it'll depend where you'll stay.
if it's in Lisbon - then Sintra for sure!
Algarve - you have local trails, and if you google it, you may find GPS tracks.
bring a GPS - although the country is small, if you get lost, it can be dangerous (has in anywhere!).
Thx Tkul, We're landing in Lisbon and I've seen a few sites about Sintra, so we would ride there! Would you be available to ride with us in Sintra when we get there, always much more fun riding with the locals As for Algarve, I've also noticed a few trails, we will most definitely bring our GPS. The difficult part so far is knowing where to go to pick up the trails, Sintra or Algarve, couldn't find how to get to the entrance of the trails. What about up north near Porto, we may plan on spending a few days in the south and work our way up to Porto.
When you get to the Algarve give me a call, so I now when and were you are staying. I ride with a very fun group. We try to go out 2, 3 times a week. And oh, bring light´s if you can, we also do some night riding.
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This is the last update, we will be arriving April 17th, then heading to Gatoes near Coimbra where we've rented a house for our 10 day stay. We want to hit Sintra and Lousa, those are our 2 main destinations so far. Anyone still interested in showing us around? Any other places we should ride??
This link will take you to the foreigners section and English is fine to use here. Ask around, Portuguese are generally quite helpful.
As for your plans, Lousã is unbelievably technical. It is very, very good. Lots of trails, ask in the forum for help from locals. As for Sintra, you'll love it as well. The combination of mountain, sea views and closed canopy forests is magical. In Sintra, you'll find regular trails as well as Freeride/Downhill trails. If you still have the time, try to hit Serra da Estrela. It is the highest mountain in continental Portugal (at 1980m) and there you'll find big boulders' MTB with huge descents over granitical millenar paths.