Road Trip in Portugal

With your own rental car, you experience the best of Portugal at your own pace. Lisbon with color, music and experiences, historic cities, vineyards and the beautiful coast with sun, sand and surf!

A tailor-made adventure trip for you who want to see most and the best of Portugal on your own. Car rental and good hotels plus Portugal’s highlights – and a destination that works just as well in spring, summer and autumn.

You start in Lisbon, Portugal’s beautiful and exciting capital. After picking up the rental car, drive on to the medieval town of Coimbra to feel the wings of history. When the longing for port wine and bending valleys becomes too strong, you move on to the Doura Valley and Porto. Then turn south to stop in the small town of Aveiro, famous for its canals and bridges. You end with beautiful days on the coast in Peniche where you enjoy sun, sandy beach and surfing.

Day 1: Departure from Scandinavia and arrival in Lisbon

Today you fly to Lisbon, where on arrival you have a transfer included to your hotel in central Lisbon. The capital of Portugal is spread over seven hills and beautifully situated at the mouth of the Tagus River. With beautiful facades and ornate balconies in a wonderful mix of modern architecture and a vibrant culture, Lisbon is one of Europe’s most fascinating capitals, or Lisbon as the city is called in Portuguese.

Day 2-3: On your own in Lisbon

Explore Lisbon for two full days on your own in the city. Jump aboard one of the rattling trams or walk up and down the slopes and stairs on a journey of discovery through Lisbon’s charming neighborhoods. Visit Alfama, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Lisbon where crafts and cafes compete for space along the steep streets, enjoy the incredible views of Lisbon from the Miraduro terrace or see the bronze statue of Portugal’s most famous author and poet Fernando Pessoa. Also do not miss the many wonderful food markets where you can enjoy the everyday life of the locals and also try some of the most famous delicacies – such as the delicious little pastries Pastéis de Nata. ( F )

Day 4: Coimbra

Pick up your rental car in central Lisbon and drive north for a couple of hours to the medieval city of Coimbra. Those interested in history can choose to stop at Conímbriga, one of the largest excavations in what was the Western Roman Empire. Once in Coimbra, there is plenty of time to discover this charming university town with Portugal’s oldest university from 1290. Here is a very beautiful medieval center with several historical monuments and sights. Coimbra has a lively soul, thanks to the many students. A great way to end the day here is to enjoy Portugal’s typical fado music at one of the city’s cafes, bars or restaurants. ( F )

Day 5: Quinta da Pacheca

What would a trip to Portugal be without trying its well-known port wine? Today the journey continues to the Douro wine district where you will find some of the country’s and perhaps the world’s best wines and port wines, delicious food and a fantastic landscape with the meandering Douro river and beautiful vineyards. Head to one of the most famous vineyards, Quinta da Pacheca, where a truly unique experience awaits you – tonight you will sleep in a wine barrel! The large remodeled wine barrels really allow guests to get up close to the wine’s history and the unique nature of the rural and wonderful Douro area. ( F )

Day 6: Quinta da Pacheca and Douro wine districts

A full day to explore the wine district of the Douro Valley and enjoy fine views, good food and of course wonderful wines. Visit the small train station in Pinhão, which with its tiled decorations tells the area’s wine history and how the port wine that was transported down the Douru River was the basis for the city’s development and wealth. Also spend time at Quinta da Pacheca and just enjoy the beautiful landscape, or learn more about how the wine is made and of course how it tastes. ( F )

Day 7: Postage

Wake up in the vineyard, soak up the fresh air and enjoy a good breakfast before setting out on the day’s adventure. Follow the Douro river to the sea where the charming city of Porto is located, Portugal’s second largest city known for its baroque architecture, its beautiful bridges and of course also its port wine. ( F )

Day 8: On your own in Porto

Like Lisbon, Porto is built on hills at an estuary but with a more compact city center that is well suited for exploring the city on foot. The historic Ribeira district is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and offers its visitors cobbled streets, picturesque, colorful houses and lots of small shops and restaurants where modern food culture blends with traditional Portuguese cuisine. From the top of the Torre dos Clérigos tower you get a nice view of the city. Also, do not miss a visit to the famous Dom Luis I bridge, which stretches across the river to Vila Nova de Gaia. This is where you will find all the wine houses, take the opportunity to do both one or more port wine tastings – there are also several good fish restaurants. ( F )

Day 9: Aveiro

Leave Porto and drive on to the next stop of the trip, the city of Averio. It only takes about an hour to drive here from Porto so you have plenty of time during the rest of the day to explore the city. Averio has lots of beautiful Art Noveau buildings and nice squares but is best known for its canals and bridges – and this is what has given the city the nickname Portugal’s Venice. Stroll along the canals in the compact city center where everything is easily reached on foot, take a boat trip in a colorful canal boat or visit the nearby ceramics factory Vista Alegre. ( F )

Day 10: Peniche

Time for some lovely beach days as you continue today to the old fishing town of Peniche, now also popular with surfers due to the long hollow waves or tubes as they are called among the surfers. The city also has much else to offer and you have four nights here to be able to relax, stroll around the old town and of course also enjoy the sun and swimming. If you want to surf or take a course, tell us and we will help you book everything you need! ( F )

Day 11-13: Sun, sand, beach and surf in Peniche

Discover the old town inside the city walls, visit the historically important fort Fortalexa de Peniche or take a day trip to the strikingly beautiful islands of the Berlin archipelago. Also do not miss a visit to the harbor where the fishing boats are crowded and several restaurants invite you to taste delicious seafood dishes. Those who just want to take it easy can spend their days on one of several nice beaches. ( F )

Day 14: Return trip

It’s time to say goodbye to Portugal. Drive to Lisbon Airport which is about 1 hour from Peniche and return your rental car well in advance of the flight departure. ( F )

Overnight stays

Three nights in Lisbon
One night in Coimbra
Two nights in Quinta da Pacheca
Two nights in Porto
One night in Aveiro
Four nights in Peniche

Road Trip in Portugal