12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe journey planner

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Lisbon
— 3 nights
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Sintra
— 1 day
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Obidos
— 1 night
Drive
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Palmela
— 1 night
Drive
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Sines
— 1 night
Drive
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Sagres
— 1 night
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Lisbon
— 1 night
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Lisbon

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge. Get some cultural insight at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Rossio Square. There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Avenida da Liberdade, see the interesting displays at National Museum of Ancient Art, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Lisbon route planner.

Atlanta, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Lisbon is 5 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Atlanta in September, with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums · Shopping · Historic Sites · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 4:

Sintra

— 1 day
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 4th (Sun): find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area and then step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena.

To see other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Sintra trip planner.

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. In September in Sintra, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Obidos.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites · Adventure · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 5:

Obidos

— 1 night

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): examine the collection at Museu Dr. Joaquim Manso and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Óbidos, then don't miss a visit to Obidos Village, and then examine the collection at Museu Abilio de Mattos e Silva.

For maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Obidos trip planner.

Drive from Sintra to Obidos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Sintra in September, expect nights in Obidos to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 76°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Palmela.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 6:

Palmela

— 1 night
Palmela is a town and a municipality in Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): shop like a local with Mercado do Livramento and then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Sesimbra. Here are some ideas for day two: get some fabulous bargains at Freeport Lisboa Fashion Outlet, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Palmela, and then get up close to creatures of the deep with Sado Emotion.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Palmela travel route planner.

Drive from Obidos to Palmela in 1.5 hours. September in Palmela sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can travel to Sines.

Things to do in Palmela

Shopping · Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 8:

Sines

— 1 night
Sines is a Portuguese city of Setúbal District, the Alentejo region and subregion of the Alentejo coast, with about 18,298 inhabitants (2015 INE). On the 9th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Sines Museum and then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Sines.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Sines trip app.

Drive from Palmela to Sines in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Sagres.

Things to do in Sines

Historic Sites · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 8 — 9:
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Sagres

— 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then enjoy the sea views from Cape Saint Vincent.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Sagres road trip app.

You can drive from Sines to Sagres in 2.5 hours. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sagres

Historic Sites · Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors
Find places to stay Sep 9 — 10:

Lisbon

— 1 night

City of Seven Hills

Kick off your visit on the 11th (Sun): wander the streets of Chiado, then get to know the fascinating history of Miradouro de Santa Luzia, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica da Estrela.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sagres to Lisbon takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 11:

Portugal travel guide

4.2
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.

Alentejo travel guide

4.3
Sacred & Religious Sites · Landmarks · Castles
The fertile plains extending from the lush banks of the Tagus River set the pace of life in Alentejo, a largely agricultural region in the south-central part of Portugal. Underrated as a holiday destination, the region remains unspoiled by mass tourism a...