17 days in Central Portugal, Northern Portugal & Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Central Portugal, Northern Portugal & Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Central Portugal, Northern Portugal & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Wroclaw
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Lisbon
— 5 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Coimbra
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
3
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Albufeira
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Wroclaw

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Castelo dos Mouros, & more). Next up on the itinerary: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

For traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon trip planning site .

Wroclaw, Poland to Lisbon is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Wroclaw to Lisbon, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Wroclaw in August: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 35°C and lows are around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

4
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Coimbra: Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima), Convent of Christ (in Tomar) and Batalha Monastery (in Batalha). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico, snap pictures at Ponte Rainha Santa Isabel, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), and steep yourself in history at Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Coimbra journey tool .

Traveling by train from Lisbon to Coimbra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for little chillier days in Coimbra, with highs around 30°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. On the 2nd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nazare, Batalha Monastery, Convent of Christ, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
Praca do Comercio ©
Praca do Comercio

3
nights
Porto

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 historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, get lost in a book at Livraria Lello, don't miss a visit to Palacio de Cristal, and explore the activities along Rio Douro.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Porto trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by train from Coimbra to Porto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to travel to Albufeira.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

4
nights
Albufeira

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Change things up with these side-trips from Albufeira: Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Ponta Da Piedale (in Lagos). And it doesn't end there: find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Praia dos Olhos de Água, and stroll through Falesia Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Albufeira itinerary planner .

You can fly from Porto to Albufeira in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Porto in September since evenings lows in Albufeira dip to 21°C. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Praia Da Rocha, Ponta Da Piedale
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale

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