21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

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21 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Mexico City
Fly:  16​h 30​min
1
Lisbon
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Coimbra
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Porto
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Evora
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Albufeira
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Lisbon
— 1 night
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Mexico City

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Miradouro da Graca and Quinta da Regaleira. Get outdoors at Troia Beach and Cabo da Roca. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Centro Historico de Sintra (in Sintra), Parque Natural da Arrabida (in Setubal) and Sesimbra (Castelo de Sesimbra & Cabo Espichel). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Belém Tower, examine the collection at Pharmaceutical Museum, steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, and admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Lisbon day trip planning app .

Mexico City, Mexico to Lisbon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Mexico City to Lisbon is 6 hours. In July, Lisbon is a bit warmer than Mexico City - with highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sintra, Sesimbra, Cabo da Roca, Parque Natural da Arrabida, National Coach Museum
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

3
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz and Batalha Monastery. Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) and Portugal dos Pequenitos will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Coimbra: Castle of Almourol (in Vila Nova da Barquinha), Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista (in Tomar) and Castelo de Montemor o Velho (in Montemor-o-Velho). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Ginginha do Castelo, go for a walk through Rua Ferreira Borges, pause for some serene contemplation at Capelas Imperfeitas, and admire the architecture and history at Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Coimbra day trip planning app .

Traveling by train from Lisbon to Coimbra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lisbon in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Coimbra: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Ourem, Batalha, Castelo de Montemor o Velho, Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista, Castle of Almourol
Highlights from your plan
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz ©
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz

4
nights
Porto

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.
FC Porto Museum and Museu do Traje will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Sameiro Sanctuary and Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios. Venture out of the city with trips to Castelo de Santa Maria da Feira (in Santa Maria da Feira), Guimaraes (Largo da Oliveira & Citania de Briteiros) and Se de Braga (in Braga). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Porto trip planner.

You can take a train from Coimbra to Porto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Gaia, Guimaraes, Braga, Viana do Castelo, Cascata Tahiti
Highlights from your plan
Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira
Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©
Sameiro Sanctuary ©
Sameiro Sanctuary

3
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia, examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra, see the interesting displays at Aldeia da Terra, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and finally delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora. On the 20th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), get lost in a book at Biblioteca Publica de Evora, then contemplate the long history of Aqueduto da Agua de Prata, then do a tasting at Monte da Ravasqueira, and finally examine the collection at Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Evora trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Porto to Evora in 4 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Porto in July: highs in Evora hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Arraiolos
Highlights from your plan
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

3
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Popular historic sites such as Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade and Paderne, Portugal are in your itinerary. Take a break from the city and head to Ponta Da Piedale and Praia da Oura. Change things up with a short trip to Pro Putting Garden in Lagos (about 48 minutes away). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Aveiros, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and wander the streets of Centro Historico de Albufeira.

To find ratings, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Albufeira trip planning site .

Getting from Evora to Albufeira by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Evora in July, expect nights in Albufeira to be a bit warmer, around 23°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 34°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Lagos
Highlights from your plan
Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade ©
Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia da Oura ©
Praia da Oura

1
night
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina ), browse the exhibits of Igreja de Sao Roque, contemplate the long history of Palacio Chiado, then take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at Museum of National Republican Guard, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja da Sao Vicente de Fora. On the 25th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Santo Antonio, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Santo Antonio de Lisboa, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Maria de Belem Church, and finally explore the historical opulence of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip site .

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albufeira in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lisbon, with lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Wineries Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Best Portugal ©
The Best Portugal
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda ©
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda

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