18 days in Portugal & Madrid Itinerary

18 days in Portugal & Madrid Itinerary

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18 days in Portugal & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Beirut, Lebanon
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Coimbra, Portugal
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
3
Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
4
Madrid, Spain
— 5 nights
Fly:  7 h 15 min
End: Beirut, Lebanon

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, engage your brain at Pavilhao do Conhecimento, examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and get to know the resident critters at Jardim Zoologico.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lisbon day trip planning app.

Beirut, Lebanon to Lisbon is an approximately 9.5- hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of ferry and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Time (EET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 2 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Beirut in November: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 21°C and lows are around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to catch the train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Museums

Side Trips

Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei, Quinta da Regaleira
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Pavilhao do Conhecimento
Pavilhao do Conhecimento

3
nights
Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Coimbra is known for historic sites, nightlife, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: paddle through the water with O Pioneiro do Mondego, see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, stop by Forum Coimbra, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Coimbra trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by train from Lisbon to Coimbra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Coimbra can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Choupal National Forest ©
Choupal National Forest
O Pioneiro do Mondego ©
O Pioneiro do Mondego
Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico

4
nights
Porto, Portugal

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 shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, and browse the collection at Museu Serralves.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Porto vacation builder.

Getting from Coimbra to Porto by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. November in Porto sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 10°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trip

3+ arte
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Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Douro River ©
Douro River
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I

5
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Madrid is known for museums, historic sites, and parks. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Parque del Retiro, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, explore the world behind art at Prado National Museum, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Monasterio de la Encarnacion.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Madrid online trip planner.

You can fly from Porto to Madrid in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Western European Time (WET) to Central European Time (CET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Porto in December; daily highs in Madrid reach 14°C and lows reach 3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Spas Historic Sites
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Parque del Retiro ©
Parque del Retiro
Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
National Archaeological Museum of Spain ©

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