So many people ask where to stop when traveling between Lisbon and Porto in Portugal. This gives you the opportunity to explore some of the most beautiful and culturally rich areas of this country, while seeing the real Portugal.
Depending on your route, here are some of the fun places to visit along the way:
Nazaré: Famous for its massive waves and surfing culture, Nazaré also boasts a beautiful beach and traditional fishing village vibes. Don't miss the chance to witness the breathtaking waves from the cliffs. And, try the local seafood - fresh and wonderful.
Batalha: Home to the impressive Batalha Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The massive monastery is an excellent example of Manueline architecture and is a must-visit for history and architecture enthusiasts.
Alcobaça: Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Alcobaça is known for its stunning Alcobaça Monastery. The town itself has a charming atmosphere and is a great stop for a taste of local Portuguese life.
Figueira da Foz: A historic and thriving seaside city with great beaches and food - plus a casino and cosmopolitan vibe. Figueira da Foz is well worth a visit.
Aveiro: So much more than the "Venice of Portugal," Aveiro is known for its picturesque canals, colorful moliceiro boats, and Art Nouveau architecture. The town offers a unique and vibrant ambiance. Great beaches are nearby.
Leiria: The charming city is located in the Centro region of Portugal, in the Leiria district, halfway between Porto and Lisbon. Great castle, historic center and shopping.
Coimbra: Home to one of Europe's oldest universities, Coimbra exudes a youthful energy. The university's Joanina Library is a highlight, and the city's historic center is rich in culture and history. Great base to explore nearby towns.
Bussaco: with its royal palace turned hotel, the Buçaco National Forest (Mata Nacional do Buçaco in Portuguese), is the enchanted forest of Portugal, and one of the most beautiful.
Tomar: The Convent of Christ in Tomar is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a stunning example of Templar architecture. The town is rich in history and offers a glimpse into Portugal's past. And great food too!
Viseu: A charming city with a mix of historical architecture and modern amenities. The Cathedral of Viseu and the Grão Vasco Museum are worth exploring. Plus, wine country is a short drive away.
Lamego: Surrounded by terraced vineyards near the Douro, Lamego is known for its beautiful Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios and the picturesque steps leading up to it.
Remember that these recommendations can vary based on your interests and the time you have available. Portugal's diverse landscapes, historical sites, and rich culture ensure that there's something for everyone along the journey from Lisbon to Porto.