36 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

36 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

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36 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10​h
1
Porto
— 3 nights
Drive:  15​min
2
Matosinhos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Aveiro
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 15​min
4
Braga
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Lamego
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
6
Peso Da Regua
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Guimaraes
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
8
Ponte de Lima
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Pinhao
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
10
Vila Real
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
11
Amarante
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
12
Vila Nova de Gaia
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
Porto

Porto ©
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.
Porto is known for historic sites, parks, nightlife, museums, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, get your bearings at Livraria Lello, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Torre dos Clerigos, and take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto day trip planning website .

Toronto, Canada to Porto is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Porto, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in October, expect Porto to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Matosinhos.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Walking tours
Wine Tours & Tastings

2
nights
Matosinhos

Matosinhos is a city and a municipality in the northern Porto district of Portugal, bordered in the south by the city of Porto. On the 11th (Fri), brush up on your military savvy at Nau Quinhentista, don't miss a visit to Muro de Azulejos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de Santa Clara, stop by Mar Shopping Matosinhos, then appreciate the history behind Escultura De Rede De Janet Echelman, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monumento Tragedia no Mar. On the 12th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Matosinhos Beach, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then head outdoors with Piscina das Mares, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Capela de Nossa Senhora da Guia.

To see where to stay, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Matosinhos trip planner .

Matosinhos is very close to Porto. In October in Matosinhos, expect temperatures between 25°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Aveiro.

Things to do in Matosinhos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vila do Conde, Muro de Azulejos, Piscina das Mares
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Nau Quinhentista ©
Nau Quinhentista
Monumento Tragedia no Mar ©
Monumento Tragedia no Mar

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Aveiro

Aveiro ©
Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Livraria Gigoes & Anantes, then take a leisurely stroll along Ria de Aveiro, and then admire the landmark architecture of Aveiro. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Museu de Aveiro, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja da Misericordia de Aveiro, then buy something for everyone on your list at Forum Aveiro, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Aveiro Railway Station.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Aveiro road trip website .

Traveling by car from Matosinhos to Aveiro takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) to allow time to take a train to Braga.

Things to do in Aveiro

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Ria de Aveiro ©
Ria de Aveiro
Museu de Aveiro ©
Museu de Aveiro
Forum Aveiro ©
Forum Aveiro

3
nights
Braga

Braga ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Conceicao, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sameiro Sanctuary, take in the spiritual surroundings of Bom Jesus do Monte, then get great views at Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Se de Braga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Cascata Tahiti, examine the collection at Mosteiro de Sao Martinho de Tibaes, and then don't miss a visit to Praca da Republica.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Braga trip planner .

You can take a train from Aveiro to Braga in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Lamego.

Things to do in Braga

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cascata Tahiti
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The Garden of Santa Barbara ©
The Garden of Santa Barbara
Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte

3
nights
Lamego

Lamego ©
Lamego is a city and municipality in the Viseu District, in the Norte Region of the Douro in northern Portugal. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lamego: Castelo de Belmonte (in Belmonte) and Viseu (Museu Grao Vasco, Painel de Azulejos, & more). There's lots more to do: learn about winemaking at Quinta Santa Eufemia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, contemplate the long history of Ponte Fortificada de Ucanha, and don't miss a visit to Capela de S.Pedro de Balsemão.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lamego day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Braga to Lamego in 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Peso Da Regua.

Things to do in Lamego

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Viseu, Ponte Fortificada de Ucanha, Castelo de Belmonte
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:
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Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©
Quinta Santa Eufemia ©
Quinta Santa Eufemia
Se Catedral de Viseu ©
Se Catedral de Viseu

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nights
Peso Da Regua

Peso Da Regua ©
Peso da Régua, commonly known as Régua, is a municipality in northern Portugal, in the district of Vila Real. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): stop by Quinta Da Gaivosa, learn about winemaking at Quinta Seara d'Ordens, then take a memorable drive along Miradouro de Sao Leonardo de Galafura, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Pedonal Metalica de Peso da Regua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museu do Douro, then don't miss a visit to Miradouro Sao Domingos, and then examine the collection at Casa de Tormes - Museu Queirosiano.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Peso Da Regua trip planner .

