13 days in Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Start: Porto
1
Porto
— 3 nights
Train:  30 min
2
Aveiro
— 2 nights
Train:  30 min
3
Coimbra
— 2 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
4
Lisbon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Lagos
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Porto

3
nights
Porto

Porto ©
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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Parque da Cidade do Porto and Porto Bridge Climb. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios (in Lamego), Casa de Mateus (in Vila Real) and The Douro Valley (in Pinhao). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Ribeira Square, make a trip to Liberdade Square, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se de Braga, and get great views at Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto sightseeing planning site.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Francisco de Sá Carneiro Airport. In August, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to catch the train to Aveiro.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Gaia, Braga, Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, Casa de Mateus, The Douro Valley
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Parque da Cidade do Porto ©
Parque da Cidade do Porto
Ribeira Square ©
Ribeira Square
Porto Bridge Climb ©
Porto Bridge Climb

2
nights
Aveiro

Aveiro ©
Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): examine the collection at Ecomuseu Marinha da Troncalhada, then take in the waterfront at Ria de Aveiro, then get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and finally contemplate the long history of Igreja da Misericordia de Aveiro. Keep things going the next day: pause for some serene contemplation at Carmo Church, then don't miss a visit to Universidade de Aveiro, then take in the exciting artwork at Livraria Gigoes & Anantes, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museu de Aveiro.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Aveiro driving holiday planner.

You can take a train from Porto to Aveiro in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Aveiro

Museums Nature Parks
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Museu de Aveiro ©
Museu de Aveiro
Ria de Aveiro ©
Ria de Aveiro
Igreja da Misericordia de Aveiro ©
Igreja da Misericordia de Aveiro

2
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): snap pictures at Ponte Pedro e Ines. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Ourém and then take in the dramatic natural features at Grutas de Mira de Aire.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Coimbra vacation planner.

You can take a train from Aveiro to Coimbra in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Coimbra can reach 78°F, while at night they dip to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can catch the train to Lisbon.

Things to do in Coimbra

Nature Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Grutas de Mira de Aire, Batalha Monastery, Castelo de Ourém, Casa De Francisco & Jacinta Marto
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Grutas de Mira de Aire ©
Grutas de Mira de Aire
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Castelo de Ourém ©
Castelo de Ourém

2
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 9th (Fri), get great views at Cabo da Roca, then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and then wander the streets of Alfama. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then snap pictures at Vasco da Gama Bridge, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner.

Getting from Coimbra to Lisbon by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Coimbra in August, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Cabo da Roca
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

2
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Lagos

Lagos ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Praia do Beliche, then visit a coastal fixture at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, and then explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August in Lagos, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lagos

Theme Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Albufeira, Praia do Beliche
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Ponta da Piedade ©
Ponta da Piedade
Praia do Beliche ©
Praia do Beliche
Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade ©
Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade

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