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FAQs & travel information about Portugal

Portugal is a European country situated in the west of the Iberic peninsula. It borders Spain and the Atlantic Ocean and is therefore also known as the destination "where the land ends and the sea starts". Before you’re heading on your adventure to Portugal, we would like to provide you with some general travel information for your destination and answer the questions we are asked most often.

FAQs & travel information about Portugal

Portugal is a European country situated in the west of the Iberic peninsula. It borders Spain and the Atlantic Ocean and is therefore also known as the destination "where the land ends and the sea starts". Before you’re heading on your adventure to Portugal, we would like to provide you with some general travel information for your destination and answer the questions we are asked most often.

What do I need to enter Portugal?

To enter Portugal as an EU citizen, a passport or identity card that is expired for not longer than a year is required, preliminary documents and children's passports are also accepted if they're still valid. If you're planning on flying to Portugal however, all documents must be valid for the duration of your trip at least. Conveniently, no visa is needed for touristic stays.

Which vaccinations do I need to be allowed to enter Portugal?

If you enter Portugal directly from Germany, no compulsory vaccinations are required. Still, we recommend that you check whether all standard vaccinations according to the vaccination calendar of the Robert Koch Institute are still valid and refresh them if necessary. We also recommend consulting a travel or tropical medicine specialist.

Which currency is being used in Portugal? When and where can I exchange my money?

The country's currency is Euro (EUR), which is why you do not need to exchange your money if you're travelling to Portugal from another EU-country. Additionally, you can often pay by credit card.

Is there a time difference between Portugal and Germany?

There is a time difference of -1 hour between Portugal and Germany.

Which language is Portugal's official language?

The official language spoken in Portugal is Portuguese. In terms of foreign languages, many inhabitants of Portugal also speak French while English is less common.

What is the climate in Portugal like and when is the best time to travel through Portugal on a motorbike?

The overall climate in Portugal is moderate-Mediterranean, which is why in Portugal you can enjoy warm summers and mild winters. Nevertheless, considerable differences can be noticed between the country's north and south: the north's climate is typically wetter and colder than in the south, leading to moderate summers and mild but wet winters. In the south however, the climate is noticeably more Mediterranean, resulting in maximum summer temperatures of 30 °C and more and, again, mild winters. Therefore, it is possible to travel through Portugal on a motorbike year-round, however due to the rainfalls in winter and the hot summers, we especially recommend traveling in spring or fall.

How can I travel to Portugal the easiest?

Traveling to Portugal is the easiest by plane. The most important airport is the airport of the country’s capital Lisbon (LIS), from where we can arrange an airport transfer to Santarém for you. Alternatively, you can also choose to travel to Portugal by car of course. Regardless of the method of transportation you choose, we will gladly assist you with the planning so that nothing can go wrong!

How can I book a motorbike tour through Portugal and which dates are available?

You can find all of our tour dates on our tour site. If none of our proposed dates match your needs however, simply fill out our contact form or shoot us an e-mail telling us how many riders you will be travelling with, what level you are riding at und when you would like to travel and we will be more than happy to send you an individual offer after checking our current availabilities! If you would like to book further ammenities such as a couple of extra days to explore the country on your own or enjoy some more motorbike rides, just let us know - the more information we receive, the better and quicker we can organize your next motorbike tour for you and the earlier you can lay back and relax, looking forward to travelling to Portugal!

How can I pay for my tour?

After your booking, you can pay for your tour via bank transfer, the information that you need to do so will be mentioned on your invoice. An initial deposit payment amounting to 20% of the total tour price must be paid immediately after receiving the invoice, the rest of the payment is due 30 days before your scheduled departure. Exceptions can be made if flight bookings have to be paid in total in advance, which depends on the chosen flight and airline.

Can I book a motorbike tour through Portugal as a beginner?

Just because you are new to riding motorbikes, it doesn't mean that you cannot book one of our motorbike tours! Simply let us know your level of riding and we will do our best to match you with other riders that are on the same page as you are so that you do not have to worry about the trails being too tough (or too easy, for that matter)! After all, Portugal has got many enduro trails for beginners, intermediate riders and experts which we would love to show you!

How old do I have to be to participate in one of the tours? Do I need a driver's license?

