37 days in Portugal Itinerary

37 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Fly to Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport), Drive to Cascais
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Cascais
— 2 nights
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Sintra
— 2 nights
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Lisbon
— 5 nights
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Albufeira
— 2 nights
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Lagos
— 3 nights
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Fatima
— 2 nights
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Obidos
— 2 nights
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Nazare
— 4 nights
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Coimbra
— 3 nights
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Aveiro
— 2 nights
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Amarante
— 2 nights
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Guimaraes
— 2 nights
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Braga
— 2 nights
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Porto
— 2 nights
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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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Paroquial de Nossa Senhora da Assuncao, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Cascais, then explore the striking landscape at Boca do Inferno, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Guincho Beach. Keep things going the next day: see majestic marine mammals with Dolphin Explorers, visit a coastal fixture at Farol da Guia, then take in the pleasant sights at Cabo da Roca, and finally try to win big at Casino Estoril.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Cascais trip planner.

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Cascais is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from San Juan to Cascais due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from San Juan in September; daily highs in Cascais reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Cascais

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 19 — 21:

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), admire the striking features of Palacio de Monserrate, get a new perspective on nature at Museu de Historia Natural, then step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira, then steep yourself in history at Sintra National Palace, and finally look for gifts at Maria Madrugas. On the 23rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros, then admire the landmark architecture of Park and National Palace of Pena, and then don't miss a visit to Ancient Duck Houses at Park of Pena.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sintra online travel planner.

Sintra is just a short distance from Cascais. September in Sintra sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 23:

Lisbon

— 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon vacation builder.

Lisbon is very close to Sintra. In September, daytime highs in Lisbon are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 23 — 28:

Albufeira

— 2 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Falesia, then stop by By Nature, then stop by Centro Historico de Albufeira, and finally race across the water with a speed boat tour. On your second day here, go for a stroll along the water at Marina de Vilamoura, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Marinha, and then take some stellar pictures from Pau da Bandeira Viewpoint.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Albufeira road trip app.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Albufeira can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 28 — 30:

Lagos

— 3 nights

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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Sagres (Fortaleza de Sagres, Cape Saint Vincent, &more) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk, kick back and relax at Praia dos Tres Irmaos, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Camilo.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Lagos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Lagos are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Fatima.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 30 — Oct 3:

Fatima

— 2 nights
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Mon): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica da Santissima Trindade, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela Das Aparicoes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capelas Imperfeitas, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery, and finally stop by A Loja do Caminho. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Grutas de Mira de Aire, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de Cristo, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Tomar.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Fatima online holiday maker.

Drive from Lagos to Fatima in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Lagos in October, plan for little chillier nights in Fatima, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Obidos.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 3 — 6:

Obidos

— 2 nights

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santa Maria, explore the ancient world of Aqueduto da Usseira, then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Óbidos, and finally make a trip to Obidos Village. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Baleal Beach, take in nature's colorful creations at Bacalhoa Buddha Eden, then look for gifts at Sabores & Saberes, and finally make a trip to Porta da Senhora da Piedade (Porta da Vila).

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Obidos trip itinerary site.

Getting from Fatima to Obidos by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October, daytime highs in Obidos are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Nazare.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 6 — 8:

Nazare

— 4 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. Nazare is known for beaches, historic sites, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Paredes da Victoria Beach, make a trip to O Sitio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Sao Pedro de Moel.

To find maps, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Nazare road trip planning app.

Traveling by car from Obidos to Nazare takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Nazare

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 8 — 12:

Coimbra

— 3 nights
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Get out of town with these interesting Coimbra side-trips: Luso (Sao Joao Fountain & National Forest of Bussaco). The adventure continues: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, pause for some serene contemplation at Capela de Sao Miguel, contemplate the long history of Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra).

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Coimbra online tour planner.

Traveling by car from Nazare to Coimbra takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Aveiro.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 12 — 15:

Aveiro

— 2 nights
Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): take in the waterfront at Ria de Aveiro, then kick back and relax at Praia da Costa Nova, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia de Aveiro. On the next day, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then admire the striking features of Aveiro Railway Station, then buy something for everyone on your list at Forum Aveiro, and finally examine the collection at Oficina do Doce.

To find where to stay, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Aveiro day trip planning 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 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Amarante.

Things to do in Aveiro

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 15 — 17:

Amarante

— 2 nights
On the 17th (Sun), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de São Gonçalo, snap pictures at Ponte de Sao Goncalo, then see the interesting displays at Amadeo De Souza Cardoso Museum, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at De Nosso Senhor dos Aflitos, and finally play a few rounds at Amarante Golf Course. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: do a tasting at Quinta da Pacheca, then contemplate the long history of Casa de Mateus, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Amarante day trip website.

Getting from Aveiro to Amarante by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Amarante

Historic Sites · Golf · Outdoors · Wineries

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Guimaraes

— 2 nights

Birthplace of the Portuguese Nationality

The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Guimaraes Castle, step into the grandiose world of Paco dos Duques de Braganca, then steep yourself in history at Largo da Oliveira, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): take in nature's colorful creations at Largo Republica do Brasil, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Montanha- Parque da Penha, then don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Guimaraes, and finally don't miss a visit to Praca de S. Tiago.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Guimaraes visit planning site.

Traveling by car from Amarante to Guimaraes takes an hour. October in Guimaraes sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Braga.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature
Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Braga

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Conceicao, take some stellar pictures from Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte, then stroll around Praca da Republica, then walk around Jardim de Santa Barbara, and finally contemplate the long history of Arco da Porta Nova. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de Santa Luzia, then examine the collection at O Navio Gil Eannes, then snap pictures at Ponte Romana, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se de Braga.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Braga online holiday planner.

Braga is very close to Guimaraes. In October, daily temperatures in Braga can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Braga

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

Porto

— 2 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.
On the 23rd (Sat), get a taste of the local shopping with Livraria Lello, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira. On your second day here, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto trip itinerary website.

Traveling by car from Braga to Porto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
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.

Algarve travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Occupying the southernmost portion of Portugal's mainland, Algarve is wholeheartedly devoted to tourism and continuously ranks among Europe's top holiday destinations. Nearly 10 million annual visitors include Algarve on their itineraries, drawn mostly by the region's developed coastline, boasting nearly 200 km (125 mi) of impeccable beaches. Farther away from the water, the region offers an extensive network of hiking trails, ideal for active vacationers seeking a chance to explore a rugged southwestern corner of Europe once considered the very end of the world. If you need a few urban things to do on your vacation, head for the regional capital Faro, featuring a lively Old Town full of plazas, pedestrian lanes, and outdoor cafes.