help with itinerary in the north

We are going to Portugal for 7 days in July and plan to go straight north because we've spent time in mid-Portugal to the south. So--we're thinking of Guimares, Porto, and Viana do Castelo. But we're concerned that's too many places for that length of time. What would you recommend--which of these places is most worth visiting, and for how long? Are there other places up north you would substitute for any of these? We love wandering streets, doing a bit of craft shopping, seeing a museum or two, and visiting historic sites. We're not planning of renting a car but will use public transportation instead. Thanks for your help!

Posted by Wonderful
Europe
490 posts

I am a little bit of a loss how to answer this.
Your trip is starting in Guimarães and ending in Viana do Castelo?
If not, what are your plans for this trip? 7 days is not so long, especially using public transport and I can think of several suggestions but it all is down to your other plans.

Posted by vicky
farmington, ME, USA
52 posts

We're thinking of going straight to Guimares after flying into Lisbon, so being there half of Wed, all of Thurs, and part of Fri, then going to Porto for the weekend. Not sure at this point--is the Douro boat trip worth it, or would it be better to spend Sat/Sun/part of Mon in Porto, then go to Lisbon or spend another day in Porto. Is the boat trip worth it? Thanks--Vicky

Posted by Wonderful
Europe
490 posts

I personally do not like boat trips, they seem to be much like organized tours in buses. But others do like them and I can understand we are all different.
My choice would be, (but you have not confirmed this) is to drive to places like Tui in Spain, Valença do Minho.
There is a pleasant drive along the border getting to cities like Arcos de Valdevez, Peneda-Gerês National Park, Braga, plsu a few more.
If you take the boat up the Douro it is better to take the longer trip. Maybe return the car back to the rental to save money.