Discover Portugal From North To South

Estrada Nacional 2: Road Trip To Cross Portugal

Estrada Nacional 2 is the longest road in the country, this trip connecting Portugal from North to South, given that its starting point is located in Chaves and the arrival point in Faro.

It is also one of the longest in Europe, traversing amazing landscapes, from the lush Douro, to the mountainous Center, passing through the vast and beautiful Alentejo plains, until reaching the sunny Algarve. Get on your way.

In between, it passes through eleven districts (Vila Real, Viseu, Coimbra, Leiria, Castelo Branco, Santarém, Portalegre, Évora, Setúbal, Beja and Faro), eight provinces (Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Beira Alta, Beira Litoral , Beira Baixa, Ribatejo, Alto Alentejo, Baixo Alentejo and Algarve), four mountains, eleven rivers and 32 counties.

After taking this route along the Estrada Nacional 2 and its 738.5 km, you may well say that you know Portugal from one end to the other, by going through what is the third longest road in the world.

The first is the famous Route 66, which connects Chicago to Los Angeles, in the United States and the second longest road in the world is Ruta Nacional 40, in Argentina that connects the province of Santa Cruz to the border with Bolivia.

The route of Estrada Nacional 2 can be the perfect route for a week’s vacation. Obviously you can do the whole road in one day. Portugal is not that big.

But to enjoy all the landscapes that you find along the way, as well as discover places and traditions, it is advisable to stop here and there to appreciate the best that the country has to offer.

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History Of The National Road 2

Although its fame is relatively recent, the truth is that the layout of Estrada Nacional 2 merges with Portugal’s own history, given that many of the parts that constitute it were already part of the main Roman roads that crossed Lusitânia.

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Chaves is the zero kilometer of the EN2

Over the years, these routes have been improved and other connections have emerged, endowing them with importance at the end of the century. XIX, when it was called Estrada Real.

Until reaching its current designation, this road had other names: District Road nº 128, National Road nº 17 and Estrada Nacional nº 19. It was in 1945, when all the sections were already tarred, that its official designation as today we know it was established.

What To See Along The National Road 2

The fact that the National Road 2 crosses the country from end to end, over 738 kilometers, allows you to visit a series of historic spaces and enjoy landscapes that will take your breath away. Here are some suggestions for stops along the way.

Chaves | Ponte Romana de Trajano

Vila Pouca de Aguiar | Castelo de Aguiar

Vila Real | Paços do Concelho

Santa Marta de Penaguião | Museu das Caves Santa Marta

Peso da Régua | Museu do Douro

Lamego | Sé Catedral

Castro Daire | Casa da Cerca

São Pedro do Sul | Balneário Romano

Viseu | Museu Nacional Grão Vasco

Tondela | Solar de Vilar de Besteiros

Santa Comba Dão | Casa dos Arcos

Mortágua | Pelourinho Manuelino

Penacova | Museu Vitorino Nemésio

Vila Nova de Poiares | Paços do Concelho e Jardim Municipal

Lousã | Castelo da Lousã

Góis | Centro Histórico – Largo Francisco Dias Nogueira

Pedrógão Grande | Ponte Filipina

Sertã | Igreja Matriz da Sertã, Sec. XV

Vila de Rei | Centro Geodésico de Portugal

Sardoal | Convento de Santa Maria da Caridade

Abrantes | Castelo/Fortaleza

Ponte de Sor | Centro de Artes e Cultura de Ponte de Sor

Avis | Convento de São Bento de Avis

Mora | Fluviário de Mora

Coruche | Observatório do Sobreiro e da Cortiça

Montemor-o-Novo | Castelo de Montemor-o-Novo

Viana do Alentejo | Paço dos Henriques

Ferreira do Alentejo | Casa do Vinho e do Cante (Taberna Zé Lélito)

Aljustrel | Património Industrial Mineiro

Castro Verde | Museu da Ruralidade

Almodôvar | Convento de Nossa Senhora da Conceição

São Brás de Alportel | Museu do Traje

Loulé | Casas típicas do Ameixial, casas circulares

Faro | Convento de Nossa Senhora da Assunção – Museu Municipal

Where To Stay And What To Eat

Along National Road 2 there is no shortage of excellent accommodation options for all budgets. From hostels, guest houses, hotels of all stars and shapes, wine tourism spaces, in short, the list is long and does not leave anyone out.

