23 days in Portugal Itinerary

23 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal visit planner

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Lisbon
— 2 nights
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Portimao
— 2 nights
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Evora
— 1 night
Train to Lisboa - Sete Rios, Bus to Fatima
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Fatima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porto
— 3 nights
Drive
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Braga
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lisbon
— 6 nights
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Lisbon

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): browse the different shops at CascaisVilla Shopping Center, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tamariz, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Lugar das Piscinas das Azenhas do Mar. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, browse the different shops at Centro Colombo, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Avenida da Liberdade.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon travel planning app.

Cape Town, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Cape Town in December, with highs in Lisbon at 18°C and lows at 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Portimao.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao

— 2 nights
Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
Explore hidden gems such as Praia da Falesia and Faro Cathedral. Get some cultural insight at Muralhas de Faro and Church of Misericordia of Alvor. Change things up with these side-trips from Portimao: Praia de Monte Gordo (in Monte Gordo) and Praia de Cacela Velha (in Vila Nova de Cacela). There's still lots to do: shop like a local with Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908), kick back and relax at Tres Castelos Beach, relax and rejuvenate at Swan Day Spa, and stroll through Praia dos Tres Irmaos.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Portimao online driving holiday planner.

Drive from Lisbon to Portimao in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Portimao can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Portimao

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Spas

Side Trips

Evora

— 1 night
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 21st (Wed), delve into the distant past at Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Visitacao (Montemor-o-Novo), then do a tasting at Monte da Ravasqueira, then admire the ancient design of In Acqua Veritas, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Evora. On the next day, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra, see the interesting displays at Aldeia da Terra, then stop by Corticarte - Arte em Cortica, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ermida de Sao Bras.

For ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Evora travel planner.

You can drive from Portimao to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Evora when traveling from Portimao in December, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) so you can drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Museums · Spas · Baths

Side Trips

Fatima

— 2 nights
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, get curious at Museu Nacional Ferroviario, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Almourol, contemplate the long history of Aqueduto dos Pegoes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Ourém. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Capelas Imperfeitas, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Leiria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Valinhos Sanctuary, then examine the collection at O Milagre de Fatima - Museu Interativo, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela Das Aparicoes, and finally see the interesting displays at Fatima Luz e Paz.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Fatima road trip planning app.

You can drive from Evora to Fatima in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Fatima are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites · Museums · Childrens Museums

Side Trips

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia da Costa Nova and Palacio da Bolsa. Head to Mercado Bom Sucesso and Livraria Lellofor plenty of shopping. Take a break from Porto with a short trip to Castelo de Santa Maria da Feira in Santa Maria da Feira, about 30 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, and see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Porto journey maker.

You can drive from Fatima to Porto in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Braga.

Things to do in Porto

Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trips

Braga

— 2 nights

Portuguese Rome

Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city. Situated in northwest Portugal, Braga boasts many narrow pedestrian streets, plazas, and spiritual pilgrimage destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Arco da Porta Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Citania de Briteiros, look for gifts at Shopping Braga Parque, examine the collection at Mosteiro de Sao Martinho de Tibaes, then delve into the distant past at Paco dos Condes de Barcelos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Barcelos, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Bom Jesus da Cruz.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Braga sightseeing website.

Traveling by car from Porto to Braga takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Braga sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trips

Lisbon

— 6 nights

City of Seven Hills

Do some cultural sightseeing at Rua Augusta and Castelo dos Mouros. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia de Carcavelos and Praia da California. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Castelo de Sesimbra (in Sesimbra) and Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). See some other sides of Lisbon: admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take a stroll through Parque das Nacoes, explore the historical opulence of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, and contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Braga to Lisbon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Shopping

Side Trips

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.