22 days in Portugal Itinerary

22 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal trip planner

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Albufeira
— 2 nights
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Evora
— 3 nights
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Monsanto
— 1 night
Drive
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Porto
— 4 nights
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Coimbra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Obidos
— 3 nights
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Lisbon
— 6 nights
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Albufeira

— 2 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Muralhas de Faro, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Faro Cathedral, pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil, then kick back and relax at Praia da Falesia, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Peneco. Keep things going the next day: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, kick back and relax at Praia dos Salgados, and then buy something for everyone on your list at Algarve Shopping.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Albufeira trip itinerary maker tool.

Cape Town, South Africa to Albufeira is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Cape Town in December, with highs in Albufeira at 20°C and lows at 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Albufeira

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Shopping

Side Trips

Evora

— 3 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Capela dos Ossos and Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora). Your inner history buff will appreciate Centro Historico de Evora and Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres. Take a break from Evora with a short trip to Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Visitacao (Montemor-o-Novo) in Montemor-o-Novo, about 34 minutes away. There's much more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), admire the striking features of In Acqua Veritas, look for gifts at Corticarte - Arte em Cortica, and see the interesting displays at Aldeia da Terra.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Evora day trip planning app.

Getting from Albufeira to Evora by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albufeira in December, plan for little chillier nights in Evora, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Monsanto.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Spas · Wineries · Baths

Side Trips

Monsanto

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): contemplate the long history of Monsanto, then stop by Historic Village of Monsanto, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Pedro Church.

To find maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Monsanto trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Evora to Monsanto in 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Monsanto

Neighborhoods · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Porto

— 4 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.
Guimaraes Castle and Paco dos Duques de Braganca are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get some historical perspective at Palacio da Bolsa and Largo da Oliveira. Venture out of the city with trips to Castelo de Santa Maria da Feira (in Santa Maria da Feira) and Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira (in Guimaraes). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Mercado Bom Sucesso, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, do a tasting at Burmester, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Monsanto to Porto takes 3.5 hours. In December in Porto, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sun) so you can drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Coimbra

— 2 nights
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Penela, delve into the distant past at Roman Ruins and Museum of Conimbriga, then delve into the distant past at Museu Monografico de Conimbriga, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Penedo da Saudade. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Tue): go for a walk through Rua Ferreira Borges, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Santiago, then admire the architecture and history at Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Nova, and finally stop by Forum Coimbra.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Coimbra road trip planner.

Getting from Porto to Coimbra by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Coimbra are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Obidos.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Obidos

— 3 nights

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Batalha Monastery and Castelo de Torres Novas. Get some cultural insight at Castelo de Óbidos and Alcobaca. Get out of town with these interesting Obidos side-trips: Batalha (Capelas Imperfeitas & Centro de Interpretação da Batalha de Aljubarrota), Basilica of the Holy Trinity (in Fatima) and Museu Nacional Ferroviario (in Entroncamento). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Vila Natal, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Santa Maria, explore the ancient world of Aqueduto da Usseira, and see the interesting displays at Casa-Estudio Carlos Relvas.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Obidos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coimbra to Obidos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Obidos are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites · Museums · Theme Parks · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

Lisbon

— 6 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Rua Augusta and Wine Tours & Tastings. Castelo dos Mouros and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, browse the different shops at Centro Colombo, and look for gifts at Mercado de Campo de Ourique.

To see ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lisbon road trip planning app.

You can drive from Obidos to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Shopping · Wineries · Tours

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.