12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Winnipeg
Fly:  14​h
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Porto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Braga
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Coimbra
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Evora
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Faro
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Lisbon
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h
End: Winnipeg

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Visit Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo dos Mouros for their historical value. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Cabo da Roca. And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Alfama, make a trip to Belém Tower, and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary maker site .

Winnipeg, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Plan for much hotter temperatures traveling from Winnipeg in December, with highs in Lisbon at 18°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trips

Cabo da Roca, Castelo dos Mouros
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
nights
Porto

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 13th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum, then learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's, and finally learn about winemaking at Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and then learn about winemaking at Quinta dos Corvos.

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Fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. You will have some time to spend on the 15th (Sun) before leaving for Braga.

Things to do in Porto

Wineries Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vila Nova de Gaia
Highlights from your plan
FC Porto Museum ©
FC Porto Museum
Porto Augusto's ©
Porto Augusto's
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

1
night
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.
For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Braga trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Porto to Braga by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Braga are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Mon) before leaving for Coimbra.

Things to do in Braga

Outdoors Historic Sites Tours

1
night
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): admire the architecture and history at Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova, see the interesting displays at Misericordia de Coimbra Museum, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of St Michael.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Coimbra day trip website .

Take a train from Braga to Coimbra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Evora.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova ©
Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova
Misericordia de Coimbra Museum ©
Misericordia de Coimbra Museum
Torre da Universidade de Coimbra ©
Torre da Universidade de Coimbra

1
night
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Evora travel site .

You can drive from Coimbra to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Evora are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 18th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Faro.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trip

Monte da Ravasqueira
Highlights from your plan
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

1
night
Faro

Faro ©
The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Faro Cathedral and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town Faro.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Faro travel route site .

You can drive from Evora to Faro in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Evora in December since evenings lows in Faro dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Lisbon.

Things to do in Faro

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Old Town Faro ©
Old Town Faro
Faro Cathedral ©
Faro Cathedral

1
night
Lisbon

Lisbon
To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon tour planner .

Traveling by car from Faro to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Faro in December since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 8°C. You will have some time to spend on the 20th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Outdoors Nightlife

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