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The Only 10 Days in Portugal Itinerary You Need

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Portugal is a beautiful country with a rich history and culture. From its stunning beaches to its vibrant cities, there is so much to explore. This 10 days in Portugal itinerary will help you make the most of your trip. 

And we have included not one, but three samples to inspire you!

10 days in Portugal Itinerary: Lisbon, Porto, and Beyond (3 samples)

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Portugal is a country of great diversity and culture, and there’s so much to see and do in the country that it can be tough to know where to start. 

That’s why we’ve put together this perfect 10-day itinerary for exploring Portugal, taking in all the must-see sights and experiences. 

Girl in Bairro Alto, exploring Lisbon in a day
Lisbon Portugal

Here is a snapshot of the three 10 day itineraries, 

Lisbon, Porto, and the north: 10 day Portugal itinerary (Sample 1)

  • Day 1 – 3: Lisbon and Sintra day trip
  • Day 4 – 6: Porto, with a stop in Coimbra
  • Day 7: Douro Valley wine tour
  • Day 8: Braga day trip
  • Day 9: Guimaraes day trip
  • Day 10: Aveiro and Costa Nova

Porto, Lisbon, and nearby: Central Portugal itinerary 10 days (Sample 2)

  • Day 1: Travel to Lisbon, and then take the train from Oriente station to Porto on the same day. Use high-speed Alfa Pendular bullet trains.
  • Day 2 – 3: Explore Porto for the next 2 full days. 
  • Day 4: Start for Lisbon from Porto, with a stop in Coimbra. 
  • Day 5 – 6: Lisbon (explore for 2 full days)
  • Day 7: Sintra day trip
  • Day 8: Evora day trip
  • Day 9: Obidos day trip
  • Day 10: Fatima day trip (with Batalha and Nazare, optional)

Lisbon, Porto, and Lagos: Portugal 10 day itinerary (Sample 3)

  • Day 1: Travel to Lisbon, and then take the train from Oriente station to Porto on the same day. Use high speed Alfa Pendular bullet trains.
  • Day 2 – 3: Explore Porto for the next 2 full days. 
  • Day 4: Start for Lisbon from Porto, with a stop in Coimbra. 
  • Day 5 – 6: Lisbon (explore for 2 full days)
  • Day 7: Sintra day trip
  • Day 8: Travel to Lagos, Algarve from Lisbon
  • Day 9: Lagos 
  • Day 10: Return to Lisbon by evening. 

Read: 8 day Portugal itinerary | 2 weeks in Portugal itinerary

Planning for your trip to Portugal Travel Tips: Arrival, road trip, trains, and tours

Getting to Portugal: Lisbon Airport

When flying from North America or outside of the European continent, Lisbon Airport is your best option to enter the country. The airport is the main hub of TAP Portugal.

Lisbon Portela Airport

Also known as Portela Airport, it is located 7 km (4.3 miles) from the city center. There are many ways to get to the heart of Lisbon,

  • Metro: You can get to the city centre by metro. It is located right outside the airport (underground). You can either pay for the ride using a Viva Viagem or Lisbon Card (Lisbon Card includes all metro rides – to the city, and airport as well)
  • Aerobus: This is a convenient option (if carrying a lot of luggage). You can pay for it at the bus station or online. With the Lisbon Card, you can get a 25% discount. 
  • Car rental: You can reserve and pick up a car rental from the Lisbon Airport. Select from Europcar, Guerin, Avis, etc.
  • Private transfer/taxi: Taxis are also an option. I have booked via GetYourGuide and they are always handy for early morning flights from Lisbon. Or if you are traveling as a big group or carrying a lot of luggage. 
  • Alternatively, Uber is also an option in Portugal. 

Once in Lisbon, you can connect to other cities by trains (including high-speed trains). The station located close to the Lisbon airport is Oriente, and the one near/in the city centre is Santa Apolonia station. 

Oriente Train Station Lisbon
Oriente Train Station in Lisbon

When connecting via intercity trains, do pay attention to the departing and arriving stations. 

Getting around Portugal 

There are a few different options for getting around Portugal. The most common and convenient option is to rent a car. This will give you the freedom to explore at your own pace. 

