5 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

5 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northern Portugal trip itinerary planner

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Viana do Castelo
— 1 day
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Porto
— 4 nights
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Braga
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Guimaraes
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Viana do Castelo

— 1 day
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Parque Temático do Arnado, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de Santa Luzia, then stroll through Passadicos do Sistelo, and finally admire the striking features of Paco de Giela.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Viana do Castelo online trip itinerary builder.

Lisbon to Viana do Castelo is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and taxi. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Lisbon in July, plan for little chillier days in Viana do Castelo, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Viana do Castelo

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

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Porto

— 4 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.
Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Coimbra (Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, University of Coimbra, &more). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, stop by Livraria Lello, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Porto vacation planner.

You can 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. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Braga.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Nature

Side Trips

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Braga

Portuguese Rome

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.
To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Braga itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Porto to Braga takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Braga are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. On the 26th (Mon), you'll travel to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Tours
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Guimaraes

Birthplace of the Portuguese Nationality

The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
On the 26th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Largo do Toural and then don't miss a visit to Praca de S. Tiago.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Guimaraes travel route planner.

Guimaraes is just a stone's throw from Braga. In July, daytime highs in Guimaraes are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) 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.