The same is true with food. The cuisine is so varied along the way, that you will not lack good options. We leave only suggestions for two special meals: on departure, in Chaves, and celebrate the arrival in Faro.

In Chaves, to prepare for the start of this adventure, we suggest Adega Faustino or A Talha, with the certainty that you will find traditional cuisine of high quality.

When you arrive in Faro, at the end of the EN2, alone or accompanied, celebrate the crossing of Portugal from coast to coast at the Cidade Velha Restaurant or at the Ria Formosa Restaurant, where you can enjoy all the flavors of the Algarve gastronomy.

Chaves |Cordeiro de leite assado em forno a lenha

Vila Pouca de Aguiar | Miscarada – cogumelos silvestres estufados

Vila Real | Tripas aos molhos

Santa Marta de Penaguião | Arroz de feijão no pote com pataniscas

Peso da Régua | Tripas

Lamego | Cabrito assado com arroz e batatas em forno de lenha

Castro Daire | Arroz de feijão com salpicão

São Pedro do Sul | Vitela à Lafões

Viseu | Rancho à moda de Viseu

Tondela | Cabrito assado no forno

Santa Comba Dão | Lampreia

Mortágua | Lampantana

Penacova | Arroz de lampreia

Vila Nova de Poiares | Chanfana

Lousã | Chanfana assada

Góis | Cabrito assado

Pedrógão Grande | Bucho recheado

Sertã | Maranho da Sertã

Vila de Rei | Bacalhau à Vila de Rei

Sardoal | Cozinha fervida

Abrantes | Migas carvoeiras

Ponte de Sor | Migas de espargos ou coentros

Avis | Migas de espargos com carne do alguidar

Mora | Migas

Coruche | Carne de toiro bravo

Montemor-o-Novo | Ensopado de borrego

Viana do Alentejo | Ensopado de borrego

Ferreira do Alentejo | Feijão branco com carrasquinhas

Aljustrel | Gaspachos

Castro Verde | Migas com entrecosto

Almodôvar | Cozido de grão

São Brás de Alportel | Galinha com grão

Loulé | Jantar de grão

Faro | Arroz de lingueirão

Chaves | Rabanadas com mel e frutos secos

Vila Pouca de Aguiar | Doce de Aguiar (recheio de castanha)

Vila Real | Cristas de galoSanta Marta de Penaguião | Frei João

Peso da Régua | Rebuçados da Régua

Lamego | Biscoito da Teixeira

Castro Daire | Bolo podre

São Pedro do Sul | Pão de ló de Sul

Viseu | Viriato

Tondela | Tortas de Nandufe

Santa Comba Dão | Broinha de Santa Columba

Mortágua | Bolo de cornos

Penacova | Nevadas de Penacova

Vila Nova de Poiares | Poiarito

Lousã | Tigelada

Góis | Gamelinhas de Góis

Pedrógão Grande | Tigelada

Sertã | Cartuchos de amêndoa de Cernache do Bonjardim

Vila de Rei | Pudim de Vila de Rei

Sardoal | Tigelada

Abrantes | Palha de Abrantes

Ponte de Sor | Bolo cigano de Montargil

Coruche | Areias do Sorraia

Montemor-o-Novo | Queijada de Requeijão

Viana do Alentejo | Bolo “Conde de Alcáçovas”

Ferreira do Alentejo | Ferreirenses

Castro Verde | Queijadas de requeijão

Almodôvar | Chibo (doce de mel)

São Brás de Alportel | Doces de amêndoa, figos e alfarroba

Loulé | Figos cheios

Faro | Dom Rodrigo

18 – 21 April – Sardoal | Semana Santa

21 April – São Brás de Alportel | Festa das Tochas Floridas

24 – 28 April – Viana do Alentejo | Romaria a Cavalo

26 – 28 April – Loulé | 7 ºWalking Festival, festival de caminhadas do Ameixial

30 – 2 June – Ponte de Sor | Air Race Championship + Air Show (Air Summit)

30 May – 2 June – Ferreira do Alentejo | Festival Giacometti

21 a 23 de junho – Castro Daire | A Última Rota da Transumância

5 a 7 de julho – Vila Real | Circuito Internacional de Vila Real

5 a 7 de julho – Almodôvar | Feira de Artes e Cultura de Almodôvar (Facal)

