18 days in Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal trip planner

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Lisbon
— 4 nights
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Sagres
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fatima
Drive
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Coimbra
— 3 nights
Drive
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Guimaraes
— 2 nights
Drive
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Braga
Drive
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Porto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ilhavo
— 1 day
Drive
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Nazare
— 1 night
Drive
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Sintra
— 1 night
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Lisbon
— 1 night

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Lisbon

— 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.
Lisbon is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon visit planner.

If you are flying in from Canada, the closest major aiport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). Expect a daytime high around 24°C in April, and nighttime lows around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Sagres.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Shopping · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums

Sagres

— 2 nights

End of the World

Though the town of Sagres has roots in the Portuguese Age of Discovery, it is better known by visitors as a peaceful, rugged resort spot with great surfing beaches.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sat): steep yourself in history at Fort of Santo Antonio de Belixe, don't miss a visit to Cape Saint Vincent, then take a leisurely stroll along Porto da Baleeira, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. On the 3rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Praia da Luz, then steep yourself in history at Forte de Almádena, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graca, and finally steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Sagres.

For maps, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Sagres trip planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Sagres in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Fatima.

Things to do in Sagres

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Fatima

Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. To find photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Fatima trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sagres to Fatima takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, Fatima is little chillier than Sagres - with highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C. On the 4th (Mon), you're off to Coimbra.

Things to do in Fatima

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Tours

Coimbra

— 3 nights
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Coimbra is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), contemplate the long history of Portugal dos Pequenitos, and take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra.

To find where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Coimbra trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Fatima to Coimbra takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 13°C. On the 7th (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Guimaraes

— 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Thu): take in nature's colorful creations at Largo Republica do Brasil and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Guimaraes. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Guimaraes Castle, then step into the grandiose world of Paco dos Duques de Braganca, then contemplate the long history of Largo da Oliveira, and finally get engrossed in the history at Alberto Sampaio Museum.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Guimaraes trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Coimbra to Guimaraes takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Guimaraes sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Braga.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Braga

Portuguese Rome

Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city. Situated in northwest Portugal, Braga boasts many narrow pedestrian streets, plazas, and spiritual pilgrimage destinations.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): admire the striking features of Palacio do Raio and then pause for some serene contemplation at Se de Braga.

Make your Braga itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Braga is just a short distance from Guimaraes. May in Braga sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride to Porto.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sat): appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular and then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, look for gifts at Livraria Lello, then take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, then take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Cais da Ribeira.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Porto road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Braga to Porto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. May in Porto sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Ilhavo.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks

Ilhavo

— 1 day
On the 12th (Tue), browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Do Peixe Da Costa Nova, then kick back and relax at Praia da Costa Nova, and then pick up some new knowledge with Fábrica da Vista Alegre.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ilhavo travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Porto to Ilhavo in an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Nazare.

Things to do in Ilhavo

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Classes

Nazare

— 1 night
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. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): kick back and relax at Praia da Nazare, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ermida da Memoria, and then take some stellar pictures from Miradouro do Suberco.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Nazare online journey planner.

You can drive from Ilhavo to Nazare in 1.5 hours. In May in Nazare, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Nazare

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Sintra

— 1 night
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): have some family-friendly fun at Five Historic Photography Studio.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read our Sintra tour planning app.

You can drive from Nazare to Sintra in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and train; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

Fun & Games

Lisbon

— 1 night

City of Seven Hills

Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo and then visit Bairro Alto.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip planner.

Lisbon is just a stone's throw from Sintra. On the 15th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours · Neighborhoods

Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.