FROM CAPITAL TO THE CAPITAL
“Alfacinha ou Tripeiro”, we are all Portuguese.
Along the paths of the Portugal’s northern coast, between beaches, mountains, cities and villages, we discover what unites these two great capitals – Lisbon and Porto. In a town that emerges on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, we find the largest rivers in Portugal, Douro and Tagus. These two territories separate the North from the Center of Portugal, full of a very traditional picturesque culture that goes back to the roots and history of a nation.
Depending on the customer’s location.
Arrive at 9:15 am to leave at 9.30 am.
Approximately 5:30 pm.
Casual. We advise comfortable sports wear, hiking shoes and a light jacket.
DAY 1 | PORTO
Porto, located on the Douro River, is the capital of the north and the second largest city in Portugal. It is now a World Heritage Site and has been the center of the Port wine trade for years. We will have time to explore this intriguing city, with its four bridges, two modern and two from the 19th century and where historic buildings and magnificent churches mix with picturesque old quarters.Although its ancient roots have been proudly preserved, a prosperous and effective trade transforms it into a modern city. Its traditional importance as an industrial center does not diminish the charm and character of its old neighborhoods or even the bustle of new avenues, lined with shopping centers or quiet residential blocks.
DAY 2 | PORTO
DAY 3 | GUIMARÃES - BRAGA
Guimarães, city where Portugal was born as nation. This city preserves a medieval atmosphere and it's considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. On this day it's possible to visit lots of museums and monuments, from the imposing 10th century castle to the majestic Palace of the Dukes of Bragança, Crystal Palace, House of Music, etc.Moving on to Braga, the oldest Portuguese city and religious capital of Portugal. For centuries, the city has been an archiepiscopal seat and a place of pilgrimage. We will pass by the Cathedral, the 11th century cathedral, followed by a visit to the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, located on one of the city's hills.
DAY 4 | DOURO
DAY 5 | RÉGUA
DAY 6 | COIMBRA
DAY 7 | CASCAIS
Largo de Camões marks the historic center of Cascais and is a favorite area for locals and tourists. Its happy mood, created by the countless bars and restaurants, transforms the square into a charming and unavoidable place in the city center. Towards the coast you may be lucky enough to see fishermen sew their nets right next to their colorful boats, at Praia dos Pescadores. In contrast to this almost bucolic scene is neighboring Marina - a modern and sophisticated scenario, where you can see luxury yachts, taste gastronomic delights in fine restaurants or enter the boutiques and bars. The extensive Praia do Guincho is to the northwest, with strong winds and strong waves.Boca do Inferno is a rock formation in the shape of an arch through which the waves crash noisily. To the northeast of Cascais, nearby, you will find the beautiful gardens of Estoril with its notorious Casino.
DAY 8 | SINTRA
In all Portuguese land, all over Europe, Sintra emerges as one of the most rare and beautiful places that Nature could ever create, wrote the poet Afonso Lopes Viera. Without a doubt, Sintra is one of the many paradises that Portugal have and was considered a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1995, in the Cultural Landscape category. Surrounded by the characteristic fog of the Serra de Sintra, we can find Castelo dos Mouros, Palácio da Pena, Convento dos Capuchos, National Palace of Sintra and Palace and exotic gardens of Monserrate.Sintra is proud of its gastronomic specialties, such as the regional Travesseiros de Sintra, the roasted kid, the famous Queijadas de Sintra, the Pastéis da Pena, the Walnuts of Galamares and the Fôfos de Belas, without forgeting the wine from the demarcated Region of Colares (Adega Regional de Colares).
DAY 9 | ERICEIRA
Traditional fishing village, Ericeira massly developed during the 20th century due to the growing demand as a summer resort, while maintaining its original characteristics and a very unique atmosphere.
Located about 50 kms from Lisbon, in an easily accessible area, its beaches are very popular during the summer, being considered one of the best at European level for surfing. A special highlight deserves the Ribeira d`Ilhas Beach (world surf reserve), Coxos beach in Ribamar, among many others. Kitesurfing, windsurfing, bodyboarding and stand-up paddle are also widely practiced here. Ericeira is the 1st world surf reserve in Europe and 2nd in the world.A stroll through Ericeira is also an excellent opportunity to taste the varied dishes of seafood and fresh fish, gastronomic specialty of the region.
DAY 10 | LISBON
Portugal is traditionally a very popular destination by seniors. With components focused on medieval culture such as castles, museums, monuments, Roman routes, etc, this country ends up receiving tourists aged between 30 and 80 years. The routes include visits to monasteries and beautiful churches, preserved with a lot of history to tell, so it takes a long time to make a good visit, and this is what we tell our customers to have.Next to the Tagus riverside area, a West of the city center, you will find yourself in Torre de Belém, representative of the city from the time of the Discoveries. Lisbon is also a city full of green spaces, of varying dimensions. It was in this city that the first Portuguese botanical garden emerged, known as Jardim Botânico da Ajuda. Among the museums, the following stand out National Museum of Ancient Art, with the most important national collection of ancient paintings; Museu Calouste Gulbenkian; Museu do Chiado; National Coach Museum, and the Lisbon Oceanarium, with its impressive collection of live sea species.