Portugal's turn to party!
After storming the Croatian coastline at last year's H.O.G Rally, Harley-Davidson is once again gearing up for another seaside spectacular. With sun-soaked memories of the Adriatic fading fast, the event is now heading to the Atlantic to its new home for 2012 – it's Portugal's turn to party!
Last year's show was in a location so stunning that finding a worthy follow-up was always going to be a challenge but Harley-Davidson has come up trumps once again. From June 14-17, Cascais will be play host to the European H.O.G. Rally 2012.
Known as ‘the land of kings and fishermen’, historical Cascais gained its fame as a royal resort at the turn of the last century. These days you're more likely to bump into cosmopolitan crowds from Lisbon escaping the city but this June royalty will be welcomed back as Road Kings rumble into town.
Just 30km west of Lisbon, Cascais is a picture-perfect coastal town. Surrounded by rolling hills and beautiful countryside the town itself is a maze of cobbled streets that lead you down to its harbour and beachfront. It's here that this year's event will come alive as Harley-Davidson takes over with live music on two stages, hospitality bars, demo rides and a village for Harley-Davidson dealers.
Beyond the event site, Cascais is packed with restaurants and bars and many boutique and budget hotels line the periphery with short walking distances to the heart of the action.
This year's Custom Bike Show will take place in nearby Estoril, by the beachfront in the plaza of Europe’s biggest casino. Bring along your beautiful customised creations for a chance to win some fabulous prizes, including a trip to Sturgis for the Best Modified Harley!
Estoril is also home to one of Portugal's premier racetracks, just 2km from the centre of Cascais – keep an eye on the website for news of Estoril’s involvement in the event.
If you plan to explore the region, head out of town and you'll soon be in the centre of Lisbon, taking in the winding streets, cafe culture and grand architecture. Take to the roads north of Cascais and you'll ride through rugged landscapes, discovering rocky coves, white sandy beaches, lost roman ruins and timeless villages as you go. This is classic Portugal and it's all there for the finding.