18 days in Lisbon & Northern Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Lisbon & Northern Portugal Itinerary

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18 days in Lisbon & Northern Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Lisbon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Ilhavo
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Pinhao
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Braganca
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Ponte de Lima
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Porto
— 6 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Sao Paulo

2
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): enjoy the sea views from Cabo da Roca, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, and then pause for some photo ops at Arco Triunfal da Rua Augusta. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Castle of the Moors and then take a stroll through Belém Tower.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon day trip planning site .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Sao Paulo to Lisbon, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in July, expect Lisbon to be a bit warmer, temps between 34°C and 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ilhavo.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Cabo da Roca, Castelo dos Mouros
Highlights from your plan
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca

1
day
Ilhavo

Ilhavo ©
On the 15th (Mon), examine the collection at Fábrica da Vista Alegre, putt your heart out at Minigolfe da Costa Nova, then kick back and relax at Praia da Costa Nova, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Barra.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ilhavo trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Lisbon to Ilhavo by car takes about 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel to Pinhao.

Things to do in Ilhavo

Beaches Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Praia da Costa Nova ©
Praia da Costa Nova
Praia da Barra ©
Praia da Barra
Minigolfe da Costa Nova ©
Minigolfe da Costa Nova

2
nights
Pinhao

Pinhao ©
On the 16th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Faia Brava Reserve, then learn about winemaking at D'Origem, and then appreciate the views at The Douro Valley. On your second day here, do a tasting at Adega de Favaios, take some stellar pictures from Casal de Loivos Viewpoint, then learn about winemaking at Quinta do Bomfim, and finally make a trip to Pinhao Railways Station.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Pinhao online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ilhavo to Pinhao takes 2.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Braganca.

Things to do in Pinhao

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Casal de Loivos, Adega de Favaios, Faia Brava Reserve
Highlights from your plan
Quinta do Bomfim ©
Quinta do Bomfim
Double viewpoint De Loivos ©
Double viewpoint De Loivos

4
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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Albufeira Do Azibo and Parque Natural de Montesinho. Get out of town with these interesting Braganca side-trips: Chaves (Praca de Camoes & Ponte Romana de Trajano) and Centro Cultural Solar dos Condes de Vinhais (in Vinhais). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castle of Braganza, make a trip to Centro Ciencia Viva de Braganca, see the interesting displays at Museu Iberico da Mascara e do Traje, and learn about all things military at Museu Militar De Bragança.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Braganca online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Pinhao to Braganca in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Ponte de Lima.

Things to do in Braganca

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Chaves, Vinhais, Parque Natural de Montesinho, Albufeira Do Azibo
Highlights from your plan
Parque Biologico de Vinhais ©
Parque Biologico de Vinhais
Parque Natural de Montesinho ©
Parque Natural de Montesinho
Castle of Braganza ©
Castle of Braganza

2
nights
Ponte de Lima

Ponte de Lima ©
Ponte de Lima, is the oldest vila in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): don't miss a visit to Fortaleza de Valenca do Minho, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santa Casa Da Misericórdia De Viana Do Castelo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de Santa Luzia, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Arda. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): take in the views from Ponte Romana, then examine the collection at Museu do Traje, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de afife.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Ponte de Lima trip planner .

Traveling by car from Braganca to Ponte de Lima takes 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET) is 1 hour. In July, daily temperatures in Ponte de Lima can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Ponte de Lima

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Viana do Castelo, Afife, Fortaleza de Valenca
Highlights from your plan
Praia de afife ©
Praia de afife
Praia da Arda ©
Praia da Arda
Santuario de Santa Luzia ©
Santuario de Santa Luzia

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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mindelo Beach and Matosinhos Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Palacio da Bolsa and Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto: Geres (Miradouro da Pedra Bela & Cascata Tahiti). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, learn about winemaking at Porto Calem, don't miss a visit to Livraria Lello, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Parque da Cidade do Porto.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Porto online journey planner .

Getting from Ponte de Lima to Porto by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Ponte de Lima to Porto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. July in Porto sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Gaia, Geres, Mindelo Beach, Matosinhos Beach
Highlights from your plan
Mindelo Beach ©
Mindelo Beach
Cascata Tahiti ©
Cascata Tahiti
Miradouro da Pedra Bela ©
Miradouro da Pedra Bela

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