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Itinerary Portugal Centre and North – 8 Days

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1st day

We begin our day with a fabulous tour of Lisbon which is an illuminated city. The Tagus and the sun almost always present, make the Portuguese capital a colored mirror in which the beauty and the architectural contrasts do not go unnoticed in this city with blue sky all year and a mild winter no wonder that is fashionable and walks in world mouths. After lunch follows the picturesque town of Sintra once much appreciated by Portuguese and European bourgeoisie, it has a rich collection of palaces like the Pena considered one of the most beautiful palaces in the world, following the palace of Seteais famous for its beautiful unique gardens in Portugal. Time yet for a passage by Cascais considered by many the Portuguese Riviera, Estoril and Cascais are full of glamor and charisma. With many attractions in a small space and exceptional framework in terms of nature, culture and heritage.

 

Day 2

In the morning we leave Lisbon towards Évora located in the Alentejo region one of the main attractions of Évora is the Chapel of Bones, where hundreds of human bones on the walls and ceiling will certainly be recorded in your memory plenty of city monuments led to his classified as World Heritage by UNESCO, especially the famous Bones Chapel, Cathedral of Evora and Templo Romano. It follows a visit at Herdade do Esporão where almost endless expanses of verdant fields that manage to withstand the scorching heat of Alentejo summer all thanks to modern irrigation system that will automatically debiting the drops needed in each foot was for production to be optimized, surrounded by several hectares of planted area this is the first impact you have as soon as you enter the Esporão. Last but not least we will visit Reguengos Monsaraz village is currently the balcony of the Grand Lake Alqueva that lets you enjoy beautiful boat trips through hundreds of islands and hidden corners that knows very well captivate our gaze constituting one of nice postcards tour of Portugal. Its engaging leaves back our imagination for centuries and the presence of over 150 megalithic monuments gives us pleasure we travel stories with more than five thousand years. In addition to a historical heritage and rich and magnificent and unspoiled landscapes council holds a strong identity marked by traditional practices and customs in the craft where it is required to make special reference to St. Peter’s Coval, the biggest pottery center in Portugal also gastronomy and wines.

 

Day 3

In the morning we leave the sunny city of Lisbon to explore the charming medieval town of Obidos surrounded by the imposing walls of the century XIV that make up a well-preserved castle. We will go through its walls and landscapes of small alleys and churches, at the end of time to savor the Ginjinha of Obidos. We follow then to Nazareth to walk in the narrow streets, make conversation and photograph “woman of the seven skirts,” eat fresh fish and up to the sights of Pederneira and the Sítio and then down to the beach at centenary lift. Gone are the days when there was no beach because of the sea insistence on advancing earth inside. So, until the sixteenth century, the Nazarenes lived in Pederneira and local Sítio jointly with the Beach are Nazaré, followed then to Batalha city that houses the Dominican Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitoria masterpiece of Gothic architecture, World heritage of UNESCO.

Last visit of the day will be in Fatima and its Sanctuary which is one of the largest centers of pilgrimage to the Virgin Mary in the Catholic world, the famous shrine of Fatima attracts about 6 million pilgrims each year visit the Basilica of Our Lady, the chapel of the Apparitions and the home of the three little shepherds at Cova da Iria, after day so rich went to the city of Porto to host.

 

Day 4

The city of Porto is the 2nd largest Portuguese city considered European destination of 2014 Porto better known for Invicta city is full of life and activities.

The Port bathed by the banks of the Douro River the city is full of historical monuments worth a visit especially Clérigos Tower, Palácio da Bolsa, Porto Cathedral or the Library Lelo. The old downtown is fairly well preserved because in recent years has undergone several improvements that impress all of those passing by, the narrow alleyways hide small taverns where stands the typical Northern gastronomy with clear emphasis on the Francesinha most famous dish in that region.

Those who visit Porto jumps to view the famous cellars of Porto wine on the other side of the bank of the Douro where we found the best “balcony” for the entire downtown Porto and Ribeira neighborhood on our tour comtemplado’s a visit to a basement and proof Port wine and also the famous boat ride on the Douro river where you will tour the famous six bridges connecting port to the city of Gaia. The Dom Luis I Bridge jumps in sight for its unique architecture, completed its construction in 1888 with 2 trays where vehicles, people and train almost share the same track.

