18 days in Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Portugal Itinerary

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18 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Aldie
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  13​h 30​min
1
Praia da Vitoria, Terceira
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Porto
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h
3
Coimbra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Evora
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Tavira
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  11​h
End: Aldie

2
nights
Praia da Vitoria, Terceira

Praia da Vitoria ©
Praia da Vitória, translated as the Beach of the Victory, is a municipality in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. On the 7th (Tue), hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, head outdoors with Praia dos Biscoitos, then get engrossed in the history at Museum of Angra do Heroismo, and finally take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Serra do Cume. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Monte Brasil, stroll around Duque da Terceira Garden, then stroll through Praia da Vitoria Old City, then make a trip to Miradouro Do Facho, and finally make a trip to Igreja da Misericordia.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Praia da Vitoria road trip planner.

Aldie, USA to Praia da Vitoria is an approximately 13.5-hour combination of car and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Aldie to Praia da Vitoria. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Aldie in January, with highs in Praia da Vitoria at 63°F and lows at 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Praia da Vitoria

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Angra do Heroismo
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Praia dos Biscoitos ©
Praia dos Biscoitos
Photography Tours
Museum of Angra do Heroismo ©
Museum of Angra do Heroismo

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Oporto Buggy Adventure, Estadio do Dragao and Sao Bento Railway Station. The adventure continues: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Douro, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink.

To find photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Porto trip itinerary maker .

Explore your travel options from Praia da Vitoria to Porto with the Route module. Traveling from Praia da Vitoria to Porto, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Praia da Vitoria in January; daily highs in Porto reach 57°F and lows reach 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Sao Bento Railway Station ©
Sao Bento Railway Station

2
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
On the 12th (Sun), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Coimbra. On the next day, take in the spiritual surroundings of Batalha Monastery, make a trip to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Christ, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Coimbra day trip site .

You can take a train from Porto to Coimbra in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Coimbra are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Batalha Monastery, Praia da Nazare, Convent of Christ
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Room Escape Games
Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico

2
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Garcia de Resende Theater (Evora), make a trip to Capela dos Ossos, then make a trip to Praca do Giraldo, then delve into the distant past at Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana). Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Francisco, learn about winemaking at Casa Relvas, then delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and finally make a trip to Lookout - Cordovil House Gallery (Evora).

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Evora route planner .

Traveling by car from Coimbra to Evora takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Evora are 58°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Wineries
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Casa Relvas ©
Casa Relvas

2
nights
Tavira

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
On the 17th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Pedro Goncalves Telmo, then get outside with Jardim do Coreto, then take in the pleasant sights at Precious Time, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town Faro. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Miradouro do Alto da Arroteia, enjoy some diversion at Tennisinportugal, explore by horseback at Clube Equestre A Palmeirinha, then step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Tavira vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Evora to Tavira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Tavira when traveling from Evora in January, with lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Tavira

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Almancil, Faro, Miradouro do Alto da Arroteia
Highlights from your plan
Clube Equestre A Palmeirinha ©
Clube Equestre A Palmeirinha
Old Town Faro ©
Old Town Faro
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo ©
Igreja Nossa Senhora do Carmo

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). The adventure continues: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Tavira to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

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

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