But we have traveled throughout Portugal without renting a car. We used a combination of buses, trains, and day tours, and it has been completely fine!

Getting around in Lisbon: 10 day Portugal itinerary

If you’re visiting Portugal’s cities, you can get around by foot or by using the public transportation system, which includes buses, trams, and trains. Lisbon also has a hop-on and hop-off tourist bus that stops at all of the major sights.

For getting around the islands, you can take ferries between the different islands.

Sightseeing in Lisbon

We have included both Lisbon and Porto on all of the itinerary samples, and buying transport + attractions in each city is worth it.

  • Lisbon Card: Perfect for transportation rides, museum pass, and discounted attractions tickets. Click to view
  • Porto Card: It includes transport rides and up to 50% off on most attractions. Click to view

We will share 3 suggested itinerary samples below, with hotel and tour recommendations. You will also find the road trip duration for each stop. 

From Lisbon, Porto, and the north: Discover Portugal in 10 days for culture lovers (Sample 1)

In this 10 day Portugal itinerary, plan to arrive in Lisbon and stay there for 3 days. The remainder of the trip will be spent in Porto (with overnight stays). Keeping Porto as a base you can explore northern Portugal! 

Read: 3 days in Lisbon itinerary

Day 1 of 10 day Portugal itinerary: Arrive in Lisbon

Welcome to Portugal! After you arrive in Lisbon, get settled into your accommodation and explore the city. 

Hotel Recommendations: Where to stay in Lisbon

We recommend staying at a central location like Chiado or Bairro Alto, so that you are within walking distance to attractions, and restaurants

View from the apartment in Bairro Alto
  • Hotel do Chiado: This luxury hotel overlooks the Tagus River and is a 5-minute walk from the bustling Rossio Square and Castelo de São Jorge. You can soak in the city and river views from their terrace. Book your stay here
  • Lisbon Core Apartments: I stayed at the Lisbon Core Apartment when traveling solo, and loved it. The apartment was spacious and also had a nice living space, kitchen, and a small balcony. The location is Bairro Alto, and there are tons of restaurants and bars within walking distance. Check rooms and availability here
  • LX Boutique Hotel: Another property in the city centre, this affordable boutique hotel is located in the Cais do Sodre neighborhood (near the TimeOut Market and Pink Street). The property also has a restaurant on-site. Book your stay here
  • Read: Best Lisbon hotels with rooftop pools

On day one of your Portugal itinerary, start with a walk through central Lisbon to get oriented, then visit some of the city’s iconic landmarks like St. George’s Castle and the Lisbon Cathedral. 

Girl at the Lisbon Cathedral
Lisbon Cathedral

We recommend going on a history walking tour (that includes a ride on Tram 28) and covers various attractions from Baixa, Chiado to Alfama neighbhourhoods and viewpoints such as Miradouro São Pedro de Alcântara, and Miradouro das Portas do Sol. 

Book: Essentials History Tour

If you do not like to walk, this private TukTuk tour is a great option. You can ride the hills of Lisbon with ease and stop at attractions you like, rest or take photos. 

Book: Private TukTuk Tour

Lisbon Tuk Tuk Tour

In both these tours, the following areas are covered,

  • Carmo convent and church: The ruins of Carmo Convent in Lisbon are one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. The convent was destroyed in the 1755 earthquake and never rebuilt, but its impressive arches and vaults remain. The Carmo Convent is a great place to learn about Lisbon’s history and see some of the city’s best views.
  • Santa Justa elevator: The Santa Justa Lift is located near the Carmo Convent, and connects the lower and upper levels of Lisbon! You can ride the lift for free when you purchase the Lisboa Card, or just admire the views from the nearby terrace. This neo-gothic elevator is not to be missed!
  • Lisbon Cathedral: Lisbon Cathedral, also known as the Sé de Lisboa, is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Lisbon, Portugal. The cathedral is the see of the Archbishop of Lisbon. It is the oldest church in the city and one of the oldest cathedrals in Portugal. The cathedral was built in 1147 to replace an earlier church that had been destroyed by an earthquake. 
Praca do Commercio
  • Praça do Comércio: This is a large public square in Lisbon, offering views of the Tagus River and surrounded by historical statues and buildings including the Lisbon City Museum. Arco Rua Augusta is also located nearby (you will walk through it to get to the square)
  • São Jorge Castle: The castle is a stop on the TukTuk tour only. This is a Moorish castle, which dates back to the 11th century. It was built to defend the city from invaders. Today, it is one of Lisbon’s most popular tourist attractions. The castle offers sweeping views of the city and the river. 
Join a cooking class in Lisbon

