35 days in Portugal Itinerary

35 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Porto
— 5 nights
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Braga
— 3 nights
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Guimaraes
— 2 nights
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Arouca
— 2 nights
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Vagos
— 1 night
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Luso
— 3 nights
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Coimbra
— 2 nights
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Lisbon
— 5 nights
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Sintra
— 2 nights
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Lagos
— 2 nights
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Albufeira
— 2 nights
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Faro
— 5 nights
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Porto

— 5 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.
Dedicate the 13th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and make a trip to Liberdade Square.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Porto trip planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Porto is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Vancouver to Porto is 8 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in October: high temperatures in Porto hover around 26°C and lows are around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can drive to Braga.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 10 — 15:

Braga

— 3 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.
Get out of town with these interesting Braga side-trips: Fortaleza de Valenca (in Valenca), Ponte Romana (in Ponte de Lima) and Viana do Castelo (Santuario de Santa Luzia & O Navio Gil Eannes). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte, admire the masterpieces at Museu Bienal de Cerveira, pause for some serene contemplation at Se de Braga, and stroll around Jardim de Santa Barbara.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Braga online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Porto to Braga takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Braga are 25°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can drive to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 18:

Guimaraes

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Portuguese Nationality

The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
On the 19th (Tue), make a trip to Centro Historico de Guimaraes, then get to know the fascinating history of Largo da Oliveira, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Estatua de D. Afonso Henriques, then step into the grandiose world of Paco dos Duques de Braganca, and then explore the historical opulence of Guimaraes Castle.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Guimaraes day trip planner.

Guimaraes is just a stone's throw from Braga. In October, daily temperatures in Guimaraes can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Arouca.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Oct 18 — 20:

Arouca

— 2 nights
Arouca is a town and a municipality in the Metropolitan Area of Porto, Norte Region, Portugal. Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): see the interesting displays at CIGC- Centro de Interpretacao Geologica de Canelas-Arouca and then take some stellar pictures from Passadicos do Paiva. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Mosteiro de Santa Mafalda de Arouca and then walk around Arouca Geopark.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Arouca journey planner.

Drive from Guimaraes to Arouca in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Vagos.

Things to do in Arouca

Museums · Parks
Find places to stay Oct 20 — 22:

Vagos

— 1 night
On the 23rd (Sat), see the interesting displays at The Maritime Museum of Ilhavo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Costa Nova, and then explore the engaging exhibits at Museu do Brincar.

For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Vagos travel planner.

You can drive from Arouca to Vagos in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Luso.

Things to do in Vagos

Museums · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 22 — 23:

Luso

— 3 nights
When in Luso, make a side trip to see Praia Fluvial da Senhora de Piedade in Lousa, approximately Lousa away.

To find more things to do, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Luso trip maker tool.

You can drive from Vagos to Luso in an hour. October in Luso sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Luso

Museums · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 26:

Coimbra

— 2 nights
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Coimbra, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Capela de Sao Miguel. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Batalha Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de Cristo, and then see the interesting displays at O Milagre de Fatima - Museu Interativo.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Coimbra trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Luso to Coimbra takes an hour. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 26 — 28:

Lisbon

— 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, take a stroll through Alfama, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

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Getting from Coimbra to Lisbon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods · Tours · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 28 — Nov 2:

Sintra

— 2 nights
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, then get great views at Cabo da Roca, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Juicy Soaps, contemplate the long history of Castelo dos Mouros, then get a sense of history and politics at Câmara Municipal, and finally steep yourself in history at Sintra National Palace.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sintra online trip maker.

Sintra is very close to Lisbon. In November in Sintra, expect temperatures between 21°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 2 — 4:

Lagos

— 2 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.
On the 5th (Fri), take in the waterfront activity at Praia do Porto de Mos, then explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, and then visit a coastal fixture at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Da Rocha, and then take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Lagos trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Sintra to Lagos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. November in Lagos sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Nov 4 — 6:

Albufeira

— 2 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): surround yourself with nature on Aurora Boat Trips, then kick back and relax at Praia da Marinha, and then take a stroll through Centro Historico de Albufeira. Here are some ideas for day two: see Off-Road Tours, then kick back and relax at Praia da Falesia, and then relax and rejuvenate at Thai Massage Vilamoura.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Albufeira travel route builder app.

You can drive from Lagos to Albufeira in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In November, daytime highs in Albufeira are 22°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to drive to Faro.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 6 — 8:

Faro

— 5 nights

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Venture out of the city with trips to Tavira (Praia do Barril, Tavira Island, &more). There's lots more to do: get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, steep yourself in history at Old Town Faro, pick up some local products at Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908), and surround yourself with nature on Far-EcoTuk.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Faro road trip planning app.

You can drive from Albufeira to Faro in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. November in Faro sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 14°C at night. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Faro

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Nov 8 — 13:

Portugal travel guide

4.2
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.

Braga District travel guide

4.6
Lookouts · Castles · Historic Walking Areas
For centuries, Braga District served as a home away from home for the Roman, Visigoth, and Moorish invaders of Portugal. Conquered by the Christians in the 11th century, the region drew attention with its elaborate religious festivals, attracting pilgrims from all over the country. Today, nearly every corner of this compact district in the far north of Portugal boasts a historical church, palace, fountain, or garden, reminding visitors of the area's rich cultural and architectural heritage. The city of Braga, once the capital of the Roman province Gallaecia, contains the country's oldest cathedral. Begun over a thousand years ago, this imposing structure is the district's biggest tourist attraction, perplexing architecture buffs with its striking collage of different building styles.

Aveiro District travel guide

4.1
Piers & Boardwalks · Landmarks · Beaches
Known mostly for its developed coastline, Alveiro District attracts surfers, sailors, and kayakers. The city of Alveiro, a modestly sized urban center noted for its architecture and proximity to fine beaches, features a network of navigable canals cutting through its center, inspiring frequent comparisons to Venice. Built around a shallow lagoon, the city thrives as a popular sightseeing destination and salt-processing center. Begin your tour at the lagoon, where you can watch swan-necked boats prepare to set off in search of kelp, used locally as a fertilizer. Beyond the busy city spreads a landscape of extensive salt pits, quiet country roads, and vast wetland areas best explored on guided horseback rides.