18 days in Portugal & Salamanca Itinerary

18 days in Portugal & Salamanca Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly
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Porto, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive
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Pinhao, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive
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Serra da Estrela, Portugal
— 5 nights
Drive
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Salamanca, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night

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Lisbon, Portugal

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Attractions like Lisbon Oceanarium and Castelo de S. Jorge make great kid-friendly stops. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

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If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). January in Lisbon sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Porto, Portugal

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at SEA LIFE Porto, see the interesting displays at World of Discoveries - Museu Interativo & Parque Tematico, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Torre dos Clerigos. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Jardim da Rotunda da Boavista, make a trip to Fonte do Cubo, go for a stroll along the water at Cais da Ribeira, then don't miss a visit to Livraria Lello, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To see maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Porto trip planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pinhao.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Pinhao, Portugal

— 3 nights
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): learn about winemaking at Quinta do Bomfim, make a trip to Pinhao Railway Station, then admire the verdant scenery at The Douro Valley, and finally learn about winemaking at Quinta da Roeda. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Quinta da Pacheca, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, and then learn about winemaking at Vinicola Wine & Soul.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pinhao attractions planner.

Getting from Porto to Pinhao by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Serra da Estrela.

Things to do in Pinhao

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Serra da Estrela, Portugal

— 5 nights
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Museo do Brinquedo and Praia Fluvial de Loriga. Explore Serra da Estrela's surroundings by going to Castelo de Castelo Novo (in Castelo Novo), Guarda (Se-Catedral da Guarda & Igreja da Misericordia) and Belmonte (Castelo de Belmonte, Sinagoga de Belmonte, &more).

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Serra da Estrela trip planner.

You can drive from Pinhao to Serra da Estrela in 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Salamanca.

Things to do in Serra da Estrela

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors

Side Trips

Salamanca, Spain

— 2 nights

Golden City

Salamanca is one of the most visited cities in Spain.
On the 29th (Wed), make a trip to Plaza Mayor, pause for some serene contemplation at La Purisima Church, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ciudad Vieja de Salamanca, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral (Catedral Vieja), and finally explore the world behind art at Museum of Art Nouveau and Art Deco Casa Lis. Here are some ideas for day two: look for gifts at Lume Gallery, take in the spiritual surroundings of New Cathedral (Catedral Nueva), then pause for some serene contemplation at Ieronimus, then get a sense of history and politics at Universidad de Salamanca, and finally snap pictures at Puente Romano.

To find maps, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Salamanca online trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Serra da Estrela to Salamanca takes 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Serra da Estrela to Salamanca. January in Salamanca sees daily highs of 11°C and lows of 0°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Salamanca

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Lisbon, Portugal

— 1 night

City of Seven Hills

Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, then meet the residents at Jardim Zoologico, and then explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lisbon visit planning tool.

You can drive from Salamanca to Lisbon in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Salamanca to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Salamanca in January: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 17°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours · Museums · Zoos & Aquariums · Parks

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.