Starts from Lisbon
Day 1 and 2.
LISBON/QUELUZ 2 NTS
(Around 25 Km, about 30 minutes drive)
Upon arrival at Lisbon airpot pick up
your car from Budget car-hire desk at Lisbon Airport and drive West of
Lisbon to Queluz and stay at Pousada D. Maria, Summer Palace of the kings of
Portugal in the 18th century. The building was formerly used by the Royal
Guard of the Court in the
known as the “Portuguese Versailles”.
Stay 2 nights there to explore the
Lisbon coast, Estoril and Cascais (the Portuguese Riviera) the
beautiful and romantic Sintra with its Palaces, Nacional
Palace and the Moorish Palace,
surrounded by the Monserrate
Park and Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Europe.
Pousada D. Maria
QUELUZ / ÓBIDOS 1 NT
(Around 100 Km, about 1 hour drive)
Drive North through Western coast of Portugal, the Costa de Prata region
with plenty of natural features from the mountains to lush valleys, small
villages and beaches flanked by high sand dunes.
You will find the Natural Park of Serra de Aire and Serra de Candeeiros,
known for the Grottoes of Santo Antonio, Mira de Aire and Alvados with
fantastic stalactites and stalagmites.
Obidos - Medieval walled town and another Unesco World Heritage. Overnight.
Recommended visits during your stay:
Nazaré – pretty fishing town;
Alcobaça – the heart of the Portuguese
ceramic industry; visit the 12th centurty Santa Maria Cistercian
Monastery, classified in the Unesco World Heritage;|
Batalha – Batalha
Monastery and example of Gothic and Manueline architecture;
Fátima – one
of the most important Marian centres in the world;
Tomar – Famous Chapter
window in the Convent of Christ, headquarters of the Knights Templars; the
Castle built by the Master of the Knights Templars, Gualdino Pais;
Overnight: Pousada do Castelo
in Óbidos (The
Castle in the walls of this beautiful fortified town has been converted into
a small Pousada);
Day 4. ÓBIDOS
/ GUIMARÃES 2 NTS
(Around 200 Km, about 2H30 drive)
Drive Northwest coast of Portugal, the
Costa Verde region the mountainous region revealing its prehistoric past,
the Roman occupation and the medieval times, the Douro demarcated wine
region, has as a wonderful natural tranquillity of green, open spaces and an
age-old cultural heritage, numerous lagoons in deep valleys are part of a
landscape of unbelievable beauty, the River Douro, which runs trough the
heart of the region, very pleasant to take a boat trip on the river.
Guimarães - linked historically to the birth in 1143 of the Portuguese
nation, and the Church of São Miguel do Castelo and the strong
walls of the castle bear this out. There is magnificent architecture in the
city and of special note is the Paço
(Palace) Duques de Bragança.
sites to visit:
– the center of Baroque art, its cathedral, the oldest in Portugal.
Porto – the 18th
Century tower of the Baroque Clérigos church, from the Gothic period the Church of São Francisco
famous for its interior of gilded wood engravings “Golden Church”,
Exchange Palace (Palácio da Bolsa).
Viana do Castelo – one of the commercial maritime centre during the time of
the Discoveries, evidence by the architectonic of the Praça da República,
of the churches of São Domingos and Nossa Senhora da Caridade.
Amarante – lovely town, reflected in the waters of the Tâmega River,
with the Church and Convent of São Gonçalo from the 16th-17th
Overnight in the majestic Santa Marinha Pousada
(housed in the 12th century Convent of Agostinhos that was
rebuilt and restored) near the historical centre of Guimarães, set on a hill
overlooking the city of Guimarães.
Day 5. GUIMARÃES
(Around 150 Km,
about 1h30 drive)
Drive South to Coimbra, on
the way enjoys the area with its beautiful landscape.
Aveiro – The Portuguese Venice, with the many canals and the distinctive and
colourful “moliceiros” boats that are used to collect seaweed. The
town is basically a mixture of neat fishermen’s cottages and Art Nouveau
mansions with a few historic buildings. The small houses lining the beach
area are most attractive with their distinct colourful facades of different
– looks out over the river Mondego, visit the Roman ruins at Conímbriga;
Romanesque Cathedral, the Santa Cruz Church, the Monastery of Santa Clara and the
University buildings that is one of the oldest in
Overnight in the charming Hotel Quinta das Lagrimas
/ LISBOA 1 NT
(Around 200 Km, about 2 hours drive)
Drive South to Lisbon
and stay the last night in Lisboa, to explore the capital of Portugal, Lisbon.
Lisbon, beautiful town, visit its monuments, the medieval quarters of Alfama
and Mouraria, walk along the typical streets of Bairro Alto and Madragoa and
take the opportunity to dinner in one typical Fado Restaurants of the area
and enjoy this unique experience.
a visit to the new area of Lisbon “Parque das Nações” where the Expo 98 took place;
enjoy the riverside landscape and all the structures built for the
Exposition - the Lisbon Ocean pavilion with the magnificent
Hotel do Chiado
Day 7. LISBON
Return your car either to meet your return flight or extend your
holidays to other touristic sites in Portugal
Driving Tour Includes: