42 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Coimbra
— 2 nights
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Guimaraes
— 2 nights
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Braga
— 2 nights
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Porto
— 2 nights
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Costa Nova
— 1 day
Drive
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Aveiro
— 2 nights
Drive
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Tomar
— 2 nights
Drive
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Fatima
— 2 nights
Drive
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Batalha
— 2 nights
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Alcobaca
— 2 nights
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Nazare
— 2 nights
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Obidos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sintra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cascais
— 2 nights
Fly
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Tavira
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lagos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Monsaraz
— 2 nights
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Evora
— 2 nights
Fly
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Funchal
— 2 nights
Fly
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Lisbon
— 5 nights

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Coimbra — 2 nights

The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
On the 1st (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Santiago and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Fluvial da Senhora de Piedade. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, then admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico, and then take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Coimbra travel itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from India, the closest major aiports are Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport) and Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport. In May, daytime highs in Coimbra are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Guimaraes.
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Guimaraes — 2 nights

Birthplace of the Portuguese Nationality

The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
On the 3rd (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Paco dos Duques de Braganca and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montanha- Parque da Penha. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Ponte de Sao Goncalo and then examine the collection at Amadeo De Souza Cardoso Museum.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, use the Guimaraes sightseeing planner.

Getting from Coimbra to Guimaraes by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In May in Guimaraes, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can go by car to Braga.
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Braga — 2 nights

Portuguese Rome

Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): make a trip to Torre Medieval and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Bom Jesus da Cruz. Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Ponte Romana e Medieval and then admire the masterpieces at Biscaínhos Museum Garden.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Braga vacation builder site.

Braga is very close to Guimaraes. In May, daytime highs in Braga are 23°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Porto.
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Porto — 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, and then don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sun): make a trip to Ribeira Square, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and then learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's.

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

Getting from Braga to Porto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Costa Nova.
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Costa Nova — 1 day

Start off your visit on the 9th (Mon): kick back and relax at Praia da Vagueira and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Costa Nova.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Costa Nova trip itinerary website.

You can drive from Porto to Costa Nova in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Aveiro.
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Aveiro — 2 nights

Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. On the 10th (Tue), head outdoors with Outdoor Activities and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Santa Maria de Válega. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Igreja da Misericordia de Aveiro and then see the interesting displays at Museu do Brincar.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Aveiro online trip itinerary maker.

Aveiro is just a stone's throw from Costa Nova. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Tomar.
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Tomar — 2 nights

Tomar, also known in English as Thomar, is a city and a municipality in Santarém District in Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Castelo de Almourol, make a trip to Janela do Capitulo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Charola. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Largo do Pelourinho, then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Tomar, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de Cristo.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Tomar trip planner.

You can drive from Aveiro to Tomar in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Tomar can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fatima.
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Fatima — 2 nights

Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Capela Das Aparicoes. On the 15th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Casa De Francisco & Jacinta Marto and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima.

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Fatima vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Tomar to Fatima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Fatima are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Batalha.
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Batalha — 2 nights

Batalha is a town and a municipality in Leiria District, Pinhal Litoral Subregion, Centro Region, Portugal. On the 16th (Mon), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Espirito Santo and then pause for some serene contemplation at Shrine of Senhor Jesus dos Milagres. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Centro de Interpretação da Batalha de Aljubarrota and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Batalha trip planner.

Batalha is very close to Fatima. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Alcobaca.
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Alcobaca — 2 nights

Alcobaça is a city and a municipality in Oeste Subregion, region Centro in Portugal, formerly included in the Estremadura Province. Start off your visit on the 18th (Wed): make a trip to Cruzeiro and then make a trip to Ascensor do Outeiro. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Alcobaca and then explore the world behind art at Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Coz.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Alcobaca trip builder tool.

Alcobaca is very close to Batalha. In May, daytime highs in Alcobaca are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nazare.
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Nazare — 2 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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): make a trip to O Sitio and then get great views at Monte de Sao Bartolomeu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Ermida da Memoria and then kick back and relax at Praia da Nazare.

For reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Nazare trip itinerary tool.

Nazare is just a stone's throw from Alcobaca. In May in Nazare, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Obidos.
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Obidos — 2 nights

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the pleasant sights at Rua Direita and then make a trip to Obidos Village. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Óbidos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Tiago Church, and then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre das Cabacas.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Obidos using our trip planner.

Getting from Nazare to Obidos by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In May in Obidos, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sintra.
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Sintra — 2 nights

Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): stroll through Quinta da Regaleira and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the next day, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour and then explore the activities along Vale dos Lagos at Parque de Pena.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sintra vacation planning site.

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, daily temperatures in Sintra can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cascais.
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Cascais — 2 nights

Town of Kings and Fishes

A mere 32 km (20 mi) from Lisbon, the coastal town of Cascais has a long history of entertaining royals.
On the 26th (Thu), shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour and then go for a walk through Cabo da Roca. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Fri): stroll around Marechal Carmona Park and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Cascais trip itinerary tool.

Cascais is very close to Sintra. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to fly to Tavira.
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Tavira — 2 nights

Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
On the 28th (Sat), head off the coast to Tavira Island and then make a trip to Ponte antiga sobre o Rio Gilao. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: go for a stroll along the water at Marina de Vilamoura and then play a few rounds at Dom Pedro Old Course - Golf Club.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Tavira trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Cascais to Tavira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. May in Tavira sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can drive to Lagos.
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Lagos — 2 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
On the 30th (Mon), kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade and then try for a hole-in-one at Pro Putting Garden.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Lagos trip planner.

Drive from Tavira to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Monsaraz.
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Monsaraz — 2 nights

Monsaraz is a civil parish of the municipality of the Reguengos de Monsaraz, on the right margin of the Guadiana River in Portuguese Alentejo region, near its border with Spain. On the 1st (Wed), make a trip to Urban and Traditional Center of Monsaraz and then learn about winemaking at Ervideira. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at Herdade do Esporao and then don't miss a visit to Fonte do Telheiro.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Monsaraz trip maker website.

You can drive from Lagos to Monsaraz in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lagos in May since evenings lows in Monsaraz dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Evora.
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Evora — 2 nights

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Francisco, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Evora. On your second day here, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de las Dominicas and then get curious at Centro Ciencia Viva de Estremoz.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Evora day trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Monsaraz to Evora takes an hour. June in Evora sees daily highs of 36°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can fly to Funchal.
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Funchal — 2 nights

The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Forte Sao Jose, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja do Colegio Sao Joao Evangelista, and then admire the natural beauty at Monte Palace Madeira. On the 6th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, then identify plant and animal life at Madeira Mountain Expeditions, and then go for a walk through Santa Maria Street.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Funchal trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Evora to Funchal takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Evora in June, plan for slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Funchal: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Lisbon.
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Lisbon — 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

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 Parque Natural da Arrabida and Miradouro da Graca (Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Belém Tower, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Lisbon takes 3.5 hours. While traveling from Funchal, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 18°C.
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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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Northern Portugal travel guide

4.4
Bridges · Wineries & Vineyards · Gift & Specialty Shops
Natural beauty and rich cultural heritage make northern Portugal one of Europe's most desirable vacation destinations. Continuously populated for thousands of years, this verdant land features a lively coastline studded with dozens of modern resorts. Away from the ocean, the region transforms into a rolling countryside of small villages, vast national parks, lush vineyards, and World Heritage-listed prehistoric sites. Place the city of Porto at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's centuries-long history of outstanding wine production. Use the tourist-friendly city as your base, and devote some time to exploring the bucolic wine region stretching along the luxuriant banks of the Douro River.
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