11 days in Portugal Itinerary

11 days in Portugal Itinerary

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11 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Calgary
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Bus:  30​min
2
Sintra
— Few hours
Drive:  30​min
3
Belem
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Sintra
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Monsanto
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Obidos
— 2 nights
7
Obidos
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Cascais
— 1 day
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Calgary

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 11th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Belém Tower and then contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge. On the 12th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take a stroll through Alfama, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, then make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum.

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Lisbon is just a stone's throw from Belem. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can take a bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Alfama ©
Alfama
Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco) ©

few
hours
Sintra

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 10th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Castelo dos Mouros, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Nacional de Sintra, and then step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Sintra trip itinerary planning tool .

Sintra is just a short distance from Lisbon. In May in Sintra, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Belem.

Things to do in Sintra

Outdoors Tours Parks
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2
nights
Belem

Belem ©
On the 10th (Sun), see the interesting displays at National Coach Museum and then admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico Tropical. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind Afonso de Albuquerque Square.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Belem day trip site .

Belem is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Belem

Museums Parks
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National Coach Museum ©
National Coach Museum
Afonso de Albuquerque Square ©
Afonso de Albuquerque Square
Jardim Botanico Tropical ©
Jardim Botanico Tropical

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day
Sintra

Sintra ©
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros, admire the striking features of Palacio Nacional de Sintra, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Quinta da Regaleira.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, read Sintra tour builder site .

Sintra is very close to Belem. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Monsanto.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Palacio Nacional de Sintra ©
Palacio Nacional de Sintra

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night
Monsanto

Monsanto ©
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Penha Garcia and then wander the streets of Historic Village of Monsanto.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Monsanto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sintra to Monsanto takes 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Obidos.

Things to do in Monsanto

Neighborhoods Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Penha Garcia
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Penha Garcia ©
Penha Garcia

2
nights
Obidos

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 14th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Óbidos, and then don't miss a visit to Obidos Village. On the next day, contemplate the long history of Batalha Monastery, then kick back and relax at Praia da Nazare, and then don't miss a visit to Santuario do Senhor Jesus da Pedra.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Obidos attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Monsanto to Obidos takes 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Obidos can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) early enough to travel to Obidos.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia da Nazare, Batalha Monastery, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Obidos Village ©
Obidos Village
Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare

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night
Obidos

Obidos ©
On the 15th (Fri), don't miss a visit to Porta da Senhora da Piedade (Porta da Vila).

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Obidos road trip planner .

Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Cascais.
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day
Cascais

Cascais ©
A mere 32 km (20 mi) from Lisbon, the coastal town of Cascais has a long history of entertaining royals.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Boca do Inferno, go for a walk through Cabo da Roca, then stop by Deja Lu Bookshop, and finally wander the streets of Centro Historico de Cascais.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read Cascais day trip planning tool .

Drive from Obidos to Cascais in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. May in Cascais sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cascais

Neighborhoods Parks Nature

Side Trip

Cabo da Roca
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Centro Historico de Cascais ©
Centro Historico de Cascais
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Boca do Inferno ©
Boca do Inferno

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