Planning a road trip can take a lot of time. Sights must be checked out, cozy hotels must be booked and rental cars must be ordered. Imagine if someone made a plan for you, so you can easily modify it according to your own interests? You know what? Here comes my entire itinerary for our road trip in northern Portugal that we did in August (2018). Start and end in Lisbon and in between visits to some of Portugal's coolest places: Porto, Douro Valley, Óbidos, Costa Nova, Sintra, Nazaré and Monsanto.
In fact I have to say this is one of the best driving holidays we have ever done. Partly because we had exciting things to discover every day, but also because we booked both good hotels and good restaurants before we left. Because everything was pre-booked and dinner was served at 20pm every evening, we had wonderfully long days to discover Portugal without having to stress.
I have listed all the hotels we stayed at, although I recommend reading my posts before booking. What I appreciate in a hotel, may not be what you are looking for at all - or vice versa. But it's a plan with reasonably long day stages and it's easy to find other hotels near my suggestions.
Basically all the restaurants that I pre-booked, I booked through the app the fork. The Fork is much more widespread in Portugal than, for example, Book-a-table, and there are often offers of between 30-50% on the a la carte menu at good restaurants if you book via the app. Very Nice!
Do you want general tips for what you need to consider when driving in Portugal? You will find my best tips here!
Day 3: Sintra
Distance: 12 miles
Early start from Lisbon to go to Sintra. Sintra has a wealth of attractions and it is difficult to fit them all in one day. We were amazed by Pena Palace, wandered by Cabo da Roca and visited the abandoned monastery Convento Dos Capuchos. Stop by Azenhas Do Mar on the way to the night's accommodation outside Óbidos.
Day 4: Obidós, Nazaré and Conimbriga
Distance: 16 miles
We start the day with a visit to the beautiful city Obidos before we go to them the big waves in Nazareth. On the way to today's accommodation, we visit them Roman ruins in conimbriga.
Day 5: Bussaco forest and Costa Nova
Distance: 13 miles
The day is spent among the striped houses of the coastal town Costa Nova. On the way there you stop for a walk in Bussaco forest green fairytale forest. On the way to Porto, stop in Ovar to try their special sponge cake Pão-de-Ló.
accommodation: Eurostars Heroismo (Port)
Day 7-8: Douro Valley
Distance: 12-20 miles (depending on route)
Drive from Porto after breakfast and have a delicious lunch at one of the many wineries in Douro Valley. Spend the days along the valley's beautiful roads and enjoy the views.
accommodation: Quinta de Casaldronho
Day 9: Monsanto & Serra Da Estrela
Distance: 35 miles
Today we take a car day through the hinterland and the national park Serra da Estrela. Take a long lunch in one of the mountain villages, here you get real Portuguese food for cheap! Stay in the cliff city Monsanto before settling into the night's accommodation at the historic luxury hotel Pousada Monastery of Crato.
accommodation: Pousada Monastery of Crato (upcoming post)
DAY 10: LISBON
Distance: 18 miles
Time to head back to Lisbon for the trip home after an amazing 10 day road trip! If you have a flight in the afternoon, take the opportunity to find designer clothes on the way to the airport in the big way Freeport Lisboa Fashion Outlet
Do you want to read more about Portugal? Look into my Portugal page!
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Travel blogger, gastronaut, photographer and family adventurer with over 55 countries in his luggage. Eva loves trips that include beautiful nature, hiking boots and well-cooked food. On the travel blog Rucksack she takes you to all corners of the world with the help of her inspiring pictures and texts.