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From Porto to Lisbon: get to know the most beautiful Portuguese cities
It’s about two hundred miles of travel, but you don’t have to do them all.
You will be able to choose two or three cities from a list of eight: Aveiro, Coimbra, Fátima, Tomar, Alcobaça, Batalha, Nazaré and Peniche.
If you choose Aveiro, you will see the region’s famous canals.
Known as “the Venice of Portugal”, it was a fishing village which feels more like a balcony with a privileged view of the Atlantic Ocean.
The colorful boats – known as “moliceiros” – will invite you to embark on a journey through the city’s historical heritage.
If you prefer to stop in Coimbra, don’t miss the University, one of the oldest and most prestigious in Europe, known for its Baroque library, the Joanina.
In this city of students, you can also pass by the Old Cathedral, the monastery and the church of Santa Cruz, without forgetting the Penedo da Saudade.
Visiting Fatima will undoubtedly be an unforgettable experience.
Known as the “Altar of the World”, the city has one of the world’s leading Marian cult shrines and is the destination of millions of pilgrims every year.
The Old Bridge is one of the most beautiful sights in the city of Tomar.
After crossing it, head to the Pegões Aqueduct, just over 1.2 km from the Convent of Christ. This Philippine aqueduct is about 6 km long and more than 500 years old, and was the main water supply to the Convent.
If you prefer a little more history, then visit Alcobaça, with its imposing monastery and the tombs of Pedro and Inês de Castro. Of course, you can’t leave the city without seeing the Bay of S. Martinho do Porto and Polvoeira Beach.
Around 30 kilometres from Alcobaça is a UNESCO Heritage Site: The Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória.
Near these cities is Nazaré, a land of surfers and giant waves. If you want to breathe the sea air, this is the perfect city!
Last but not least, we have Peniche. It is one of the largest traditional fishing ports in the country, famous for its bilros lace.
And what do you eat?
Here are some suggestions:
You can stop at Mealhada, in Aveiro, to taste the famous roasted piglet.
There are other options, such as chanfana, goat or lamb.
If you prefer fish or seafood, Nazaré and Peniche are undoubtedly for you. Have your choice of stew, seafood rice or sardines baked in charcoal.
You won’t leave hungry.
Join us on this unforgettable trip
This tour can last up to eight hours and, whatever options you choose, one thing is certain: you will want to learn more about each of the cities.
Book your tour and learn about the history and cuisines of some of the main Portuguese cities.
Complete Operator information, including local telephone numbers at your destination, are included on your Confirmation Voucher. Our Product Managers select only the most experienced and reliable operators in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.
Porto was voted Europe's Best City Break Destination in 2020, and the best European destination in 2017 for the third time in a row.
Porto is the second largest city in Portugal, the municipality has 41.42 km2 of area and has a population of 215 945 inhabitants within its administrative limits, being divided into seven parishes.
The metropolitan area currently comprises a geographical area composed of 17 contiguous municipalities, in an area of approximately 2,040 km2 with a resident population of around 1,700,000 inhabitants.
It is the city that gave its name to Portugal – designated by Portus Cale in 200 B.C., it later became the capital of The County of Portucalense, from where Portugal was formed and from which, later, the Portuguese Empire was built, since it was built, mostly, by people from the Northern Region.
Since 1996, its historic centre has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also a city known worldwide for its wine and port wine cellars, its centuries-old bridges, its gastronomy, and the magnificent Douro River. The famous gastronomic specialties of the region are: Francesinha, Tripas à Moda do Porto and Bacalhau à Gomes de Sá.
The city of Porto also has several cultural spaces of reference such as the Serralves Museum, the House of Music, and the inescapable Lello Bookstore.
In 2001 it was considered European capital of culture and in 2012 elected as Best European Destination by the European Consumer Association.
Known as the Venice of Portugal, Aveiro is surrounded by salt-flats, beaches and lagoons and dominated by the Central Canal running through town.
Situated on a hill, overlooking the city, the University of Coimbra, with its schools, has grown and developed for more than 7 centuries within the ancient city.
Sanctuary of Fátima
Discover the charms of Fatima and let yourself be drawn into the spirituality of this place of worship and history.
In 2019 alone, 6.3 million people passed through Fatima.
You can see the admiration felt for the Sanctuary.
It is not by chance that this is known as The Altar of the World.
Relax, take it easy – as soon as you get there, you'll understand why.
Convent of Christ in Tomar
It was D. Gualdim Pais, founding grand master of the Order of the Templars in Portugal, had the castle built in 1160, to become the mother house of the Templars and inside the remarkable Convent of Christ. Template and altered over the centuries, retains influences of various architectural styles and is the ex-libris of the city, classified as world heritage by UNESCO.
Monastery of Batalha
The Dominican Monastery of Batalha, or Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitória was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians in the Battle of Aljubarrota (1385) and is the third most visited monument in Portugal.
The Monastery of Alcobaça speaks of the foundation of the country, which separated from Castile in the 12th century and the abbey of Santa Maria de Alcobaça was founded in the 19th century. XIII by King Alfonso I.
Meet the Nazarenes and talk to them at the Dry Fish Market, where every day a dozen women continue to dry the fish in paneiros and where you can observe the colourful traditional boats exposed on the beach.
Peniche and the sea are inseparable. It is one of the largest traditional fishing ports in Portugal and a major Atlantic hub for maritime-tourist activities.
Lisbon is a city that makes you want to discover, seeing what appears in each neighbourhood, in each street. It is a nice, safe town. With a lot to see, but relatively small. It is ideal to spend several days or a starting point to stroll around the country. It is old. It is modern. It is always surprising.
The municipality of Lisbon has an area of 85 km² and has a population of 547,733 inhabitants within its administrative limits, being divided into 24 parishes.
The metropolitan area currently comprises a geographical area composed of 18 contiguous municipalities, in an area of approximately 3,001 km2 with a resident population of around 2,863,272 habitants.
Lisbon is the capital and largest city in the country.
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