8 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

8 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Portugal travel route planner

Make it your trip
Drive to London Heathrow Airport, Fly to Porto
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Porto
— 4 nights
Drive
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Viana do Castelo
— 3 nights
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Drive to Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport, Fly to London Heathrow Airport, Drive to Brize Norton

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Porto

— 4 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.
Relax by the water at Praia Do Labrego and Matosinhos Beach. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Ponte de Dom Luis I and Cais da Ribeira. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Praia da Costa Nova (in Gafanha da Encarnacao), Aveiro (Convento de Santo Antonio Church & Carmo Church) and Praia Fluvial de Burgaes (in Vale de Cambra). There's still lots to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Baia, stroll through Praia de Espinho, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto road trip planning app.

Brize Norton, UK to Porto is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Porto are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Viana do Castelo.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Viana do Castelo

— 3 nights
On the 25th (Sun), stroll through Foz do Minho Beach, then stroll through Praia de afife, and then kick back and relax at Praia da Arda. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Cabedelo and then kick back and relax at Amorosa Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Viana do Castelo vacation planner.

Getting from Porto to Viana do Castelo by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Viana do Castelo due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Viana do Castelo

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Northern Portugal travel guide

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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.