31 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

31 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Portugal travel route maker

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Fly to Vigo, Drive to Viana do Castelo
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Viana do Castelo
— 4 nights
Drive
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Melgaco
— 3 nights
Drive
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Peneda-Geres National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Mondim de Basto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pinhao
— 4 nights
Drive
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Luso
— 4 nights
Drive
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Porto
— 11 nights
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Viana do Castelo

— 4 nights
Visit Santuario de Santa Luzia and Santa Casa Da Misericórdia De Viana Do Castelo for their historical value. Do some cultural sightseeing at Igreja da Senhora da Agonia and Citania de Santa Luzia. Get out of town with these interesting Viana do Castelo side-trips: Caminha (Chafariz do Terreiro & Igreja Matriz de Caminha), Vila Nova de Cerveira (Forte de Vila Nova de Cerveira & Igreja Matriz de Vila Nova de Cerveira) and Praia de afife (in Afife).

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Viana do Castelo driving holiday app.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Viana do Castelo is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Buenos Aires to Viana do Castelo due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buenos Aires in August, with highs in Viana do Castelo at 30°C and lows at 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Melgaco.

Things to do in Viana do Castelo

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Melgaco

— 3 nights
Melgaço is a municipality in Viana do Castelo District in Portugal. Visit Castelo de Castro Laboreiro and Igreja da Misericordia for their historical value. Get some cultural insight at Castelo de Melgaco - Torre de Menagem and Museu de Cinema de Melgaco. Venture out of the city with trips to Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Peneda (in Arcos de Valdevez) and Palacio da Brejoeira (in Moncao). There's lots more to do: skim along the rocks with Montes de Laboreiro, learn about winemaking at Soalheiro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Moncao, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Termas de Moncao Centro Tesal.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Melgaco itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Viana do Castelo to Melgaco takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Peneda-Geres National Park.

Things to do in Melgaco

Historic Sites · Tours · Adventure · Outdoors

Side Trips

Peneda-Geres National Park

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Peneda-Geres National Park.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Peneda-Geres National Park holiday planner.

Drive from Melgaco to Peneda-Geres National Park in 2 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Melgaco to Peneda-Geres National Park. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mondim de Basto.

Things to do in Peneda-Geres National Park

Nature · Parks
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Mondim de Basto

— 2 nights
Mondim de Basto is a municipality in the district of Vila Real in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Senhora Da Graça, join in the after-dark buzz at Quinta de Santa Cristina, and then see the interesting displays at Amadeo De Souza Cardoso Museum. On your second day here, pause for some serene contemplation at De Nosso Senhor dos Aflitos, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de São Gonçalo, then make a splash at Parque Aquatico Amarante, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castle of Arnoia.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mondim de Basto travel app.

You can drive from Peneda-Geres National Park to Mondim de Basto in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pinhao.

Things to do in Mondim de Basto

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Tours · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Pinhao

— 4 nights
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castelo de Penedono and Castelo de Ansiaes. Your inner history buff will appreciate Ruínas do Castelo and Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Salzedas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Pinhao: Castelo de Marialva (in Marialva) and Igreja Matriz de Penedono (in Penedono).

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pinhao trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mondim de Basto to Pinhao takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel to Luso.

Things to do in Pinhao

Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Luso

— 4 nights
Get a sense of the local culture at Se Catedral de Viseu and Igreja da Misericordia de Viseu. We've included these beaches for you: Praia dos Palheiros da Tocha and Praia da Tocha. Change things up with a short trip to Praia Fluvial de Vimieiro in Penacova (about 36 minutes away).

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Luso trip app.

Drive from Pinhao to Luso in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in August, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Porto.

Things to do in Luso

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Porto

— 11 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Palacio da Bolsa. Popular historic sites such as Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco and Torre dos Clerigos are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Braga (Se de Braga & Praia Fluvial de Adaufe), Mindelo Beach (in Mindelo) and Capela de Nossa Senhora da Misericordia (in Varziela). Dedicate the 20th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, enjoy the sand and surf at Torreira Beach, take in the waterfront at Cais da Ribeira, and contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River.

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Getting from Luso to Porto by car takes about 1.5 hours. August in Porto sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Northern Portugal travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Wineries & Vineyards · Gift & Specialty Shops
Natural beauty and rich cultural heritage make northern Portugal one of Europe's most desirable vacation destinations. Continuously populated for thousands of years, this verdant land features a lively coastline studded with dozens of modern resorts. Away from the ocean, the region transforms into a rolling countryside of small villages, vast national parks, lush vineyards, and World Heritage-listed prehistoric sites. Place the city of Porto at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's centuries-long history of outstanding wine production. Use the tourist-friendly city as your base, and devote some time to exploring the bucolic wine region stretching along the luxuriant banks of the Douro River.