Lisbon & Old-Charm Porto | Roadtrip
Visit two of Portugal's bustling riverside cities. The historical Porto city combined with the cosmopolitan Lisbon, an opportunity you cant miss!
Why we love this deal:
- This unique flight and hotel deal takes you to two amazing and distinct Portuguese destinations: the city of Porto and Lisbon;
- Lisbon people are charming and friendly, the food is one of the best in Europe, the weather is mild, and the combination of the old cobbled streets with its modern vibe makes it a delightful experience for any visitor. It is a historical capital with a modern and vibrant atmosphere. In your stay in Lisbon, you will surely enjoy strolling on the black and white mosaic cobblestone sidewalks, large boulevards, and quaint alleyways while feeling enticed by the city's many street-side cafes and delicious aroma of coffee and pastries;
- Portugal's second-largest metropolis has many interesting places to visit and things to do. Built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro river, Porto is a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the Porto wine, produced exclusively on the Douro Valley. Explore the cellars of well-known port lodges and taste this exquisite drink;
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Arrival in Lisbon. Drive to Porto (195 mi/ 314,1 km, approximately 3h5). Free day for personal activities. We recommend taking a stroll around downtown Porto and having a “francesinha” for lunch/ dinner accompanied by Portuguese wine.
- Bridge D. Luís I
- Livraria Lello
- Torre dos Clérigos
- Majestic Café
Book here your Porto City Guided Walking Tour.
Visit the Douro Valley
Following the river Douro upstream, you reach the Alto Douro Wine Region. This is a land of traditions, a place of enchantment and mysticism, a great stretch of land where Nature reigns in perfect harmony with the inhabitants that have shaped the valley slopes and organized the land into vineyards. Each of these vineyards can be accessed by winding roads that pattern the landscape. There has been evidence of wine production for more than two thousand years in the region but it was only in 1756 that the Demarcated Douro Region was created and wine production in the region was organized and became internationally recognized.
Drive to Braga ( 35 mi/ 56 km, approximately 40 minutes).
Highlights in Braga
- Sé Cathedral
- Museum of Sacred Art
- Former Archbishop's Palace
- Bom Jesus do Monte (an absolute must-visit), Arcos de Valdevez
- Peneda Gerês National Park: Gerês, also known as Peneda-Gerês National Park, is the oldest and largest National Park in Portugal. In this park, you can explore the lush vegetation that Portugal has to offer, with its endemic species like the Gerês lily, which illuminates the vegetation with its unique and eye-catching blue-violet hues. Explore the rivers and streams of this Edenic park that run through the Peneda, Soajo, Amarela, and Gerês mountain ranges. You can also look forward to being dazzled also by its breathtaking scenic landscapes.
Drive to Guimarães (33 mi/ 54 km, approximately 40 minutes). Guimarães is known as the "Cradle City" of Portugal, since it was here that the first King of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, was born. Associated with the formation of Portugal, the historic center of Guimarães was classified as an official World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city is remarkably well-preserved, and its rich heritage and history is demonstrated by the graceful iron balconies, granite balconies and porches, manor houses, arches connecting narrow streets, floor slabs smoothed by time, towers and cloisters that abound everywhere the eye can see. In this city, for a moment, it seems as if you stepped back in time to a medieval setting, where nobility built jaw-dropping villas, like the Casa Mota Prego, the Palácio de Vila Flor, do Toural and many others--all of which give Guimarães a unique and awe-inspiring atmosphere. Highlights in Guimarães: Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, Guimarães Old Town, Guimarães Castle, Citânia dos Briteiros.
Explore coastal Porto: Foz do Douro, Matosinhos, Senhor da Pedra.
Visit Aveiro: Situated between the sea and the ria (estuary) and criss-crossed by a network of channels, it is no wonder that Aveiro is often referred to as "The Venice of Portugal". Visitors can cruise the water-filled landscape of Aveiro aboard moliceiros (these slim, colorful boats used to be used by locals to collect algae and seaweed), or hop on a "BUGA" bicycle to cruise the flat streets of the city. Marvel at the beautiful Art Nouveau architecture that marks the city along the main channel. Visit Aveiro's many museums dedicated to its history, art and architecture.
Check out from the hotel in Porto. Drive to Lisbon (191 mi, 315.5 km, approximately 3h). Before you arrive in Lisbon, we recommend stopping at Sintra and visiting the Old Town and one of the following monuments: Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, Monteserrate Palace, Sintra National Palace or the Moorish Castle. Check in at the hotel in Lisbon and free rest of the day for personal activities.
Visit the Chiado, Baixa, Belém and Bairro Alto district (Bairro Alto is known for its nightlife scene). Highlights: São Roque church, São Pedro de Alcântara garden, the ruins of Carmo church, Santa Catarina viewpoint, Luís de Camões Square, Torre de Belém, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Pastéis de Belém, Augusta street, Terreiro do Paço, Santa Justa lift.
Suggestion for dinner: Lisbon Fado Night With Dinner
Drive to Évora (83 mi/ 134 km, approximately 1h30 drive). Highlights: Sé Cathedral, Roman Temple, Capela dos Ossos, Giraldo Square, Évora university, Água da Prata aqueduct, Cromlech of Almendres.
The Alentejo region of Portugal is a feast for all the senses, from its northernmost tip to its sunkissed southern shores. While the north offers visitors pastoral scenery, like horses grazing in the flatland, the central portion of the region is marked by the vast plain with rows of cornflowers blowing in the wind. As one makes their way to the Alentejo coast, wild and unmarred natural beauty awaits to awe and inspire.
Check out from the hotel in Lisbon. Drive to the airport and drop off the car rental. Return flight home.
About the Destinations:
The New York Times says: "From its stunning Beaux-Arts station to its cool bars serving Porto's signature drink, this charming city combines the best of old and new." Oporto is indeed a city of endless charms that combine a rich history, old buildings covered in colorful azulejos (hand-painted tiles), modern architecture, a picturesque river front, and a high-spirited atmosphere that celebrates the joy of life.
Built along the hillsides overlooking the mouth of the Douro river, Porto is a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to the porto wine, produced exclusively on the Douro Valley. Explore the cellars of well-known port lodges and taste this exquisite drink. Go on a boat cruise on the Douro River and marvel at its stunning landscape.
- Museu de Arte Contemporanea and Casa da Musica
- Sé Cathedral, Church of Santa Clara, São Francisco Church
- D. Luis Bridge, Torre dos Clérigos.
On the same trip you will visit the the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, where you are sure to have a great time. Lisbon is a city rich in history, architecture, culture and entertainment. It is a historical capital with a modern and vibrant atmosphere. In your stay in Lisbon, you will surely enjoy strolling on the black and white mosaic cobblestone sidewalks, large boulevards and quaint alleyways while feeling enticed by the city's many street-side cafes and delicious aroma of coffee and pastries.
Some of the highlights and places to visit are:
- UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Torre de Belém
- Elevador de Santa Justa, Gulbenkian Museum
- Take a day trip to Sintra and visit its fairy-tale palace- Palacio da Pena
Enjoy also a melodic and typically Portuguese fado show in one of Alfama's Fado Houses accompanied by an elegant glass of Portugal's outstanding wine. Of course, a trip to Lisbon would not be complete without a taste of its famous pastries, Pastel de Belem and pastel de nata. Lisbon is a city for all the senses.