15 days in Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Portugal Itinerary

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15 days in Portugal Itinerary

Boston
bus + Fly:  10​h 30​min
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Drive:  30​min
Sintra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
Coimbra
— 1 night
train:  1​h
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h
Ponta Delgada
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h 30​min
Boston

4
days
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Capela dos Ossos and Jeronimos Monastery. Visit Castelo de S. Jorge and Se Catedral de Evora for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Evora (Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) & Convento de Nossa Senhora dos Remedios) and Praia da Aberta Nova (in Grandola). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Belém Tower, explore the world behind art at National Tile Museum, don't miss a visit to Santa Justa Lift, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica da Estrela.

To see more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, use the Lisbon day trip app .

Boston, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Time (WET) is 5 hours. In June in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 60°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Evora, Praia da Aberta Nova
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

1
day
Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
On the 5th (Tue), make a trip to Cabo da Roca.

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Sintra is very close to Lisbon. June in Sintra sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 60°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Coimbra.

Things to do in Sintra

#Parks, #Historic Sites, #Outdoors

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Colares, Tamariz Beach
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Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Tamariz Beach ©
Tamariz Beach

1
day
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
On the 7th (Thu), steep yourself in history at Portugal dos Pequenitos, contemplate the long history of Quinta das Lagrimas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), then admire the landmark architecture of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra, and finally kick back and relax at Praia Fluvial de Vimieiro.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Coimbra road trip planning tool .

Drive from Sintra to Coimbra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sintra in June: highs in Coimbra hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Praia Fluvial de Vimieiro
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Torre da Universidade de Coimbra ©
Portugal dos Pequenitos ©
Portugal dos Pequenitos

3
days
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Matosinhos Beach and Largo da Oliveira. Visit Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Cathedral of Santa Maria de Braga for their historical value. Step out of Porto with an excursion to Montanha- Parque da Penha in Guimaraes--about 56 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Praia do Carneiro, learn about winemaking at Sandeman Cellars, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Douro.

For reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto trip planner.

Take a train from Coimbra to Porto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In June, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Porto

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Beaches

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Gaia, Guimaraes, Cathedral of Santa Maria de Braga, Matosinhos Beach
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Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

4
days
Ponta Delgada

Ponta Delgada ©
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Get a sense of the local culture at Farol Ponta do Arnel and Sao Nicolau Church. Escape the urban bustle at Mosteiros Beach and Lagoa do Canario. Take a break from Ponta Delgada with a short trip to Natural Pool in Mosteiros, about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha, take some stellar pictures from Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, get outside with Lagoa do Congro, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Jose.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ponta Delgada trip maker site .

Getting from Porto to Ponta Delgada by flight takes about 5.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Ponta Delgada is minus 1 hour. In June, daily temperatures in Ponta Delgada can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 15th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Nature

Side Trips

Mosteiros, Sao Miguel, Sete Cidades, Oficina - Museu, Farol Ponta do Arnel
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Lagoa do Canario ©
Lagoa do Canario
Farol Ponta do Arnel ©
Farol Ponta do Arnel

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