22 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

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Fly to Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport, Drive to Geres
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Geres
— 3 nights
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Braganca
— 3 nights
Drive
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Pinhao
— 2 nights
Drive
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Viseu
— 4 nights
Drive
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Porto
— 9 nights
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Geres — 3 nights

Step out of the city life by going to Miradouro da Pedra Bela and Cascata Tahiti. Do some cultural sightseeing at Granaries of Lindoso and Sao Bento da Porta Aberta. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Geres: Melgaco (Soalheiro, River Rafting & Tubing, &more).

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Geres day trip website.

Cape Town, South Africa to Geres is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Cape Town to Geres, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Braganca.
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Braganca — 3 nights

Bragança is a city and municipality in north-eastern Portugal, capital of the district of Bragança, in the Alto Trás-os-Montes subregion of Portugal. Your inner history buff will appreciate Concatedral de Miranda do Douro and Ponte Romana de Trajano. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castelo de Chaves and Rio de Onor Village. Venture out of the city with trips to Macedo de Cavaleiros (Casa do Careto & Albufeira Do Azibo) and Castelo de Algoso (in Algoso). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castle of Braganza, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Maria, and explore the world behind art at Galeria George Dussaud.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Braganca trip planner.

Traveling by car from Geres to Braganca takes 3.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pinhao.
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Pinhao — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Penedono, do a tasting at Quinta do Bomfim, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the verdant scenery at The Douro Valley, then don't miss a visit to Pinhao Railway Station, then do a tasting at Quinta do Seixo - Sandeman, and finally look for gifts at Casa dos Cantoneiros - Foz-Tua Wine House.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Pinhao day trip planning site.

You can drive from Braganca to Pinhao in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Viseu.
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Viseu — 4 nights

Viseu is a city and municipality in the Centro Region of Portugal and the capital of the district of the same name, with a population of 99,274 inhabitants, and center of the Viseu Dão Lafões intermunipical community, with 267,633 inhabitants.Settled during the period of the early Iberian castro culture, the territory of Viseu was populated by a series of cultures, that include the Romans, Suebs, Visigoths and Moors. Get some historical perspective at Se Catedral de Viseu and Ramparts of Viseu. Get a sense of the local culture at Igreja da Misericordia de Viseu and Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Viseu: National Forest of Bussaco (in Luso), Lamego (Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios & Quinta da Pacheca) and Peso Da Regua (Museu do Douro & Miradouro de Sao Leonardo de Galafura). And it doesn't end there: explore the world behind art at Museu Grao Vasco, contemplate the long history of Porta do Soar, and learn about winemaking at Solar do Vinho do Dao - Rota dos Vinhos do Dao.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Viseu vacation maker website.

Traveling by car from Pinhao to Viseu takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can drive to Porto.
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Porto — 9 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at O Navio Gil Eannes and Church of Santa Clara. Get outdoors at Praia da Costa Nova and Montanha- Parque da Penha. Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Se de Braga (in Braga), Aveiro (Estatuas da Ponte & Museu de Aveiro) and Guimaraes (Paco dos Duques de Braganca, Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja dos Carmelitas, appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua das Flores, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, and stroll through Matosinhos Beach.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto route planner.

Traveling by car from Viseu to Porto takes 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Northern Portugal travel guide

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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.
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