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Lisbon — 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Lisbon Oceanarium and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, visit Alfama, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip website.

Munich, Germany to Lisbon is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Munich to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Munich in December, things will get somewhat warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 18°C and lows about 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.
Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Albufeira — 2 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): go for a stroll along the water at Marina de Vilamoura, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Falesia, then wander the streets of Centro Historico de Albufeira, and finally stroll through Lagoa dos Salgados. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Algarve, explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, and then stroll through Praia Da Rocha.

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You can drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. December in Albufeira sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Nazare.
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Nazare — 2 nights

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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Alcobaca, stop by Nazaret - Artesanato e design de Autor, then kick back and relax at Praia da Nazare, then don't miss a visit to O Sitio, and finally get great views at Miradouro do Suberco.

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Traveling by car from Albufeira to Nazare takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albufeira in January, Nazare is slightly colder at night with lows of 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can go by car to Porto.
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Porto — 3 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Family-friendly places like Ponte de Dom Luis I and Walking tours will thrill your kids. On the 6th (Fri), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ribeira do Porto, and admire the natural beauty at Jardins do Palacio de Cristal.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Nazare to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Portugal travel guide

Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.