Estrada Nacional 2 is the Route 66 of Portugal

National Road 2 is nicknamed the Route 66 of Portugal. It’s a very exciting and scenic journey in the heart of the country, taking you from Chaves in the north to Faro in the south.

Estrada Nacional 2

Why is Estrada Nacional 2 famous?

EN2/N2 is totally paved. It’s the longest continuous road in the country crossing 4 mountain ranges, 11 rivers, and 29 municipalities. The journey is a wonderful way to slowly travel through the country and experience Portugal's diverse culture and landscapes through stunning scenery, unique villages, irresistible river beaches, unforgettable heritage, and unique gastronomy. It has been named one of the “best places to go in 2019” by American travel guide publisher Frommer’s.

Where does Estrada Nacional 2 in Portugal start and end?

The road is 738km (458 miles) long. The journey starts at the city of Chaves, in the northern part of the country, close to the border with Spain deep in the rough landscape of Trás os Montes. It runs south through the center of Portugal and ends in the city of Faro, just short of the Atlantic Ocean, where the visitor is faced by the azure sea of the Algarve.

Is Estrada Nacional 2 in Portugal worth it?

Construction of the road started in the late 19th century and was completed in 1945. It’s an iconic road trip passing through the eye-popping center of the country, with stunning vineyards and medieval villages: the perfect itinerary to discover the culture and landscape. National Road 2 cuts through rugged and little-visited scenery, passing four UNESCO World Heritage sites, wild mountains, elegant spa towns, pristine lakes, and a string of historic towns and photogenic villages. Road suggested by: Tony