20 days in Portugal Itinerary

20 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Lisbon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Porto
— 4 nights
Fly
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Obidos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sintra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 3 nights
Fly
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Cascais
— 3 nights
Drive

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Lisbon — 2 nights

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 31st (Sun): snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril, take in the views from Vasco da Gama Bridge, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos. On the 1st (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: browse the different shops at Vasco da Gama Shopping Center, then visit Parque das Nacoes, then pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, and finally admire the natural beauty at Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara.

To see ratings, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon tour planner.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). In July, daytime highs in Lisbon are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. You'll have a few hours on the 2nd (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Porto.
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Porto — 4 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Parque da Cidade and Sandeman Cellars. Dedicate the 3rd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: do a tasting at Graham's Port Lodge, make a trip to Liberdade Square, wander the streets of Ribeira do Porto, and see the sights in a new way with Bluedragon Porto City Tours.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Porto trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Lisbon in August, with highs in Porto at 76°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can fly to Obidos.
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Obidos — 2 nights

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Grande Mercado Medieval de Obidos and Praia do Norte. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Obidos: Miradouro do Suberco (in Nazare), Valinhos Sanctuary (in Fatima) and Castelo de Ourém (in Ourem). There's more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Óbidos and don't miss a visit to Obidos Village.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Obidos online itinerary builder.

You can fly from Porto to Obidos in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. August in Obidos sees daily highs of 78°F and lows of 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sintra.
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Sintra — 2 nights

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 9th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da ursa and then look for gifts at SintrArt. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Chalet da Condessa D’Edla and then steep yourself in history at Castelo dos Mouros.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Sintra online driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Obidos to Sintra in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Obidos in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sintra: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 63°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.
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Lisbon — 3 nights

On the 11th (Thu), take in the local landmarks with HIPPOtrip, appreciate the history behind Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei, and then awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, then learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Jardim Zoologico, and then make a trip to Rossio Train Station.

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

Lisbon is very close to Sintra. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can fly to Ponta Delgada.
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel — 3 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeiroes and Ponta da Ferraria Ferraria. Step out of Ponta Delgada with an excursion to Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas in Furnas--about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoas Empadadas, tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nossa Senhora da Paz, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ponta Delgada day trip app.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in August, you will find days in Ponta Delgada are slightly colder (78°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to fly to Cascais.
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Cascais — 3 nights

A mere 32 km (20 mi) from Lisbon, the coastal town of Cascais has a long history of entertaining royals.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): walk around Marechal Carmona Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Carcavelos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tamariz and then try your luck at Casino Estoril.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cascais trip planning tool.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Cascais in 4 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Cascais due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ponta Delgada in August: highs in Cascais hover around 85°F, while lows dip to 63°F. On the 19th (Fri), you're off to home.
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Portugal travel guide

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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.
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