13 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

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13 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Vila Nova de Gaia
— 2 nights
Bus:  45 min
2
Guimaraes
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Favaios
— 6 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Braganca
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: London

2
nights
Vila Nova de Gaia

Vila Nova de Gaia ©
Across the Douro River from Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia touts famed Port wine lodges, where bottles are stored and aged.
Churchill's - Visitors Centre and The Maritime Museum of Ilhavo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Your inner history buff will appreciate Igreja de Sao Pedro de Rates and Matriz Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Vila Nova de Gaia: Quinta da Aveleda (in Penafiel), Termas de Sao Pedro do Sul (in Sao Pedro do Sul) and Praia da Barra (in Ilhavo). There's more to do: learn about winemaking at Cave Vasconcellos.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vila Nova de Gaia day trip planner.

London, UK to Vila Nova de Gaia is an approximately 5.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of car and ferry. In August, daily temperatures in Vila Nova de Gaia can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time for the bus ride to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Vila Nova de Gaia

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trips

Ilhavo, Quinta da Aveleda, Termas de Sao Pedro do Sul, Matriz Church, Igreja de Sao Pedro de Rates
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Praia da Barra ©
Praia da Barra
Matriz Church ©
Matriz Church
Termas de Sao Pedro do Sul ©
Termas de Sao Pedro do Sul

2
nights
Guimaraes

Guimaraes ©
The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
Visit Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira and Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Consolacao e Santos Passos for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Igreja de São Gonçalo and Castelo de Lindoso. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Guimaraes: Espigueiros de Soajo (in Soajo) and Amarante Golf Course (in Amarante). It doesn't end there: admire the landmark architecture of Padrao do Salado.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Guimaraes day trip tool.

Traveling by bus from Vila Nova de Gaia to Guimaraes takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to drive to Favaios.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

Amarante, Castelo de Lindoso, Espigueiros de Soajo
Highlights from your plan
Castelo de Lindoso ©
Castelo de Lindoso
Igreja de São Gonçalo ©
Igreja de São Gonçalo

6
nights
Favaios

Favaios ©
Discover out-of-the-way places like Quinta do Crasto and Castelo de Linhares da Beira. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Catedral de Lamego and Quinta Santa Eufemia. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Favaios: Muralhas e Castelo de Trancoso (in Trancoso), Tarouca (Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Salzedas & Ponte Fortificada de Ucanha) and Quinta do Popa (in Tabuaco).

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Favaios itinerary planner.

You can drive from Guimaraes to Favaios in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Braganca.

Things to do in Favaios

Historic Sites Wineries Golf

Side Trips

Lamego, Tarouca, Castelo de Linhares da Beira, Muralhas e Castelo de Trancoso, Quinta do Vallado
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Catedral de Lamego ©
Catedral de Lamego
Castelo de Linhares da Beira ©
Castelo de Linhares da Beira
Castelo de Marialva ©
Castelo de Marialva

1
night
Braganca

Braganca ©
Bragança is a city and municipality in north-eastern Portugal, capital of the district of Bragança, in the Alto Trás-os-Montes subregion of Portugal. Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): brush up on your military savvy at Museu Militar De Bragança, then step into the grandiose world of Castle of Braganza, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Antiga Se, and finally admire the masterpieces at Centro de Arte Contemporanea Graca Morais.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Braganca vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Favaios to Braganca in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Braganca

Museums Historic Sites
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Museu Militar De Bragança ©
Museu Militar De Bragança
Castle of Braganza ©
Castle of Braganza

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