45 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

45 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

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Porto
— 17 nights
2
Viana do Castelo
— 7 nights
3
Chaves
— 4 nights
4
Braganca
— 5 nights
5
Pinhao
— 5 nights
6
Viseu
— 6 nights

17
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.
Take a break from the city and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Oporto Buggy Adventure. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Se de Braga and Capela das Almas. Get out of town with these interesting Porto side-trips: Castelo de Santa Maria da Feira (in Santa Maria da Feira), Museu Bernardino Machado (in Vila Nova de Famalicao) and Braga (The Garden of Santa Barbara, Arco da Porta Nova, &more). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at FC Porto Museum, learn the secrets of beer at Taste Porto Food Tours, get to know the fascinating history of Rua das Flores, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara).

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Porto trip site.

Lisbon to Porto is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in September; daily highs in Porto reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Viana do Castelo.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Gaia, Braga, Aveiro, Guimaraes, Matosinhos
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Taste Porto Food Tours ©
Taste Porto Food Tours
Praia da Costa Nova ©
Praia da Costa Nova
Praia da Barra ©
Praia da Barra

7
nights
Viana do Castelo

Viana do Castelo ©
Get a sense of the local culture at Fortaleza de Valenca and O Navio Gil Eannes. Let the collections at Museu do Traje and Centro de Interpretacao e Promocao do Vinho Verde capture your imagination. Change things up with these side-trips from Viana do Castelo: Ponte Romana (in Ponte de Lima), Ponte da Barca (Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Paz & Castelo de Lindoso) and Espigueiros de Soajo (in Soajo).

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Viana do Castelo travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Porto to Viana do Castelo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Porto to Viana do Castelo. In October in Viana do Castelo, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chaves.

Things to do in Viana do Castelo

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Valenca, Ponte de Lima, Caminha, Melgaco, Ponte da Barca
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Museu do Traje ©
Museu do Traje
Fortaleza de Valenca ©
Fortaleza de Valenca
O Navio Gil Eannes ©
O Navio Gil Eannes

4
nights
Chaves

Chaves ©
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Miradouro da Pedra Bela and Ponte Romana de Trajano. Get some cultural insight at Castelo de Chaves and Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Chaves: Montes de Laboreiro (in Castro Laboreiro), Geres (Cascata Tahiti, Cascata do Arado, &more) and Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Peneda (in Arcos de Valdevez).

For photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Chaves driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Viana do Castelo to Chaves takes 2.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Braganca.

Things to do in Chaves

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Geres, Centro de Artes Nadir Afonso, Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Peneda, Montes de Laboreiro
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 14:
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Miradouro da Pedra Bela ©
Miradouro da Pedra Bela
Castelo de Chaves ©
Castelo de Chaves
Cascata do Arado ©
Cascata do Arado

5
nights
Braganca

Braganca ©
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. Appreciate the collections at Centro de Arte Contemporanea Graca Morais and Casa do Careto. Get a sense of the local culture at Castle of Braganza and Iglesia de la Misericordia. Get out of town with these interesting Braganca side-trips: Castelo de Algoso (in Algoso), Macedo de Cavaleiros (Albufeira Do Azibo & Museu Municipal de Arqueologia Coronel Albino Pereira Lopo) and Miranda do Douro (Crucero Ambiental Arribes & Miranda do Douro Cathedral). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Maria, brush up on your military savvy at Museu Militar De Bragança, see the interesting displays at Museu Iberico da Mascara e do Traje, and make a trip to Centro Ciencia Viva de Braganca.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Braganca itinerary website.

You can drive from Chaves to Braganca in 1.5 hours. On the 19th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pinhao.

Things to do in Braganca

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Macedo de Cavaleiros, Miranda do Douro, Castelo de Algoso
Find places to stay Oct 14 — 19:
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Castle of Braganza ©
Castle of Braganza
Albufeira Do Azibo ©
Albufeira Do Azibo
Iglesia de la Misericordia ©
Iglesia de la Misericordia

5
nights
Pinhao

Pinhao
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Douro Valley and Pinhao Railway Station. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Quinta do Bomfim and Quinta do Panascal. Change things up with these side-trips from Pinhao: Quinta do Crasto (in Sabrosa), Penedono (Castelo de Penedono & Igreja Matriz de Penedono) and Quinta Nova (in Covas do Douro).

To find reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pinhao online route planner.

Drive from Braganca to Pinhao in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can go by car to Viseu.

Things to do in Pinhao

Wineries · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Tabuaco, Sabrosa, Penedono, Casal de Loivos, Senhora de Lurdes Belvedere
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The Douro Valley
The Douro Valley
Quinta do Bomfim ©
Quinta do Bomfim
Quinta do Seixo - Sandeman ©
Quinta do Seixo - Sandeman

6
nights
Viseu

Viseu ©
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. Step off the beaten path and head to Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios and Quinta da Pacheca. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Se Catedral de Viseu and Torre de Vilharigues. Explore Viseu's surroundings by going to Lamego (Catedral de Lamego & Quinta Santa Eufemia), Peso Da Regua (Quinta do Vallado, Miradouro de Sao Leonardo de Galafura, &more) and Museu do Caramulo (in Caramulo). There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museu Grao Vasco, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco, explore the landscape on two wheels at Ecopista do Dao, and steep yourself in history at Ramparts of Viseu.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Viseu trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Pinhao to Viseu takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Viseu

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Lamego, Peso Da Regua, Museu do Caramulo, National Forest of Bussaco, Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco
Find places to stay Oct 24 — 30:
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Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©
Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios
Catedral de Lamego ©
Catedral de Lamego
Se Catedral de Viseu ©
Se Catedral de Viseu

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