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If Portugal is your destination of choice, there are some useful information and contacts available to make your stay a trip to remember. 

Please check safety recommendations and the code of conduct you must observe during your trip.

Portugal

How To Get There
BY PLANE

Portugal has an excellent geographic location and has 5 international airports with high security, service and comfort levels, with regular connections to all European countries, as well as to the main American and African countries, with flights operated by the main national flag companies (full service) and with low cost rates:

The company ANA - Aeroportos de Portugal, SA governs the Portuguese airport operations. For more information about departures and arrivals, please visit www.ana.pt.

If you are travelling with your bike, please contact the airline before travelling. That way, you will be informed on costs, limits, procedures and required documentation for boarding without setbacks.

 

BY ROAD

Portugal has a good road network formed by Motorways (AE), Main Itineraries (IP), Complementary Itineraries (IC), National Roads (EN) and Municipal Roads.

- typical motorways with toll cabins where payment is made in cash or via debit card.

- electronic tolls, where vehicles are detected by gantries placed at the beginning of the road, identified with the reference “Electronic toll only”. For more information about these roads and payment methods, please visit http://www.portugaltolls.com

There are rent-a-car services in airports, international train stations and in the main cities.

 

BY TRAIN

The CP - Comboios de Portugal (www.cp.pt) offers a wide network of trains covering all Portuguese territory, also ensuring international connections with Vigo, Madrid and Paris.

Please check bicycle transportation terms at:

PT - https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/pt/informacao-cliente/informacao-util/transporte-bicicletas
EN - https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/passenger-information/Useful-information/transporte-bicicletas

Preparing the Trip

Portugal is known by its pleasant weather, great diversity of interest sites at short distances and variety of touristic activities and services. Always prepared to welcome all visitors equally, with its traditional affection and warmth.

BEFORE DEPARTURE
  • Prepare your journey and itineraries by using all available elements, namely with regard to the anticipation of difficulties and assistance you can rely on;
  • Plan your stay between the stages of a Grande Rota route, since wild camping is prohibited. It is recommended that you use tourist accommodation facilities;
  • Analyse each trail difficulty level based on provided elements like extension, altimetry profile and accumulated slopes;
  • Bear in mind all indications regarding the most recommended seasons and possible unfavourable weather conditions;
  • Bear in mind the meaning of signals you will find along the way;
  • Take into consideration all clothing and footwear recommendations for trails, depending on each season and weather conditions;
  • A backpack is essential to transport your equipment, food and drinks. Please, take the following elements with you:
    • a container with water (1 litre per 6 km in the summer and half in the winter). Please avoid sugary drinks and take warm drinks in a thermos flask in the winter;
    • a flashlight, very useful in low light areas or in case it gets dark;
    • binoculars, essential for bird and landscape watching and to examine trails from afar;
    • an emergency kit, formed by a mirror for signalling, a whistle, a first-aid kit, insect repellent, matches, a Swiss Army knife or a multi-task tool, and an anaesthetic spray.
Safety Recommendations

- Don’t walk alone, bring someone with you at all times; 
- Gather in advance updated information on the itinerary; 
- Gather information about weather forecasts; we don’t recommend activities in extremely hot days or rainy and strong wind days; 
- Always let somebody know on the trail you are about to make and the expected finishing time; 
- Always be sure about walking times and make sure you finish trails before it gets dark; 
- Take some extra food and water;
- Whenever possible, take a cell phone with you; 
- Don’t take unnecessary risks; 
- For trails in hunting areas, please be extra careful during autumn and winter seasons; 
- Do not take unnecessary valuables with you.

Code of Conduct

- Trails extend over areas with great environmental sensitivity, namely for the preservation of fauna, flora and vegetation:

  • Keep within the trail;
  • Avoid making unnecessary noise;
  • Watch fauna from a distance;
  • Do not damage or collect samples of plants or rocks;
  • Do not make garbage or leave traces of your presence;
  • Do not leave litter or other signs that you have passed along the trail (do not drop paper tissues on the ground, they decompose very slowly).  

- Trails allow you to contact with agricultural systems where there are rural, cattle farming and forest activities, whose integrity must be preserved:

  • Do not make fires;
  • Do not drop cigarette butts on the ground, keep them to throw away in a rubbish bin;
  • Attention to cattle. Although they are domesticated, they do not enjoy the proximity of strangers to their offspring;
  • Leave the gates as you found them. If they were close, please make sure they remain well closed.

