17 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Portugal vacation planner

Make it your trip
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Lisbon
— 8 nights
Drive
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Nazare
— 4 nights
Drive
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Coimbra
— 4 nights
Drive

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Lisbon

— 8 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace, &more). There's much more to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and take a stroll through Alfama.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major aiport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nazare.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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Nazare

— 4 nights
Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. Venture out of the city with trips to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima), Batalha Monastery (in Batalha) and Obidos (Obidos Village, Igreja de Santa Maria, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Monte de Sao Bartolomeu, stop by Nazaret - Artesanato e design de Autor, make a trip to O Sitio, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Nazare.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Nazare online attractions planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Nazare in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Nazare

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Coimbra

— 4 nights
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Coimbra: Tomar (Roda do parque do Mouchao & Convento de Cristo). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Coimbra, and walk around Parque Verde do Mondego.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Coimbra online travel route planner.

You can drive from Nazare to Coimbra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In January in Coimbra, expect temperatures between 17°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Parks

Side Trip

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Central Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites
Central Portugal contains some of the most prosperous and densely populated areas in Portugal, as well as thick pine and chestnut forests spread across a series of rugged mountain ranges. Inhabited since well before the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, this part of the country remains best known for its capital Coimbra, which features a historic Old Town retaining much of its medieval look and feel. Beyond the busy regional capital lies Portugal's tranquil countryside, frequently overlooked by foreign visitors despite its ancient sites and hospitable small towns. Along the region's mountainous border with Spain you can tour a series of age-old castles and fortified villages, once the first line of defense against foreign invaders.