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Discover the Best Road Trips in Portugal: Your Ultimate Adventure Guide

Palacio da Pena Sintra Portugal

Portugal may be a small country, but it’s packed with scenic beauty, vibrant culture, and historical marvels. From the rolling vineyards in Douro Valley to the dramatic cliffs of Algarve, each corner offers unique and awe-inspiring landscapes.

We’ve spent weeks driving around Portugal and have had the pleasure of road tripping from the top down to the bottom. No matter where we stopped, we found the people friendly, the desserts delicious and the port wine flowing freely.

Best Road Trips in Portugal

From scenic coastal drives to inland trips, we’ve seen a lot firsthand, but know there’s always more to explore. Whether traveling as a couple, a family, with a group of friends or on your own, we’ve seen there’s something in Portugal for everyone.

Lisbon to Porto: Coastal Bliss

Excited to see what road trips Portugal has to offer? Here’s your guide to the best road trips in Portugal for a journey you’ll never forget.

Charles and our little one at the Douro River

Quick Summary

This classical Portugal road trip route offers a perfect blend of city, sea, and history. Starting from the vibrant capital Lisbon, you’ll cruise north along the coast, exploring stunning beaches, medieval towns, and bustling cities before reaching Porto, famous for its port wine and historic charm.


Lisbon – Cascais – Sintra – Nazaré – Coimbra – Aveiro – Porto


433km – Approx. 5.5hrs travel time – Google Maps

Road Trip Duration:

5-7 Days


  • Lisbon: Capital city of Portugal with gorgeous architecture like the Jerónimos Monastery, cool street tiles, plenty of unusual things to do as well as the home of our favorite Portuguese dessert, the delicious Pasteis de Belem.
  • Cascais: The Boca do Inferno, a dramatic cliffside chasm is worth stopping for.
  • Sintra: Explore both the colorful Pena Palace as well as the beautiful Quinta da Regaleira palace (plus both their amazing gardens).
  • Nazaré: Stand in awe of Nazarés huge waves, visit Our Lady of Nazaré Sanctuary plus check out the Miradouro do Suberco, a viewpoint offering awesome panoramic ocean views.
  • Coimbra: Home of the Joanina Library, one of the most beautiful libraries in the world as well as the popular University of Coimbra.
  • Aveiro: Canals adorned with brightly colored boats called moliceiros line this Portuguese city, often called the Venice of Portugal.
  • Porto: Sample different ports, go on a Douro river cruise and check out Livraria Lello, one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores.

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