Criss-cross from Porto to Lisbon

Selfdrive through the beautiful northern part of Portugal

 

Day 1: Porto

Arrival in Porto, depending on the available time, possibility to visit this beautiful Portuguese city

 

Day 2: Porto

Porto, the capital of the north. It is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in Portugal with many charming places. We cannot forget to visit the old train station, the iron bridges over the Douro and the old Ribeira district. And of course we cannot leave without visiting the famous port wine cellars.

If there was already enough time to visit Porto on the first day, we could also opt for a tour along the West Coast to Viana do Castelo : a beautiful town at the mouth of the Lima river or even to Valença do Minho on the border with Spain with beautiful views of Tui on the other side of the Miño. We can follow the Lima river to Ponte Da Barca and Ponte de Lima to descend again to Porto.

 

Day 3 : Porto - Bragança

Today we discover the Miño region. The greenest area in the country. It is sometimes called the native region of Portugal. In the beautiful valleys of the Douro Valley, grapes grow for the famous Vinho Verde. We pass through the holy city of Braga , the medieval city of Guimaraes and the beautiful Penada-Geres national park. We finish our journey through the rugged landscape of Tras os Montes in Bragança,

 

Day 4 : Braganza - Covilha

Today we are heading to the highest mountain range in Portugal, the Serra da Estrela . We stay near the park in Belmonte or in Covilha .

 

Day 5 : Serra da Estrela

A day to explore the surroundings of the impressive Serra da Estrela. The highest point cannot be missed: the Tower.

 

Day 6 : Covilha - Aveiro

The itinerary takes us through pretty winding roads, vast landscapes and small villages until we reach Aveiro, known as the Venice of Portugal, due to the brightly colored cabins and the many boats on the waterways.

 

Day 7 : Aveiro - Luso / Coimbra

From Aveiro we drive through the Dao wine region to Luso. Luso is known for the mineral water that still flows from the city's many sources. Tonight we can stay in an old hunting palace of the last Portuguese kings, Palace hotel de Bussaco or we continue to the university city par excellence of Portugal: Coimbra , which was the medieval capital for more than a hundred years.

 

Day 8 : Luso / Coimbra - Lisbon / Cascais

Time to visit Coimbra before heading to the Portuguese capital. We can stay in Lisbon or in the elegant coastal cities Cascais or Estoril.

 

Day 9 : Lisbon

The capital is spread over 7 hills and has many characteristic neighborhoods. A must-see is the Bélem neighborhood with its famous tower on the banks of the Tagus and the Jerónimos Monastery. The oldest district of Alfama, at the foot of the palace, is a veritable labyrinth of paths, doors and stairs. The Baixa neighborhood is worth a visit, with its impressive square on the banks of the Tagus, Praça do Comercio and so many other attractions.

 

Day 10 : Lisbon / Cascais

Possibility to continue the visit to Lisbon, to enjoy a day at the beach in Cascais or Estoril or to take a route through the beautiful Azenhas do Mar , Sintra with the romantic Pena Palace and the Arrabida nature reserve.

 

Like all programs, everything can be adapted to your wishes.

 

 

 

 

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