8 days in Portugal Itinerary

8 days in Portugal Itinerary

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8 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Porto
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Obidos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Sintra
— 1 night
Bus:  30​min
4
Lisbon
— 2 nights
Train:  45​min
5
Cascais
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Barcelona

2
nights
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Quinta Santa Eufemia and Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Congregados. Take a break from Porto with a short trip to Igreja de São Gonçalo in Amarante, about 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Ponte Infante D. Henrique, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and don't miss a visit to Praca dos Leoes.

For reviews, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto trip itinerary tool .

Barcelona, Spain to Porto is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. Traveling from Barcelona to Porto, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Obidos.

Things to do in Porto

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Quinta Santa Eufemia, Igreja de São Gonçalo
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River Rafting & Tubing
Quinta Santa Eufemia ©
Quinta Santa Eufemia
Igreja de São Gonçalo ©
Igreja de São Gonçalo

1
night
Obidos

Obidos ©
Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
On the 4th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Aqueduto da Usseira.

For traveler tips and more tourist information, read our Obidos trip itinerary builder tool .

Drive from Porto to Obidos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 5th (Sat) before leaving for Sintra.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites
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Pelourinho De Obidos ©
Pelourinho De Obidos

1
night
Sintra

Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Sintra trip planner .

Getting from Obidos to Sintra by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Praia das Azenhas do Mar
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Museu do Ar - Sintra ©
Museu do Ar - Sintra

2
nights
Lisbon

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sun): engage your brain at Pavilhao do Conhecimento. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Mon): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Aquario Vasco da Gama.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lisbon tour itinerary maker .

Lisbon is just a short distance from Sintra. In October, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Cascais.

Things to do in Lisbon

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Rossio Train Station ©
Rossio Train Station
Aquario Vasco da Gama ©
Aquario Vasco da Gama

1
night
Cascais

Cascais ©
A mere 32 km (20 mi) from Lisbon, the coastal town of Cascais has a long history of entertaining royals.
To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Cascais travel route builder .

Traveling by train from Lisbon to Cascais takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Cascais are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cascais

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Marechal Carmona Park ©
Marechal Carmona Park
Museu Condes de Castro ©
Museu Condes de Castro
Farol da Guia ©
Farol da Guia

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