20 days in Portugal & Santiago de Compostela Itinerary

20 days in Portugal & Santiago de Compostela Itinerary

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20 days in Portugal & Santiago de Compostela Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Evora, Portugal
— 3 nights
3
Fatima, Portugal
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Coimbra, Portugal
— 2 nights
5
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Porto, Portugal
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Tile Museum and Belém Tower. Let the collections at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Carmo Archaeological Museum capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Castelo dos Mouros, & more). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, examine the collection at Fundacao Jose Saramago, and take a stroll through Bairro Alto.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon tour itinerary builder site .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Lisbon is 3 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in September since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo and Megalithica Ebora will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museu de Evora and Forum Eugenio de Almeida. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), see the interesting displays at Aldeia da Terra, and make a trip to Centro Historico de Evora.

Plan trip to Evora with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can take a train from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; 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 9th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Evora

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Museu de Evora ©
Museu de Evora

1
night
Fatima, Portugal

Fatima ©
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. On the 10th (Tue), explore the world behind art at Museu de Aguarela de Alfredo Roque Gameiro, see the interesting displays at Centro de Interpretação da Batalha de Aljubarrota, take in the spiritual surroundings of Batalha Monastery, then examine the collection at Museu de Cera, and finally don't miss a visit to Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read Fatima road trip website .

Traveling by car from Evora to Fatima takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Evora in September, you will find days in Fatima are slightly colder (28°C), and nights are about the same (16°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Coimbra.

Things to do in Fatima

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Batalha, Museu de Aguarela de Alfredo Roque Gameiro
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Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

2
nights
Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
On the 11th (Wed), examine the collection at Cience Museum, then examine the collection at Museu Academico / Academic Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museu da Santa Casa da Misericordia de Coimbra, and finally examine the collection at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro. On the next day, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Coimbra, get curious at Exploratorio - Centro Ciencia Viva de Coimbra, and then see the interesting displays at Prisao Academica.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Coimbra trip planner .

Traveling by car from Fatima to Coimbra takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Coimbra can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Santiago de Compostela.

Things to do in Coimbra

Museums Childrens Museums
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Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro ©
Museu da Ciencia ©
Museu da Ciencia

3
nights
Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Santiago de Compostela ©
As the site of the sacred cathedral that marks the end of the pilgrimage route of the famous St.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and Museo das Peregrinacións. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museo Catedralicio and Museo do Pobo Galego. There's still lots to do: examine the collection at Museo Casa de la Troya, pause for some serene contemplation at Capilla de San Marcos, grab your bike and head to Vista Galicia - Day Tours, and contemplate the long history of Convento, igreja e colegio das Orfas.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Santiago de Compostela trip planner.

Traveling by car from Coimbra to Santiago de Compostela takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Coimbra to Santiago de Compostela. In September, daytime highs in Santiago de Compostela are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Porto.

Things to do in Santiago de Compostela

Museums Parks Outdoors
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Museo do Pobo Galego ©
Museo do Pobo Galego
Cathedral De Santiago de Compostela ©
Museo Casa de la Troya ©
Museo Casa de la Troya

5
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museu Serralves and Palacio da Bolsa. You'll explore and learn at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis and FC Porto Museum. Dedicate the 18th (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, learn about all things military at Museu Militar Do Porto, examine the collection at Centro Portugues de Fotografia, and get a new perspective on nature at Galeria da Biodiversidade.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Santiago de Compostela to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. In September, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. On the 20th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Museums Tours Historic Sites
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Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis ©
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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