19 days in Portugal Itinerary

19 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Coimbra — 3 nights

The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz and Spas. Kids will appreciate attractions like Exploratorio - Centro Ciencia Viva de Coimbra and Choupal National Forest. Take a break from Coimbra with a short trip to Aldeia de Gondramaz in Gondramaz, about 54 minutes away. It doesn't end there: go for a walk through Rua Ferreira Borges and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Coimbra driving holiday planner.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Coimbra is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Dubai to Coimbra due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dubai in December: high temperatures in Coimbra hover around 18°C and lows are around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Nazare.
Parks · Historic Sites · Museums · Nature
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Nazare — 3 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. Attractions like Praia Foz do Arelho and Adrenaline & Extreme Tours make great kid-friendly stops. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia do Norte and O Milagre de Fatima - Museu Interativo. Change things up with a short trip to Torre das Cabacas in Santarem (about 1 hour away). There's still lots to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Nazare day trip planner.

You can drive from Coimbra to Nazare in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Nazare are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Lisbon — 5 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Parque da Paz. Kids will appreciate attractions like Pavilhao do Conhecimento and Praia da Adraga. Change things up with a short trip to Praia de Galapinhos in Setubal (about 46 minutes away). Spend the 27th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: learn about all things military at Museu de Marinha, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ancient Art, and admire the striking features of Panteao Nacional.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon vacation planner.

Getting from Nazare to Lisbon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. December in Lisbon sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Albufeira.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
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Find places to stay Dec 23 — 28:

Albufeira — 2 nights

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
On the 29th (Wed), see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. On the 30th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Lagoa dos Salgados and then surround yourself with nature on Far-Eco Tuk.

To find maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Albufeira itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December in Albufeira, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Porto.
Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Parks
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Porto — 5 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.
Attractions like River Rafting & Tubing and MMIPO - Museu da Misericordia do Porto make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Igreja do Carmo and Praia de Sao Jacinto. There's lots more to do: see Oporto Buggy Adventure, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Beira-Rio, kick back and relax at Praia do Carneiro, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Ingleses.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Porto trip builder app.

Getting from Albufeira to Porto by flight takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Albufeira in December since evenings lows in Porto dip to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours
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Portugal travel guide

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.