9 days in Portugal Itinerary

9 days in Portugal Itinerary

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9 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + subway + train:  27​h
1
Coimbra
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Porto
— 1 day
Fly + bus:  5​h
3
Lagos
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Melbourne

3
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, then contemplate the long history of Pegoes Aqueduct, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Christ. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Portugal dos Pequenitos, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, and finally take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Coimbra route builder .

Melbourne, Australia to Coimbra is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Melbourne to Coimbra is minus 10 hours. In June, Coimbra is somewhat warmer than Melbourne - with highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Tomar, Batalha Monastery, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
University of Coimbra ©
University of Coimbra

1
day
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto online day trip planner .

Traveling by train from Coimbra to Porto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July in Porto, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

1
night
Lagos

Lagos ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): kick back and relax at Praia do Camilo, take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta Da Piedale, and then kick back and relax at Praia Dona Ana.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Lagos trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Porto to Lagos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in July: high temperatures in Lagos hover around 34°C and lows are around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), contemplate the long history of Belém Tower, then steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril, then take a stroll through Alfama, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon online trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lagos in July since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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