8 days in Portugal Itinerary

8 days in Portugal Itinerary

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8 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
1
Lisbon
— 1 day
bus:  30​min
2
Sintra
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Obidos
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Lamego
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Guimaraes
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
6
Porto
— 1 night
train:  1​h
7
Coimbra
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
8
Fatima
— 1 night
bus:  1​h 30​min
End: Lisbon

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day
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 13th (Fri), observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then wander the streets of Belém Tower, and finally don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon trip itinerary planning website .

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major airport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catcht the bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
On the 14th (Sat), pause for some photo ops at Penedo de Adrenunes, take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira, then explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Nacional de Sintra.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Sintra online route maker .

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. In December, daily temperatures in Sintra can reach 18°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Obidos.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Palacio Nacional de Sintra ©
Palacio Nacional de Sintra

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Obidos

Obidos ©
Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
On the 15th (Sun), explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Óbidos, make a trip to Porta da Senhora da Piedade (Porta da Vila), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santa Maria, then make a trip to Obidos Village, and finally take in the pleasant sights at Rua Direita.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Obidos road trip planning site .

Drive from Sintra to Obidos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lamego.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites
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Castelo de Óbidos ©
Castelo de Óbidos
Obidos Village ©
Obidos Village
Igreja de Santa Maria ©
Igreja de Santa Maria

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Lamego

Lamego ©
Lamego is a city and municipality in the Viseu District, in the Norte Region of the Douro in northern Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): learn about winemaking at Quinta Santa Eufemia, do a tasting at Quinta da Casa Amarela, then do a tasting at Aneto Wines, then explore the world behind art at Museu de Lamego, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Catedral de Lamego.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lamego day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Obidos to Lamego takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Guimaraes.

Things to do in Lamego

Wineries Museums Historic Sites
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Quinta Santa Eufemia ©
Quinta Santa Eufemia
Quinta da Casa Amarela ©
Quinta da Casa Amarela
Aneto Wines ©
Aneto Wines

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Guimaraes

Guimaraes ©
The historical town of Guimarães was the birthplace of the first Portuguese king and served as the country's first capital.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Guimaraes, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then contemplate the long history of Largo da Oliveira, then admire the striking features of Padrao do Salado, and finally don't miss a visit to GUIMARAES.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Guimaraes trip tool .

Traveling by car from Lamego to Guimaraes takes 1.5 hours. In December in Guimaraes, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 8°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Porto.

Things to do in Guimaraes

Historic Sites Fun & Games
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Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira
Room Escape Games
GUIMARAES ©
GUIMARAES

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Porto

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): make a trip to Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, get lost in a book at Livraria Lello, get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto day trip website .

Drive from Guimaraes to Porto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. December in Porto sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Fun & Games Shopping
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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night
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 19th (Thu): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, then make a trip to Praca do Comercio, then take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra, and finally admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico.

For maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Coimbra driving holiday planning website .

You can take a train from Porto to Coimbra in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. December in Coimbra sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Fatima.

Things to do in Coimbra

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

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Fatima

Fatima ©
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. On the 20th (Fri), make a trip to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, browse for treasures at St. Andre Arte Sacra, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela Das Aparicoes, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery, and finally make a trip to Fatima.

For traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Fatima day trip planning site .

You can take a bus from Coimbra to Fatima in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Fatima, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to take a bus back home.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trip

Batalha Monastery
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Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Capela Das Aparicoes ©
Capela Das Aparicoes

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