19 days in Portugal Itinerary

19 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe holiday planner

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Porto
— 2 nights
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Coimbra
— 2 nights
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Lisbon
— 4 nights
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Sintra
— 2 nights
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Evora
— 2 nights
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Lagos
— 4 nights
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Faro
— 2 nights
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Porto

— 2 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.
On the 2nd (Mon), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, then explore the world behind art at MMIPO - Museu da Misericordia do Porto, then learn about winemaking at Churchill's, and finally learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's. On the 3rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja dos Carmelitas, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, look for gifts at Livraria Lello, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua das Flores.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Porto online visit planner.

Milan, Italy to Porto is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Milan to Porto is minus 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Milan in August, with highs in Porto at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping · Spas

Side Trip

Coimbra

— 2 nights
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
On the 4th (Wed), steep yourself in history at Portugal dos Pequenitos, then admire the architecture and history at Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova, then contemplate the long history of Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Miguel. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museu da Ciencia, then admire the landmark architecture of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra, then see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, and finally contemplate the long history of Sala dos Capelos.

For more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Coimbra online trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Porto to Coimbra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Coimbra, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 18°C at night. On the 6th (Fri), you're off to Lisbon.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Museums

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.
Appreciate the collections at Igreja de Sao Roque and National Museum of Ancient Art. Discover out-of-the-way places like Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina) and Avenida da Liberdade. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, make a trip to Belém Tower, wander the streets of Alfama, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see maps, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon journey planner.

Traveling by car from Coimbra to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Coimbra in August, you will find days in Lisbon are a bit warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping · Museums

Sintra

— 2 nights
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 11th (Wed): examine the collection at Museu do Mar Rei D. Carlos, then admire the masterpieces at Zazule, then pick up some local products at Mercado da Vila - Cascais, and finally steep yourself in history at Sintra National Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at art atelier ALEGRIA, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Rainha, then stroll through Praia Grande, and finally head outdoors with Praia das Maçãs.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Sintra travel planner.

Sintra is just a short distance from Lisbon. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Sintra

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Evora

— 2 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco, examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra, then explore the ancient world of Termas Romanas, and finally learn about winemaking at Ervideira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Loios Convent, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia, then contemplate the long history of Muralhas de Evora, and finally don't miss a visit to Porta do Raimundo.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Evora road trip website.

Drive from Sintra to Evora in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. When traveling from Sintra in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Evora: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Lagos

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Praia da Marinha has been added to your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Ponta da Piedade and Praia Gale. Visit Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade and Church of Misericordia of Alvor for their historical value. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Dona Ana, get outside with Praia do Pinhao, take in the exciting artwork at LAC - Laboratorio de Actividades Criativas, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Camilo.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lagos online itinerary planner.

You can drive from Evora to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Evora in August, expect nights in Lagos to be somewhat warmer, around 23°C, while days are slightly colder, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Faro.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Faro

— 2 nights

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Nossa Senhora do Rosario. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Comur - Conserveira de Portugal, make a trip to Rua Dom Francisco Gomes, then see the interesting displays at Centro Ciencia Viva do Algarve, then pause for some serene contemplation at Paroquia de Sao Pedro, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo.

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You can drive from Lagos to Faro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Faro can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Faro

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

Portugal travel guide

4.3
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.

Faro District travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Although the city of Faro remains its main attraction, Faro District also boasts a string of small towns made for sightseeing on foot. Medieval Europeans considered this southernmost part of Portugal the edge of the world, but today the tourism-oriented district serves as one of the country's liveliest vacation destinations. The coastline's modern resorts draw huge crowds at the peak of the season, while the quieter interior lures mostly cyclists and walkers eager to discover the more traditional side of Portugal. As an alternative vacation idea to staying in a single resort, use the well-connected city of Faro as your base and divide your time among the district's quaint villages, which preserve their local culture and traditional cooking.