28 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Porto
— 5 nights
Drive
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Coimbra
— 4 nights
Drive
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Obidos
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Lisbon
— 6 nights
Drive
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Albufeira
— 5 nights
Drive
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Sagres
— 3 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.
Dedicate the 12th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), savor the flavors at Food & Drink, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Porto trip planner.

Newark, USA to Porto is an approximately 12-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in December, things will get a bit warmer in Porto: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Coimbra.
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Tours · Parks · Wineries · Shopping
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Coimbra — 4 nights

The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Coimbra is known for sightseeing, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: make a trip to Praca do Comercio, take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra, steep yourself in history at Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Coimbra trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Porto to Coimbra by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Obidos.
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Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Obidos — 4 nights

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aqueduto dos Pegoes (in Tomar), Batalha Monastery (in Batalha) and Nazare (O Sitio, Praia da Nazare, &more). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Obidos Village, take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Alcobaca, admire the natural beauty at Bacalhoa Buddha Eden, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santa Maria.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Obidos trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Coimbra to Obidos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Lisbon.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Lisbon — 6 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Evora (Centro Historico de Evora & Capela dos Ossos) and Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace, &more). The adventure continues: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, wander the streets of Alfama, and engage your brain at Pavilhao do Conhecimento.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon travel route planner.

You can drive from Obidos to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Lisbon are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Albufeira.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
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Albufeira — 5 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Get out of town with these interesting Albufeira side-trips: Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira), Tavira Island (in Tavira) and Bulldog Buggies (in Silves). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 1st (Sun) at Slide & Splash - Parque Aquatico - Water Slide Park. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha, find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Falesia, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Thai Massage Vilamoura.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Albufeira road trip planning site.

You can drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sagres.
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Sagres — 3 nights

End of the World

Though the town of Sagres has roots in the Portuguese Age of Discovery, it is better known by visitors as a peaceful, rugged resort spot with great surfing beaches.
Sagres is known for historic sites, wildlife, and beaches. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: enjoy the sea views from Cape Saint Vincent, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Sagres, kick back and relax at Praia da Cordoama, and discover the deep blue sea with Divers Cape.

For maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Sagres online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Albufeira to Sagres in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Sagres can reach 19°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Thu) to allow time for travel back 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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