The North of Portugal has probably the most unique features that are well worth discovering. Historic villages and castles that defended the nation's borders, schist and granite rock villages, which retain traces of an immemorial, ancient past. People are genuinely welcoming in receiving their visitors with the best they have to offer and there are flavors for every palate to comfort you.
Serra da Lousã has some real scenic treasures and monuments and is also a choice location to explore nature by bike. The local trails are just awesome! Rooty, twisty single-tracks that drop into super steep, super techy rock gardens and into fast whooping edgy sections through dense forests. That’s why Lousã is one of Europe’s preferred destinations for elite pro riders to come and do some off-season training.
Along the way pass through breathtaking and unforgettable schist villages such as Talasnal and Gondramaz, for a handcrafted souvenir and a delicious meal at one of the village’s quaint and charming restaurants.
Lousã is a complete and epic mountain bike destination with trails for every level; you can enjoy relaxing cross-country strolls, flowy single tracks to full on All Mountain and Downhill tracks. Visit historic villages and discover new flavors.
Guarda is situated in Serra da Estrela, which is the highest peak in mainland Portugal. With traces of human occupation since prehistoric civilization, the highest city in Portugal, Guarda, is also known for its historic villages, castles and cathedrals. But what really stands out the most are the endless landscapes, glacial lagoons and large granite rock that make Guarda such a joy to ride. Long trails full of flow, big granite rocks and very little vegetation where you can really take in the fantastic mountain landscape.
You can also ride the ancient Roman roads that start at 1200m and are 40 min long technical descents through wide open mountain landscapes, forest single tracks that end by fantastic fluvial beaches where you can go for a swim or just relax under a 100 year old oak tree. If you enjoy more Downhill oriented tracks you will not be disappointed, Manteigas has DH tracks that are used for our national championship. The region is also full of fast natural single tracks that are perfect for the All Mountain enthusiasts.
Nature prevails in the Minho district giving us moments of unforgettable pleasure. But this region is not only about nature. Here nature coexists with the numerous testimonies of the past in a harmonious way. The Minho Valley is nature, culture, history, traditions, food and wine, friendly and hospitable people...
Terras de Bouro situated in Gerês, is one of the best spots in Portugal for pure trail riding, where you get an enormous variety of tracks, suitable for all kinds of riding levels. They are mostly very long and fast single tracks that pass through open landscapes, full of granite rocks and boulders with natural small jumps and berms. There are also trails through dark forests sections full of roots and fun flowy sections with bridges over small creek rivers. You will enjoy an amazing experience riding through breathtaking landscapes, always surrounded by a huge variety of wild animals, such as wild horses, cows, foxes and deers.
This is definitely a spot that deserves to be visited and explored on a mountain bike to absorb all the history, culture and identity of local people.