13 days in Lisbon District & Northern Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Lisbon District & Northern Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal Trip Planner

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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, then contemplate the long history of Castelo dos Mouros, and then take in the pleasant sights at Cabo da Roca. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Tamariz, then stroll through Praia de Carcavelos, and then explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Sintra trip planner.

Saskatoon, Canada to Sintra is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is 6 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Saskatoon in May: high temperatures in Sintra hover around 28°C and lows are around 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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Graham's Port Lodge and Porto Calem. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Museu Serralves. There's much more to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, do a tasting at Sandeman Cellars, and take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos.

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Porto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sintra to Porto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or fly. Traveling from Sintra in May, expect nights in Porto to be about the same, around 13°C, while days are little chillier, around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to drive to Luso.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

Luso

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

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Luso online trip planner.

Getting from Porto to Luso by car takes about 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. Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Óbidos, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Norte. Keep things going the next day: see Drop Surf Center.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Areia Branca trip itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Luso to Areia Branca by car takes about 2 hours. May in Areia Branca sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. 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.
You've added Selection Tours, Bairro Alto, Arco do Triunfo, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore hidden gems such as Parque das Nacoes and Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours. Get some cultural insight at Belém Tower and Alfama. There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

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Getting from Areia Branca to Lisbon by car takes about 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.