17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal route planner

Plan created by another user. Make it yours
Fly
1
Lisbon
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Sintra
— 1 night
Drive
3
Albufeira
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Evora
— 1 night
Drive
5
Fatima
— 1 night
Drive
6
Coimbra
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Porto
— 2 nights
Drive
8
Braga
— 1 day
Drive
9
Guimaraes
— 1 night
Drive
10
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly
11
Lisbon
— 2 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22

2
nights
Lisbon

City of Seven Hills

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 4th (Tue): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, wander the streets of Bairro Alto, and then wander the streets of Chiado.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Lisbon trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder temperatures when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in January; daily highs in Lisbon reach 17°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods · Tours · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 5:

1
night
Sintra

Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
On the 5th (Wed), explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, admire the landmark architecture of Sintra National Palace, then contemplate the long history of Castelo dos Mouros, and finally look for gifts at MP Loja Gourmet.

Plan my day in Sintra using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Sintra is just a short distance from Lisbon. In January in Sintra, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 5 — 6:

2
nights
Albufeira

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
On the 6th (Thu), stroll through Pescadores Beach, kick back and relax at Praia da Oura, then stroll through Praia da Falesia, then take some stellar pictures from Pau da Bandeira Viewpoint, and finally wander the streets of Centro Historico de Albufeira. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Marinha, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Rocha, and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Town Faro.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read our Albufeira route tool.

Drive from Sintra to Albufeira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Albufeira are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Albufeira

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 6 — 8:

1
night
Evora

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): take in the architecture and design of University of Evora, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and finally delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Evora holiday builder tool.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Evora takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albufeira in January, expect a bit cooler with lows of 6°C in Evora. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 8 — 9:

1
night
Fatima

Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica da Santissima Trindade, then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Leiria, and finally make a trip to Casa De Francisco & Jacinta Marto.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Fatima trip planning app.

You can drive from Evora to Fatima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. January in Fatima sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. On the 10th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Coimbra.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 8 — 10:

2
nights
Coimbra

The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
When in Coimbra, make a side trip to see National Forest of Bussaco in Luso, approximately Luso away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, stroll around Parque Verde do Mondego, don't miss a visit to Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia, and contemplate the long history of Quinta das Lagrimas.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Coimbra online tour itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Fatima to Coimbra takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Coimbra are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 10 — 12:

2
nights
Porto

Unvanquished City

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.
On the 13th (Thu), learn about winemaking at Pocas Vinhos, steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then take a leisurely stroll along Cais da Ribeira, and finally shop like a local with Livraria Lello.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Porto trip maker site.

Getting from Coimbra to Porto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Braga.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Shopping · Parks · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jan 12 — 14:

1
day
Braga

Portuguese Rome

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): take in the spiritual surroundings of Sameiro Sanctuary, get great views at Elevador do Bom Jesus do Monte, walk around Praca da Republica, then don't miss a visit to Arco da Porta Nova, then explore the world behind art at Museu da Imagem, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se de Braga.

For ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Braga trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from Porto to Braga in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Braga, expect temperatures between 16°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping · Museums
Find places to stay Jan 13 — 14:

1
night
Guimaraes

Birthplace of the Portuguese Nationality

The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, get to know the fascinating history of Largo da Oliveira, then don't miss a visit to Praca de S. Tiago, and finally make a trip to Estatua de D. Afonso Henriques.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Guimaraes vacation planner.

Guimaraes is just a stone's throw from Braga. In January, daytime highs in Guimaraes are 16°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Porto.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 14 — 15:
Highlights from your trip

2
nights
Porto

Unvanquished City

Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos, then admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, then make a trip to Liberdade Square, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Porto using our trip planner.

Getting from Guimaraes to Porto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites
Find places to stay Jan 15 — 17:

2
nights
Lisbon

City of Seven Hills

Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, then make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: visit Alfama, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then make a trip to Belém Tower, and finally pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To find out how to plan a trip to Lisbon, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Tours · Parks · Neighborhoods
Find places to stay Jan 17 — 19:

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.