18 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Peneda-Geres National Park
— 1 night
2
Melgaco
— 3 nights
3
Viana do Castelo
— 5 nights
4
Porto
— 8 nights

1
night
Peneda-Geres National Park

Peneda-Geres National Park ©
On the 10th (Mon), trek along Vinho Verde Route and then take in the dramatic scenery at Pincaes Cascate. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Peneda-Geres National Park.

To see other places to visit and tourist information, read our Peneda-Geres National Park trip planner.

Lisbon to Peneda-Geres National Park is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Melgaco.

Things to do in Peneda-Geres National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Vinho Verde Route
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Peneda-Geres National Park ©
Peneda-Geres National Park

3
nights
Melgaco

Melgaco ©
Melgaço is a municipality in Viana do Castelo District in Portugal. Change things up with these side-trips from Melgaco: Geres (Miradouro da Pedra Bela, Cascata Tahiti, &more), Pitoes das Junias Cascata (in Montalegre) and Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Peneda (in Arcos de Valdevez). There's lots more to do: skim along the rocks with Montes de Laboreiro, examine the collection at Museu de Cinema de Melgaco, and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Castro Laboreiro.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Melgaco trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Peneda-Geres National Park to Melgaco by car takes about 2 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Peneda-Geres National Park to Melgaco due to the time zone difference. August in Melgaco sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Viana do Castelo.

Things to do in Melgaco

Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

Geres, Pitoes das Junias Cascata, Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Peneda
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Montes de Laboreiro ©
Montes de Laboreiro
Miradouro da Pedra Bela ©
Miradouro da Pedra Bela
Cascata da Portela do Homem ©
Cascata da Portela do Homem

5
nights
Viana do Castelo

Viana do Castelo ©
Attractions like Fratelli Aquapark and Santuario de Santa Luzia make great kid-friendly stops. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Viana do Castelo: Afife (Praia de afife, Praia da Arda, &more), Termas de Caldelas (in Caldelas) and Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Abadia (in Amares).

For photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Viana do Castelo journey website.

Drive from Melgaco to Viana do Castelo in 1.5 hours. In August, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Viana do Castelo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Afife, Ponte de Lima, Praia do Moledo, AktivaNatura - Outdoor Adventures, Fratelli Aquapark
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AktivaNatura - Outdoor Adventures ©
AktivaNatura - Outdoor Adventures
Praia da Arda ©
Praia da Arda
Praia de afife ©
Praia de afife

8
nights
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.
Bring the kids along to Walking tours and Ponte de Dom Luis I. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto: Guimaraes (Paco dos Duques de Braganca & Centro Historico de Guimaraes), Campo de Golfe do Aqueduto (in Paredes) and Jardim do Sameiro (Parque Zeferino de Oliveira) (in Penafiel). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, tour the pleasant surroundings at Oporto Buggy Adventure, explore the world behind art at Museu Serralves, and pause for some serene contemplation at Torre dos Clerigos.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Porto vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Viana do Castelo to Porto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Viana do Castelo to Porto is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Braga, Guimaraes, Matosinhos, Campo de Golfe do Aqueduto, Convento Corpus Christi
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Walking tours
Douro River ©
Douro River
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I

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