31 days in Portugal & Madrid Itinerary

31 days in Portugal & Madrid Itinerary

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31 days in Portugal & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Lisbon, Portugal
Drive:  30​min
1
Sintra, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
2
Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Coimbra, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Nazare, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Fatima, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Serra da Estrela, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
8
Evora, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
9
Cascais, Portugal
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
10
Obidos, Portugal
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  5​h 30​min
11
Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Lisbon, Portugal

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nights
Sintra, Portugal

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira, then view the masterpieces at Sinistra, then stop by SintrArt, and finally enjoy the sea views from Cabo da Roca. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the masterpieces at MU.SA - Museu de Artes de Sintra, explore the historical opulence of Castelo dos Mouros, and then see the interesting displays at NewsMuseum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Sintra travel planning site .

Lisbon to Sintra is an approximately half hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Cabo da Roca
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca

4
nights
Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Jeronimos Monastery and Igreja de Sao Roque. Let the collections at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Carmo Archaeological Museum capture your imagination. The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, wander the streets of Alfama, admire the masterpieces at Museu Colecao Berardo, and make a trip to Rossio Square.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner .

Lisbon is just a stone's throw from Sintra. In January, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
nights
Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Tue): steep yourself in history at Quinta das Lagrimas, then explore the ancient world of Museu Monografico de Conimbriga, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach). Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, then kick back and relax at Praia da Costa Nova, then buy something for everyone on your list at Forum Aveiro, and finally contemplate the long history of Portugal dos Pequenitos.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Coimbra trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Lisbon to Coimbra by train takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Coimbra can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Nazare.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia da Costa Nova, Museu Monografico de Conimbriga, Forum Aveiro, Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach)
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Museu Monografico de Conimbriga ©
Museu Monografico de Conimbriga
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz ©
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz

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nights
Nazare, Portugal

Nazare ©
Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Quinta dos Capuchos and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Alcobaca. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Museu Dr. Joaquim Manso, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de Nazare, then look for gifts at Nazaret, then stroll through Praia da Nazare, and finally examine the collection at Museu Monografico do Barrio.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Nazare visit planner .

Getting from Coimbra to Nazare by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January in Nazare, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. You'll set off for Fatima on the 12th (Sun).

Things to do in Nazare

Museums Historic Sites Beaches

Side Trips

Alcobaca, Museu do Vidro
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Museu Dr. Joaquim Manso ©
Museu Dr. Joaquim Manso
Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré ©
Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré

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Fatima, Portugal

Fatima ©
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. On the 12th (Sun), make a trip to Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima, then make a trip to Batalha Monastery, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Christ. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Museu de Cera, pick up a one of a kind souvenir at St. Andre Arte Sacra, then see the interesting displays at Casa-Estudio Carlos Relvas, and finally learn about winemaking at Fiuza & Bright.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Fatima online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Nazare to Fatima takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In January in Fatima, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Serra da Estrela.

Things to do in Fatima

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Fiuza & Bright, Casa-Estudio Carlos Relvas, Museu de Aguarela de Alfredo Roque Gameiro, Convent of Christ, Casa dos Patudos - Museu de Alpiarca
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Casa-Estudio Carlos Relvas ©
Casa-Estudio Carlos Relvas
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

3
nights
Serra da Estrela, Portugal

Serra da Estrela ©
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Praia Fluvial de Loriga, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Serra da Estrela, and then don't miss a visit to Torre.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Serra da Estrela trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Fatima to Serra da Estrela in 2.5 hours. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Fri) before leaving for Porto.

Things to do in Serra da Estrela

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Castelo Branco, Castelo Novo Castle, Praia Fluvial de Loriga
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Praia Fluvial de Loriga ©
Praia Fluvial de Loriga
Castelo Novo Castle ©
Castelo Novo Castle
Fundacao Manuel Cargaleiro ©
Fundacao Manuel Cargaleiro

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nights
Porto, Portugal

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and then appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular. Here are some ideas for day two: indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto online holiday maker .

Getting from Serra da Estrela to Porto by car takes about 3 hours. January in Porto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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Evora, Portugal

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 20th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, delve into the distant past at Almendres Cromlech, then learn about winemaking at Dona Dorinda, and finally learn about winemaking at Cartuxa - Fundação Eugénio De Almeida. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), examine the collection at Museu de Evora, then do a tasting at Herdade do Esporao, and finally step into the grandiose world of Monsaraz Castle and Walls.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Evora trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Porto to Evora by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and train; or take a train. In January, daytime highs in Evora are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Cascais.

Things to do in Evora

Wineries Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Herdade do Esporao, Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo, Monsaraz Castle and Walls
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

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nights
Cascais, Portugal

Cascais ©
A mere 32 km (20 mi) from Lisbon, the coastal town of Cascais has a long history of entertaining royals.
On the 22nd (Wed), step into the grandiose world of Palacio Seixas and then look for gifts at Zazule. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): visit a coastal fixture at Santa Marta Lighthouse Museum, then see the interesting displays at Museu Condes de Castro, then view the masterpieces at Casa Das Historias - Paula Rego, and finally take a stroll through Centro Historico de Cascais.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Cascais attractions site .

Getting from Evora to Cascais by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Obidos.

Things to do in Cascais

Beaches Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Praia de Carcavelos
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Guincho Beach ©
Guincho Beach
Praia de Carcavelos ©
Praia de Carcavelos
Centro Historico de Cascais ©
Centro Historico de Cascais

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nights
Obidos, Portugal

Obidos ©
Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): kick back and relax at Praia Foz do Arelho, examine the collection at Museu Abilio de Mattos e Silva, and then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Óbidos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Museu Municipal de Obidos, look for gifts at Casa Romantica, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Biologico de Obidos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Tiago Church, and finally do a tasting at Quinta do Casal Branco.

To plan Obidos vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Cascais to Obidos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Obidos can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Praia Foz do Arelho, Quinta do Casal Branco
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Castelo de Óbidos ©
Castelo de Óbidos
Museu Municipal de Obidos ©
Museu Municipal de Obidos
Museu Abilio de Mattos e Silva ©
Museu Abilio de Mattos e Silva

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Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
On the 28th (Tue), admire the masterpieces at Royal Palace of Madrid, browse the eclectic array of goods at Mercado San Miguel, and then see the interesting displays at Prado National Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): wander the streets of Casco Historico de Toledo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral Primada, then explore the world behind art at Church of Santo Tomé, and finally shop like a local with Gran Via.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Madrid trip planner.

Getting from Obidos to Madrid by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Obidos to Madrid due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Obidos in January, things will get little chillier in Madrid: highs are around 12°C and lows about 2°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Toledo
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Royal Palace of Madrid ©
Royal Palace of Madrid
Prado National Museum ©
Prado National Museum
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza ©
Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza

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