In the afternoon, you can either join a cooking class (learn to make pastel di nata) or food tour! Another option is to just wander the city centre area, and then hang out at the TimeOut Market and Pink Street.

In the evening, enjoy a fado show in Chiado, followed up by dinner and drinks in Bairro Alto.

Day 2 of 10 day Portugal itinerary: Explore Belem

Explore attractions in Belem on day 2 of the Portugal itinerary. Visit the Jeronimos Monastery, Maritime Museum, Belem Tower, and the Coach Museum. 

While you are in the area, we also recommend hanging out at the trendy LX Factory!

Inside LX Factory: 10 day Portugal itinerary

Getting to Belem

  • Tour: There are hop on and hop off tours that take you to Belem
  • Train: You can also take the train from Rossio Station to get to Belem (takes 40 minutes). Or take tram 15
  • Road trip: Drive to Belem is about 20 minutes (10 km or 6.2 miles)

The first attraction that you will see is the April 25 Bridge. Also known as the 25 de Abril Bridge, is a suspension bridge that spans the Tagus River in Lisbon. The bridge was built to connect Lisbon with the city of Almada on the other side of the river. 

25 April Bridge from Belem
25 April Bridge from Belem

The bridge was inaugurated on August 6, 1966, and is named for the date of the Carnation Revolution, when Portugal’s military dictatorship was overthrown.

You can also view the bridge from Torre de Belem. The Tower of Belém is a fortified tower located in the civil parish of Santa Maria de Belém in the municipality of Lisbon. 

The tower was built in the early 16th century to defend the city from attacks by pirates and privateers. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Belem Tower

The tower is one of Lisbon’s most recognizable landmarks and is one of the symbols of the city.

You can see the tower from outside, or visit the tower complex with an entry fee

The Jerónimos Monastery is a former monastery, which is a must see in Belem. This site gets very busy, so we recommend visiting it in the morning when it opens, if possible. 

Set aside 1-2 hours for exploring the site along with some wait time (queues). 

The monastery was a site of pilgrimage and a center of learning. The monastery was closed in 1833 and its buildings were used for a variety of purposes, including a naval academy and a museum. 

Today, the monastery is known for its beautiful architecture and for its role in the history of Portugal. 

You can tour the monastery’s church, cloisters, and other buildings. The monastery also houses a museum with exhibits on the history of the monastery. 

The Jerónimos Monastery is one of Lisbon’s most popular tourist attractions. Book your entry tickets here (entry is free with Lisbon Card). 

For lunch (or a nice meal) make your way to the LX Factory. LX Factory is a creative hub in Lisbon. It is home to a number of businesses, including restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries, and is built on a converted warehouse. 

Cafes at the LX Factory Lisbon

LX Factory is a great place to explore Lisbon’s creative side, eat and checkout some quirky creations. Here is our detailed guide and experience of LX Factory Lisbon

Next, check out the Age of Discoveries Monument. Also known as Padrão dos Descobrimentos, this monument commemorates the Portuguese Age of Discovery from the 15th and 16th centuries. 

It was built in 1940 for the World Fair, and is stunningly located on the banks of the River Tagus. 

Monument to the Discoveries - Lisbon photography spots
Monument of Discoveries

In the evening, enjoy a lovely sunset cruise. You can walk from the Age of Discoveries Monument to get to the meeting point. 