Peso Da Regua is just a stone's throw from Lamego. On the 23rd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Peso Da Regua

Museums Wineries Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Casa de Tormes - Museu Queirosiano, Quinta Da Gaivosa
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 23:
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Museu do Douro ©
Museu do Douro
Miradouro Sao Domingos ©
Miradouro Sao Domingos
Quinta do Vallado ©
Quinta do Vallado

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nights
Guimaraes

Guimaraes ©
The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
Guimaraes is known for historic sites, parks, fun & games, museums, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Centro Historico de Guimaraes, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montanha- Parque da Penha, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and step into the grandiose world of Guimaraes Castle.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Guimaraes road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Peso Da Regua to Guimaraes takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 25°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Ponte de Lima.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Monastery of Saint Mary of Pombeiro
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Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco ©
Guimaraes Castle ©
Guimaraes Castle
Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira

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Ponte de Lima

Ponte de Lima ©
Ponte de Lima, is the oldest vila in Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de Santa Luzia, examine the collection at O Navio Gil Eannes, then don't miss a visit to Largo de Camoes, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Romana. On the next day, take in the views from Ponte de Lima, stroll around Parque do Arnado, then walk around Theme Arnado Park, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Ponte de Lima, and finally make a trip to Fortaleza de Valenca.

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You can drive from Guimaraes to Ponte de Lima in an hour. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In October, daily temperatures in Ponte de Lima can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pinhao.

Things to do in Ponte de Lima

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Viana do Castelo, Fortaleza de Valenca
Find places to stay Oct 26 — 29:
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Santuario de Santa Luzia ©
Santuario de Santa Luzia
Fortaleza de Valenca ©
Fortaleza de Valenca
O Navio Gil Eannes ©
O Navio Gil Eannes

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nights
Pinhao

Pinhao ©
Change things up with a short trip to Se-Catedral da Guarda in Guarda (about 1h 25 min away).

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You can drive from Ponte de Lima to Pinhao in 2 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Vila Real.

Things to do in Pinhao

Wineries Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tabuaco, Quinta do Beijo, Double viewpoint De Loivos, Se-Catedral da Guarda
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
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Quinta do Bomfim ©
Quinta do Bomfim
Quinta do Popa ©
Quinta do Popa
Vinicola Wine & Soul ©
Vinicola Wine & Soul

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nights
Vila Real

Vila Real ©
On the 2nd (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Chaves, then contemplate the long history of Ponte Romana de Trajano, and then contemplate the long history of Casa de Mateus. Keep things going the next day: tee off at Clube de Golfe de Vidago, head outdoors with Parque Natural do Alvao, then get engrossed in the history at Museu da Vila Velha, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Domingos Church.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vila Real trip planning site .

Getting from Pinhao to Vila Real by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Amarante.

Things to do in Vila Real

Historic Sites Outdoors Golf

Side Trips

Chaves, Albufeira Do Azibo, Clube de Golfe de Vidago, Parque Natural do Alvao
Find places to stay Nov 1 — 4:
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Casa de Mateus ©
Casa de Mateus
Parque Natural do Alvao ©
Parque Natural do Alvao
Clube de Golfe de Vidago ©
Clube de Golfe de Vidago

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nights
Amarante

Amarante ©
Change things up with these side-trips from Amarante: Penafiel (Quinta da Aveleda, Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Piedade e Santos Passos ( Igreja do Sameiro ), & more), Quinta de Santa Cristina (in Celorico de Basto) and Senhora Da Graça (in Mondim de Basto).

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Amarante online route builder .

Traveling by car from Vila Real to Amarante takes an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) early enough to drive to Vila Nova de Gaia.

Things to do in Amarante

Historic Sites Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Penafiel, Bestanca River, Quinta de Santa Cristina, Senhora Da Graça, Parque Aquatico Amarante
Find places to stay Nov 4 — 7:
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Igreja de São Gonçalo ©
Igreja de São Gonçalo
Senhora Da Graça ©
Senhora Da Graça
Bestanca River ©
Bestanca River

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Vila Nova de Gaia

Vila Nova de Gaia ©
Across the Douro River from Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia touts famed Port wine lodges, where bottles are stored and aged.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Fri): make a trip to Capela do Senhor da Pedra, then do a tasting at Quinta dos Corvos, then do a tasting at Sandeman Cellars, and finally do a tasting at Porto Calem. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge, learn about winemaking at Ferreira Cellars, do a tasting at Graham's Port Lodge, then learn about winemaking at Churchill's - Visitors Centre, and finally learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Vila Nova de Gaia travel route planner .

Drive from Amarante to Vila Nova de Gaia in an hour. November in Vila Nova de Gaia sees daily highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C at night. On the 10th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Vila Nova de Gaia

Wineries Museums
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Taylor's Port ©
Taylor's Port
Graham's Port Lodge ©
Graham's Port Lodge
Capela do Senhor da Pedra ©
Capela do Senhor da Pedra

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