Porto and the North

  • 10 days
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • General public
  • Culture / Heritage
  • Faune and flora
  • Discovery
  • Free time
  • Medium

With a little time, the visitor will be able to leave Porto to discover other equally interesting cities. With its beautiful and unique landscapes, Portugal's history and culture are revealed.

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<p>Church do Carmo</p> Porto beside the Douro river. <p>Castle and Palace</p> Santua ́ rio C à Braga Sameiro <p>Viana do Castelo.</p> <p>Ponte da Barca.</p> <p>Lamego Cathedral.</p> <p>Douro e du Douro, pre-s of Pinha salobreña o.</p> <p>Pinhão - Douro Valley.</p>

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  • Amarante
  • Lamego
  • Peso da Regua
  • Pinhão
  • Guimarães
  • Braga
  • Barcelos
  • Viana do Castelo
  • Ponte de Lima
  • Vila Real
  • Chaves
  • Ponte da Barca
  • Porto
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Details of the stay: Porto and the North - 10 days

Day 1 : Visit of Porto

Starting with the upper city, its many churches, its buildings with their azulejos facades and its bustling and commercial streets. In the afternoon, visit the Sé Cathedral, São Bento Station and Santa Catarina Street, a gourmet break at the Majestic.

Day 2 : Tasting sessions

Visit of the wine cellars of Vila Nova de Gaia and port tasting in the morning. Visit of the Ribeira and a short tour in the old tramway, then visit the Bolsa Palace and the São Francisco Church.

Day 3 : Foz do Douro

Foz do Douro district in Porto: walk by the sea, visit Castelo do Queijo and Forte São João, walk in the small streets. Lunch in Matosinhos in one of the seafood restaurants. In the afternoon visit the Serralves Museum Foundation with its beautiful gardens, then evening at Casa da Musica.

Day 4 : Guimarães

Join the very pleasant Guimarães and its beautifully preserved historic centre: as part of the heritage of humanity, Guimarães adds that of the nation's cradle, because it was in its castle that Dom Afonso Henriques, Portugal's first king, was born in the 12th century.

Day 5 : Braga

Direction Braga: stop at the Citânia de Briteiros, ruins of an Iron Age city, and at the sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte. Visit of Braga, the episcopal city. Reach Viana do Castelo by the coast via Barcelos, famous for its Thursday market.

Day 6 : Viana do Castelo

In the morning, discover the beautiful city of Viana do Castelo, with its main square in pure Renaissance style. Then, follow the Rio Lima to Ponte de Lima, a Roman bridge rebuilt in the 14th century, which gave the city its name. In the surroundings, many sumptuous solares.

Day 7 : Peneda Gerês National Park

The next day, continue towards Ponte da Barca, which could be one of the starting points for the visit of the Peneda Gerês National Park, 700 km² of nature to discover absolutely.

Day 8 : Lamego

Direction Lamego whose monumental staircase is worth that of Braga, passing through the very charming Amarante.

Day 9 : Upper Douro Valley

From Pinhão to Peso da Regua, the Douro winds its way through the Douro; its slopes, festooned with terraced vines, plunge down to the river and offer the viewer some of the most emblematic landscapes in the country. We can take the opportunity to take a small cruise there. The road along the river for 25 km is not bad either.

Day 10 : Return to Oporto

Either by the north, with the motorway via Vila Real and Penafiel or by the Douro Valley where you can enjoy, in addition to the wonderful landscapes, the numerous and elegant cellars (quintas), often open to the public, which make up as many reasons to you on the path.

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