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Motocadia offers small personalised motorcycle tours, from 7 – 16 days, covering Portugal, Spain, Morocco, USA, Alps and the UK / Scotland. Ride on or off road with us in Portugal and Morocco on your adventure bike, road tours you can hire a bike for Portugal or Morocco. New for 2011 - USA Southern tour, come ride the USA with a choice of bikes, discover the real USA, Deals Gap, Snake Pass, Shady Valley, a great motorcycle ride.
Motocadia now use New BMW bikes, come and discover the “real” country of your choice with our specialist guides, ride amazing roads, stay in stunning accommodation and make new friends, experience motorcycling at its true best.




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Roads in Portugal vary from busy in and around the Lisbon and the Oporto area to completely empty. The Portuguese have 3 main types of highways:  

Firstly, main toll roads, where charges are paid, these are very quick, and are 90% empty, a complete pleasure to drive on, they are even quieter than the French toll roads.   

The second type are main roads, these can be busy near cities and major towns, as they are used by local people ö there are no charges, and are used a lot by lorries. Even these roads, however, can be very quiet outside of towns and cities, especially in the central mountain regions. 

The third kind of roads are smaller B class roads, these are usually used by local people and are very quiet. They often have the most stunning views, with great stretches of road with amazing twists or just dead straight, all of which bring great enjoyment for riding on.

Riding conditions:

Firstly remember to ride on the right hand side of the road; this will be natural for some riders, others this will be a new experience. Stick a label on the speedo for the first day or so to remember. 

On the whole, roads are well maintained, however, the edges of many roads, except the toll roads are not always finished to the highest standards and care should be taken if riding near the edge. 

Portuguese roads are a pleasure to ride on, they are stress free, places and names are well signed, but you should be prepared on toll roads to be in the right lane early when exiting, as the junction can on occasions appear quickly. 

Riders from the UK and America will find the roads completely different from their country; no traffic jams and sheer joy to ride on, with vast stretches of road with no vehicles on and on occasions the odd few. Even riding around their main cities and towns compared to the UK and the USA is relatively easy for any one with some reasonable riding or car driving experience.


There are 3 kinds of Police forces in Portugal:

  1. National Garda ö they drive blue and white vehicles.
  2. City police ö drive green and blue vehicles.
  3. National, plain clothes  - they drive unmarked vehicles.

Generally the police are OK with motorcyclists, however, they do have the power to impound the motorbike and yourself if you are caught speeding or can not produce the right papers for the motorbike along with your licence.

  • On the spot fines, we recommend that you carry at least 100 Euros in cash just in case. A receipt will be issued. If you have no cash the police can impound the bike and take you to the bank to acquire funds.
  • Police are rarely seen on toll roads or minor roads.
  • Major ãNä roads are the places were police are most seen ö checking vehicles etc.
  • Routine stops are frequent around towns and cities, mainly on roundabouts, police will mount roadside checks and will blitz vehicles for a period of time in that area then move on.
  • Motocadia does not encourage speeding on any roads.

Motocadia suggest that you are extra vigilant in and around towns and at all times you must carry the following:

  • Your driving permit
  • Motocadia contract
  • Copy of motorcycle insurance provided by Motocadia
  • Motocadiaâs guide for the Police ö this is in Portuguese and English, explaining to the Police you do not speak Portuguese, and asking them to indicate why you have been stopped and what the penalty is ö this should assist you and them.

We hope this will not happen as most of the week you will be accompanied. However, you do have free time to ride unaccompanied so please take your reference guide.

Speed Limits:

  • Motorway ö 120 KPH
  • Main and minor roads ö 90KPH
  • Towns öSee individual speed limit signs
  • Thickly populated areas normally  - 60 KPH

Petrol stations and petrol:

  • All Motocadia bikes take unleaded fuel ö ãsem chambo"
  • Very few stations are self service and it is common to give the attendant a few cents tip.
  • Beware a number of stations will only take cash.
  • Major credit cards are accepted at the larger national chains.

Credit card payments ö In most Portuguese outlets you have to enter a pin number for your card ö in the UK some cards do not have these pins yet, so you ãmust click OK on the key pad twiceä for the transaction to register ö some attendants know this, others will say the transaction has been refused.  This system applies to shops, restaurants, etc as well.


  • The legal limit is 0.05 per cent.
  • Do not drink and ride.


  • The best map is from ACP ö The Automovel Club of Portugal, followed by Michelin.
  • Road numbers change often.
  • Leaving towns can be tricky as signs do not normally appear till you get to a roundabout or main junction.
  • If you plan to do any independent riding take the map provided by Motocadia.