17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Porto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Coimbra
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Albufeira
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Lisbon
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

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, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, stroll around Museu Serralves, indulge your taste buds at Food & Drink, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Porto travel route builder tool .

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Porto is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a 3 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rio de Janeiro in May: high temperatures in Porto hover around 23°C and lows are around 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Get out of town with these interesting Coimbra side-trips: Convent of Christ (in Tomar) and Nazare (Miradouro do Suberco, Monte de Sao Bartolomeu, & more). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico, take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of St Michael.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Coimbra trip planner.

You can take a train from Porto to Coimbra in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 24°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nazare, Convent of Christ
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
Praca do Comercio ©
Praca do Comercio

3
nights
Albufeira

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Venture out of the city with trips to Lagos (Ponta Da Piedale & Church of St. Anthony (Igreja de Santo Antonio)), Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres) and Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (in Lagoa). There's lots more to do: get in on the family fun at Zoomarine Algarve, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pescadores Beach, have some family-friendly fun at Hot Wheels Raceway, and enjoy the sand and surf at Algarve.

To find maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Albufeira route planner.

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. Traveling from Coimbra in May, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Albufeira, with lows around 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Lagos, Olhao, Pescadores Beach, Cape Saint Vincent, Canastra
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale

6
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Palacio Nacional de Sintra, Quinta da Regaleira, & more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Belém Tower, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Albufeira to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albufeira in May, plan for little chillier nights in Lisbon, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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