32 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

32 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Portugal trip itinerary planner

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Porto
— 11 nights
Drive
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Viseu
— 6 nights
Drive
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Pinhao
— 4 nights
Drive
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Freixo de Espada a Cinta
— 2 nights
Drive
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Viana do Castelo
— 7 nights
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Porto

— 11 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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to FC Porto Museum and Parque da Cidade do Porto. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Church of Santa Clara and Igreja dos Carmelitas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto: Guimaraes (Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, Largo da Oliveira, &more) and Braga (Arco da Porta Nova, Se de Braga, &more). On the 14th (Fri), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Praia da Barra. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's, get great views at Porto Bridge Climb, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, and make a trip to Ribeira Square.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Porto trip maker tool.

Kelowna, Canada to Porto is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Kelowna to Porto is 8 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Viseu.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 3 — 15:

Viseu

— 6 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. Restaurante do Museu do Pão and Aldeia Historica do Piodao are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museo do Brinquedo and Castelo de Linhares da Beira. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Viseu: Sabugal Castle (in Sabugal) and Museu Natural Da Electricidade (in Seia). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museu do Quartzo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ecopista do Dao, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, and stroll around Aquilino Ribeiro Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Viseu trip website.

Drive from Porto to Viseu in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pinhao.

Things to do in Viseu

Museums · Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 15 — 21:

Pinhao

— 4 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Quinta da Padrela and Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Assuncao. Get some cultural insight at Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Salzedas and Castelo de Ansiaes. Change things up with a short trip to Igreja Matriz de Sernancelhe in Sernancelhe (about 48 minutes away).

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pinhao road trip planning website.

You can drive from Viseu to Pinhao in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel to Freixo de Espada a Cinta.

Things to do in Pinhao

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 21 — 25:

Freixo de Espada a Cinta

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Freixo de Espada a Cinta, steep yourself in history at Rock Engravings of Mazouco, and then get great views at Carrascalinho Belvedere. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Quinta de Ervamoira and then take some stellar pictures from Miradouro Natural do Alto da Sapinha.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Freixo de Espada a Cinta tour itinerary builder.

Drive from Pinhao to Freixo de Espada a Cinta in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Viana do Castelo.

Things to do in Freixo de Espada a Cinta

Historic Sites · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 25 — 27:

Viana do Castelo

— 7 nights
Step off the beaten path and head to Santa Casa Da Misericórdia De Viana Do Castelo and Museu Municipal de Viana do Castelo. Do some cultural sightseeing at Antigos Pacos do Concelho and Casa dos Nichos. Get out of town with these interesting Viana do Castelo side-trips: Ponte de Lima (Ponte Romana, Igreja Matriz Ponte de Lima, &more), Praia de afife (in Afife) and Museu Bienal de Cerveira (in Vila Nova de Cerveira).

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Viana do Castelo trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Freixo de Espada a Cinta to Viana do Castelo by car takes about 4 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Freixo de Espada a Cinta to Viana do Castelo is 1 hour. In January, daytime highs in Viana do Castelo are 14°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. On the 3rd (Thu), you're off to home.

Things to do in Viana do Castelo

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 27 — Feb 3:

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.