11 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

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Tomar — 3 nights

Tomar, also known in English as Thomar, is a city and a municipality in Santarém District in Portugal. Explore hidden gems such as Capela Das Aparicoes and Castelo de Almourol. Castelo de Tomar and Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima will appeal to history buffs. Step out of Tomar with an excursion to Batalha Monastery in Batalha--about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: make a trip to Janela do Capitulo, appreciate the history behind Largo do Pelourinho, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de Cristo.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Tomar road trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Tomar is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is 5 hours. In May in Tomar, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Obidos.
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Baleal Beach and Torre das Cabacas. Take a break from the city and head to Praia Foz do Arelho and Praia da Nazare. When in Obidos, make a side trip to see Monastery of Alcobaca in Alcobaca, approximately Alcobaca away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Óbidos, pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Tiago Church, and don't miss a visit to Obidos Village.

For photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Obidos holiday planning app.

Getting from Tomar to Obidos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Obidos can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Sintra.
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Sintra — 4 nights

Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Attractions like Palacio Nacional de Mafra and Stand-Up Paddleboarding make great kid-friendly stops. Explore hidden gems such as Praia do Tamariz and Juicy Soaps. Step out of Sintra to go to Lisbon and see Centro Cultural de Belem - CCB, which is approximately 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: ponder the world of politics at Câmara Municipal, take in the dramatic natural features at Boca do Inferno, admire the striking features of Sintra National Palace, and steep yourself in history at Castelo dos Mouros.

To find reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Sintra online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Obidos to Sintra takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, daytime highs in Sintra are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Central Portugal travel guide

Landmarks · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites
Central Portugal contains some of the most prosperous and densely populated areas in Portugal, as well as thick pine and chestnut forests spread across a series of rugged mountain ranges. Inhabited since well before the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, this part of the country remains best known for its capital Coimbra, which features a historic Old Town retaining much of its medieval look and feel. Beyond the busy regional capital lies Portugal's tranquil countryside, frequently overlooked by foreign visitors despite its ancient sites and hospitable small towns. Along the region's mountainous border with Spain you can tour a series of age-old castles and fortified villages, once the first line of defense against foreign invaders.