To be able to join our enduro tours by riding your motorbike through Portugal, you must be at least 18 years old. Furthermore, you need a valid motorcycle license. Conveniently, no international license is needed.

If you'd like to join our tour as a non-rider, however, there is no minimium age, as long as children and teenagers under the age of 18 are accompanied by a legal representative.

Can I rent a motorbike for the duration of the tour?

Yes, on all of our enduro tours through Portugal it is possible to rent a motorbike! Usually, we use Suzuki DR350, Suzuki DR650 or similar models for this purpose.

Can I rent a motorbike without booking a tour?

Unfortunately, right now it is not possible to rent a motorbike from us in Portugal without booking a tour.

I would like to participate in the tour with my own motorbike - what do I need to consider?

If you would like to, of course you can also ride the tour on your own motorbike. To do so, your motorbike should be legally registered, in a generally good state and equipped with proper enduro tires. If you are not sure whether or not your bike is suitable to ride the tour, write us an e-mail, call us or text us on WhatsApp, Facebook or Instagram and we will be happy to assist you!

What happens if my motorbike breaks down during our tour?

If a part of your motorbike breaks during our tour, our guide will try to fix it for you. Should this not be possible on our way, we will try to provide you with a replacement enduro so that you can continue your tour as if nothing had happened. Please notice that if you have not booked the rent of an enduro before, we may charge you accordingly on the spot.

What kind of safety gear do I need to wear during the tour? Can I rent it?

For your own safety, we require you to wear a helmet, knee and elbow pads, a chest guard, gloves, a motorcycle jacket or jersey, goggles and durable motorcycle boots while riding. If you do not want to or cannot bring your own protectional gear with you, you can rent a helmet, goggles, enduro boots, gloves, a protectional jacket and knee pads from us against a small surcharge.

What should I bring in addition to my safety gear?

Besides of the safety gear mentioned above, we recommend bringing the following items to your motorbike tour:

  • A hydration pack or a normal, small backpack (incl. a rain cover)
  • A rain coat that can also be worn while riding your motorbike
  • Leisure clothing: t-shirts, hoodies, shorts, jeans, comfortable shoes, swimwear, underwear, socks
  • Towels, cosmetic products and personal hygiene products
  • Personal medicine as well as a first-aid kit
  • Sunscreen and sunglasses
  • Passport, visa (if needed), driver's license, your wallet

I would like to add some additional days to my tour, would that be possible?

Portugal is a beautiful country that surely has a lot more to offer than we can cover in just a couple of days of riding. Thus, we would be more than happy to assist you in booking some additional nights, whether you would just like to spend some more days at the beach or you would like to enjoy some more action with one of our guides!

Which accommodation will we stay in during our tour through Portugal?

During our tour, we will stay in good local 3-star hotels that we've only had positive experiences with so far.

Which insurances should I conclude before my trip to Portugal?

We advice you, as for any trip, to conclude a travel health insurance before your tour.

What happens if the weather gets bad during my tour?

Riding motorbikes is an outdoor sport, which is why the weather is always a risk factor. Should the weather be bad, our guides will determine whether they think that we can ride the tour anyways or not and if any changes to the routing must be made so that you can enjoy a safe adventure. Should our guides decide that going for a ride is too dangerous given the current situation, we will cover the kilometers in our support vehicle and try to adhere to the rest of the program as good as possible.

What happens if I cannot participate in the motorbike tour I booked?

You can find all information regarding the cancellation of your booking in our terms and conditions.

What else should I consider?

Now, that you have got a general overview of what to expect on your trip to Portugal, you can take a look at the website of the government of the UK on travel advice to Portugal to get even more travel information. We at Viaduro care for your safety, and therefore we would like to provide you with some travel information that enables you to travel safely. However, we can always only assume which travel information is important to the average traveler, so you might as well look for more information regarding your specific needs elsewhere. Although we are regularly updating this information, it might also happen that not everything is up to date as frequent changes can always take place, thus, all information provided is not legally binding. 

One last advice, please always make sure to listen to our guides! We can guarantee you that the only thing they want you to do - except having fun of course - is to be safe, and they are the ones that know this country best and that have the best overview of the ongoing situation. With that being said, you are now ready to read through the actual travel information. Enjoy your trip!

- Last update: 02.12.20 -

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