12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Barcelona
Fly:  5​h
1
Porto
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Sintra
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
3
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Evora
— 3 nights
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Barcelona

3
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.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves, and get lost in a book at Livraria Lello.

To see reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Porto trip planning site .

Barcelona, Spain to Porto is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Barcelona in August, expect Porto to be little chillier, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Sintra.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

2
nights
Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
On the 13th (Tue), explore the historical opulence of Castelo dos Mouros, then steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional de Sintra, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: wander the streets of Centro Historico de Cascais, then visit a coastal fixture at Cabo da Roca, and then explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Sintra trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Porto to Sintra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. When traveling from Porto in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sintra: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cabo da Roca, Centro Historico de Cascais
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
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, museums, nightlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and take a stroll through Alfama.

For photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon journey app .

Lisbon is very close to Sintra. August in Lisbon sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 18th (Sun), enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Evora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Francisco, then don't miss a visit to Capela dos Ossos, and finally don't miss a visit to Praca do Giraldo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): do a tasting at Cartuxa - Fundação Eugénio De Almeida, delve into the distant past at Cromeleque dos Almendres, contemplate the long history of Menir do Monte dos Almendres (Evora), then steep yourself in history at Aqueduto da Agua de Prata, and finally contemplate the long history of Walls of Evora.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Evora trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Evora, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Wineries Museums
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

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