17 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Porto
— 5 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Vila Nova de Gaia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Vagos
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
4
Ilhavo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Lamego
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Fregim
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Afife
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
8
Braga
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Manchester

5
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.
Popular historic sites such as Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Museu Serralves and World of Discoveries - Museu Interativo & Parque Tematico capture your imagination. Spend the 29th (Sat) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Douro, kick back and relax at Praia de Lavadores, stroll through Praia do Homem do Leme, and snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I.

For where to stay, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Porto road trip planner .

Manchester, UK to Porto is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Manchester in June: high temperatures in Porto hover around 26°C and lows are around 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can take a train to Vila Nova de Gaia.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): admire nature's wide array of creatures at Zoo Santo Inacio, savor the flavors at Sandeman Cellars, and then take a memorable drive along Teleferico de Gaia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): do a tasting at Taylor's Port, then do a tasting at Graham's Port Lodge, and then kick back and relax at Praia de Miramar.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Vila Nova de Gaia journey site .

Vila Nova de Gaia is just a stone's throw from Porto. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can travel to Vagos.

Things to do in Vila Nova de Gaia

Parks Wineries Beaches
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Zoo Santo Inacio ©
Zoo Santo Inacio
Graham's Port Lodge ©
Graham's Port Lodge
Taylor's Port ©
Taylor's Port

1
night
Vagos

Vagos ©
On the 4th (Thu), stroll through Praia da Vagueira and then have fun and explore at Museu do Brincar.

Plan my day in Vagos using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Getting from Vila Nova de Gaia to Vagos by car takes about an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Ilhavo.

Things to do in Vagos

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Museu do Brincar ©
Museu do Brincar

3
nights
Ilhavo

Ilhavo ©
Let the collections at Alianca Underground Museum and Navio-Museu Santo Andre capture your imagination. Family-friendly places like Praia da Barra and Praia da Costa Nova will thrill your kids. Step out of Ilhavo with an excursion to Aldeia Historica do Piodao in Arganil--about 1h 30 min away.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ilhavo road trip planner.

Ilhavo is just a stone's throw from Vagos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Lamego.

Things to do in Ilhavo

Museums Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Aldeia Historica do Piodao, Alianca Underground Museum
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Fábrica da Vista Alegre ©
Fábrica da Vista Alegre
Praia da Costa Nova ©
Praia da Costa Nova
Alianca Underground Museum ©
Alianca Underground Museum

1
night
Lamego

Lamego ©
Lamego is a city and municipality in the Viseu District, in the Norte Region of the Douro in northern Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Quinta da Pacheca, see the interesting displays at Museu do Douro, then steep yourself in history at Casa de Mateus, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Lamego, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Lamego travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Ilhavo to Lamego takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to travel to Fregim.

Things to do in Lamego

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Museu do Douro, Casa de Mateus
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Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©
Casa de Mateus ©
Casa de Mateus
Catedral de Lamego ©
Catedral de Lamego

1
night
Fregim

Fregim ©
On the 6th (Sat), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of the Saviour of Travanca and then cool off at Parque Aquatico Amarante.

Find out how to plan Fregim trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

Drive from Lamego to Fregim in an hour. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Afife.

Things to do in Fregim

Theme Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Monastery of the Saviour of Travanca
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Monastery of the Saviour of Travanca ©

1
night
Afife

Afife ©
Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): stroll through Praia da Arda and then kick back and relax at Praia de afife.

For traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Afife online journey maker .

You can drive from Fregim to Afife in 2 hours. Traveling from Fregim to Afife, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel to Braga.

Things to do in Afife

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Praia de afife ©
Praia de afife
Praia da Arda ©
Praia da Arda

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.
You've now added Fratelli Aquapark to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): make a splash at Fratelli Aquapark and then explore the world behind art at Museu da Imagem. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Conceicao, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bom Jesus do Monte, see the interesting displays at Mosteiro de Sao Martinho de Tibaes, pause for some serene contemplation at Cathedral of Santa Maria de Braga, then step into the grandiose world of Guimaraes Castle, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Guimaraes.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, use the Braga online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Afife to Braga takes an hour. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Afife to Braga due to the time zone difference. In July, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Fratelli Aquapark
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Paco dos Duques de Braganca ©
Paco dos Duques de Braganca
Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Guimaraes Castle ©
Guimaraes Castle