8 days in Central Portugal & Porto Itinerary

8 days in Central Portugal & Porto Itinerary

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8 days in Central Portugal & Porto Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Train:  1​h 45​min
2
Coimbra
— 1 night
Train:  1​h
3
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

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

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Lisbon. In December in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Alfama ©
Alfama

1
night
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, then steep yourself in history at Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, and finally make a trip to Praca do Comercio.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Coimbra online route builder .

Traveling by train from Lisbon to Coimbra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Coimbra can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Parks Fun & Games Historic Sites
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Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
Praca do Comercio ©
Praca do Comercio
Room Escape Games

3
nights
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.
Porto is known for historic sites, shopping, nightlife, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, make a trip to Liberdade Square, browse the collection at Livraria Lello, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Porto road trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Coimbra to Porto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Walking tours
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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