6 e 7 de julho – Santa Marta de Penaguião | Caminhada do Douro ao Marão

18 a 21 de julho – Sertã | Festival do Maranho

24 de julho – Pedrógão Grande | Festas do Concelho

26 de julho a 17 de agosto – Peso da Régua | Festas do Douro

27 de julho a 4 de agosto – Vila de Rei | Feira de Enchidos, Queijo e Mel

8 de agosto a 15 de setembro – Viseu | Feira de São Mateus

9 a 15 de agosto – Santa Comba Dão | Festas de Santa Comba Dão

13 a 17 de agosto – Mortágua | Festa da Juventude e Feira das Associações

13 de agosto – Góis | Feriado Municipal

16 a 18 de agosto – Vila Pouca de Aguiar | Feira do Mel e do Artesanato de Pedras Salgadas

16 de agosto a 9 de setembro – Lamego | Festas em Honra de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios

23 a 25 de agosto – Chaves | Festa dos Povos

23 a 25 de agosto – São Pedro do Sul | Festival da Água

28 de agosto a 2 de setembro – Montemor-o-Novo | Feira da Luz

6 a 8 de setembro – Tondela | Caramulo-motorfestival

7 e 8 de setembro – Faro | Festival F

5 a 9 de setembro – Vila Nova de Poiares | POIARTES

18 a 20 de outubro – Castro Verde | Feira de Castro

25 a 27 de outubro – Abrantes | XVIII Feira Nacional de Doçaria Tradicional de Abrantes

15 a 17 de novembro – Lousã | Feira do Mel e da Castanha

27 de outubro a 3 de novembro – Coruche | Festival internacional do balonismo

23 de novembro a 8 de dezembro – Mora | Mostra Gastronómica da Caça

todo o ano – Penacova | Canoagem

todo o ano – Avis | Remo, Capital do Remo

todo o ano – Aljustrel | Artesanato ligado à atividade mineira

5 Curious Facts About Thr National Road 2

Through centuries of history, thousands of people who passed through it and different types of pavement, the EN2 has a series of characteristics that make it as interesting as it is essential.

The Road Is Not Just A Road

Despite traversing eleven districts, the EN2 also passes through more rural locations with great natural and scenic beauty. And the proof of this is the fact that it crosses mountains and rivers, which well translate a more calm and peaceful Portugal, conducive to relaxation and discovery.

It Is The Longest Road In Portugal And Europe

In addition to occupying the podium of the largest Portuguese road, the EN2 is also the largest in Europe. And, as such, it is often compared with other similar world sections, not because of its length (being the third longest road in the world), but because its path easily divides the country in half.

Has An Association Of Municipalities

Taking advantage of the growing interest in this section, in 2016 the Association of Municipalities of the EN 2 Route was created, with the objective of uniting the cities of Chaves and Faro in a tourist aspect.

Your History Will Lead to Two Museums

The cities of origin and arrival of this section are interested in creating two museums that reflect the characteristics of each location, but having a similar creative line, in order to unite North and South in a cultural perspective.

It Was Classified As A Heritage Road

Given its antiquity, the very different places it passes through and its historical importance, the EN2 has, throughout its hundreds of kilometers, marks from different eras and stories of great relevance.

As such, the section that links Almodôvar to São Brás de Alportel was classified as a Heritage Road in 2003. The purpose of this title is to highlight the recognition of the road and the value of the heritage that surrounds it.

Estrada Nacional 2 Has the Right to Passport

The Association of Municipalities of the Route of the National Road 2 recently launched the “Passport EN2”, with the objective of encouraging national and foreign tourists to travel this road.

The passport costs 1 € and can be purchased in São Brás de Alportel. With this document, “tourists can receive stamps referring to the places where they pass along the route, taking advantage of all the landscape and heritage potential that the route has to offer.”

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In addition, and to better clarify who ventures on the EN2, an extensive guide on the road was also created by the publisher Foge Comigo.

It has about 500 pages, is divided into 20 stages, each of which obeys “to a landscape unit” and five of them to cities (Chaves, Viseu, Lamego, Vila Real and Faro).

There you will also find an agenda of cultural and traditional events that take place in the municipalities where the road passes, ranging from the “big stone trawler, in August, in Vila Pouca de Aguiar, to the panelo game with Bisalhães crockery or the Pilgrimage on Horse, which crosses Viana do Alentejo. ”

As you can see, the more you know Portugal, the more there is to discover. And taking the Estrada Nacional 2 may well be the perfect excuse for a vacation on the road, without big plans. Simply discovering.

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