20 days in Portugal Itinerary

20 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Drive to Newark Liberty International Airport, Fly to Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport
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Porto
— 3 nights
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Coimbra
— 1 night
Drive
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Obidos
— 1 night
Drive
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Evora
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Lisbon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Sintra
— 1 night
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Funchal, Madeira
— 3 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), contemplate the long history of Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua das Flores, see the interesting displays at MMIPO - Museu da Misericordia do Porto, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara), then learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's, and finally learn about winemaking at Churchill's.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Porto online holiday planner.

Newark, USA to Porto is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of car and flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Newark to Porto due to the time zone difference. In August, Porto is slightly colder than Newark - with highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Coimbra

— 1 night
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Sala dos Capelos, then admire the striking features of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra, and then take in the pleasant sights at Rua Ferreira Borges. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Portugal dos Pequenitos, then contemplate the long history of Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Miguel, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Coro Paroquial da Sé Nova de Coimbra.

To find other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Coimbra trip planning tool.

You can drive from Porto to Coimbra in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Coimbra can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Obidos.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites

Obidos

— 1 night

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
On the 13th (Thu), take in the pleasant sights at Rua Direita, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Biologico de Obidos, pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Tiago Church, explore the ancient world of Aqueduto da Usseira, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santa Maria, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu Abilio de Mattos e Silva.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Obidos day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coimbra to Obidos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August, daily temperatures in Obidos can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Evora

— 2 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, learn about winemaking at Ervideira, see the interesting displays at Aldeia da Terra, then examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra, then pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), delve into the distant past at Termas Romanas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Francisco, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Graca.

For maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Evora holiday planner.

Drive from Obidos to Evora in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Obidos in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Evora: temperatures range from 92°F by day to 61°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums

Side Trips

Lagos

— 3 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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Ponta da Piedade and Praia da Boneca. Visiting Praia do Camilo and Praia da Batata will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: enjoy the sea views from Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Misericordia of Alvor, don't miss a visit to Centro Cultural de Lagos, and see the interesting displays at Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Lagos trip planner.

You can drive from Evora to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Evora in August, plan for little chillier days in Lagos, with highs around 85°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Igreja de Sao Roque and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Castelo de Sesimbra (in Sesimbra) and Parque Natural da Arrabida (in Setubal). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Antonio de Lisboa, and take a stroll through Avenida da Liberdade.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon journey maker website.

Getting from Lagos to Lisbon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 63°F in Lisbon. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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.
On the 24th (Mon), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Adraga, then stroll through Praia Grande, then contemplate the long history of Chalet da Condessa D’Edla, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Vale dos Lagos at Parque de Pena.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Sintra travel itinerary planner.

Sintra is very close to Lisbon. August in Sintra sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Sintra

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Funchal, Madeira

— 3 nights
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): walk around Jardim de Sao Francisco, contemplate the long history of Santa Clara Convent, contemplate the long history of Colegio dos Jesuitas do Funchal, then take a stroll through Zona Velha, and finally shop like a local with Caravel Art Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte, admire the masterpieces at Relicious Art Museum, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja do Colegio Sao Joao Evangelista, and finally do a tasting at Pereira d’Oliveira.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Funchal using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Sintra to Funchal takes 4.5 hours. When traveling from Sintra in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Funchal: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 70°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Funchal

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trip

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.