August 10, 2008 - 4.0
My favourite route out of Lisbon, either for a short two
hour stroll or as a way to get up north. Its mostly
unknown in the local biker community that usually goes
for the shorter show-off stroll to Cabo da Roca on the
It starts at the 3rd exit of the A8 out of Lisbon, before
the toll section. Head for Bucelas, then Sobral de Monte
Agraço where you have a right-left-right-left at the
lights in the center. When you get to Vila Verde dos
Francos be careful not to miss the small deviation to
Montejuntos top, on the right, hidden by a corner.
The view at the top of Montejunto (666m) is amazing.
On a clear and hazeless day you can see Sintra, Lisbon,
Arrábida and even the Berlengas islands from up there.
The whole road is usually void of traffic and the corners
vary throughout, with mostly closed ones in the beginning
and open fast ones further on. Making the climb to Montejunto
the road is pretty narrow, just back off the throttle and
enjoy the amazing view.
The road surface changes trough the route, but in some
places is pretty good. Nevertheless be careful with sand
and the occasional oil spill from trucks.
There are some villages along the way so keep a
sensible speed riding through them, please.
If you have the time, the return trip can be made
connecting to Bombarral and afterwards by the coast
to Ericeira and Cabo da Roca.