13 days in Lisbon District & Northern Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Lisbon District & Northern Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal Trip Planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport), Drive to Sintra
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Sintra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Luso
— 1 night
Drive
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Areia Branca
— 1 night
Drive
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Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly

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Sintra

— 2 nights
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire the striking features of Sintra National Palace, explore the historical opulence of Castelo dos Mouros, and then take in the pleasant sights at Cabo da Roca. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tamariz, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Carcavelos, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Quinta da Regaleira.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sintra trip planning tool.

Saskatoon, Canada to Sintra is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Saskatoon in May, expect Sintra to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Sintra

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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. 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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Wine Tours & Tastings, Porto Free Walking Tour and Cais da Ribeira. Do some cultural sightseeing at Graham's Port Lodge and Sandeman Cellars. Explore hidden gems such as Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Porto Calem. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, explore the world behind art at Museu Serralves, and take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto trip itinerary planning tool.

Traveling by car from Sintra to Porto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sintra in May: highs in Porto hover around 23°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Luso.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Luso

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at National Forest of Bussaco.

To see where to stay, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Luso day trip tool.

You can drive from Porto to Luso in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Areia Branca.
Highlights from your trip

Areia Branca

— 1 night
Your day by day itinerary now includes Castelo de Óbidos, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Drop Surf Center. On the 30th (Tue), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Óbidos, and then stroll through Praia do Norte. On the 31st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see Drop Surf Center.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Areia Branca sightseeing planning site.

You can drive from Luso to Areia Branca in 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Areia Branca are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 31st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Areia Branca

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Lisbon

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

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 Selection Tours, Bairro Alto, Arco do Triunfo, and other attractions you added. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belém Tower and Alfama. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque das Nacoes and Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon vacation builder website.

Traveling by car from Areia Branca to Lisbon takes 1.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours · Neighborhoods · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Lisbon District travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Castles · Aquariums
Lisbon District contains a coastline that stretches for over 320 km (200 mi), so it shouldn't come as a surprise that the region's art, cuisine, and architecture remain inextricably linked to the sea. Straddling seven hills on the edge of the Atlantic, the coastal city of Lisbon serves as the district's main holiday destination, drawing pleasure seekers with its old-fashioned hospitality, rich cultural scene, and vibrant nightlife. Further inland spreads the district's serene countryside, studded with quaint villages, monasteries, and wineries. The small town of Sintra, a standout among the district's notable places to visit, boasts a well-preserved Moorish castle and a lavish royal palace and gardens, former summer residence of Portuguese aristocrats.

Northern Portugal travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Wineries & Vineyards · Gift & Specialty Shops
Natural beauty and rich cultural heritage make northern Portugal one of Europe's most desirable vacation destinations. Continuously populated for thousands of years, this verdant land features a lively coastline studded with dozens of modern resorts. Away from the ocean, the region transforms into a rolling countryside of small villages, vast national parks, lush vineyards, and World Heritage-listed prehistoric sites. Place the city of Porto at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's centuries-long history of outstanding wine production. Use the tourist-friendly city as your base, and devote some time to exploring the bucolic wine region stretching along the luxuriant banks of the Douro River.