16 days in Portugal Itinerary

16 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal route planner

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Guimaraes
— 3 nights
Drive
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Vila Nova de Foz Coa
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monsanto
— 1 night
Drive
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Alqueva
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Sintra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coimbra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porto
— 3 nights
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Guimaraes

— 3 nights

Birthplace of the Portuguese Nationality

The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
Take a break from Guimaraes with a short trip to Cascata Tahiti in Geres, about 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Guimaraes, take in the awesome beauty at Montanha- Parque da Penha, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora do Carmo Church, and step into the grandiose world of Guimaraes Castle.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Guimaraes trip itinerary maker website.

Frankfurt, Germany to Guimaraes is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Frankfurt to Guimaraes, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Frankfurt in July: highs in Guimaraes hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Vila Nova de Foz Coa.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Vila Nova de Foz Coa

— 2 nights
On the 19th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Vila Nova de Foz Coa, admire the sheer force of Fraga da Ola, then explore the historical opulence of Castle of Numao, and finally do a tasting at Quinta de Ervamoira.

For ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Vila Nova de Foz Coa trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Guimaraes to Vila Nova de Foz Coa takes 2.5 hours. You'll set off for Monsanto on the 21st (Wed).

Things to do in Vila Nova de Foz Coa

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Monsanto

— 1 night
On the 21st (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Museo do Sabugal, then step into the grandiose world of Sabugal Castle, then get to know the fascinating history of Idanha-a-Vehla, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Penha Garcia. On the 22nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Penamacor, wander the streets of Historic Village of Monsanto, and then steep yourself in history at Monsanto.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monsanto attractions planner.

You can drive from Vila Nova de Foz Coa to Monsanto in 2.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Alqueva.

Things to do in Monsanto

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Alqueva

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): explore the historical opulence of Castelo De Noudar, then make a trip to Rocha dos Namorados (S. Pedro do Corval), and then stop by Olaria Tavares. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: examine the collection at Museu do Medronho.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Alqueva holiday tool.

Getting from Monsanto to Alqueva by car takes about 4 hours. In July, daytime highs in Alqueva are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. On the 24th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Sintra.

Things to do in Alqueva

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

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 25th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Boca do Inferno, then take in the pleasant sights at Cabo da Roca, then explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, and finally admire the striking features of Sintra National Palace. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros, explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, and then look for gifts at Maria Madrugas.

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You can drive from Alqueva to Sintra in 2.5 hours. Traveling from Alqueva in July, expect nights in Sintra to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Coimbra.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Coimbra

— 2 nights
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Portugal dos Pequenitos, contemplate the long history of Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, then admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Coimbra online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Sintra to Coimbra takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. While traveling from Sintra, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Coimbra, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

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.
Porto is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), make a trip to Liberdade Square, and take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Coimbra to Porto in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Porto are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. You'll have a few hours on the 31st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Nature

Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.