16 days in Portugal & Madrid Itinerary

16 days in Portugal & Madrid Itinerary

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Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Aveiro, Portugal
— 1 night
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Coimbra, Portugal
— 1 night
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Albufeira, Portugal
— 3 nights
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Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
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Porto, Portugal — 3 nights

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.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Capela das Almas, Sao Bento Railway Station, Mercado Beira-Rio, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): take a stroll through Ribeira do Porto and then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a new perspective on nature at World of Discoveries, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos, stop by Livraria Lello, then do a tasting at Porto Calem, then pick up some local products at Mercado Beira-Rio, and finally steep yourself in history at Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Porto day trip site.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Porto is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from San Juan to Porto. While traveling from San Juan, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Porto, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 56°F. On the 6th (Tue), you're off to Aveiro.
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Aveiro, Portugal — 1 night

Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Your day by day itinerary now includes Onda Colossal as well as Forum Aveiro. On the 6th (Tue), take a tour by water with Onda Colossal, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia de Aveiro, then stop by A Casa Da Rosa, and finally browse the different shops at Forum Aveiro.

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Traveling by car from Porto to Aveiro takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. On the 7th (Wed), you're off to Coimbra.
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Coimbra, Portugal — 1 night

The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Your day by day itinerary now includes University of Coimbra as well as Portugal dos Pequenitos. On the 7th (Wed), contemplate the long history of Portugal dos Pequenitos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Miguel, then take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra, then admire the striking features of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra, and finally examine the collection at Museu da Ciencia. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Sala dos Capelos.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Coimbra online sightseeing planner.

Getting from Aveiro to Coimbra by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. September in Coimbra sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 57°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.
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Lisbon, Portugal — 4 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Alfama, Pavilhao do Conhecimento and Jardim Zoologico. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Belém Tower. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina) and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. It doesn't end there: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip maker.

You can drive from Coimbra to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Lisbon are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can go by car to Albufeira.
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Albufeira, Portugal — 3 nights

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
You've added Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, FIESA - International Sand Sculpture Festival, Praia de Benagil, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Tue): visit a coastal fixture at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, then try out the rides at FIESA - International Sand Sculpture Festival, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Pescadores, and finally kick back and relax at Praia dos Arrifes. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Coelha.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Albufeira day trip website.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Madrid.
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Madrid, Spain — 2 nights

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Acueduct of Segovia as well as Iglesia de la Vera Cruz. Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Iglesia de la Vera Cruz, then see the interesting displays at Naval Museum, and then appreciate the history behind Puerta de Alcala. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Acueduct of Segovia.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Madrid itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Albufeira to Madrid takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Albufeira in September since evenings lows in Madrid dip to 59°F. On the 17th (Sat), you're off to home.
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Portugal travel guide

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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.
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