11 days in Portugal Itinerary

11 days in Portugal Itinerary

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11 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Porto
— 2 nights
2
Coimbra
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Lisbon
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo

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.
Dedicate the 2nd (Thu) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and get your bearings at Livraria Lello.

To find where to stay, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Porto holiday website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Porto is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Sao Paulo in May: high temperatures in Porto hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

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Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

2
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
On the 4th (Sat), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Coimbra, then examine the collection at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, then browse the collection at Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Santiago, then make a trip to Praca do Comercio, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of St Michael.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Coimbra itinerary site .

Traveling by train from Porto to Coimbra takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Coimbra are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Lisbon.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Spas Parks
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Igreja Santiago ©
Igreja Santiago
Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
Praca do Comercio ©
Praca do Comercio

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step out of Lisbon to go to Sintra and see Quinta da Regaleira, which is approximately 36 minutes away. Dedicate the 8th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Belém Tower, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and don't miss a visit to Santa Justa Lift.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon vacation planning site .

You can take a train from Coimbra to Lisbon in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery

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