14 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

14 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

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14 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  5 h 15 min
1
Porto
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Braga
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
3
Guimaraes
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h
4
Vila Real
— 1 night
Drive:  45 min
5
Lamego
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
6
Pinhao
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
7
Braganca
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  12 h 15 min
End: London

2
nights
Porto

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Porto Free Walking Tour. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Taylor's Port. There's still lots to do: take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, kick back and relax at Matosinhos Beach, learn about winemaking at Graham's Port Lodge, and pick up some local products at Mercado do Bolhao.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Porto trip planner.

London, UK to Porto 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, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Braga.

Things to do in Porto

Wineries Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Gaia, Matosinhos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Graham's Port Lodge ©
Graham's Port Lodge
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

2
nights
Braga

Braga ©
Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city. Situated in northwest Portugal, Braga boasts many narrow pedestrian streets, plazas, and spiritual pilgrimage destinations.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Praia do Cabedelo and then cruise along Miradouro da Pedra Bela. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de Santa Luzia, then see the interesting displays at O Navio Gil Eannes, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Canto Marinho.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Braga attractions app.

You can drive from Porto to Braga in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can catch the bus to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Braga

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Viana do Castelo, Miradouro da Pedra Bela
Highlights from your plan
Miradouro da Pedra Bela ©
Miradouro da Pedra Bela
O Navio Gil Eannes ©
O Navio Gil Eannes
Praia do Cabedelo ©
Praia do Cabedelo

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Guimaraes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco, then make a trip to Rua de Santa Maria, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Consolacao e Santos Passos. On the next day, make a trip to Convento de Santa Marinha da Costa and then play a few rounds at Amarante Golf Course.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Guimaraes road trip planning site.

Guimaraes is just a stone's throw from Braga. In September, daytime highs in Guimaraes are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can go by car to Vila Real.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trip

Amarante Golf Course
Highlights from your plan
Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco ©
Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco
Amarante Golf Course ©
Amarante Golf Course

1
night
Vila Real

Vila Real ©
On the 7th (Wed), head outdoors with Parque Natural do Alvao, have some family-friendly fun at Kartodromo Vila Real, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Capela Nova ( Igreja de Sao Paulo ).

To find maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Vila Real trip itinerary site.

You can drive from Guimaraes to Vila Real in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lamego.

Things to do in Vila Real

Historic Sites Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trip

Parque Natural do Alvao
Highlights from your plan
Kartodromo Vila Real ©
Kartodromo Vila Real
Parque Natural do Alvao ©
Parque Natural do Alvao
Capela Nova ( Igreja de Sao Paulo ) ©

2
nights
Lamego

Lamego ©
Lamego is a city and municipality in the Viseu District, in the Norte Region of the Douro in northern Portugal. On the 8th (Thu), make a trip to Capela de S.Pedro de Balsemão, do a tasting at Quinta Santa Eufemia, and then boost your wellbeing at Termas de Sao Pedro do Sul. Keep things going the next day: let the river carry you with Nomadas Adventure Tours and then take in nature's colorful creations at Monastery of Sao Joao de Tarouca.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lamego trip planning tool.

Getting from Vila Real to Lamego by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pinhao.

Things to do in Lamego

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Termas de Sao Pedro do Sul, Nomadas Adventure Tours, Monastery of Sao Joao de Tarouca
Highlights from your plan
Quinta Santa Eufemia ©
Quinta Santa Eufemia
Termas de Sao Pedro do Sul ©
Termas de Sao Pedro do Sul
Capela de S.Pedro de Balsemão ©
Capela de S.Pedro de Balsemão

1
night
Pinhao

Pinhao
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): admire all the interesting features of Miradouro de Sao Leonardo de Galafura.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pinhao day trip planner.

You can drive from Lamego to Pinhao in an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Braganca.

Things to do in Pinhao

Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Miradouro de Sao Leonardo de Galafura

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): explore the world behind art at Centro de Arte Contemporanea Graca Morais, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Antiga Se, then explore the historical opulence of Castle of Braganza, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Museu Militar De Bragança. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Algoso, get outside with Albufeira Do Azibo, and then make a trip to Centro Ciencia Viva de Braganca.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Braganca trip planning site.

You can drive from Pinhao to Braganca in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Braganca

Outdoors Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Albufeira Do Azibo, Castelo de Algoso
Highlights from your plan
Castle of Braganza ©
Castle of Braganza
Castelo de Algoso ©
Castelo de Algoso
Museu Militar De Bragança ©
Museu Militar De Bragança

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