15 days in Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Portugal Itinerary

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15 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10​h
1
Porto
— 3 nights
train:  2​h
2
Coimbra
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Cascais
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Sagres
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Albufeira
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Lisbon
— 2 nights
End: Lisbon

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): explore the activities along Rio Douro. Here are some ideas for day two: go for a stroll along the water at Cais da Ribeira, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa, then don't miss a visit to Jardim da Rotunda da Boavista, and finally steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Porto day trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Porto is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Toronto to Porto, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Porto, with lows of 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can catch the train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Nature
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I

1
night
Coimbra

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 25th (Tue): take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra.

For maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Coimbra trip itinerary builder site .

Getting from Porto to Coimbra by train takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Coimbra are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to drive to Cascais.
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University of Coimbra ©
University of Coimbra

3
nights
Cascais

Cascais ©
A mere 32 km (20 mi) from Lisbon, the coastal town of Cascais has a long history of entertaining royals.
Take a break from Cascais with a short trip to Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra, about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira, explore the striking landscape at Boca do Inferno, take a stroll through Centro Historico de Cascais, and admire the striking features of Palacio Nacional de Sintra.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Cascais trip itinerary tool .

Drive from Coimbra to Cascais in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. While traveling from Coimbra, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Cascais, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Sagres.

Things to do in Cascais

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Boca do Inferno ©
Boca do Inferno
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

1
night
Sagres

Sagres ©
Though the town of Sagres has roots in the Portuguese Age of Discovery, it is better known by visitors as a peaceful, rugged resort spot with great surfing beaches.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): make a trip to Cape Saint Vincent and then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sagres.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, go to the Sagres trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Cascais to Sagres in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Sagres

Historic Sites
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Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Fortaleza de Sagres ©
Fortaleza de Sagres

4
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Go for a jaunt from Albufeira to Praia da Rocha to see Praia Da Rocha about 42 minutes away. Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 3rd (Thu) at Aqualand Algarve. Next up on the itinerary: add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, cool off at Slide & Splash - Water Slide Park, and kick back and relax at Praia Sao Rafael.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Albufeira trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Sagres to Albufeira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, daily temperatures in Albufeira can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Albufeira

Theme Parks Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Aquashow Park, Aqualand Algarve, Praia Da Rocha, Slide & Splash - Water Slide Park
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Slide & Splash - Water Slide Park ©
Slide & Splash - Water Slide Park
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Kayaking & Canoeing

2
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Elevador de Santa Justa as well as Castelo de S. Jorge. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge and then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip planner .

Getting from Albufeira to Lisbon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods Historic Sites
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Bairro Alto ©
Bairro Alto
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Elevador de Santa Justa ©
Elevador de Santa Justa

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