17 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Portugal journey maker

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Lisbon
— 8 nights
Drive
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Nazare
— 3 nights
Drive
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Coimbra
— 3 nights
Drive
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Fatima
— 2 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.
Get some cultural insight at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Centro Historico de Sintra, Quinta da Regaleira, &more). There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, visit Alfama, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and wander the streets of Bairro Alto.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner.

If you are flying in from Spain, the closest major aiport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Nazare.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Tours

Side Trip

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Nazare

— 3 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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelo de Óbidos and Ermida da Memoria. Step out of Nazare to go to Obidos and see Obidos Village, which is approximately 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take some stellar pictures from Monte de Sao Bartolomeu, look for gifts at Nazaret - Artesanato e design de Autor, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Nazare, and make a trip to O Sitio.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nazare trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Nazare takes 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 26th (Tue) early enough to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Nazare

Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 23 — 26:

Coimbra

— 3 nights
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
University of Coimbra and Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. And it doesn't end there: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico, don't miss a visit to Praca Oito de Maio, take in the pleasant sights at Rua Ferreira Borges, and stroll around Parque Verde do Mondego.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Coimbra itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nazare to Coimbra takes 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 29th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Parks · Shopping
Find places to stay Jan 26 — 29:

Fatima

— 2 nights
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capelas Imperfeitas, don't miss a visit to Batalha Monastery, look for gifts at Casa Trovao, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela Das Aparicoes, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica da Santissima Trindade, and finally make a trip to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima. On the 31st (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Janela do Capitulo, pause for some serene contemplation at Convento de Cristo, and then see the interesting displays at Museu dos Fosforos.

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You can drive from Coimbra to Fatima in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sun) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites · Shopping · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Jan 29 — 31:

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.