11 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

11 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

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11 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

Start: Recife
Fly + bus:  12​h 15​min
1
Obidos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Coimbra
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Lisbon
— 5 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Recife

2
nights
Obidos

Obidos ©
Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Visiting Praia da Nazare and Praia d'el Rey Golf Course will get you outdoors. Do your shopping at Olaria S. Pedro and Mercado Biologico de Obidos. Venture out of the city with trips to Nazare (Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré & Praia do Norte). There's still lots to do: tee off at Guardian Bom Sucesso Golf and examine the collection at Museu Abilio de Mattos e Silva.

For where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Obidos online trip maker .

Recife, Brazil to Obidos is an approximately 12.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time to Western European Time is 3 hours. Traveling from Recife in December, things will get much colder in Obidos: highs are around 18°C and lows about 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Obidos

Outdoors Golf Beaches

Side Trip

Nazare
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Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Praia do Norte ©
Praia do Norte
Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré ©

2
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): get outside with Sky Garden Parque de Arborismo and then take in the dramatic scenery at Poco da Cesta - praia fluvial de Casal Novo. Keep things going the next day: trek along Choupal National Forest, head outdoors with Praia Fluvial de Palheiros e Zorro, then contemplate the long history of Misericordia de Coimbra Museum, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Coimbra itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Obidos to Coimbra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can take a train to Lisbon.

Things to do in Coimbra

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Poco da Cesta - praia fluvial de Casal Novo
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Choupal National Forest ©
Choupal National Forest
Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro ©
Misericordia de Coimbra Museum ©
Misericordia de Coimbra Museum

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some cultural insight at Belém Tower and Alfama. Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Praia da ursa, & more). And it doesn't end there: take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, take a stroll through Rossio Square, relax and rejuvenate at LisboaPhysio, and get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lisbon trip builder site .

Take a train from Coimbra to Lisbon in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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