Why not a Transfer from Oporto to Lisbon with stops?
Instead of making only simple transfer, we will few stops on the way visiting some of the most symbolic cities in Portugal, undoubtedly the best way to optimize your time.
Your accommodation in Lisbon
Schedule agreed with the customer
Our transfer from Oporto to Lisbon with stops is perfect for those who want to know some cities on the way to Oporto, we leave here some curiosities of these same places:
Aveiro is often dubbed Portuguese Venice because it is a city with canals, similar to the Italian Venice. the difference is that while in Venice the gondolas transport tourists, in Aveiro are the Moliceiros or Mercantel boats to do so. The canals of the “ria” are about 3 km and are all natural channels, except for the Largo da Fábrica de Cerâmica that has been refurbished for the safety of tourist transport boats.
The University was founded in 1290 by King D. Dinis in Lisbon, then in 1437 moved to Coimbra, by order of D. João III in 1437, during centuries it was the only university in the Portuguese empire, and so it is not surprising that many famous people studied by the city, from writers to famous scientists like: Eça de Queirós, José Bonifácio, Luís de Camões and even the character Brás Cubas, of Machado de Assis
In Fatima we will find the largest Marian Shrine in Europe, a true demonstration of peace, the visit to its two Basilicas are essential, the Basilica of Our Lady of the White Rosary, built in the 20th century in a conservative way and where today are buried the bodies of the three shepherds, Francisco and Jacinta who died still children and also Lucia de Jesus, who died in 2005, we also have the Holy Trinity with a contemporary architecture, but quite interesting and even the oldest “Chapel” of all, a small chapel where originally there was a tree where our Lady appeared to the three children.
Obidos, there lovely white houses with beautiful bougainvilleas and honeysuckle was conquered from the Moors by D. Afonso Henriques in 1148, centuries later, the Portuguese king D. Dinis gave it to his wife, Queen Isabel as a wedding gift, thereafter the town and the surrounding area was always property of the Portuguese queens and way for them make same income.
Surrounded by a ring of medieval walls and crowned by the Moorish castle Obidos is one of the finest examples of English medieval fortress.
We’ll meet you ate your accommodation in Oporto on the schedule time, then we will present some suggestions of what your transfer from Oporto to Lisbon with stops will be, if you have any suggestions (like restaurants or places to visit) or even questions you can do it directly with your guide.
In the center of Aveiro we suggest a trip on a Moliceiro boat to get to know the 3 kilometers of canals that made the support of the city itself, be it moliça (a seaweed used in agriculture and for pharmaceutical purposes), as well as Salt.
Other curiosity will be to know the market of Aveiro a construction in wrought iron and glass very to the type of Gustavo Eiffel and to the innumerable buildings Art New all cataloged what they reveal the importance and even the wealth of this city.
In Costa Nova we will find the original haystacks were constructed with local materials, rising on stakes set in the dry sand of Costa Nova, with the exterior plank arranged horizontally and painted bright red, saluting the sea with color and energy, helping fishermen to find their haystacks on very foggy days.
The interior space was ample, without any division, fulfilling its function of being nothing more than a warehouse. Over the years, some fishermen began to transform the haystacks by adapting them to accommodation spaces that began to accommodate families during the summer season.
From Aveiro to Coimbra we will pass at Mealhada (optional) where you can taste one of the Portuguese most famous dishes, “Leitao da Bairrada” (suckling piglet), this pig is roasted in a wood oven for over two hours, leaving the skin completely stalled.
Time to get to Coimbra, where we will start our visit by the Coimbra´s University ( oldest in Europe ) with it´s highlight the Joanine library, built in the XVIII century on the former prison of the University, simply one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, Its decoration was only finished, close to the XVIII century, the renovation it, on the ceiling the frescoes were executed by Mestre António Ribeiro and Vicente Nunes, and the portrait of Dom Joao V was done by the Italian Domenico Dupra.
After visit the library we will continue visiting Coimbra´s University and visit other interesting places like; Saint Michel Chapel, “sala dos Capelos”, the “cabra” tower between others.
Coimbra´s downtown situated, between the Mondego river and the University, a lovely sidewalk street where you can relax and get lost in this charming city narrow streets and beautiful alleys, and squares, you will find countless cafes, pastry shops and restaurants.
Rich in culture and with an unforgettable gastronomy, this area has been the commercial center of the city for hundreds if not thousands of years, maintaining its genuine atmosphere and unique personality.
Know you can chose which of those places fits more our curiosities:
In Obidos (UNESCO’s world heritage site), we will take you back in time, as we walk you through the beautiful and narrow streets full of traditional shops, along the white painted old houses, walk through its walls imagining how the medieval period would have been there.
Obidos was used has a wedding gift from D. Dinis to his wife D. Isabel, the village became part of the Casa das Rainhas, only extinct in 1834, and most of the Portuguese Queen passed through it, leaving great benefits. D. Catarina orders to be build the aqueduct and fountains.
At the Sanctuary of Fatima, we will find three places of interest where you can attend a mass ( optional ), the Chapel of the Apparitions, the first Chapel to be built immediately following the apparitions occupying a prominent place, not by size or grandeur, but yes by the location, practically in the center of the Sanctuary.
The Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, built in 1928 in Neo Baroque style, it houses today the tombs of the children, but also the tomb of Sister Lucia who passed away in 2005, and the Basilica of Santissima Trindade, built in 2007 with more than 8000 seats and 40,000 m² of area was designed by the Greek architect Alexandros Tombazis, a modern and quite imposing church.
Our Transfer from Oporto to Lisbon with stops will end at your accommodation in Lisbon.
My wife and I spent a few days seeing Porto then needed to be in Lisbon for business for me. Our original plan was to take a train, but there were sites in between Porto and Lisbon that we wanted to see. Rather than renting a car and having to deal with unfamiliar traffic patterns and driving laws, and navigating the narrow streets of some parts of Portugal, and figuring out where to park at each stop, we decided to book a driver with WalkBorder.
Sandro was our driver and arrived exactly on time to pick us up from our AirBnB. He was a great driver and very knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited and had interesting anecdotes to tell. He didn’t mind when we dozed a little in between stops and knew when to engage us in conversation and when to give us some quiet. Sondro knew exactly the best places to drop us off and made sure we had a plan on where to meet whenever we were done with our stop. He would even be “on call” by text of phone if we needed him for any reason.
We made stops at Aveiro (the “Venice of Portugal”), Costa Nova, Coimbre and Fatima. Sondro would walk us to where he was sure we found what we wanted to see, and continue acting as a “tour guide” for us. The Mercedes vehicle was clean and comfortable and Shondra had bottles of water for each of us which was a nice touch.