24 days in Portugal Itinerary

24 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Lisbon
— 2 nights
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Palmela
— 1 night
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Sines
— 1 night
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Carvalhal
— 1 night
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Obidos
— 2 nights
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Coimbra
— 2 nights
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Almada
— 2 nights
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Sesimbra
— 2 nights
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Grandola
— 1 night
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Santiago do Cacem
— 2 nights
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Lagos
— 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 27th (Mon): take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira, admire the striking features of Câmara Municipal, then appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

To see ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon itinerary planning site.

Sacramento, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Sacramento to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sacramento in December, Lisbon is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Palmela.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Palmela

— 1 night
Palmela is a town and a municipality in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): pick up some local products at Mercado do Livramento, learn about winemaking at Quinta do Piloto, do a tasting at Venancio da Costa Lima, then admire the striking features of Casa Mae da Rota de Vinhos, then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Palmela, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Iglesia de San Pedro.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Palmela trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Palmela takes an hour. In December in Palmela, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Sines.

Things to do in Palmela

Historic Sites · Wineries · Shopping

Side Trip

Sines

— 1 night
Sines is a Portuguese city of Setúbal District, the Alentejo region and subregion of the Alentejo coast, with about 18,298 inhabitants (2015 INE). Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Monumento Do Vasco Da Gama, kick back and relax at Ilha do Pessegueiro, then head outdoors with Praia de Sao Torpes, and finally take an in-depth tour of Sines Museum.

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Traveling by car from Palmela to Sines takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to travel to Carvalhal.

Things to do in Sines

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Museums

Side Trip

Carvalhal

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): look for gifts at Same Same, don't miss a visit to Cais Palafitico do Porto da Carrasqueira, and then don't miss a visit to Cabanas de Colmo da Carrasqueira.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Carvalhal trip website.

You can drive from Sines to Carvalhal in an hour. In December in Carvalhal, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Obidos.

Things to do in Carvalhal

Shopping

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

Obidos

— 2 nights

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): don't miss a visit to Santuario do Senhor Jesus da Pedra, get in on the family fun at Vila Natal, then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Óbidos, and finally don't miss a visit to Obidos Village. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Nazare, then don't miss a visit to O Sitio, then take some stellar pictures from Miradouro do Suberco, and finally take some stellar pictures from Monte de Sao Bartolomeu.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Obidos trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by car from Carvalhal to Obidos takes 2.5 hours. December in Obidos sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites · Theme Parks · Parks · Outdoors

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 3rd (Mon), admire the striking features of Old Monestary of Santa Clara, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, then take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra, and finally stop by Comur-Conserveira de Portugal. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Nossa Senhora do Cardal, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, then pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de Cristo, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu dos Fosforos.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Coimbra online tour planner.

Getting from Obidos to Coimbra by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. January in Coimbra sees daily highs of 58°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to drive to Almada.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Almada

— 2 nights
Almada is a city and a municipality in Portugal, located on the southern margin of the Tagus River, on the opposite side of the river from Lisbon. On the 5th (Wed), make a trip to Overlooking Lisbon, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Parque da Paz, and then examine the collection at National Coach Museum. Keep things going the next day: take some stellar pictures from Elevador Panoramico da Boca do Vento, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico Tropical, take a stroll around Centro Cultural de Belem - CCB, then browse the different shops at Almada Forum, and finally pause for some photo ops at Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei.

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You can drive from Coimbra to Almada in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and subway; or take a bus. In January in Almada, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Sesimbra.

Things to do in Almada

Museums · Shopping · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Sesimbra

— 2 nights
Sesimbra is a municipality of Portugal, in the Setúbal District, lying at the foothills of the Serra da Arrábida, a mountain range between Setúbal and Sesimbra. Start off your visit on the 7th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Sesimbra, then take some stellar pictures from Cabo Espichel, and then don't miss a visit to Fortaleza de Santiago. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Praia da California, get outside with Outdoor Activities, then do a tasting at Jose Maria de Fonseca, and finally admire the local landmark of Fonte dos Pasmados.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sesimbra online day trip planner.

Getting from Almada to Sesimbra by car takes about an hour. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In January in Sesimbra, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 45°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Grandola.

Things to do in Sesimbra

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Grandola

— 1 night
Grândola is a town and municipality in Setúbal District in Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Casa Frayoes Metello., don't miss a visit to Cripta Arqueologica de Alcacer do Sal, then explore the historical opulence of Castle of Alcacer do Sal, and finally don't miss a visit to Barragem do Pego da Moura.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Grandola day trip site.

Traveling by car from Sesimbra to Grandola takes 1.5 hours. In January, daily temperatures in Grandola can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Santiago do Cacem.

Things to do in Grandola

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Santiago do Cacem

— 2 nights
Santiago do Cacém is a municipality in Setúbal District in Portugal. On the 10th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Mirobriga, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Santiago do Cacem, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia de Santiago do Cacem, and finally don't miss a visit to Moinho de Vento da Quintinha. On the next day, stroll around Badoca Safari Park and then explore the activities along Lagoa de Santo Andre.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Santiago do Cacem trip itinerary planner.

Santiago do Cacem is just a short distance from Grandola. In January, daily temperatures in Santiago do Cacem can reach 58°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Santiago do Cacem

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Lagos

— 6 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha), Praia da Falesia (in Olhos de Agua) and Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira). There's lots more to do: get a dose of the wild on Far-EcoTuk, stay fit while traveling at Agni Way Yoga & Massage, take in the waterfront at Alvor Boardwalk, and get to know the fascinating history of Old Town Faro.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lagos trip maker tool.

You can drive from Santiago do Cacem to Lagos in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in January, and nighttime lows around 47°F. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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.

Setubal District travel guide

4.3
Beaches · Monuments · Landmarks
Inhabited since ancient times, Setubal District drew both the Phoenicians and the Romans with its large deposits of sea salt. Today, the region serves as a major vacation destination, offering visitors good roads, impeccable beaches, and a varied landscape of fragrant orange groves, orchards, and vineyards. The district's eponymous capital, one of Portugal's oldest and largest cities, sits on the banks of the Sado River, a lush area known for its production of outstanding muscatel wines. A growing number of travelers include this city on their itineraries, drawn by its cobbled Old Town and 16th-century fort, which offers sweeping views of the surrounding region.