17 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

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Lisbon
— 8 nights
Drive
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Nazare
— 3 nights
Drive
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Coimbra
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fatima
— 2 nights
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Lisbon

— 8 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some cultural insight at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Alfama. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Centro Historico de Sintra, Quinta da Regaleira, &more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Belém Tower, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and wander the streets of Bairro Alto.

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If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major aiport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). In January, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can drive to Nazare.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

Nazare

— 3 nights
Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelo de Óbidos and Monastery of Alcobaca. Step out of Nazare to go to Obidos and see Obidos Village, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's lots more to do: take some stellar pictures from Monte de Sao Bartolomeu, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Norte, make a trip to O Sitio, and pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré.

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Getting from Lisbon to Nazare by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Nazare

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Coimbra

— 3 nights
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
University of Coimbra and Old Monestary of Santa Clara are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), don't miss a visit to Praca Oito de Maio, take in the pleasant sights at Rua Ferreira Borges, and stroll around Parque Verde do Mondego.

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Traveling by car from Nazare to Coimbra takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Fatima

— 2 nights
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capelas Imperfeitas, don't miss a visit to Batalha Monastery, look for gifts at Casa Trovao, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela Das Aparicoes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica da Santissima Trindade, and finally make a trip to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Janela do Capitulo, pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de Cristo, and then see the interesting displays at Museu dos Fosforos.

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You can drive from Coimbra to Fatima in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

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.