12 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

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12 days in Northern Portugal Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18​h
1
Ilhavo
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Viseu
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Pinhao
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Braganca
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Chaves
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Geres
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Guimaraes
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  17​h 30​min
End: New York City

1
day
Ilhavo

Ilhavo ©
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): kick back and relax at Praia da Barra, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Costa Nova, and then stop by Oficina da Formiga Ceramica.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ilhavo travel route planner.

New York City, USA to Ilhavo is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can go by car to Viseu.

Things to do in Ilhavo

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Praia da Barra ©
Praia da Barra
Praia da Costa Nova ©
Praia da Costa Nova
Oficina da Formiga Ceramica ©
Oficina da Formiga Ceramica

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Lamego, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, then explore the world behind art at Museu Grao Vasco, then pause for some serene contemplation at Se Catedral de Viseu, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Church of the Third of San Francisco. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Painel de Azulejos, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Misericordia de Viseu, take a peaceful walk through Parque do Fontelo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, and finally admire the striking features of Camara Municipal de Viseu.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Viseu online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Ilhavo to Viseu in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Pinhao.

Things to do in Viseu

Historic Sites Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trip

Lamego
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Catedral de Lamego ©
Catedral de Lamego
Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©
Se Catedral de Viseu ©
Se Catedral de Viseu

1
night
Pinhao

Pinhao ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): do a tasting at Quinta do Seixo - Sandeman, do a tasting at Quinta do Bomfim, then make a trip to Pinhao Railways Station, and finally admire the verdant scenery at The Douro Valley.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Pinhao holiday maker tool .

Getting from Viseu to Pinhao by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can drive to Braganca.

Things to do in Pinhao

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trip

Quinta do Seixo - Sandeman
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Quinta do Bomfim ©
Quinta do Bomfim

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Castle of Braganza, contemplate the long history of Citadel of Braganca, learn about all things military at Museu Militar De Bragança, see the interesting displays at Museu Iberico da Mascara e do Traje, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Domus Municipalis.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Braganca tour itinerary website .

You can drive from Pinhao to Braganca in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Chaves.

Things to do in Braganca

Historic Sites Museums
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Castle of Braganza ©
Castle of Braganza
Church of Santa Maria ©
Church of Santa Maria
Domus Municipalis ©
Domus Municipalis

1
night
Chaves

Chaves ©
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Praca de Camoes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Misericordia, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Chaves, then steep yourself in history at Ponte Romana de Trajano, then explore the world behind art at Museum Nadir Afonso, and finally examine the collection at Aquae Flaviae Roman Baths.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Chaves trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Braganca to Chaves in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to drive to Geres.

Things to do in Chaves

Museums Historic Sites
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Castelo de Chaves ©
Castelo de Chaves
Church of Misericordia ©
Church of Misericordia
Museum Nadir Afonso ©
Museum Nadir Afonso

1
night
Geres

Geres ©
On the 15th (Thu), get outside with Cascata da Portela do Homem and then cruise along Miradouro da Pedra Bela.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Geres trip planner.

You can drive from Chaves to Geres in 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Geres

Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Cascata da Portela do Homem ©
Cascata da Portela do Homem
Miradouro da Pedra Bela ©
Miradouro da Pedra Bela

4
nights
Guimaraes

Guimaraes ©
The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Sao Bento da Porta Aberta and Monastery of Saint Mary of Pombeiro. Popular historic sites such as Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira and Largo da Oliveira are in your itinerary. Explore Guimaraes' surroundings by going to Viana do Castelo (Santa Casa Da Misericórdia De Viana Do Castelo & O Navio Gil Eannes), Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro (in Braga) and Fortaleza de Valenca do Minho (in Valenca). There's lots more to do: stroll through Praia da Arda, take in the views from Ponte Romana, kick back and relax at Praia de afife, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Barcelos.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Guimaraes attractions planner.

Drive from Geres to Guimaraes in 1.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Guimaraes can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. On the 19th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Afife, Viana do Castelo, Ponte Romana, Sao Bento da Porta Aberta, Sameiro Sanctuary
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Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira
Sameiro Sanctuary ©
Sameiro Sanctuary

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