16 days in Portugal Itinerary

16 days in Portugal Itinerary

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16 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Sintra
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Obidos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Tomar
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Coimbra
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon day trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in May, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (28°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Museums Neighborhoods
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Nacional de Sintra, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira. On the next day, take a stroll through Centro Historico de Cascais, then enjoy the sea views from Cabo da Roca, and then step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Sintra trip planner .

Sintra is just a short distance from Lisbon. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Obidos.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

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

2
nights
Obidos

Obidos ©
Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
You've now added Obidos Village to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sat): make a trip to Porta da Senhora da Piedade (Porta da Vila), stroll through Praia da Nazare, then don't miss a visit to O Sitio, and finally get great views at Monte de Sao Bartolomeu. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Óbidos, make a trip to Obidos Village, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santa Maria, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Alcobaca.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Obidos day trip app .

Drive from Sintra to Obidos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Sintra in May, plan for slightly colder days in Obidos, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Tomar.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Nazare, Monastery of Alcobaca
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Castelo de Óbidos ©
Castelo de Óbidos
Obidos Village ©
Obidos Village
Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare

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Tomar

Tomar ©
Tomar, also known in English as Thomar, is a city and a municipality in Santarém District in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 11th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capelas Imperfeitas, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela Das Aparicoes, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Christ, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Tomar. Keep things going the next day: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Leiria, make a trip to Casa De Francisco & Jacinta Marto, then make a trip to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica da Santissima Trindade, and finally steep yourself in history at Pegoes Aqueduct.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Tomar tour itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Obidos to Tomar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. May in Tomar sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Tomar

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Fatima, Batalha, Castelo de Leiria
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

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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 13th (Wed): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, steep yourself in history at Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, then contemplate the long history of Quinta das Lagrimas, then contemplate the long history of Old Monestary of Santa Clara, and finally steep yourself in history at Portugal dos Pequenitos.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Coimbra trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Tomar to Coimbra in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Coimbra are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Parks Museums
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Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
University of Coimbra ©
University of Coimbra

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: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa, stroll through Museu Serralves, and get advice or help at Livraria Lello.

To find other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read our Porto attractions planner .

Getting from Coimbra to Porto by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 23°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

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

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