31 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

31 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

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Viseu
— 4 nights
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Pinhao
— 5 nights
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Braganca
— 4 nights
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Viana do Castelo
— 5 nights
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Porto
— 12 nights
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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 a sense of the local culture at Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco and Museu de Lamego. Step out of the city life by going to Praia Fluvial Senhora da Ribeira and Praia Fluvial de Folgosa. Explore Viseu's surroundings by going to Sao Pedro do Sul (Aldeia Tipica do Fujaco, Serra de Sao Macario, &more), Casa das Pedras Parideiras (in Arouca) and Lamego (Aneto Wines, Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, &more). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museu Etnografico Casa da Lavoura e Oficina do Linho, pause for some photo ops at Palacio dos Condes de Anadia, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de Sao Jose, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se Catedral de Viseu.

To see photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Viseu attractions planner.

Lisbon to Viseu is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pinhao.

Things to do in Viseu

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors

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Pinhao

— 5 nights
Your inner history buff will appreciate Igreja Matriz de Sernancelhe and Castelo de Ansiaes. Get in touch with nature at The Douro Valley and Park Douro Selvagem. Explore Pinhao's surroundings by going to Santuario Nossa Senhora da Lapa (in Sernancelhe), Apibericos,professional beekeepers (in Sabrosa) and Penedono (Igreja Matriz de Penedono & Castelo de Penedono).

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pinhao online tour planner.

You can drive from Viseu to Pinhao in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Braganca.

Things to do in Pinhao

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 3 — 8:

Braganca

— 4 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. Castle of Braganza and Church of Santa Maria Maior will appeal to history buffs. Museum-lovers will get to explore Galeria George Dussaud and Centro de Arte Contemporanea Graca Morais. Explore Braganca's surroundings by going to Vinhais (Parque Biologico de Vinhais & Centro Cultural Solar dos Condes de Vinhais) and Chaves (Castelo de Chaves, Ponte Romana de Trajano, &more). There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museu Iberico da Mascara e do Traje and stop by Mercearia da Se.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Braganca online sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Pinhao to Braganca in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Viana do Castelo.

Things to do in Braganca

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 8 — 12:

Viana do Castelo

— 5 nights
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Abadia and Antigos Pacos do Concelho. You'll get in some beach time at Praia de afife and Praia da Arda. Get out of town with these interesting Viana do Castelo side-trips: Caminha (Misericordia Church & Foz do Minho Beach), Church of Misericordia (in Arcos de Valdevez) and AktivaNatura - Outdoor Adventures (in Ponte da Barca).

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Viana do Castelo trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by car from Braganca to Viana do Castelo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of car, train, and taxi. Traveling from Braganca to Viana do Castelo, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in Viana do Castelo, expect temperatures between 56°F during the day and 43°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Porto.

Things to do in Viana do Castelo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 12 — 17:

Porto

— 12 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.
Get outdoors at Detours and Praia de Miramar. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Serralves and District Offices And Lifestyle. Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Enjoy Douro (in Marco de Canaveses), Vila do Conde (Capela de Nossa Senhora da Guia & Largo Dom Afonso Sanches) and Igreja da Lapa (in Povoa de Varzim). And it doesn't end there: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, stroll through Mindelo Beach, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Costa Nova.

To see maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Porto vacation app.

Drive from Viana do Castelo to Porto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Viana do Castelo to Porto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 17 — 29:

Northern Portugal travel guide

4.3
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.