Portugal's City and Countryside: A 7-Day Road Trip Itinerary

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Jennifer Gerard

  • Portugal

  • Lisbon

  • Porto

  • Luxury Travel

  • Road Trip Travel

  • City Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Arts & Culture

  • Boutique Travel

  • Multi-City

  • Vineyards

  • History

a shadowed lush hillside spotted with houses at sun set on a wide river
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Portugal is an incredible destination for solo travelers, honeymooners, and adventurers. While following this 7 day itinerary, you will experience Portuguese culture in Lisbon and Porto, and escape in the rolling vineyards of the Douro Valley.

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Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon

orange rooftops of a dense old city on the ocean

Arrive in Lisbon and pick up your rental car from the airport. Take a quick drive into Lisbon and check into your hotel. Rest and recharge in your hotel before heading out for a sunset stroll to dinner. Try O Velho Eurico for a local vibe or Belcanto for something upscale. Finish the night at Red Frog Speakeasy and CINCO Lounge for some craft cocktails!

Day 2: Lisbon's must do's

yellow cable car in a narrow city street

Today is all about exploring Lisbon! You can stroll around and easily run into shops, boutiques, lunch spots, and museums. The must do list for Lisbon includes riding Tram 28, walking the Alfama District, visiting the National Tile Museum, and National Museum of Ancient Art. At the end of your day, wander through Bairro Alto to find an aperitif in a jazz club or take a short drive to Sintra if you want to see one of Portugal's UNESCO World Heritage Site at sunset. Try BouBou’s for a tasting menu style evening.

Day 3: Wineries in Douro Valley

a top a sloped wine vineyard looking over a river in a valley

After eating breakfast at your hotel, hop in your car and take the scenic route to the Douro Valley. After checking into your hotel, recommend booking a wine tour to take you through the rolling emerald hills to some of the best wineries in the world. Definitely check out Quinta do Nova, Quinta da Pacheca, Quinta das Carvalhas. You will have to reach out for more information to hear about my absolute favorite!

Day 4: Relax in the countryside

lush wine vineyards, a lake and a grand house on a hillside

Spend today driving the windy rounds exploring the Douro Valley, book more winery tours, or book a spa treatment at your hotel for a relaxing escape halfway through your trip.

Day 5: Porto

a street running riverside of an old dense city at sunset

Now that you are relaxed and have some of your new favorite wines picked out, you will drive to Porto. After checking into your hotel in Porto, explore the local area. You can find many restaurants, bars, and shops by strolling along Cais da Ribeira, a small street that runs along the riverside. You also will want to check out the many neighborhoods of Porto including Baixa, Cedofeita, and Miragaia to explore beautiful libraries, street art, and museums. For dinner, my absolute favorites are Flow Restaurant & Bar and Restaurante Casario - both offer traditional Portuguese cuisine and tapas!

Day 6: Villa Nova de Gaia

view of a town on a hill across a river with an old boat sailing past during the day

You cannot come to Porto without experiencing a cruise on the Douro River. After seeing the beauty of Porto from the river, walk across the bridge to Villa Nova de Gaia, a major hub of the port wine industry. You will find port wine cellars offering tours and tastings. Book a tour / tasting at Burmester or Caves Cálem to learn more about port wine production. The Villa Nova de Gaia also offers the most beautiful view of Porto! Even if you do not want to try Port, it is worth the venture across the bridge. If you are interested in a night out to end your trip, visit Rua Galeria de Paris and Rua Cândido dos Reis for endless nightlife options.

Day 7: Goodbye Portugal!

cityscape at night of a lit up city on the water with a purple sky

Time to go home! Head to Lisbon airport to fly home. Alternatively, you could book direct from Porto depending on your home airport – I can help you with this part!

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