5 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

5 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Portugal itinerary planner

Make it your trip
— 3 nights
Ponte da Barca
— 1 night
Drive to Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport, Fly to Dublin



— 3 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.
Family-friendly places like Ponte de Dom Luis I and Livraria Lello will thrill your kids. Venture out of the city with trips to Guimaraes (Paco dos Duques de Braganca & Centro Historico de Guimaraes). There's still lots to do: stroll through Cais da Ribeira, pause for some photo ops at Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Porto trip itinerary planning site.

Dublin, Ireland to Porto is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and car; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Dublin in July: high temperatures in Porto hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Ponte da Barca.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Ponte da Barca

— 1 night
Ponte da Barca, Vila Nova da Muía e Paço Vedro de Magalhães is a parish in Ponte da Barca Municipality, Viana do Castelo District, Minho-Lima Subregion, Norte Region, Portugal. Your day by day itinerary now includes Castelo de Lindoso. Start off your visit on the 11th (Thu): explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Lindoso, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Paz, and then take in the views from Ponte Romana.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ponte da Barca trip itinerary maker.

Drive from Porto to Ponte da Barca in 1.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Ponte da Barca due to the time zone difference. In July, daytime highs in Ponte da Barca are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ponte da Barca

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Northern Portugal travel guide

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.