19 days in Madrid & Portugal Itinerary

19 days in Madrid & Portugal Itinerary

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19 days in Madrid & Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo, Brazil
Fly:  11​h
1
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Braga, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
3
Porto, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Coimbra, Portugal
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Albufeira, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Aljezur, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Lisbon, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Sao Paulo, Brazil

2
nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Parque Warner Beach as well as Express City Tour. Here are some ideas for day two: cool off at Parque Warner Beach.

To see reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Madrid is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Madrid is 4 hours. When traveling from Sao Paulo in July, plan for much hotter days in Madrid, with highs around 40°C, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel to Braga.

Things to do in Madrid

Theme Parks Tours

Side Trip

Parque Warner Beach
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Parque Warner Beach ©
Parque Warner Beach

1
night
Braga, Portugal

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.
Praca da Republica has been added to your itinerary.

To see where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Braga tour itinerary tool .

Fly from Madrid to Braga in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Madrid to Braga, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Madrid in July; daily highs in Braga reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites Parks
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Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga
Igreja da Conceicao ©
Igreja da Conceicao

3
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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja dos Carmelitas, learn about winemaking at Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge, then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Santa Maria da Feira, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto tour itinerary site .

You can drive from Braga to Porto in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. July in Porto sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Lamego, Castelo de Santa Maria da Feira, Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge
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Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Catedral de Lamego ©
Catedral de Lamego

few
hours
Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
On the 26th (Fri), steep yourself in history at Portugal dos Pequenitos, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), and then contemplate the long history of Sala dos Capelos.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Coimbra vacation app .

Traveling by train from Porto to Coimbra takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In July in Coimbra, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites
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Portugal dos Pequenitos ©
Portugal dos Pequenitos

3
nights
Albufeira, Portugal

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Olhos de Água, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Tres Castelos Beach, learn about winemaking at Quinta dos Vales Wine Estate, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pescadores Beach, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Peneco.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Albufeira visit planning tool .

You can drive from Coimbra to Albufeira in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Coimbra in July: high temperatures in Albufeira hover around 34°C and lows are around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aljezur.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Tres Castelos Beach, Quinta dos Vales Wine Estate, Pescadores Beach, Igreja do Carmo
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Pescadores Beach ©
Pescadores Beach
Praia do Peneco ©
Praia do Peneco
Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo

2
nights
Aljezur, Portugal

Aljezur ©
Aljezur is a municipality in Portugal. On the 29th (Mon), contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sagres, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Saint Vincent, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Monte Clérigo, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Aljezur. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Praia do Amado, then enjoy the sea views from Torre da Aspa, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Amado Beach.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Aljezur trip planner .

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Aljezur takes an hour. In July in Aljezur, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Aljezur

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Sagres, Torre da Aspa, Amado Beach
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Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Fortaleza de Sagres ©
Fortaleza de Sagres
Praia do Monte Clérigo ©
Praia do Monte Clérigo

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nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Attractions like Guincho Beach and Belém Tower make great kid-friendly stops. Your inner history buff will appreciate Palacio Nacional de Mafra and Cabo da Roca. Venture out of the city with trips to Evora (Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), & more), Aldeia da Terra (in Arraiolos) and Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Miradouro da Graca, step into the grandiose world of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, take a stroll through Alfama, and get great views at Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.

For more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Lisbon driving holiday planner .

Drive from Aljezur to Lisbon in 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Aljezur in July since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Evora, Sintra, Palacio Nacional de Mafra, Cabo da Roca, Aldeia da Terra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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