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While it's great to pick one destination to enjoy to the fullest, a day trip to a nearby town or attraction can be the icing on the cake of your vacation. ShermansTravel experts have rounded up the top day trips within a few hours' drive so you can experience that must-visit stretch of beach, national park, or under-the-radar city.

Day Trips from Porto


Portugal’s religious capital is known for its Bom Jesus do Monte pilgrimage site, an 18th-century hilltop church with grotto-dotted gardens and an epic granite stairway that’s still climbed by devout pilgrims.

31 miles north of Porto, www.cm-braga.com.pt
Tags: architecture | history | day trip | religious

Douro Azul

Cruise up the Douro to the charming town of Régua in the Douro Valley, which just celebrated its 250th anniversary as a demarcated wine region; trips typically include a visit to a local quinta (wine lodge) en route.

55 miles east of Porto, www.douroazul.pt
Tags: cruise | outdoors | day trip | wine


The birthplace of Portugal’s first king, Dom Afonso Henriques, was this commanding 10th-century castle with atmospheric medieval quarters perfect for an afternoon of wandering.

30 miles northeast of Porto, www.cm-guimaraes.pt
Tags: architecture | history | day trip | religious

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