 

Day 5

We leave the city of Porto towards the Douro Valley unique place, where the combination of climate, river, grapes and Stress Man gave rise to the first region demarcated World wines, the production of Port wine. Location picturesque, of verdant landscapes and exuberant nature, Douro invites all visitors to a temporary abstraction of reality, we began our tour of Amarante which is rich in historical and cultural heritage. Crossed by the river Tâmega and surrounded by mountains, this pretty town proudly displays its houses of the seventeenth century, whose wooden balconies colorful decorating the narrow streets. The town of Amarante is characterized by its relationship with the mountains and the river, this seduces us with its banks surrounded by trees, passing also by Calda de Moledo before arrival in Peso da Regua Peso and its origins remain unknown, but the legend says that a rural Roman house called “Villa Reguela” existed here. However, it increased from 1756 due to the creation of the General Company of Alto Douro Vineyard Agriculture. Marques de Pombal, who was the founder of the wine world’s first region, created this institution. The Company’s warehouses were thereby built in Peso da Regua, and the first “wine fairs” In 1998, it was ranked as the International Vine and Wine City. Its natural landscapes are absolutely unique, since the wine region Alto Douro is a UNESCO World Heritage then we leave the pine cone which is another base in the Douro Valley, where Port wine dominates the culture, the city is at the base of hills covered with vineyards and spectacularly formed at the confluence of the rivers Duero, highlight also for the fabulous train station with its typical Portuguese tile panels painted with the Douro valley images.

 

Day 6

We leave the city of Porto in the morning towards Braga former city of Romans and later “city of archbishops,” Braga is one of the main religious centers of Portugal, which strongly dominates the Baroque.

We will find out their main places of worship, its historic center, its green landscapes and delighted with the typical flavors of this famous region.

We went then to the city of Guimarães considered the birthplace of Portugal, Guimarães offers us a magnificent historic center classified World Heritage by UNESCO (2001). We know the corners of the European Capital City of Culture in 2012, where you can appreciate the evolution of a city of medieval origin, which retains its authenticity today.

 

Day 7

We leave the city of Porto in the morning towards Santiago, due to the beauty and value of its monuments the city of Compostela in addition to being a reference in the field of pilgrimage by the famous the Camino de Santiago well deserves the title of World Heritage Site. In 1993, eight years after the Camino de Santiago was also recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO.

It is one of the most important pilgrimage centers in the Christian world, why and exactly related to this issue, one of the references of the Galician capital is its Cathedral built in honor of the Apostle Santiago El Mayor. Visit the Cathedral, strolling through the Plaza del Obradoiro is a mandatory task for every one that comes to Santiago de Compostela. Another of the monuments that make the city of Santiago an important city is its university with 500 years of history, which gives the city the university environment we breathe in the streets, and in bars, for their traditions. Just before the return to Porto time for a visit to Valenca do Minho which has very ancient origins. Its occupation dates back to very indented times, the rock engravings that can be observed in certain places of certain parishes are irrefutable proof of a distant time occupation. The D. Afonso III Inquirições also allude to the dolménico type buildings in Valencia County. From the most varied origins – Indo-European, Mediterranean and African – have been resorting to this region many people attracted by the abundance of hunting and fishing, the soil fertility.

 

Day 8

We begin our day with farewell in Porto towards Aveiro affectionately known as the Portuguese Venice is crisscrossed by streets where water slide colorful moliceiros boats, which gives it a particular character. Who hears in the city of Aveiro, associates it immediately to your gastronomic ex-libris the Ovos Moles Aveiro monastic tradition heritage, it follows Coimbra of narrow streets, patios, stairways and medieval arches, Coimbra bathed by the Mondego river it was the cradle of birth of six kings of Portugal and the First Dynasty, as well as the first University in the country and one of the oldest in the world and the first registration as a university takes place in 1290. Coimbra is a land of students but more than that, is a land of traditions where they intersect the past and the future.

