Estrada Nacional 2

Estrada Nacional 2, the Route 66 of Portugal

The National Road 2 (EN2/N2) 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.

The road is totally paved. Completed in 1950’s, 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 landscapes, 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.

The road is 738km (458 miles) long. It is the longest national road of the country. 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.

The road began to be built in the late 19th century. It’s an iconic road trip passing through stunning vineyards and medieval villages: the perfect itinerary to discover the culture and landscape of the country. The National Road 2 (EN2/N2) 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

 

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