16 days in Porto, Central Portugal & Setubal Itinerary

16 days in Porto, Central Portugal & Setubal Itinerary

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Porto
— 2 nights
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Peniche
— 2 nights
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Lisbon
— 3 nights
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Setubal
— 8 nights
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Porto

— 2 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.
We've included these beaches for you: Praia da Costa Nova and Praia da Barra. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Porto Bridge Climb and Ribeira Square. Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Geres (Miradouro da Pedra Bela & Cascata Tahiti). It doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Porto driving holiday planning website.

Barcelona, Spain to Porto is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Porto due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Barcelona in August; daily highs in Porto reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to Peniche.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Peniche

— 2 nights
Peniche is a seaside municipality and a city in Portugal. On the 12th (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Molhe Leste Beach, step off the mainland to explore Papoa, then enjoy the sand and surf at Porto da Areia Sul Beach, then see the vivid underwater world at Miradouro da Cruz dos Remedios, and finally make a trip to Cabo Carvoeiro. On the next day, pause for some photo ops at Monumento a Rendilheira and then kick back and relax at Praia da Consolacao.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read Peniche trip planner.

You can drive from Porto to Peniche in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. August in Peniche sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 18°C at night. On the 13th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Peniche

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

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.
Relax by the water at Guincho Beach and Praia do Tamariz. Explore hidden gems such as Cabo da Roca and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: make a trip to Belém Tower, observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon day trip website.

You can drive from Peniche to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Peniche in August, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can go by car to Setubal.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Setubal

— 8 nights
Setúbal is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Relax by the water at Praia do Carvalhal and Praia da Aberta Nova. Step off the beaten path and head to Parque Natural da Arrabida and Praia de Melides. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Setubal: Porto Covo (Ilha do Pessegueiro & Praia da Samoqueira), Comporta Beach (in Grandola) and Pego Beach (in Carvalhal). There's much more to do: stroll through Praia Atlantica de Soltroia, head outdoors with Serra da Arrabida, get all the information you need at Casa da Baia – Centro de Promocao Turistica, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Setubal trip site.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Setubal takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. August in Setubal sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Setubal

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature

Side Trips

Central Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites
Central Portugal contains some of the most prosperous and densely populated areas in Portugal, as well as thick pine and chestnut forests spread across a series of rugged mountain ranges. Inhabited since well before the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, this part of the country remains best known for its capital Coimbra, which features a historic Old Town retaining much of its medieval look and feel. Beyond the busy regional capital lies Portugal's tranquil countryside, frequently overlooked by foreign visitors despite its ancient sites and hospitable small towns. Along the region's mountainous border with Spain you can tour a series of age-old castles and fortified villages, once the first line of defense against foreign invaders.

Setubal District travel guide

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Beaches · Monuments · Landmarks
Inhabited since ancient times, Setubal District drew both the Phoenicians and the Romans with its large deposits of sea salt. Today, the region serves as a major vacation destination, offering visitors good roads, impeccable beaches, and a varied landscape of fragrant orange groves, orchards, and vineyards. The district's eponymous capital, one of Portugal's oldest and largest cities, sits on the banks of the Sado River, a lush area known for its production of outstanding muscatel wines. A growing number of travelers include this city on their itineraries, drawn by its cobbled Old Town and 16th-century fort, which offers sweeping views of the surrounding region.