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Where are we going

Day 1 – Lisbon – Sintra – Cascais – Estoril – Lisbon

Day 2 – Evora – Herdade do Esporão – Reguengos de Monsaraz

Day 3 – Óbidos – Nazaré – Batalha – Fatima – Porto

Day 4 – Porto – Port Wine Cellars

Day 5 – Douro – Amarante – Mesão Frio – Peso da Régua – Pinhão

Day 6 – Braga – Bom Jesus – Guimarães

Day 7 – Porto – Santiago Compostela – Valença do Minho – Porto

Day 8 – Porto – Costa Nova – Aveiro – Mealhada – Coimbra – Lisbon

Places to visit each day

Day 1 – Hotel – Lisbon – Marques de Pombal Gardens – Baixa – Lisbon Cathedral – St. Anthony’s Church – Castle of Sao Jorge – Portas do Sol – Bairro da Graça – National Pantheon – Park of Nations – Terreiro do Paco – Chiado , Bairro Alto – São Bento – Estrela Basilica – Monument to the Discoveries – Belem Tower – Jeronimos Monastery – Pastéis de Belém factory – Sintra – tour in Sintra – regional candy factory Sintra – Sintra Palace – Pena Palace – Seteais – Cascais – Estoril – Hotel Lisbon

Day 2 – Lisbon – Hotel – Lisbon – Vasco da Gama Bridge – Évora center – Praça do Giraldo – Évora Cathedral – Chapel of Bones – Temple of Diana – Herdade do Esporão – Wines and Olive Oils Herdade do Esporão – Reguengos de Monsaraz center – Reguengos de Monsaraz Castle – S. Pedro do Corval – pottery Centre of S. Pedro do Corval – Lisbon – Hotel

Day 3 – Lisbon – Hotel – Lisbon – Óbidos – Obidos Castle – Sitio da Nazaré – Nazaré Beach – Lighthouse Nazareth – Battle Center – Monastery of Batalha – Fatima center – Church of Our Lady of Fatima – Apparitions Chapel – Holy Trinity Church – House of 3 Pastorinhos – Porto – Hotel – Port

Day 4 – Hotel Porto – Porto – Crystal Palace – Avenida dos Aliados – Hall Council – Bolhão Market – Rua de Santa Catarina – Majestic Café – São Bento station – Cathedral – Serra do Pilar – Batalha – Palácio da Bolsa – Clérigos Tower – Bookstore Lelo – Carmo Church – Church of the Carmelites – Crystal Palace – Avenida da Boavista – Foz do Douro River – Cheese Castle – House of Music – Caves Port Wine + Wine Tasting – Boat Tour on the Douro River – Porto – Hotel – Porto

Day 5 – Hotel – Porto – Porto – Amarante – Monastery of S. Gonçalo de Amarante – Mesão Frio – Caldas de Moledo – Views of the Douro – Peso da Régua – Boat trip on the Douro – Visit to a Farm Winery – Pinion – Station train – Porto – Hotel – Port

Day 6 – -Hotel Porto – Porto-Departure to Braga Sanctuary of Bom Jesus, Braga Cathedral, Arco da Porta New- Sanctuary Sameiro – Historic center of Braga – Guimarães Castle. Chapel of St. Michael – Palace of the Dukes – Historic center of Guimarães – Porto – Hotel – Porto

Day 7 – Porto – Hotel – Porto – Departure Santiago de Compostela – Pilgrim’s Mass – Visit the Historical Center – Plaza Mayor – Visit to Valenca do Minho – Visit to Viana do Castelo – Arrival at Porto – Porto – Hotel – Porto

Day 8 – Porto – Porto Hotel- – ride on the Peninsula of Costa Nova – Aveiro – Visit to the city center – visit Nova – boat trip in Traditional Moliceiro boat – Mealhada – Lunch at Mealhada, Leitão Bairrada – Coimbra – Coimbra University – Palace of schools – hall of Capelos – Living room of tests of weapons – Baroque Library – University Tower – Old Cathedral – New Cathedral – Riverside area – Lisbon – Hotel – Lisbon

Places to hosting

1st Night – Lisbon
2nd Night – Lisbon
3rd Night – Porto
4th Night – Porto
5th Night – Porto
6th Night – Porto

7th Night – Porto
8th Night – Lisbon

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