Portugal - Fun, sun and wine It all started in Angola 2007. We were five friends braving the near impossible Angolan coast and Kunene River with motorcycles. An excursion that had us close to offering our bikes to the sea became a famous trip report on an adventure riding forum, opening new adventures all of its own. That however is a story for another time, but it played a huge role in world tour that started in 2010 for Elsebie and me. We travelled from South Africa through Africa to Europe with a stopover in the previous Portuguese colony of Angola to show her the wonders and beauty of this unique country that I had explored before. In the small coastal town of Namibe in Angola we met up with 4 bikers from Portugal who were inspired by our journal on the 2007 Angola trip. They duly decided to ship their Yamaha660’s to Mozambique and rode all the way across Africa to Angola looking to enjoy the same fun and adventure we had, especially since they still have family ties in Angola. Flabbergasted that I was one of the five guys that braved the coast, they extended to us a ‘must-absolutely-visit-Portugal’ invitation to be their guest. How can we say no? South Africans are only granted a 90-day visa for Schengen countries. We entered Europe from Africa via Italy by Ro-Ro (a car ferry). Our planning had to be precise to traverse the coast around France, Spain and Portugal and then store the motorcycles in Germany before the weather became impossible to ride. Planning to explore approximately one week of the 90 days in Portugal seemed fair as it’s a small country, we felt this would give us time to reunite and abuse the hospitality of our Portuguese friends.