The ruins of city walls, churches and monasteries
. Sightseeing platforms with unforgettable views
. Porto University's atmospheric building and the famous Lello bookstore
. Some fun at the sailing club and walks through the gardens and narrow streets of historic centres
. Looking for the best cafes and restaurants with national and world cuisine.
Relax and learn more about the various historical sites of Porto, Lisbon and the small historical castles, monasteries and towns that lie between them. An unforgettable journey into Portugal's refined architectural past, which shapes its heritage and wealth, awaits you.
You will meet face to face with history, see the ruins of the city walls as a reminder of the belligerent past of the country, churches and monasteries as a testimony of the endless faith and strength of the spirit of the people. A journey through the monuments that have shaped the culture of the country is harmoniously combined with entertainment and gastronomic experience.
Treasures of the Nation: History and Architecture
6 days itinerary by Alexey Lukin - Museums and Culture - Car, 3 Hotels
Road Trip Categories: Museums and Culture
Day 1: Historic City of Porto
Porto is one of the oldest cities in Europe, and it is also the former capital of the country and home of port. A vibrant industrial centre with a fascinating history, which was granted World Heritage status by UNESCO in 1996.
Unlike other major cities in Portugal, the centre of Porto is not exactly baroque but rather granite and monumental.
Upon arrival in the city, start your journey by exploring the city itself and several major attractions, and enjoy the local cuisine at Porto's best restaurants.
Day 2: Cultural enrichment and fine restaurants in Porto
The people of Porto are referred to as "tripeiros", which means "treacle eaters". The soup from it has always been and is a popular dish of the city. Be sure to try this signature delicacy at one of the local restaurants.
And in the architectural sense the city is very diverse: there are both medieval monuments and modern buildings that you will see.
Visiting: Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia
Day 3: From Porto to the Himarains.
Today you will have the opportunity to visit one of the most picturesque botanical gardens of the city, then you will visit two fascinating museums, and at the end of the evening you will move to the next equally interesting city - the Himarains!
Visiting: Porto, Guimaraes, Vila Nova de Gaia
Day 4: Unique Himarainche and its majestic fortresses.
The city of Guimaraines is rightly the "cradle" of Portugal, as it was here that Afonso Henriques was born, who later became the first Portuguese king.
In the historical centre of the Himarains, the identity of Portugal was formed. It's inside the fortress walls. The area is now on the UNESCO List of Historic and Cultural Heritage Sites. Local restoration works reach a high level - they managed to preserve the authenticity and uniqueness of historical sights.
Day 5: Viana do Castelo
Viana do Castelo is one of the most beautiful cities in Northern Portugal. Her participation in Portugal's maritime discoveries and, later, in cod fishing, is a clear indication of the city's traditional connection to the sea.
Viana is rich in its palaces with heraldic coats of arms, churches and monasteries, fountains and water columns, which represent a historical and architectural heritage to be explored.
Visiting: Viana do Castelo, Guimaraes, Viana do Castelo
Day 6: Return to Porto
And here comes your last day of travel. You can stay longer at a hotel or go to a nearby shopping centre where you can buy all the things you need and have a delicious breakfast before you leave for Porto.
Visiting: Viana do Castelo, Porto, Abelheira