Inspiration: from Porto to Guimaraes – Road.Travel

Inspiration: from Porto to Guimaraes

Road Trip Route. Visit the Architecture Gallery, which will reveal you the secrets of the picturesque views of Porto, Learn more about the palaces and churches that make up the country's national treasure, Head to Peneda-Gerês National Park with waterfalls and viewing platforms, Relax on the beach of the Douro River.

Looking for inspiration is beautiful. This tour will give you the best of the picturesque views of Portugal, as well as let you discover the historical and architectural wealth of the country. The most important thing – do not forget to look at Porto and other cities in the trip from observation platforms, because all the streets and houses merge into one beautiful mosaic of traditional colours to fall in love with the scenery at first sight.

Uninhabited Nature, History and Culture. From: Porto

Alexey Lukin. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Explore the surrounding area of Porto

Today you can walk along the beaches of the River Douro, enjoy swimming and scenic views from the Ponti do Freixo Bridge, visit the Chapel of São Pedro de Rubian and explore the surrounding area.

Praia Fluvial do Areinho

The first stop is a clean and pleasant beach on the bank of the Douro River. The river is one of the largest in Portugal, and its upper reaches, where the Alto Doru wine-growing region is located, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. On the beach near this attraction you can enjoy a pleasant walk along the Douro River or take a swim if the weather allows and you have a desire.

Churrasqueira A Ramadinha

Dine at the traditional Portuguese barbecue restaurant "A Ramadinha", where you will be offered a full range of dishes, including national fish and meat. The average menu price for each dish is 10 euros. Please note that the restaurant is closed on Monday and the restaurant is open every day from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. except Sunday.

Ponte do Freixo

When you cross this road bridge, take a look at the scenic landscape on both sides of the Douro River. The bridge does not represent anything remarkable, but it plays a role of a magnificent observation deck. It was built relatively recently, in 1995, to relieve traffic and is the most eastern of all the bridges across the river connecting the city of Porto with Vila Nova di Gaia.

capela de sao pedro

The Chapel of San Pedro de Rubian is located on the banks of the Douro River. It is surrounded by a low fence that allows you to see the chapel, even if it is closed. It is worth visiting this place anyway, because the hill on which it stands offers a wonderful view of the city.

Day 2: The charm of the ancient Porto

Today you'll learn the intricacies of architecture, visit the famous Sé Cathedral, the Palacio da Bolsa Stock Exchange, the famous winery and take part in tastings, admire the views from the observation deck and walk around Freedom Square.

Marina do Freixo

One of the advantages of this place is that it is open from morning till late at night, so you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner here, as well as come here at night to appreciate the restaurant's bar menu. Here you will always be offered a dish of the day to choose from, but if you are here for the first time, it is worth tasting the national dish bacalau com nata in their performance. After all, the recipe changes not only depending on the city, but also depending on the chef.

Galeria de Arquitectura

Learn all about architecture and then compare styles and features of Portuguese interiors with what you've learned in the gallery. Isn't this an opportunity to learn about the city's traditions and culture? It is said that an architectural gallery may remain in the shadows for those who are not interested in architecture, so people may pass by and not even notice the building of the museum. But people who know and love this art, immediately pay attention to the huge cube of 3x2 meters at the entrance to the museum. This place gives rise to ideas about architecture and creativity and inspires all architects and novice artists. Will this place inspire you, too?

Sé Catedral do Porto

The moment has come for one of the most important Romanesque monuments in Porto, one of the city's hallmarks - Sé de Lisboa or Porto Cathedral. It is located in the historical centre of the city, in its eternally beating heart, and opens the veil of time in front of the people who are in front of this grandiose building with two square towers with buttresses and cupolas, with baroque porticoes, toothed patterns and stained-glass windows. The building is open to the public every day from 9 to 12 and from 2.30 to 7 p.m.

