16 days in Portugal Itinerary

16 days in Portugal Itinerary

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16 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Belo Horizonte
bus + Fly:  12​h 30​min
1
Porto
— Few hours
Drive:  45​min
2
Braga
— Few hours
bus:  45​min
3
Porto
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Aveiro
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Obidos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
6
Fatima
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Sintra
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
8
Lisbon
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
9
Lagos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
10
Evora
— 1 night
11
Coimbra
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
12
Porto
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  14​h 30​min
End: Belo Horizonte

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Thu): take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and then explore the activities along Rio Douro.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Porto tour itinerary website .

Belo Horizonte, Brazil to Porto is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 3 hours traveling from Belo Horizonte to Porto due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Belo Horizonte in October, expect Porto to be slightly colder, temps between 26°C and 15°C. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a bus to Braga.

Things to do in Porto

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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Braga

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.
For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Braga sightseeing app .

You can take a bus from Porto to Braga in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 25°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can take a bus to Porto.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Centro Historico de Guimaraes
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Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga

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Porto

Porto ©
Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, explore the world behind art at Museu Serralves, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then take some stellar pictures from Teleferico de Gaia, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Porto travel itinerary planner.

Getting from Braga to Porto by bus takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train. You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling to Aveiro.

Things to do in Porto

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Teleferico de Gaia
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Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Torre dos Clerigos ©
Torre dos Clerigos

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Aveiro

Aveiro ©
Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. On the 5th (Sat), kick back and relax at Praia da Costa Nova, then take an in-depth tour of Museu de Aveiro, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Aveiro Cathedral.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Aveiro trip builder tool .

Drive from Porto to Aveiro in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. You'll have a few hours on the 6th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Obidos.

Things to do in Aveiro

Beaches Outdoors Museums

Side Trip

Praia da Costa Nova
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Praia da Costa Nova ©
Praia da Costa Nova
Museu de Aveiro ©
Museu de Aveiro

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Obidos

Obidos ©
Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
On the 6th (Sun), don't miss a visit to Obidos Village and then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Óbidos.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Obidos trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Aveiro to Obidos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, daily temperatures in Obidos can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites
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Castelo de Óbidos ©
Castelo de Óbidos
Obidos Village ©
Obidos Village

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Fatima

Fatima ©
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Fatima road trip planning site .

You can drive from Obidos to Fatima in an hour. Other options are to do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. In October in Fatima, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. On the 7th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites
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Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): enjoy the sea views from Cabo da Roca and then enjoy the sand and surf at Guincho Beach. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at Museu de Historia Natural, step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros, and then step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sintra trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Fatima to Sintra takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Sintra are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) early enough to take a bus to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cabo da Roca, Guincho Beach
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Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca

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Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Wed): explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, then take a stroll through Belém Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeronimos Monastery, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Roque. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at National Tile Museum, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, and then take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To find photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon journey planner.

Lisbon is just a short distance from Sintra. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Zoos & Aquariums
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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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.
On the 11th (Fri), visit a coastal fixture at Cape Saint Vincent, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Rocha, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade. On your second day here, explore the galleries of Cerro da Vila and then kick back and relax at Falesia Beach.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lagos trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In October, daytime highs in Lagos are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Saint Vincent, Praia Da Rocha, Falesia Beach, Cerro da Vila
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent

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Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), examine the collection at Museu de Evora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, then explore the ancient world of Almendres Cromlech, and finally examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Megalithica Ebora and then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Evora driving holiday planner.

Drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect slightly colder evenings in Evora when traveling from Lagos in October, with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can go by car to Coimbra.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums Tours
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

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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 15th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Museu Monografico de Conimbriga, contemplate the long history of Portugal dos Pequenitos, contemplate the long history of Quinta das Lagrimas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), and finally examine the collection at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Coimbra online vacation planner .

You can drive from Evora to Coimbra in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, daytime highs in Coimbra are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Museu Monografico de Conimbriga
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Museu Monografico de Conimbriga ©
Museu Monografico de Conimbriga
Portugal dos Pequenitos ©
Portugal dos Pequenitos

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Porto

Porto ©
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): examine the collection at FC Porto Museum, then take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, then explore the world behind art at MMIPO - Museu da Misericordia do Porto, and finally kick back and relax at Praia do Carneiro.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Porto trip maker .

You can take a train from Coimbra to Porto in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Beaches Outdoors Parks
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FC Porto Museum ©
FC Porto Museum
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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