17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal trip itinerary planner

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Fly
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Albufeira
— 1 day
Drive
2
Portimao
— 2 nights
Fly to Cascais Municipal Aerodrome, Taxi to Sintra
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Sintra
— 1 night
Drive
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Lisbon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Evora
— 2 nights
Drive
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Marvao
— 1 night
Drive
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Obidos
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coimbra
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porto
— 2 nights
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Albufeira

— 1 day

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): work off some steam at Garden Spa and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Albufeira trip itinerary site.

Cardiff, UK to Albufeira is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Cardiff in September, with highs in Albufeira at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Portimao.

Things to do in Albufeira

Tours · Outdoors · Spas
Find places to stay Sep 3 — 4:

Portimao

— 2 nights
Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Meia Praia, then take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Da Rocha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: relax and rejuvenate at Agni Way Yoga & Massage, explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, and finally take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Portimao visit planning app.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Portimao takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Portimao sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Sintra.

Things to do in Portimao

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 5:

Sintra

— 1 night
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 6th (Mon): admire the striking features of Quinta da Regaleira, then stop by Maria Madrugas, then explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, and finally make a trip to Cabo da Roca.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Sintra trip maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Portimao to Sintra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 5 — 6:

Lisbon

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

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, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, take a stroll through Alfama, indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour, and make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

To see ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon holiday maker tool.

Lisbon is just a stone's throw from Sintra. In September, daytime highs in Lisbon are 32°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours · Museums · Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Sep 6 — 10:

Evora

— 2 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 11th (Sat), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), then pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), and finally examine the collection at Museu Nacional Frei Manuel do Cenaculo. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Evora, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, and then contemplate the long history of Muralhas de Evora.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Evora trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In September in Evora, expect temperatures between 35°C during the day and 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Marvao.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Tours · Museums
Find places to stay Sep 10 — 12:

Marvao

— 1 night
Marvão is a municipality in Portalegre District in Portugal. On the 13th (Mon), make a trip to Aglomerado urbano Intra-muros, then don't miss a visit to Portas Ogivais Medievais, then admire the striking features of Casa Amarela, and finally explore the historical opulence of Judiaria de Castelo de Vide.

To find photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Marvao trip planner.

You can drive from Evora to Marvao in 2 hours. Traveling from Evora to Marvao, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Mon) early enough to travel to Obidos.

Things to do in Marvao

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 12 — 13:
Highlights from your trip

Obidos

— 2 nights

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Tue): make a trip to Forte de Sao Miguel, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Nazare, and finally don't miss a visit to Santuario do Senhor Jesus da Pedra. On the next day, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Norte, don't miss a visit to O Sitio, then take some stellar pictures from Miradouro do Suberco, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ermida da Memoria, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Obidos trip itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Marvao to Obidos by car takes about 2.5 hours. The time zone changes from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. In September in Obidos, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Coimbra.

Things to do in Obidos

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 15:

Coimbra

— 2 nights
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
On the 16th (Thu), indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico, and then enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Coimbra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela de Sao Miguel, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), then see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, and finally admire the striking features of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Coimbra trip itinerary app.

You can drive from Obidos to Coimbra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Coimbra can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

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

Porto

— 2 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sat): get the lay of the land with Walking tours, contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bolsa, then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Sun): savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto trip planner.

You can drive from Coimbra to Porto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Porto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Sep 17 — 19:

Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.