- Some trails go across private lands with authorized access by the respective landowners.

  • Please respect private property;
  • Use signalled paths only; 
  • Be kind to locals;
  • Do not destroy or alter the signs.
Useful Contacts

In case of emergency, please call 112, the national emergency number. The call is free of charge and will be answered in one of three languages: Portuguese, English and French. 

Civil Protection: - Tel.: (+351) 214 247 100 
Forest Protection - 117

Additional Information About Portugal

Algarve

How To Get Here
BY PLANE

Regular travels are ensured by national airlines, making this region a privileged departure and arrival spot.

Faro Airport:
Tel.: 289 800 800 (General)
Tel.: 289 800 801 (Information on flights until 00:00 a.m.)
Tel.: 289 800 617 (Information on flights after 00:00 a.m.)

http://www.ana.pt

 

If you are travelling with your bike, please contact the airline prior to travelling. That way, you will know about costs, limits, procedures and required documentation for boarding without setbacks. The Faro Airport has 3 areas with equipment for bike assembly and disassembly (1 in the check-in area and 2 in the baggage claim area).

 

BY ROAD

Due to its peripheral location, the Algarve has good internal connections to other Portuguese cities and relies on a wide road network, appropriate for travelling by bus or using rental cars. For more information about toll payment at Via do Infante, please click here. http://www.visitalgarve.pt/pressroom.file.php?fileID=230&file=folheto_portagens_2017.pdf

 

BY TRAIN

Train transportation is another alternative to those who intend to visit the Algarve. The CP - Comboios de Portugal offers a wide network of trains ensuring national territory coverage.

For more information on bike transportation by train, please visit:

PT - https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/pt/informacao-cliente/informacao-util/transporte-bicicletas
EN - https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/passenger-information/Useful-information/transporte-bicicletas

Useful Contacts
MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

If you find yourself in need of medical assistance, please go to the nearest Health Centre, as Hospital emergency services must only be used under serious circumstances:

Hospital Distrital de Faro: (+351) 289 891 100 / (+351) 289 802 555 | http://www.hdfaro.min-saude.pt
Hospital Privado Santa Maria de Faro: (+351) 289 892 040 | http://www.hppfaro.pt/pt/
Hospital de Portimão: (+351) 282 450 300 | http://www.chbalgarvio.min-saude.pt
Hospital Particular do Algarve: (+351) 282 420 400 | http://www.hpalg.com/
Hospital de Lagos: (+351) 282 770 100 / (+351) 282 770 116 | http://www.chbalgarvio.min-saude.pt

Centro de Portugal

How To Get Here
BY AIR

Portugal's central region is served by 2 airports: Sá Carneiro Airport, in Porto, and Humberto Delgado Airport, in Lisbon. Aveiro and Óbidos are located 40 km from Porto and Lisbon airports, respectively.

http://www.ana.pt

Sá Carneiro Airport, Porto:
Phone: +351 229 417 761

Humberto Delgado Airport, Lisbon:
Phone: +351 218 416 034
Bookings: 707 205 700 (local number)

If you’re transporting your bike, it's advisable to contact your airline before travelling. This will make sure that you are aware of the costs, limitations, procedures and documents required to embark without delay.

 

BY ROAD

Central Portugal has an extensive and solid network of road links, such as motorways, main roads, secondary routes, national highways and municipal roads The payment of electronic tolls is mandatory on some routes. Find out more about how they work here: http://www.centerofportugal.com/pt/portagens-electronicas/ Regular bus services connect all of Portugal's cities, towns and main districts. Browse the National Coach Network for detailed information about routes, timetables and prices, available at: www.rede-expressos.pt

 

TRAIN

Rail transport is another option for anyone wanting to visit the region. CP - Comboios de Portugal runs a huge network of trains covering all of continental Portugal.

CP – Comboios de Portugal

https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/pt

View the conditions for transporting bikes on trains at:

PT - https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/pt/informacao-cliente/informacao-util/transporte-bicicletas

EN - https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/pt/informacao-cliente/informacao-util/transporte-bicicletas

Useful Contacts
MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

If you require medical assistance you should go to a local health centre, as hospital emergency services should only be used in serious situations:

Baixo Vouga – Aveiro Hospital Centre: (+351) 234 378 300
Coimbra Hospital and University Centre: (+351) 239 400 400
Tondela – Viseu Hospital Centre: (+351) 232 420 500
Guarda District Hospital: (+351) 271 200 200
Pêro da Covilhã Hospital: (+351) 275 330 000
Amato Lusitano Hospital: (+351) 272 000 272
Santo André Hospital – Leiria Hospital Centre: (+351) 244 817 000

Alentejo

How To Get Here
BY PLANE

The region is accessible via Lisbon and Faro airports.

