17 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Portugal trip itinerary builder

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Braga
— 3 nights
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Guimaraes
— 3 nights
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Vila Real
— 3 nights
Drive
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Porto
— 6 nights
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Braga

— 3 nights

Portuguese Rome

Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city. Situated in northwest Portugal, Braga boasts many narrow pedestrian streets, plazas, and spiritual pilgrimage destinations.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Miradouro da Pedra Bela and O Navio Gil Eannes. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Braga: Ponte Romana (in Ponte de Lima) and Cascata da Portela do Homem (in Geres). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se de Braga, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sameiro Sanctuary, make a trip to Praca da Republica, and steep yourself in history at Torre de Menagem.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Braga visit planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Braga is an approximately 13-hour flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Braga due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Braga can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Braga

Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 23:

Guimaraes

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Portuguese Nationality

The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Largo da Oliveira and Passadicos do Paiva. And it doesn't end there: test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, don't miss a visit to Praca de S. Tiago, take in the awesome beauty at Montanha- Parque da Penha, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Guimaraes trip planner.

Guimaraes is just a short distance from Braga. In September, daytime highs in Guimaraes are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Vila Real.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Fun & Games

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 26:

Vila Real

— 3 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like The Douro Valley and Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios. Get out of town with these interesting Vila Real side-trips: Quinta Santa Eufemia (in Lamego), Albufeira Do Azibo (in Macedo de Cavaleiros) and Pinhao Railway Station (in Pinhao).

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Vila Real trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Guimaraes to Vila Real takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Porto.

Things to do in Vila Real

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 26 — 29:

Porto

— 6 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Castelo de Tomar and Igreja dos Carmelitas. Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz (in Coimbra) and Basilica da Santissima Trindade (in Fatima). There's much more to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, and walk around Parque da Cidade do Porto.

To see other places to visit, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Porto trip builder.

You can drive from Vila Real to Porto in 1.5 hours. September in Porto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. On the 5th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 29 — Oct 5:

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.