36 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

36 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Porto
— 3 nights
2
Matosinhos
— 2 nights
3
Aveiro
— 2 nights
4
Braga
— 3 nights
5
Lamego
— 3 nights
6
Peso Da Regua
— 3 nights
7
Guimaraes
— 3 nights
8
Ponte de Lima
— 3 nights
9
Pinhao
— 3 nights
10
Vila Real
— 3 nights
11
Amarante
— 3 nights
12
Vila Nova de Gaia
— 3 nights

3
nights
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 shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, and get a taste of the local shopping with Livraria Lello.

For photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Porto travel app.

Toronto, Canada to Porto is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Toronto to Porto is 5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Toronto in October: high temperatures in Porto hover around °C and lows are around °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Matosinhos.

Things to do in Porto

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

2
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Matosinhos

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, make a trip to Muro de Azulejos, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de Santa Clara, stop by Mar Shopping Matosinhos, thenpause for some photo ops at Escultura De Rede De Janet Echelman, and finally pause for some photo ops at Monumento Tragedia no Mar. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Matosinhos Beach, get outside with Piscina das Mares, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Nossa Senhora da Guia.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Matosinhos online day trip planner.

Matosinhos is just a stone's throw from Porto. In October, plan for daily highs up to °C, and evening lows to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aveiro.

Things to do in Matosinhos

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Vila do Conde, Muro de Azulejos, Piscina das Mares
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 12:
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Mar Shopping Matosinhos ©
Mar Shopping Matosinhos
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, take a leisurely stroll along Ria de Aveiro, and then contemplate the long history of Aveiro. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museu de Aveiro, steep yourself in history at Igreja da Misericordia de Aveiro, thenbrowse the different shops at Forum Aveiro, and finally admire the striking features of Aveiro Railway Station.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Aveiro road trip website.

You can drive from Matosinhos to Aveiro in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to drive to Braga.

Things to do in Aveiro

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 12 — 14:
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Ria de Aveiro ©
Ria de Aveiro
Museu de Aveiro ©
Museu de Aveiro
Livraria Gigoes & Anantes ©
Livraria Gigoes & Anantes

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, thenget 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): take in the dramatic scenery at Cascata Tahiti, examine the collection at Mosteiro de Sao Martinho de Tibaes, and then stroll around Praca da Republica.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Braga trip itinerary planning app.

Traveling by car from Aveiro to Braga takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train. In October in Braga, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. On the 17th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lamego.

Things to do in Braga

Parks Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Cascata Tahiti
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:
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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

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Lamego

Lamego ©
Lamego is a city and municipality in the Viseu District, in the Norte Region of the Douro in northern Portugal. Change things up with these side-trips from Lamego: Viseu (Museu Grao Vasco, Painel de Azulejos, &more) and Castelo de Belmonte (in Belmonte). And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Quinta Santa Eufemia, contemplate the long history of Ponte Fortificada de Ucanha, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Lamego, and pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Lamego.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Lamego travel route planner.

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

Things to do in Lamego

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Viseu, Castelo de Belmonte, Ponte Fortificada de Ucanha
Find places to stay Oct 17 — 20:
Highlights from your plan
Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©
Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios
Quinta Santa Eufemia ©
Quinta Santa Eufemia
Quinta da Pacheca ©
Quinta da Pacheca

3
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. On the 21st (Mon), stop by Quinta Da Gaivosa, thenlearn about winemaking at Quinta Seara d'Ordens, thenenjoy breathtaking views from Miradouro de Sao Leonardo de Galafura, and finally take in the views from Ponte Pedonal Metalica de Peso da Regua. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue): examine the collection at Museu do Douro, make a trip to Miradouro Sao Domingos, and then examine the collection at Casa de Tormes - Museu Queirosiano.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Peso Da Regua trip maker app.

Peso Da Regua is just a short distance from Lamego. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Peso Da Regua

Museums Wineries Scenic Drive

Side Trips

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

3
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, nature, and fun & games. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Guimaraes, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco, explore the historical opulence of Guimaraes Castle, and take in the awesome beauty at Montanha- Parque da Penha.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Guimaraes trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Peso Da Regua to Guimaraes takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Guimaraes can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ponte de Lima.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Monastery of Saint Mary of Pombeiro
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:
Highlights from your plan
Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco ©
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. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de Santa Luzia, examine the collection at O Navio Gil Eannes, thendon't miss a visit to Largo de Camoes, and finally snap pictures at Ponte Romana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Mon): snap pictures at Ponte de Lima, admire the natural beauty at Parque Temático do Arnado, thenstroll around Theme Arnado Park, thentake in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz Ponte de Lima, and finally contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Valenca.

To see other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ponte de Lima online travel planner.

Getting from Guimaraes to Ponte de Lima by car takes about an hour. Traveling from Guimaraes to Ponte de Lima, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In October in Ponte de Lima, expect temperatures between °C during the day and °C at night. 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:
Highlights from your plan
Santuario de Santa Luzia ©
Santuario de Santa Luzia
Ponte Romana ©
Ponte Romana
O Navio Gil Eannes ©
O Navio Gil Eannes

3
nights
Pinhao

Pinhao ©
Take a break from Pinhao with a short trip to Se-Catedral da Guarda in Guarda, about 1h 25 min away.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pinhao trip planner.

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

Things to do in Pinhao

Wineries Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Tabuaco, Se-Catedral da Guarda, Quinta do Beijo, Double viewpoint De Loivos
Find places to stay Oct 29 — Nov 1:
Highlights from your plan
Quinta do Bomfim ©
Quinta do Bomfim
The Douro Valley
The Douro Valley
Quinta do Beijo ©
Quinta do Beijo

3
nights
Vila Real

Vila Real ©
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Chaves, thencontemplate the long history of Ponte Romana de Trajano, and then contemplate the long history of Casa de Mateus. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at Clube de Golfe de Vidago, thenget outside with Parque Natural do Alvao, thenexplore the world behind art at Museu da Vila Velha, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Domingos Church.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Vila Real tour builder app.

You can drive from Pinhao to Vila Real in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive 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:
Highlights from your plan
Casa de Mateus ©
Casa de Mateus
Clube de Golfe de Vidago ©
Clube de Golfe de Vidago
Parque Natural do Alvao ©
Parque Natural do Alvao

3
nights
Amarante

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

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Amarante trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Vila Real to Amarante in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vila Nova de Gaia.

Things to do in Amarante

Historic Sites Parks Wineries

Side Trips

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

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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.
On the 8th (Fri), make a trip to Capela do Senhor da Pedra, thendo a tasting at Quinta dos Corvos, thendo a tasting at Sandeman Cellars, and finally do a tasting at Porto Calem. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge, see the interesting displays at Ferreira Cellars, thenlearn about winemaking at Graham's Port Lodge, thendo a tasting at Churchill's - Visitors Centre, and finally do a tasting at Porto Augusto's.

For ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Vila Nova de Gaia day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Amarante to Vila Nova de Gaia takes an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Vila Nova de Gaia can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vila Nova de Gaia

Wineries Museums
Find places to stay Nov 7 — 10:
Highlights from your plan
Pocas Vinhos ©
Pocas Vinhos
Taylor's Port ©
Taylor's Port
Graham's Port Lodge ©
Graham's Port Lodge

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