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4 road trip routes to see all of Portugal

Portugal has all the components for a self-drive holiday –  good weather, excellent roads, stunning scenery, mouth-watering cuisine, fascinating historical cities and a long coastline. Here are 4 varied routes to take depending on your interests, time frame and budget:

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1. Essential Portugal – 8 days / 7 nights

Flickr: Mónica Cabaça

The compact size of Portugal makes it easy to drive its length in a relatively short amount of time. This itinerary takes advantage of that by driving north along the coast and coming back to Lisbon via a different inland route, essentially using both the capital and Porto as bases. After spending several days discovering Lisbon and nearby Sintra and Cascais, drive along the coast to Porto, the capital of the north. From here you can drive out to Braga and other historical spots. Be sure to stop in Coimbra on your journey back south. The city is home to Portugal’s oldest University established in the 13th century and a spectacular 18th century Baroque library.

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