15 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Portugal trip planner
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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport), Drive to Coimbra
— 4 nights
— 4 nights
— 6 nights
Fly to Boston, Bus to Hartford


Coimbra — 4 nights

The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Convento de Cristo and Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro. Change things up with these side-trips from Coimbra: Tomar (Castelo de Tomar & Largo do Pelourinho). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, admire the landmark architecture of Old Monestary of Santa Clara, pause for some photo ops at Monumento em homenagem a Joaquim Antonio de Aguiar, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra).

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Hartford, USA to Coimbra is an approximately 17-hour combination of car and flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Hartford to Coimbra. Traveling from Hartford in March, things will get somewhat warmer in Coimbra: highs are around 62°F and lows about 47°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can go by car to Nazare.
Historic Sites · Museums · Spas
Side Trip
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Nazare — 4 nights

Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. Discover out-of-the-way places like Praia Foz do Arelho and Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima. Change things up with these side-trips from Nazare: Batalha Monastery (in Batalha), Obidos (Castelo de Óbidos & Obidos Village) and Torre das Cabacas (in Santarem). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to O Sitio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Nazare, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Alcobaca.

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You can drive from Coimbra to Nazare in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In March, plan for daily highs up to 62°F, and evening lows to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lisbon.
Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Lisbon — 6 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Wine Tours & Tastings and Parque das Nacoes. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Cabo da Roca (in Colares), Sintra (Sintra National Palace & Castelo dos Mouros) and Guincho Beach (in Cascais). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril, and take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online trip maker.

Traveling by car from Nazare to Lisbon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. March in Lisbon sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.
Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Neighborhoods
Side Trips
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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.