Porto and Lisbon: the former capital and present capital of Portugal – Road.Travel

Porto and Lisbon: the former capital and present capital of Portugal

Road Trip Route. You will visit the two Portuguese capitals, past and present., Compare their architecture and location, Climb to the observation platforms of ancient temples., Drive over the openwork bridge., Looking into the excavations, You'll have lunch in Coimbra., Enjoy the wonderful Portuguese cuisine., Visit the art museums, Learn how to make a unique azulejo tile, Experience the luxury of the decoration of ancient churches., You'll feel the ocean blowing and the thirst for discovery..

Portugal is a country for those who love a measured and leisurely lifestyle. For those who appreciate tradition and are not stingy with comfort. The two main Portuguese cities of Porto and Lisbon deserve special attention. Despite the devastating earthquake of the 18th century, Lisbon, as the current capital of the country, can still surprise with its architectural monuments, which remind of the most interesting past of the city. Porto, the former capital, is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Porto is said to be a separate cultural stronghold of Portugal with its rich history and diverse architecture. The first step in getting to know Portugal is to start with these two cities, which play a huge role in the cultural heritage of the Portuguese.

History and Culture. From: Lisbon

Nataliya Kharlanova. Traveller.

Travel Itinerary and Road Trip Route

Day 1: Acquaintance with Lisbon

Tonight you will have a short walk and a delicious dinner.

da Prata 52

The variety of Portuguese cuisine can start with the small restaurant da Prata 52, which has a good reputation among tourists. Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Day 2: The charm of Lisbon

Today you will discover Lisbon's architectural monuments and modern sculptures. In the morning, visit the Castle of St. George, the Monastery of Jerónimos, see the Monument of the Discoverers and Cristos Rey, touch the grey antiquities in the Torri di Belém Tower and the squares of Rossio and Prada do Comércio.

Pastelaria Versailles

Breakfast in the European capital in the bakery Pastelaria Versailles with delicious pastries and coffee - what more do you need for a cheerful and good morning?

São Jorge Castle (Castelo de São Jorge)

This is not only the main historical landmark of the city, but also an excellent observation deck, which offers beautiful views of the capital.

Cantinho do Avillez

And for lunch we'll go to a famous Portuguese restaurant. What wines, fish dishes, especially tuna! Well, what do you want? The sea is nearby... Desserts are magical too.

Jerónimos Monastery

Geronimos Monastery is a unique monument of Portuguese architecture, striking in its size and late Gothic style. Closed for visits on Mondays.

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

So we got to the discoverers' monument. Just think: to live on the edge of the earth, to see this vast ocean every day, and only with a sixth sense of awareness of what is, there is even further some uncharted land! What a craving for discovery, if they boldly persuaded kings and sponsors, and threw themselves into the raging waves, and opened new lands! And so, the grateful descendants created a monument to them, the brave discoverers: it is made in the form of a caravel of white stone, on the bow of which stands the figure of the inspirer of the Portuguese geographical discoveries - Infante Henry the Navigator, and behind him on both sides - another 32 figures of outstanding personalities of the era. And Vasco da Gamma there, and Fernand Magellan, and Jacques de Mallorca, and Nicolas Coelho, and other involved - missionaries, travelers, discoverers of uncharted lands, in a word.

Belém Tower (Torre de Belém)

The sightseeing is closed on Mondays.

Cristo Rei

Then we will drive on the picturesque bridge over Tagus and admire the wonderful monument of Christ! It is 113 meters above sea level and gives its embrace to both the sea and the land and to everyone who is on it. Majestic, kind and humble. Krishta Ray, the King of Christ, is the best...

Solar dos Presuntos

One of the best seafood restaurants in the Portuguese capital. Closed on Sundays.

Praça do Comércio (Terreiro do Paço)

This square is known as the starting point for Portugal's geographical discoveries and as the city's shopping center.

Rossio Square (Rossio)

Pedro IV Square is the official name, but if you ask about it this way, the locals will not understand you. They used to call her Rossiou. It is located in Lisbon's historic centre. Beautiful square, spacious, facades in Portuguese Baroque style, walk, admire and enjoy. Don't forget to take pictures!

Day 3: Amazing discoveries of the ancient Porto

A trip to Porto awaits you today, with a stopover in the ancient Roman settlement. In Porto, visit the Museum of Art, the famous tall tower with an observation deck and walk around Freedom Square.

Choupana Caffe

Before the long drive to Porto, you should have a good breakfast at the morning cafe Choupana Caffe, which is a 10-minute walk away.


On the way to Coimbra, the city where a lunch stop is planned, you can visit one very interesting place - an ancient Roman settlement.

A Cozinha da Maria

Lunch in Coimbra after a long trip.

Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis

Closed on Mondays.

Torre dos Clérigos

The tallest tower in the country offers a magnificent view.

Restaurante Celta Endovélico

Restaurant of Portuguese cuisine Restaurante Celta Endovélico will surprise with hospitality and coziness. Doesn't work on Sundays.

Praça da Liberdade

The first day in Porto will end with a half-hour walk in the open air through Freedom Square, located in the city centre. For a long time the square was the main economic and political centre of Porto.

