20 days in Portugal & Santiago de Compostela Itinerary

20 days in Portugal & Santiago de Compostela Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Evora, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 15 min
3
Fatima, Portugal
— 1 night
Bus:  1 h
4
Coimbra, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
5
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
6
Porto, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  13 h 45 min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

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 Belém Tower and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Let the collections at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Museu do Fado capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Castelo dos Mouros, &more). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, see the interesting displays at Fundacao Jose Saramago, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon travel route planning website.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 13.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 19°C in Lisbon. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo

3
nights
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Get some cultural insight at Museu de Evora and Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo. Museum-lovers will get to explore Megalithica Ebora and Arquivo Fotografico de Evora. The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), examine the collection at Carriage Museum (Evora), and get engrossed in the history at Museu do Relogio - Polo de Evora.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Evora trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Evora takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Evora can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Evora

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo
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Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo ©
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Museu de Evora ©
Museu de Evora

1
night
Fatima, Portugal

Fatima ©
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Tue): explore the world behind art at Museu de Aguarela de Alfredo Roque Gameiro, examine the collection at Centro de Interpretação da Batalha de Aljubarrota, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery, then examine the collection at Wax Museum of Fátima, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima.

For photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Fatima travel route planning app.

Drive from Evora to Fatima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Evora in September, expect nights in Fatima to be about the same, around 16°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Coimbra.

Things to do in Fatima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Batalha, Museu de Aguarela de Alfredo Roque Gameiro
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Museu de Aguarela de Alfredo Roque Gameiro ©
Museu de Aguarela de Alfredo Roque Gameiro
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima ©

2
nights
Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museu da Ciencia, then examine the collection at Museu Academico / Academic Museum, then contemplate the long history of Misericordia de Coimbra Museum, and finally examine the collection at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra, then engage your brain at Exploratorio - Centro Ciencia Viva de Coimbra, and then examine the collection at Prisao Academica.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Coimbra online tour planner.

Traveling by bus from Fatima to Coimbra takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Coimbra are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Coimbra

Museums Childrens Museums Historic Sites
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Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro ©
Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro
Museu da Ciencia ©
Museu da Ciencia
Museu Academico / Academic Museum ©
Museu Academico / Academic Museum

3
nights
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Museo Casa de la Troya and Museo das Peregrinacións will appeal to museum buffs. Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela and Museo de Historia Natural are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Museo Catedralicio, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capilla de San Marcos, view the masterpieces at Sargadelos, and pause for some serene contemplation at Convento, igreja e colegio das Orfas.

For photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Santiago de Compostela planning app.

Traveling by car from Coimbra to Santiago de Compostela takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Coimbra to Santiago de Compostela is 1 hour. In September in Santiago de Compostela, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Museums Tours Trails
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Museo Catedralicio ©
Museo Catedralicio
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela
Museo do Pobo Galego ©
Museo do Pobo Galego

5
nights
Porto, Portugal

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.
Get some cultural insight at Museu Serralves and Palacio da Bolsa. Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis and Museu Militar Do Porto will appeal to museum buffs. Dedicate the 18th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take an in-depth tour of Casa do Infante, and see the interesting displays at World of Discoveries - Museu Interativo & Parque Tematico.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Porto online vacation planner.

Getting from Santiago de Compostela to Porto by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. September in Porto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis ©
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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