Lisbon Airport:
Tel.: +351 218 413 500 (General)

www.ana.pt

Faro Airport:
Tel.: +351 289 800 800 (General)
Tel.: +351 289 800 801 (Information on flights until midnight)
Tel.: +351 289 800 617 (Information on flights after midnight)

www.ana.pt

If you are transporting your bicycle it is advisable to contact the airline before traveling in order to find out the costs, limits, procedures and documents required for shipment without setbacks. At Faro Airport, there are 3 areas equipped with bike assembling and dismantling gear (1 in the public check-in area and 2 in the luggage collection room).

 

BY ROAD

The Alentejo is a very large region with good connections to other Portuguese regions, the cities of Lisbon and Faro and with the Spanish border. Its extensive road network is to easy to travel by by bus or rental car.

 

BY BUS

There are several daily comfortable connections from Lisbon and the Algarve to numerous main locations in the region, operated by Rede Expressos.

www.rede-expressos.pt

 

BY TRAIN

Rail transportation is another alternative for those who want to visit the region. CP, Portuguese Railways, provide a vast network of railway which covers the whole country.

Find out more about traveling with bikes on board the trains on:

PT - https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/pt/informacao-cliente/informacao-util/transporte-bicicletas

EN - https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/passenger-information/Useful-information/transporte-bicicletas

Useful Contacts
MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

If you need medical assistance call the local Health Center. Hospitals emergency services should only be used for serious incidents:

Hospital José Joaquim Fernandes (Beja) +351 284 310 200 http://www.ulsba.min-saude.pt/2016/11/10/hospital-jose-joaquim-fernandes-2/
Hospital do Espírito Santo (Évora) +351 266 740 100 http://www.hevora.min-saude.pt/
Hospital de Santa Luzia (Elvas) +351 268 637 200 http://www.ulsna.min-saude.pt
Hospital Dr. José Maria Grande (Portalegre) +351 245 301 000 http://www.ulsna.min-saude.pt
Hospital do Litoral Alentejano (Santiago do Cacém) +351 269 818 100 http://www.ulsla.min-saude.pt/category/servicos/cuidados-de-saude-hospitalares/
Hospital Distrital de Santarém +351 243 300 200 http://www.hds.min-saude.pt/

Açores

How To Get There
BY PLANE

Several national and international airlines provide regular flights, making the region a favoured stopover for arrivals and departures. Five islands of the archipelago have direct flights from Lisbon, since they have international airports, Terceira and São Miguel, have daily connections. In the case of connections between the islands of the Azores, the regional carrier Azores Airlines provides regular connections.

International Airports:
João Paulo II (Ponta Delgada – São Miguel)
Tel.: 296 205 406 (General)
https://www.ana.pt/pt/pdl/home

Lajes Airport (Lajes - Terceira)
Tel.: 295545454 (General)
http://aerogarelajes.azores.gov.pt/Default.aspx

If you are taking your bike you should contact the airline before travelling. You will then be told about the cost, limits, procedures and documents required for a trouble-free departure.

Useful Contacts
MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

If you need medical assistance, use one of the healthcare units provided on all the islands:

Posto de Saúde do Corvo: (+351) 292 596 153
Centro de Saúde das Flores: (+351) 292 590 270
Hospital da Horta: (+351) 292 201 000 | http://hospitalhorta.pai.pt
Centro de Saúde da Madalena (Pico): (+351) 292 240 270
Centro de Saúde de São Roque (Pico): (+351) 292 648 070
Centro de Saúde das Lajes (Pico): (+351) 292 679 400
Centro de Saúde das Velas (São Jorge): (+351) 295 430 220
Centro de Saúde da Calheta (São Jorge): (+351) 295 460 120
Centro de Saúde da Graciosa: (+351) (+351) 295 730 070
Hospital de Santo Espírito (Terceira): (+351) 295 403 200 | https://www.hseit.pt
Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo (São Miguel): (+351) 296 203 000 | http://www.hdes.pt
Centro de Saúde de Santa Maria: (+351) 296 820 100

Other Information About The Açores
Portuguese Trails
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