12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Porto
— 2 nights
2
Coimbra
— 2 nights
3
Albufeira
— 2 nights
4
Lisbon
— 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Farol Molhe do Douro and Praca dos Leoes. You'll get in some beach time at Praia de Sao Jacinto and Torreira Beach. It doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Jardins do Palacio de Cristal and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Porto vacation planning app.

Washington DC, USA to Porto is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Porto is 5 hours. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in September: high temperatures in Porto hover around °F and lows are around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Torreira Beach, Praia de Sao Jacinto
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Praia de Sao Jacinto ©
Praia de Sao Jacinto
Torreira Beach ©
Torreira Beach
Jardins do Palacio de Cristal ©
Jardins do Palacio de Cristal

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nights
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 8th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Fluvial de Vimieiro, thenhike along Choupal National Forest, and then see the interesting displays at Museu da Ciencia. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Casa Medieval - Coimbra Welcome Center, thenpause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Santiago, thenstroll through Praia dos Palheiros da Tocha, and finally kick back and relax at Praia da Tocha.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Coimbra road trip planner.

You can drive from Porto to Coimbra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Coimbra

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Praia Fluvial de Vimieiro, Praia dos Palheiros da Tocha, Praia da Tocha
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Choupal National Forest ©
Choupal National Forest
Igreja Santiago ©
Igreja Santiago
Museu da Ciencia ©
Museu da Ciencia

2
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Tres Castelos Beach, stroll through Vale de Covo Beach, kick back and relax at Pescadores Beach, thenmake a splash at XFlow Surf Spot Portugal, and finally get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Peneco, get your game on at Hot Wheels Raceway, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Albandeira.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Albufeira holiday planning site.

You can drive from Coimbra to Albufeira in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Albufeira when traveling from Coimbra in September, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vale de Covo Beach, Pescadores Beach, Tres Castelos Beach, Praia de Albandeira
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Tres Castelos Beach ©
Tres Castelos Beach
Praia de Albandeira ©
Praia de Albandeira
Pescadores Beach ©
Pescadores Beach

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Baleal Beach and Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina). You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Troia Beach and Praia de Galapinhos. Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Praia Foz do Arelho in Caldas da Rainha, about 1h 20 min away. And it doesn't end there: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Antonio de Lisboa, explore the historical opulence of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, and admire the landmark architecture of Panteao Nacional.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around °F in September, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Troia Beach, Praia de Galapinhos, Praia Foz do Arelho, Baleal Beach
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Baleal Beach ©
Baleal Beach
Troia Beach ©
Troia Beach
Praia Foz do Arelho ©
Praia Foz do Arelho

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