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The oldest city in Portugal has been going strong for over 2,000 years. Founded by the Romans in 16 BCE, Braga has a fascinating vehicle-free center where centuries of history are woven into the urban landscape. Braga also has deep spiritual roots as evidenced in the many churches around town, including the Sé de Braga, Portugal’s oldest cathedral. The beautifully maintained center is packed with historic sites, architectural monuments and illuminating museums, while the creative dining and bar scene make it worthwhile to stick around after the day-trippers have departed.  

Walking tours through town peel back the layers of Braga’s past, while taking you to surprising vantage points, like its narrowest street, its smallest church or the remnants of the medieval walls that once encircled the city. You can visit several important sanctuaries, including the Unesco-listed Bom Jesus do Monte and the neoclassical Santuário do Sameiro. Both offer panoramic views from hilltop locations overlooking the city.  
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Douro Valley, Portugal
Map of Portugal: The North & Douro Region - 5 Days
Portugal: The North & Douro Region - 5 Days

Discover the unparalleled beauty and charm of Portugal's North and Douro region on this beautiful five-day itinerary. You'll start in iconic Porto, where you'll taste your way through the city and learn about its history, culture, and landmarks. Then you'll hit the road for the Douro Valley, which is perhaps the most beautiful wine region in all of Europe. Taste local Ports, learn about the olive oil pressing process, or glide along the Douro River on a relaxing boat ride. You'll end your trip with stops in gorgeous Braga and Viana do Castelo, a charming town with access to fantastic beaches.  

The romantic charm of the Douro Valley
Map of Explore Portugal: The North & Douro Valley - 10 Days
Explore Portugal: The North & Douro Valley - 10 Days

This 10-day itinerary immerses you in the drama, romance, and flavor of northern Portugal. Bookend your trip with time in Porto, where you'll embark on delicious culinary tours and sample the city's famed port wine. Then it's off to a number of incredible villages, heritage sites, and natural wonders like Viana do Castelo, Braga, and Peneda-Gerês. You'll also delve deep into the Douro Valley, where you'll go wine tasting and take a riverboat cruise through this ancient UNESCO-listed wine region.

The emerald landscape of São Miguel Island
Portugal: The Azores, Lisbon & Porto - 14 Days

Spend two weeks taking in the best of Portugal's scenery, history, food, and wine. This trip begins with three days in the Azores on the gorgeous green isle of São Miguel; discover the charming city of Ponta Delgada, sample local delicacies, go whale watching, and admire the island on a fantastic hike. You'll then head to Lisbon for two days of city life, followed by a string of beautiful towns and UNESCO World Heritage sites. End your stay with time in Porto and enjoy tasting flights of incredible Porto wine in the sweeping romance of the Douro Valley. 

The glow of sunset along the canals of Aveiro
Map of Coastal Portugal: Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve - 10 Days
Coastal Portugal: Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve - 10 Days

Escape to the coast on this gorgeous 10-day exploration that includes ample time in Porto and Lisbon and stops through charming seafaring towns with fantastic beaches, delicious fresh seafood, and dramatic coastlines. Go hiking in the unparalleled beauty of Peneda-Gerês National Park, hit the waves in the surfing hotspot of Sagres, and laze in the sand on the Instagram-worthy beaches of the Algarve. 

Sunset in Aveiro
Explore Portugal's Coast: Porto, Lisbon, The Algarve, & Peneda-Gerês National Park - 14 Days

Explore Portugal's epic coast and spend time discovering city centers, tiny towns, and picturesque beaches on this 14-day trip plan. You'll enjoy guided tours of Porto and Lisbon and will hike through the stunning landscapes in Peneda-Gerês National Park. With the Atlantic at your side, you'll discover beautiful towns like Viana do Castelo, Braga, and Aveiro (whose Venice-like canals are sure to charm you). Make the most of the coast with stops in gorgeous Lagos and surfing hotspots like Vila Nova de Milfontes and Sagres. 

Charming town of Cascais
Exploring Portugal's Heritage - 8 Days

Combining the exploration of vibrant cities like Porto, Lisbon, and Coimbra with exceptional nature in Tomar and the Portuguese Riviera, this trip showcases the unique and diverse culture of Portugal. You'll peruse historical city streets and monuments, plus UNESCO sites like the Roman ruins of Évora, the Pena National Palace and forest in Sintra, and the birthplace of Portugal, the town of Guimarães. Escape the city vibes with the impressive Almourol Castle along the Tejo River, the scenic town of Cascais along the Riviera, and the most westerly point in mainland Europe, Cabo da Roca.

Other popular travel destinations in Portugal
Lisbon · Porto · Algarve · Alentejo · Évora · Douro Valley · Lagos (Algarve) · Sintra · Coimbra · Cascais · The Azores · Nazaré · Madeira · São Miguel Island · Tomar · Funchal · Óbidos · Tavira · Sagres · Marvão · Guimarães · Peneda-Gerês National Park · Batalha · Mértola