13 days in Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Portugal Itinerary

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13 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  14​h 45​min
1
Faro
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Lagos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Evora
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Coimbra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Amarante
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Porto
— 1 night
Fly:  2​h 30​min
7
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
Faro

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
On the 26th (Thu), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, then get outside with Outdoor Activities, then don't miss a visit to Palacio de Estoi, and finally savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Faro trip planner .

Washington DC, USA to Faro is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Washington DC to Faro, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In March, Faro is somewhat warmer than Washington DC - with highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Faro

Tours Historic Sites Adventure
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Food Tours
Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo
Palacio de Estoi ©
Palacio de Estoi

2
nights
Lagos

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, see the interesting displays at Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre, learn about winemaking at Monte da Casteleja, get outside with Praia do Pinhao, then kick back and relax at Praia do Canavial, and finally pause for some photo ops at Statue of Gil Eanes.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lagos trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Faro to Lagos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. March in Lagos sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Beaches Wineries
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Praia do Pinhao ©
Praia do Pinhao
Room Escape Games
Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre ©
Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre

1
night
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): steep yourself in history at Garcia de Resende Theater (Evora), don't miss a visit to Celeiro Comum de Evoramonte, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Mamede, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento dos Loios, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Nossa Senhora do Espinheiro, and finally make a trip to Lookout - Cordovil House Gallery (Evora). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Convent of the Savior of the World (Evora), explore the ancient world of Termas Romanas, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Calvario (Montemor-o-Novo).

For more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Evora day trip app .

Drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Lagos in March, Evora is slightly colder at night with lows of 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Coimbra.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Igreja do Calvario (Montemor-o-Novo), Celeiro Comum de Evoramonte, Convento dos Loios
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Garcia de Resende Theater (Evora) ©
Garcia de Resende Theater (Evora)
Igreja de Sao Mamede ©
Igreja de Sao Mamede

1
night
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sun): snap pictures at Ponte Santa Clara.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Coimbra visit planner.

You can drive from Evora to Coimbra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 62°F in March, and nighttime lows around 47°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Amarante.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Sala dos Capelos ©
Sala dos Capelos
Seminario Maior da Sagrada Familia ©
Seminario Maior da Sagrada Familia
Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Olivais ©

2
nights
Amarante

Amarante ©
Start off your visit on the 31st (Tue): make a trip to Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Piedade e Santos Passos ( Igreja do Sameiro ), browse the collection at Biblioteca Municipal Albano Sardoeira, then tee off at Amarante Golf Course, then grab your bike and head to Ecopista da Linha do Tamega, and finally examine the collection at Amadeo De Souza Cardoso Museum.

Before you visit Amarante, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Coimbra to Amarante by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Amarante

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Piedade e Santos Passos ( Igreja do Sameiro )
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1
night
Porto

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then don't miss a visit to Praca dos Leoes, and then take a leisurely stroll along Jardim da Foz.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Porto tour planner.

Traveling by car from Amarante to Porto takes an hour. April in Porto sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.
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4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore hidden gems such as Parque de Monserrate and Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina ). Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Palacio Nacional de Mafra (in Mafra), Off-Road Tours (in Sintra) and Cabo Espichel (in Sesimbra). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, learn about all things military at Museu de Marinha, buy something for everyone on your list at Centro Colombo, and admire the striking features of Panteao Nacional.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip maker site .

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In April, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Sintra, Cascais, Palacio Nacional de Mafra, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Cabo Espichel
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Aquario Vasco da Gama ©
Aquario Vasco da Gama
Parque de Monserrate ©
Parque de Monserrate
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda ©
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda

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