Palácio da Bolsa

The Exchange Palace, Palacio da Bolsa, is a majestic and beautiful building of the city's trade association, located in the historic centre of Porto. Built in the middle of the XIX century, it surprises the interior decoration, because the interior decoration lasted 60 years. The interiors of each room differ in style, they were decorated by different artists at different times. The work was completed in 1910 and today is distinguished by the luxury and mysteriousness that accompanied the creation of some rooms, such as the Arab Hall.

Caves OFFLEY

You may be tired of a lot of information and educational excursions, but you will like this one. After all, it is a real Portuguese winery, where not only conduct tours, but also arrange tastings. It is better to book the tour in advance, as well as take into account that the winery is open every day from 10 to 12.30 and from 14.00 to 18.00.

Petisqueira Voltaria

Petisqueira Voltaria is a traditional diner. Here you can eat Portuguese snacks and wine. Appear in the menu and variations on the theme of traditional cuisine. Like baked buns of cod and quail egg. The menu also includes sweet buns with pâtéisha cream, as well as baked goods with alheira, and among the full dishes - green broth, ham sandwiches and always popular francise. In this institution a huge choice of dishes, as well as a pleasant homely atmosphere. Many of the regular visitors claim that the place is really homely and fresh, and many tourists call the café one of the preferred catering establishments where Portuguese dishes are prepared.

Miradouro da Vitória

Passing by, climb up to this observation deck, which will once again open before your eyes a bright, but simple and happy Portuguese port town. It's nice to stop here, take a break and look around. Locals often come here to watch the sunset. Unlike other viewing platforms, you can only get here from 9 to 21 every day.

Praça da Liberdade

Walk through one of the most important squares of the city. Freedom Square is located in the lower part of the city. It used to be the political, economic and social centre of Porto. There are two of Portugal's greatest monuments and business cards of the late 18th century: the Cardosoise Palace, a former neoclassical monastery, and the monument to King Pedro IV, inaugurated in the 19th century. Today it is a busy square, where cars are constantly signaling and young people are gathering. Observe the life of modern Porto and go on.

Day 3: The Natural Charm of the National Park of Peneda Jerez

Today you will head north and enjoy the natural beauty of the Penema Jerez National Park, Aradú Waterfall, and the views of the vast expanses. Swimming in natural pools, hiking trails and the fabulous Himaraeus await you.

Monte N. Sra Assunção

On the way, stop at the top of the mountain, where you can enjoy beautiful views.

Cascata do Arado

Missing your next night's accommodation, head north to enjoy the natural beauty. You will see the Aradu Falls in Portugal's first national park, Peneda Jerez, opened in 1971. Today it is considered one of the largest and most picturesque in the country. Its area is about 70 thousand hectares, so it is impossible to bypass it all. However, the Aradu Falls deserve your attention and are easily accessible.

Pedra Bela

Another attraction of the Peneda Jerez National Park, from which you can enjoy the views, but not the city, but the vast natural expanses.

Portela Do Homem

If you still have a thirst for adventure, try to get to the natural swimming pools, where you can swim in the warm season, and in the rest - get a charge of energy and adrenaline from the difficult hiking route. Remember, you can always turn back and do not regret the journey, as beauty will surround you all the way.

Paço dos Duques de Bragança

Even though the palace is closed tonight, it's no less interesting on the outside.

Praça de Santiago

The town squares are popular with locals for recreation. You can immerse yourself in the atmosphere or explore the local shops and cafes.

Mezanino

Enjoy dinner and celebrate this wonderful trip on the gastropub Mezzanine.

Day 4: The charm of an ancient castle

Today you will be immersed in the history of Portugal, which originates in Himarains, a city on rocky hills, fabulous, ancient and mysterious.

Guimarães

Immerse yourself once again in Portugal's historical past. This castle was also inscribed on the World Heritage List and is considered one of the seven wonders of Portugal. Guimarães Castle reminds us that Portugal once occupied the smallest city and later expanded its possessions during the Reconquest. The castle itself is represented in the form of a heraldic shield. There are four towers, a small number of gates and a bridge over the moat.