12 days in Portugal & Santiago de Compostela Itinerary

12 days in Portugal & Santiago de Compostela Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal & Santiago de Compostela Itinerary

Start: Winnipeg, Canada
Fly:  14​h
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Sintra, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Braga, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Porto, Portugal
— Few hours
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 1 night
Fly:  14​h
End: Winnipeg, Canada

3
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nature & Wildlife Tours as well as Lisbon Oceanarium. Explore hidden gems such as Miradouro da Graca and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castelo de S. Jorge and Belém Tower. It doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and step into the grandiose world of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda.

To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Lisbon vacation planner.

Winnipeg, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 14-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 6 hour difference. Expect warmer temperatures when traveling from Winnipeg in December; daily highs in Lisbon reach 18°C and lows reach 8°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catcht the bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Miradouro da Graca ©
Miradouro da Graca

1
night
Sintra, Portugal

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Centro Historico de Sintra. Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira, admire the landmark architecture of Park and National Palace of Pena, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Sintra, then admire the striking features of Palacio Nacional de Sintra, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Cabo da Roca.

To see other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Sintra trip itinerary builder website .

Sintra is just a short distance from Lisbon. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks

Side Trip

Cabo da Roca
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Palacio Nacional de Sintra ©
Palacio Nacional de Sintra

2
nights
Porto, Portugal

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Graham's Port Lodge, Igreja do Carmo and Ribeira Square. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara), then do a tasting at Quinta dos Corvos, and finally steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). Keep things going the next day: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then take a leisurely stroll along Ribeira Square, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, and finally do a tasting at Graham's Port Lodge.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Porto trip planner .

Traveling by car from Sintra to Porto takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can catcht the bus to Braga.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trip

Vila Nova de Gaia
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Graham's Port Lodge ©
Graham's Port Lodge
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

1
night
Braga, Portugal

Braga ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Marcos Church, admire the landmark architecture of Santa Cruz Church, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Misericordia de Braga, appreciate the history behind Arch of the New Gate, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Bom Jesus do Monte, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se de Braga.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Braga travel planner.

You can take a bus from Porto to Braga in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites
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Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga
Igreja da Misericordia de Braga ©
Igreja da Misericordia de Braga

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nights
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Camino de Santiago. On the 17th (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de San Fructuoso, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Colegiata del Sar, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Camino de Santiago, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, get to know the fascinating history of Plaza Cervantes - Santiago, don't miss a visit to Monasterio e iglesia de San Pelayo, then make a trip to Plaza de la Quintana, and finally admire the striking features of Gelmirez Palace.

For other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Santiago de Compostela trip itinerary tool .

Traveling by car from Braga to Santiago de Compostela takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Braga to Santiago de Compostela. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Braga in December, with highs in Santiago de Compostela at 13°C and lows at 5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Porto.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Outdoors Wildlife Historic Sites
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Camino de Santiago ©
Camino de Santiago
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©

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hours
Porto, Portugal

Porto ©
On the 19th (Thu), stroll around Parque da Cidade do Porto and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Santo Ildefonso.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto driving holiday app .

Traveling by car from Santiago de Compostela to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time to Western European Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Santiago de Compostela in December: highs in Porto hover around 18°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Historic Sites
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Parque da Cidade do Porto ©
Parque da Cidade do Porto
Igreja de Santo Ildefonso ©
Igreja de Santo Ildefonso

1
night
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon travel planner.

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping
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Igreja de Sao Roque ©
Igreja de Sao Roque
Rua Augusta ©
Rua Augusta

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