12 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

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12 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  19​h
1
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Nazare
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Coimbra
— 4 nights
+2
train + bus + Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Johannesburg

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Museu Colecao Berardo as well as Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. You'll explore and learn at Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Igreja de Sao Roque. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Belém Tower and Quinta da Regaleira. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Palacio Nacional de Sintra, Museu do Bonsai, & more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ancient Art, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

For where to stay and tourist information, read Lisbon journey planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in October, plan for slightly colder days in Lisbon, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can go by car to Nazare.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
nights
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. On the 26th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Óbidos, see the interesting displays at Museu Abilio de Mattos e Silva, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santa Maria, then explore the ancient world of Aqueduto da Usseira, and finally don't miss a visit to Obidos Village. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at Museu Nacional Ferroviario, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ermida da Memoria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Nazare trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Nazare takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Nazare

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Obidos, Batalha Monastery, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Museu Nacional Ferroviario
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Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Igreja de Santa Maria ©
Igreja de Santa Maria

4
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro and Museu Academico / Academic Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Popular historic sites such as Convent of Christ and Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museu da Santa Casa da Misericordia de Coimbra, take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra, get engrossed in the history at Museu Monografico de Conimbriga, and steep yourself in history at Portugal dos Pequenitos.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Coimbra road trip planner .

Getting from Nazare to Coimbra by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Coimbra can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Coimbra

Museums Historic Sites Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Convent of Christ, Museu Monografico de Conimbriga
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Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro ©
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz ©
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz

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