17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
bus + Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Braga
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Guimaraes
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Vila Real
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Porto
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo

3
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte and Miradouro da Pedra Bela. Get out of town with these interesting Braga side-trips: Ponte Romana (in Ponte de Lima), Cascata da Portela do Homem (in Geres) and O Navio Gil Eannes (in Viana do Castelo). The adventure continues: make a trip to Fortaleza de Valenca, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sameiro Sanctuary, admire the natural beauty at The Garden of Santa Barbara, and contemplate the long history of Torre de Menagem.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Braga day trip planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Braga is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Braga due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can take a bus to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Braga

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Geres, Ponte Romana, Fortaleza de Valenca, O Navio Gil Eannes
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Miradouro da Pedra Bela ©
Miradouro da Pedra Bela
Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte
Fortaleza de Valenca ©
Fortaleza de Valenca

3
nights
Guimaraes

Guimaraes ©
The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Largo da Oliveira and Passadicos do Paiva. And it doesn't end there: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montanha- Parque da Penha, explore the ancient world of Citania de Briteiros, don't miss a visit to Santuario da Penha, and get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Guimaraes.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Guimaraes road trip planning site .

Guimaraes is very close to Braga. September in Guimaraes sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vila Real.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Passadicos do Paiva
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Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira
Passadicos do Paiva ©
Passadicos do Paiva
Montanha- Parque da Penha ©
Montanha- Parque da Penha

3
nights
Vila Real

Vila Real ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Douro Valley and Albufeira Do Azibo. Get out of town with these interesting Vila Real side-trips: Pinhao Railway Station (in Pinhao), Miradouro de Sao Leonardo de Galafura (in Peso Da Regua) and Lamego (Quinta Santa Eufemia & Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios).

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Vila Real day trip website .

Getting from Guimaraes to Vila Real by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Vila Real

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Peso Da Regua, Lamego, Pinhao, Albufeira Do Azibo, Parque Natural do Alvao
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Parque Natural do Alvao ©
Parque Natural do Alvao
Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©
Quinta Santa Eufemia ©
Quinta Santa Eufemia

6
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Castelo de Tomar and Ribeira Square. Venture out of the city with trips to Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz (in Coimbra) and Basilica da Santissima Trindade (in Fatima). There's still lots to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, don't miss a visit to Viagem Medieval em Terra de Santa Maria, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, and take some stellar pictures from Porto Bridge Climb.

To see traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Porto vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from Vila Real to Porto takes 1.5 hours. In September in Porto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Viagem Medieval em Terra de Santa Maria, Porto Augusto's, Castelo de Tomar, Basilica da Santissima Trindade, Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz
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Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Castelo de Tomar ©
Castelo de Tomar
Parque da Cidade do Porto ©
Parque da Cidade do Porto

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