The Best of Portugal Vacations – Start in Lisbon and end in Porto!
Portugal is a country where the land touches the sea, the sun is bright and the food is delicious!
Discover the color and history of some of Portugal’s oldest and most interesting cities and towns. These include the capital, Lisbon, and the charming second city of Portugal – Porto plus enjoy visits to a number of interesting sites. Read our itinerary.
See the 16th-century Jeronimo’s Monastery (UNESCO); the Monument to the Discoveries, honoring intrepid Portuguese explorers and their patrons; and the impressive Belem Tower (Tickets are not included). Visit an old patisserie that has managed to hold on to the secret recipe of Portugal’s finest pastry for over 100 years and enjoy a demonstration and tasting of the famous ‘pastéis de Belem’.
Lunch and dinner are not included. Overnight in Lisbon.
High above the town is Sitio, reached by a funicular that climbs 110m (360ft). All of Nazare can be seen from here, and across the square is the 17th century Nossa Senhora da Nazare Church with two Baroque belfries and 18th-century tiles depicting Biblical scenes. It also contains a revered image of Our Lady of Nazareth that is taken down to the sea in a traditional procession every September.
Nazare is famous for its women who wear skirts with seven petticoats. Women would sit on the beach waiting for their fishermen to sail home. To keep warm in the face of a cold sea wind while staying modestly covered, they’d wear several petticoats in order to fold the layers around their backs and legs.
Today Nazare is Portugal’s most famous fishing village, having always drawn visitors to its beach and genuinely colorful life. After that, we visit the pilgrimage town of Fatima. Join the faithful at one of the world’s holiest sites and pay homage at the Chapel of Apparitions. Overnight in Braga.
Then, proceeding to the 12th century Porto’s Cathedral where we’ll get to know even more about the city history and the History of Portugal. Then, we’ll be venturing down the alleys of the medieval district all the way to the commercial street “Rua das Flores”, filled with flowers, street live artists and art-craft, passing before the astonishing City Hall, up to the Clérigos Tower and its beautiful noble quarter.
Being the most animated location in town, it’s where we will have lunch at a restaurant with local gastronomy.
In the afternoon, discover the modern district of the city, such as Boavista and its magnificent “Casa da Música”, modern and architectural city landmark, proceeding to meet the river and crossing the riverside of the Douro river to Vila Nova de Gaia, where you will be presented with a guided visit in a traditional Wine Cellar “Cave” and taste this rich, complex and worldwide renowned fortified wine – the Port Wine.
Still having the flavor of this nectar on our tongues, it’s time to enjoy the 6 Bridges Boat Cruise on the River Douro (duration: 1 hour), aboard a traditional “Rabelo” boat and experience the panoramic views of the surrounding hills and at the red-tiled rooftops of the medieval houses, as well as the famous bridges of the city. Overnight in Braga.
It’s time, then, to lunch in a traditional restaurant and reinvigorated after a good meal and local wine (or other drinks, as an option), you will be taken to contemplate the natural beauty of the Valley, through panoramic roads and with beautiful landscapes over Douro River.
We will visit still a second local producer, to know more about other techniques of wine producer existent in the Douro Valley, and also a second wine tasting. Overnight in Braga.
Mercure Braga Centro or similar (4 stars – Braga);
Olissippo Marquês de Sá or similar (4 stars – Lisboa).
Tel: +351 92 777 18 15
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Morada: Braga – Portugal
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