National Road 222 is a sensational road of Portugal

Located in the North Region of Portugal, Estrada Nacional 222 between Peso da Régua and Pinhao, was awarded as the 2015 world's best road.

Estrada Nacional 222

How long is Estrada Nacional 222?

Tucked away in the district Viseu, the road is 21.4 km (13.29 miles) long, running west-east from Peso de Regua to Pinhao. It’s totally paved and features 93 heart-stopping bends.

How long does it take to drive Estrada Nacional 222?

To drive the road without stopping will take most people between 35 and 45 minutes. It was the 2015 world's best road. The road cuts right through the heart of the Douro Valley, offering amazing views of the terraced hillsides. It’s a wonderful route and there’s a real sense of arrival at Pinhão, where the river broadens and the terraced hills close in. The highway was named the best in the world for its location, cutting through the heart of the stunning Douro Valley and the spectacular views it provides of the wine region below. The road offers spectacular views over the vineyards near the river, and finishes in the picturesque wine town of Pinhão.

Is Estrada Nacional 222 worth it?

Located in the Central Inland of Portugal, the drive features jaw dropping scenery running along the River Douro and the picturesque regional wine towns. The stretch of 21km allow drivers to experience the car’s handling power, whilst offering frequently changing viewpoints. The Douro Valley is the home of Porto wine, and this region became the world's first wine region to have a formal demarcation. The Douro winemaking region was declared a World Heritage Site in 2001, by UNESCO.