Motorbike touring in Portugal

Our top tips on riding in Portugal including motoring rules and regulations as well as Portuguese motoring laws and more.

At one time Portugal lagged behind other countries in Western Europe in developing a national highway system, although recently it has increased its road infrastructure including motorways, making most of the country easily accessible.

A four-lane motorway or 'auto estrada,' runs about 360mls/ 590km from Lisbon to Porto, while good quality two lane highways, including toll roads connect the rest of the country.

Roads are generally good and you can reach almost all major cities with ease, although some secondary roads are not as well surfaced and may be dangerous if proper care is not taken when using them, especially on sports bikes.