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: Cascata da Portela do Homem (in Geres) and Ponte Romana (in Ponte de Lima). 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 Room Escape Games. When in Guimaraes, make a side trip to see Passadicos do Paiva in Arouca, approximately Arouca away. The adventure continues: take in the awesome beauty at Montanha- Parque da Penha, explore the ancient world of Citania de Briteiros, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, and explore the world behind art at Alberto Sampaio Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Guimaraes online vacation planner.

Guimaraes is very close to Braga. Expect a daytime high around 27°C in September, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive 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), Pinhao Railway Station (in Pinhao) and Albufeira Do Azibo (in Macedo de Cavaleiros).

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 · Nature

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). And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, don't miss a visit to Ribeira Square, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, and stop by Livraria Lello.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Porto travel route planner.

Drive from Vila Real to Porto in 1.5 hours. In September, daytime highs in Porto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. 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.