. All we can do is show you where some of the trails are, but this can change at a moment’s notice.

Practical tips for trails you do not know;

  1.  Ride in at least a pair. If you fall with a motorcycle pinning you down to cold and damp earth, in the Europe we do not have to worry about being eaten by exotic carnivores (usually!) but exposure, hypothermia and shock can do a very effective job of killing you. Do not rely on the trails having a regular through flow of users to come to your aid
  2. If your riding companion cannot pick your bike up off you then get a lighter bike, a stronger riding companion or ride in a bigger group
  3. Trails can vary immensely. A vehicular right of way can be a rocky or muddy scramble
  4. Adventure bikes – especially on adventure tyres – can struggle with some trails. Do not just bowl into trails because they are on a map – they can be horribly technical and totally unsuitable for even fairly competent riders on light machines or experienced riders on bigger machines
  5. Stop for horses and kill your engines to let equestrians pass. A horse spooking at a bike revving will be likely to result in criminal charges if the police get involved and a motorcycle is a lot easier to control than a horse
  6. On the trails there will be free running dogs. Do your best to be nice to them
  7. Mobile phone coverage can be patchy on the trails. Do not rely on calling an ambulance – if you’ve got stuck, the emergency services are going to get just as stuck trying to retrieve you. That is if you can raise them by telephone
  8. Finally, obey the golden rule, which is don’t be a dick by unnecessarily annoying other country side users or letting ego outstrip talent.

ROUTE INFO

October to May.
June to September is too hot and forbidden in many of the interesting areas due to summer fires risk.
Guadiana Bridge (N37 14.256' W7 25.212')
Portuguese official, Spanish and English common
Forbidden outside official campsites, although usually tolerated in isolated areas
No problems except in dune areas and on beaches or where signs forbid it. In Natural Parks, trail riding is also allowed but only in non-organized small groups
Many... Nomads Trail Club has a yearly very interesting event but changes each year.

ROUTE OVERVIEW

Crossing the country from NW to SW (Sagres) with varied landscapes and terrain. Portugal is an off road paradise with immeasurable miles of trails and tracks. Rocky mountains, forests, river valleys, ancient villages and stupendous wines. A guaranteed highlight of the TET!

WHAT NOT TO MISS

Water! 😉 It's not a desert but it's the main problem. Otherwise, food, accommodation and mechanical or medical help is easy to get.