Day 4: Treasures of Porto

Today you'll find the treasures of Porto: you'll see the museum complex at the Bolsa Palace, the sumptuous decoration of St. Francis Church, see the city from the heights of the Cathedral of Sé, drive over the bridge of King Don Luis I and walk along the ocean at the mouth of the river.

Padaria Ribeiro

Breakfast at the Padaria Ribeiro bakery and explore new corners of the former capital of Portugal. The facility is closed on Sundays.

Monument Church Of St Francis

The Church of St. Francis is what you should see with your own eyes in Porto. It is rightly called the most beautiful temple in the city: the construction combines elements of Gothic and Baroque.

Bolsa Palace

The palace, made in the neoclassical style, and at the same time the museum is worth visiting. Here you can see very well preserved interiors of the 19th century.

Cantinho do Avillez

After contemplation of the beautiful time and dinner. We took some light fish dishes and were very satisfied. And a refreshing wine. Tender, thin and delicious.

Porto Cathedral

The most striking example of Portuguese Romanesque architecture is the Sé Cathedral. Construction of the building began in the 12th century. Over time, the cathedral has changed many times, but the facade has remained practically unchanged.

Luís I Bridge

You can see spectacular views of the city and take beautiful panoramic photos from the bridge, which has a long name - Ponti di Don Luis I.


Restaurante DOP Portuguese cuisine restaurant offers a wide range of dishes and wines. Only positive feedback is received from visitors.

Foz do Douro

You can end the day by walking through the picturesque area of Fosh do Douro. From here you can enjoy beautiful views of the ocean and river, the confluence of which is considered a unique phenomenon.

Day 5: Return to Lisbon

Today you are leaving the ancient Porto, lastly visiting the beautiful botanical garden and heading towards Lisbon. On the way you'll have a delicious lunch, and on arrival in Lisbon you'll find the Azulejo Museum, a stroll through Independence Square and a dinner in a café you like.

Mesa 325

The last breakfast in Porto is in a cozy Mesa 325 coffee shop with a mug of hot coffee.

Jardim Botânico do Porto

The last attraction of the city will be the botanical garden, the oldest in Portugal. Here you can see ponds with aquatic plants, as well as greenhouses with many kinds of flowers.

Cervejaria João Gordo

Since the way back to Lisbon isn't the closest thing, it's wise to stop for lunch somewhere along the way. For example, in the Portuguese restaurant Cervejaria João Gordo, which receives many enthusiastic reviews from tourists. Closed on Sundays.

Museu Nacional do Azulejo

This museum is dedicated to the history of Portuguese tiles azulejo. The exposition is represented by Portuguese decorative objects dating back to the 15th century to the present day. You have to get to the museum before 6:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays.

Cantinho do Avillez

Dinner at a nice restaurant Cantinho do Avillez. This restaurant was already visited in the first days of the stay in Lisbon, but if you wish you can choose another place for dinner.

Praça dos Restauradores

After dinner we will walk around Independence Square. On the square is an obelisk dedicated to the struggle for Portugal's independence from Spanish rule. This square is where Lisbon's main street begins.

Day 6: The charm of Lisbon architecture

Today you will have a rich palette of visits: you will visit the Lisbon Pantheon, visit the Church of St. Anthony, see the Lisbon Cathedral, visit Piazza Figueira, take the elevator to Santa Justica and walk along Boulevard of Liberty.

the mill

There are a lot of morning cafes in Lisbon, which is a huge plus for those tourists who are in a hurry to walk around the city in the morning.

National Pantheon

The most prominent representative of the Portuguese Baroque is the majestic National Pantheon of Portugal, built of pink marble. Closed for visits on Mondays.

Igreja de Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa

It is the Cathedral of the Lisbon Patriarchate. Unique blend of elements of several styles: baroque, rococo, gothic and neoclassicism.

Igreja de Santo António da Sé

The Church of St. Anthony, according to legend, is at the place of his birth. Lisbon's patron saint, the famous preacher, St. Anthony is one of the most revered Catholic saints. First, there was a chapel in the place of the house where he was born, then the church expanded and improved. Outside the church is made in baroque force, inside it is very airy, the sense of space is achieved through the light effects. Next to the church there is a monument and museum of St. Anthony. The entrance is free, open from 8-00 to 19-30.

Cruzes Credo

We had lunch with great pleasure! They ordered seafood and a plate of cheese. We were very pleased! We recommend it to everyone.

Praça da Figueira

In the afternoon we go to Piazza Figueira, the famous shopping area of the past. There is a monument to King Don Joao I. Around the square there are cafes and restaurants. There are fairs and an ice rink at Christmas.

Elevador de Santa Justa

Now let's go see a unique structure - a special elevator lift. That's how they decided to make life easier for the people of Lisbon in 1902. You can climb from Oru Street to Karma Square in seconds. The elevator was designed by Eifel's favorite engineering student. The upper elevator platform offers a wonderful view of the city.

Avenida da Liberdade

At the end of the day, a stroll along the boulevard in the style of the Parisian boulevards. Picturesque and cozy place.

The Decadente

Let's go to dinner. Beautiful view, you can order seats outside. The menu was delightful. Dinner was a success.

Day 7: Farewell to capitals

Already used to the Portuguese pace of life, the delightful old days around and the wonderful breakfasts!

A Padaria Portuguesa

Before leaving for the airport, the last Portuguese breakfast at the A Padaria Portuguesa bakery.