36 days in Portugal Itinerary

36 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Lisbon
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Sintra
— 2 nights
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Cascais
— 2 nights
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Obidos
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Nazare
— 2 nights
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Coimbra
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Aveiro
— 4 nights
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Porto
— 3 nights
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Braga
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Miranda do Douro
— 3 nights
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Monsanto
— 1 night
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Elvas
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Evora
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Tavira
— 2 nights
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Faro
— 1 night
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Lagos
— 1 day
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Portimao
— 9 nights
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Lisbon
— 4 nights

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Lisbon

City of Seven Hills

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 19th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Miradouro de Santa Luzia.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip builder app.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). In July, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 63°F. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stop by Maria Madrugas, then admire the striking features of Sintra National Palace, and then explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the history behind Pelourinho de Sintra, then kick back and relax at Praia da Adraga, then explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, and finally take an exotic tour of a safari tour.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Sintra trip itinerary builder tool.

Sintra is just a short distance from Lisbon. In July, daytime highs in Sintra are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Cascais.
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Cascais — 2 nights

Town of Kings and Fishes

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 21st (Thu): see majestic marine mammals with Dolphin Explorers and then kick back and relax at Praia de Carcavelos. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Guincho Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Boca do Inferno, then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Cascais, and finally stop by Deja Lu Bookshop.

Discover how to plan a Cascais trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Cascais is just a stone's throw from Sintra. In July in Cascais, expect temperatures between 85°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time to drive to Obidos.
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Obidos

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
To find traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Obidos online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Cascais to Obidos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Cascais in July, you will find days in Obidos are little chillier (76°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). On the 23rd (Sat), you'll travel to Nazare.
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Nazare — 2 nights

Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): explore the fascinating underground world of Grutas da Moeda, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Batalha Monastery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Alcobaca. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Praia da Nazare, zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, make a trip to O Sitio, then get great views at Miradouro do Suberco, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Ermida da Memoria.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nazare trip itinerary site.

Drive from Obidos to Nazare in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July in Nazare, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Coimbra.
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Coimbra

The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Take the guesswork out of planning a Coimbra vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Nazare to Coimbra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Coimbra are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 60°F. You will leave for Aveiro on the 25th (Mon).
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Aveiro — 4 nights

Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Livraria Gigoes & Anantes and Forum Aveiro. You'll explore and learn at Museu do Caramulo and Casa Do Miradouro. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Aveiro: Parque Tematico Molinologico (in Oliveira de Azemeis) and Se Catedral de Viseu (in Viseu). There's much more to do: stroll through Praia da Costa Nova, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, admire the landmark architecture of Aveiro, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Santa Maria de Válega.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Aveiro road trip tool.

Traveling by car from Coimbra to Aveiro takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Porto.
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Porto — 3 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Palacio da Bolsa and Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). Kids will enjoy Livraria Lello and Ponte de Dom Luis I. Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Mindelo (Mindelo Beach & i-Dive Spirit). There's lots more to do: get your bearings at Museu Serralves, take a stroll through Ribeira do Porto, explore the activities along Douro River, and enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos.

To find maps, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Porto trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Aveiro to Porto in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In July in Porto, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Braga.
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Braga

Portuguese Rome

Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city. Situated in northwest Portugal, Braga boasts many narrow pedestrian streets, plazas, and spiritual pilgrimage destinations.
To see maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Braga day trip website.

Traveling by car from Porto to Braga takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Braga sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. On the 1st (Mon), you'll travel to Miranda do Douro.
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Miranda do Douro — 3 nights

Miranda do Douro or Miranda de l Douro is a town and a municipality in the district of Bragança, northeastern Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): don't miss a visit to Basilica de Santo Cristo de Outeiro, then take some stellar pictures from Miradouro do Picote, then see the interesting displays at Museu da Terra de Miranda, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Concatedral de Miranda do Douro. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Mogadouro, then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Algoso, and then get great views at Miradouro S. Joao das Arribas.

To find out how to plan a trip to Miranda do Douro, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Braga to Miranda do Douro in 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Monsanto.
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Monsanto — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): steep yourself in history at Monsanto, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Monsanto, and then visit Historic Village of Monsanto. On the next day, get to know the fascinating history of Idanha-a-Vehla, then enjoy the sand and surf at Ribeira de Meimoa River Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Penha Garcia.

To see where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Monsanto day trip site.

Drive from Miranda do Douro to Monsanto in 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Elvas.
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Elvas

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Elvas trip itinerary maker app.

You can drive from Monsanto to Elvas in 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Monsanto to Elvas. In August in Elvas, expect temperatures between 95°F during the day and 64°F at night. On the 5th (Fri), you'll travel to Evora.
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Evora

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Evora online attractions planner.

Drive from Elvas to Evora in an hour. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 92°F in August, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 5th (Fri), you're off to Tavira.
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Tavira — 2 nights

Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): get great views at Castelo de Tavira, look for gifts at Blossom, then head off the coast to Tavira Island, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Barril. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Cacela, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Cacela Velha, then kick back and relax at Praia Verde, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Cabanas de Tavira Beach.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tavira trip maker app.

Drive from Evora to Tavira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Evora in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Tavira: temperatures range from 85°F by day to 68°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Faro.
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Faro — 1 night

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Ria Formosa, then steep yourself in history at Old Town Faro, then pause for some serene contemplation at Faro Cathedral, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Faro, then shop like a local with Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908), then delve into the distant past at Cerro da Vila, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Shrine of Nossa Senhora da Piedade.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Faro trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tavira to Faro takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Faro are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lagos.
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Lagos — 1 day

Jewel of the Algarve

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, and finally don't miss a visit to Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lagos trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Faro to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Lagos are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can go by car to Portimao.
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Portimao — 9 nights

Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
Get some cultural insight at Centro Historico de Albufeira and Church of Misericordia of Alvor. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu de Portimao and Galeria de Arte Pintor Samora Barros. Change things up with these side-trips from Portimao: Albufeira (Speed Boats Tours & Off-Road Tours) and Gale (Praia Gale & Praia dos Salgados). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 13th (Sat) at Slide & Splash - Parque Aquatico - Water Slide Park. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Marinha, indulge in some personalized pampering at Swan Day Spa, get in on the family fun at Zoomarine Algarve, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Rocha.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Portimao itinerary planner.

Portimao is just a short distance from Lagos. In August, daytime highs in Portimao are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.
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Lisbon — 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Shop till you drop at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Rossio Square. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of Ancient Art and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Troia Beach (in Troia) and Setubal (Praia do Creiro & Praia de Galapinhos). Explore Lisbon further: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, shop like a local with Avenida da Liberdade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and stop by Alfama.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Portimao to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Portimao in August, Lisbon is slightly colder at night with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back 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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