13 days in Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Portugal Itinerary

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13 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
2
Portimao
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lisbon
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Guides In Portugal. Get some cultural insight at Museu Serralves and Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular. Spend the 26th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and examine the collection at FC Porto Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Porto road trip site .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Porto is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Porto is 3 hours. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May, things will get slightly colder in Porto: highs are around 23°C and lows about 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Portimao.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis ©
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis

4
nights
Portimao

Portimao ©
Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia Da Rocha and Praia Vale Dos Homens. Escape the urban bustle at Praia do Amado and Ponta da Piedade. Change things up with these side-trips from Portimao: Telheiro Beach (in Vila do Bispo), Algarve (in Silves) and Garrao Nascente Beach (in Vale do Garrao). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Barranco das Canas Beach and stroll through Vale de Covo Beach.

For reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Portimao trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Porto to Portimao takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in May: high temperatures in Portimao hover around 28°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Portimao

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Molhe Beach, Garrao Nascente Beach, Praia Vale Dos Homens, Ponta Da Piedale, Vale de Covo Beach
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Telheiro Beach ©
Telheiro Beach
Praia Vale Dos Homens ©
Praia Vale Dos Homens

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore and learn at National Tile Museum and Museu Colecao Berardo. Your inner history buff will appreciate Jeronimos Monastery and Belém Tower. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Quinta da Regaleira, & more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, and get engrossed in the history at Igreja de Sao Roque.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Portimao to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Portimao in May, Lisbon is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. On the 5th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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