18 days in Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Portugal Itinerary

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18 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
1
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
2
Sagres
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Fatima
— Few hours
Bus:  1 h
4
Coimbra
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h
5
Guimaraes
— 2 nights
Bus:  30 min
6
Braga
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
7
Porto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h
8
Ilhavo
— 1 day
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Nazare
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
10
Sintra
— 1 night
Bus:  30 min
11
Lisbon
— 1 night
End: Lisbon

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, stop by Alfama, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online travel route planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). In April in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Sagres.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

2
nights
Sagres

Sagres ©
Though the town of Sagres has roots in the Portuguese Age of Discovery, it is better known by visitors as a peaceful, rugged resort spot with great surfing beaches.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): contemplate the long history of Fort of Santo Antonio de Belixe, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Saint Vincent, then take a leisurely stroll along Porto da Baleeira, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Luz, then steep yourself in history at Forte de Almádena, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graca, and finally contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sagres.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Sagres trip planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Sagres by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May in Sagres, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Mon) so you can drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Sagres

Outdoors Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Forte de Almádena, Praia da Luz
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Praia da Luz ©
Praia da Luz
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Dolphin & Whale Watching

few
hours
Fatima

Fatima
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Fatima trip builder website.

Traveling by car from Sagres to Fatima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Sagres in May, with highs in Fatima at 24°C and lows at 13°C. On the 4th (Mon), you'll travel to Coimbra.

Things to do in Fatima

Outdoors Tours Parks
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3
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Coimbra is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico, steep yourself in history at Quinta das Lagrimas, admire the landmark architecture of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra).

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Coimbra road trip planner.

Getting from Fatima to Coimbra by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive. In May, daytime highs in Coimbra are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Museu Monografico de Conimbriga
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Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
University of Coimbra ©
University of Coimbra

2
nights
Guimaraes

Guimaraes ©
The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
On the 7th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Largo Republica do Brasil and then make a trip to Centro Historico de Guimaraes. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Guimaraes Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Paco dos Duques de Braganca, then get to know the fascinating history of Largo da Oliveira, and finally take an in-depth tour of Alberto Sampaio Museum.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Guimaraes journey planning site.

Traveling by car from Coimbra to Guimaraes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Guimaraes can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to take a bus to Braga.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Guimaraes Castle ©
Guimaraes Castle
Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira
Paco dos Duques de Braganca ©
Paco dos Duques de Braganca

few
hours
Braga

Braga ©
Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city. Situated in northwest Portugal, Braga boasts many narrow pedestrian streets, plazas, and spiritual pilgrimage destinations.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bom Jesus do Monte, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio do Raio, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se de Braga.

To find reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Braga trip itinerary planning app.

Braga is very close to Guimaraes. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 9th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Porto.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites
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Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga

3
nights
Porto

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular and then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, look for gifts at Livraria Lello, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, then get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, and finally stroll through Cais da Ribeira.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Porto trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Braga to Porto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ilhavo.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

1
day
Ilhavo

Ilhavo ©
On the 12th (Tue), pick up some local products at Mercado Do Peixe Da Costa Nova, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Costa Nova, and then learn something new at Fábrica da Vista Alegre.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ilhavo journey planner.

You can drive from Porto to Ilhavo in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Nazare.

Things to do in Ilhavo

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Praia da Costa Nova ©
Praia da Costa Nova
Fábrica da Vista Alegre ©
Fábrica da Vista Alegre
Mercado Do Peixe Da Costa Nova ©
Mercado Do Peixe Da Costa Nova

1
night
Nazare

Nazare ©
Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): kick back and relax at Praia da Nazare, pause for some serene contemplation at Ermida da Memoria, and then take some stellar pictures from Miradouro do Suberco.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Nazare trip planning app.

You can drive from Ilhavo to Nazare in 1.5 hours. May in Nazare sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sintra.

Things to do in Nazare

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Miradouro do Suberco ©
Miradouro do Suberco
Ermida da Memoria ©
Ermida da Memoria

1
night
Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
On the 13th (Wed), get your game on at Five Historic Photography Studio.

For where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, use the Sintra travel route planner.

You can drive from Nazare to Sintra in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

Fun & Games
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Five Historic Photography Studio ©
Five Historic Photography Studio

1
night
Lisbon

Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo and then stop by Bairro Alto.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip planner.

Lisbon is very close to Sintra. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Neighborhoods
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Food Tours
Bairro Alto ©
Bairro Alto
Arco do Triunfo
Arco do Triunfo

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