Portugal Highlights


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    Take to the road on this Self-Drive tour of Portugal.

    Breath-taking architecture, stunning cathedrals, an intriguing history, quaint and colourful fishing villages, Portugal has it all.  Take your time driving through the lush vegetation of the Sintra region, meandering past vineyards and sprawling olive groves or simply admiring the gorgeous blue azulejos in the quaint hilltop towns.

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    Day 1: Lisbon – Evora (138km)
    Leave Lisbon early to reach Sintra before the crowds. Discover the fairytale like Pena Palace and National Park before heading inland to the UNESCO World Heritage town of Evora.

    Day 2: Evora
    Explore this beautifully preserved, medieval walled town.

    Day 3: Evora – Marvão – Castelo de Vide (132km)
    Visit the charming and fortified village of Marvão, overlooking the Alentejo plains, close to the Spanish border. Wander the wee cobbled lanes and visit the strategically placed castle.

    Day 4: Castelo de Vide – Viseu (254km)
    Take a morning stroll in the Serra San Mamede National Park, south of the town which has fantastic walking trails. In the afternoon discover the ancient town of Viseu, admiring its many gorgeous ceramic azulejos.

    Day 5: Viseu – Braga – Oporto (267km)
    Known as ‘Portuguese Rome’ Braga is home to a very striking cathedral, baroque churches and well maintained parks and gardens.

    Day 6: Oporto
    Day at leisure to enjoy the picturesque old town of Ribeira and to wander along the river and absorb its amazing history.

    Day 7: Oporto – Tomar – Nazare – Obidos (336km)
    Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Convent of Christ in Tomar, a combination of a castle and a convent dating from 1160. Travel onto the vibrant fishing village of Nazare via the pilgrimage town of Fatima.

    Day 8: Obidos – Lisbon (85km)
    Take a walking tour through this walled town with its stunning flower baskets and colourful medieval streets before heading back to Lisbon.

    Our favourite places to stay:

    • Pousada Convento de Evora
    • Casa Amerela – Turismo de Habitação, Castelo de Vide
    • HF Fenix Porto
    • Hotel Vila d’Obidos


    Highlights worth seeing along the way

    Castelo de Vide – Market day is on a Friday when the town transforms from a relaxed to a very vibrant place with locals selling their produce, everything from fresh fruit & vegetables to fish, cheese and ceramics.

    Bom Jesus do Monte – On the outskirts of Braga, is this pilgrimage site with a magnificent 166 metre Baroque stairway. It is perched high on a hillside surrounded by gorgeous gardens and hidden grottoes and is accessible by funicular, by car or on foot.

    Temple of Diana, Evora – Not to be missed is this Roman structure dating from the 1st or 2nd century AD. It is stunning in the evening light.

    Pena Palace, Sintra – Built in 1840, this is definitely worth seeing. However we recommend you pre-book tickets in order not to miss out. You can visit the park and palace terraces or pay a little more and get into the State Rooms inside the Palace.

    Some Local Specialties – Sardinhas Assadas (Grilled Sardines) and Bacalhau (Salted Cod Fish) served with salads are the main delights from the ocean whilst Pasteis de Nata (Custard Tarts) are a ‘must-have’.

    Vila Nova de Gaia, Oporto – Cross the famous metal arched Dom Luis I Bridge (over the Douro) and meander through the wine stores that house the famous port wines.

    Douro Valley – Take a walk, cruise or cycle through the picturesque river valley. It’s lush and laden with beautifully terraced vineyards.

    Price is based on rental car Hertz (Group C) only.  Price excludes accommodation and international flights.