We recommend this cruise that includes drinks and snacks. This cruise lasts 2 hours, and starts late in the evening (06:45 pm for sunset, or 09:15 pm for the night time cruise). You can book the cruise here

Day 3 of Portugal 10 day itinerary: Day trip to Sintra

Head out of Lisbon to the town of Sintra. You can go on a day tour from Lisbon to Sintra and Cascais, or take public transport. 

Pena Palace

The town centre of Sintra is located in the Sintra Municipality in Portugal. The town is a popular tourist destination due to its proximity to Lisbon and its many tourist attractions. 

The town centre has a variety of shops, restaurants, and hotels. 

Getting to Sintra from Lisbon

  • Day tour: There is a recommended day tour to Sintra from Lisbon
  • Road trip: Driving takes 30 minutes (30 km or 18.6 miles). Parking is a hassle sometimes in the peak summer months (so we recommend a tour or train instead)
  • Trains: Trains run from Rossio Station at the Lisbon city centre to Sintra (same like Belem). It takes 40 minutes to get there. Once you arrive in Sintra, it is a short walk to the town centre. 
  • Because Sintra’s attractions are located on a hill, we recommend getting a hop on and hop off style bus ticket to visit all the sites on a short day trip. Buses are available from the centre.

In Sintra, explore the town’s fairytale castle, set atop a hill with sweeping views of the surrounding countryside. 

Girl at the Pena Palace Sintra
View of the Pena Palace

Visit the Pena Palace, Quinta da Regaleira and Moorish Castle. In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore the town centre. 

We have a detailed guide to exploring Sintra on a day trip from Lisbon

The Sintra National Palace is a palace located near the town centre of Sintra.  The palace in its current form, dates back to the 15th century (but could be 10 or 11th century site), and is one of the best-preserved medieval palaces in Portugal. 

Today it houses a museum in a historic house setting. Entry fee applies. 

Pena Palace is one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal. It was built in the 19th century in the Romantic style. The palace includes the Cultural Landscape of Sintra, and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. 

Pena Palace and Park
Pena Palace Sintra

There is an entry fee to enter and explore the Pena Palace. All of the guided day tours include a visit to the palace interiors. 

The adjacent gardens at the Pena Palace gardens are also worth visiting. 

Up next is the Quinta da Regaleira, a 19th century country estate with a palace, a chapel, and gardens. This site is well known for its Initiation wells which makes for great photos! Entry fee applies! You can also book a half day tour of Pena Palace and Quinta da Regaleira only here

quinta da regaleira well
Quinta da Regaleira Well

Moorish Castle is another must visit attraction in Sintra. The castle was built in the 8th century by the Moors. It is one of the best-preserved Moorish castles in Portugal. 

Note that day tours do not include a stop at the Moorish Castle here, instead they cover the small town of Cascais and Cabo da Roca, the western most point of the European continent. 

Cascais is a town located on the Portuguese Riviera. Cascais is a popular tourist destination for its beaches, golf courses, and casinos. The town is also known for its art galleries, museums, and restaurants.

Girl in Cascais beach town
Cascais, pretty beach town

Day 4 of Portugal 10 day itinerary: Travel to Porto with a stop in Coimbra (optional)

On day 4, travel north to Portugal’s second-largest city, Porto. The city is located on the Douro River. 

Porto is a major tourist destination for its wine, port wine cellars, and bridges. The city is also known for its Gothic churches, castles, and cathedrals.

View of Porto from Luis I Bridge

You can drive, or take a high-speed Alfa Pendular bullet train to get there. 

Getting to Porto from Lisbon with a stop in Coimbra

  • Road trip: Driving takes 3 hours, one way. You can stop at Coimbra, Aviero and Costa Nova as well along this route 
  • Trains to Porto (without stopping in Coimbra): Trains run from Oriente and Santa Apolonia train stations in Lisbon to Porto Campanha station. High-speed Alfa Pendular bullet train takes 2.50 hours to get there.
  • To make a stop in Coimbra, you have to buy 2 tickets – Lisbon to Coimbra, and then Coimbra to Porto. You can store luggage at the train station in Coimbra. 

In Coimbra, spend a few hours exploring the University of Coimbra, one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious universities. 

Then, explore the city’s Old Town, with its narrow streets and medieval buildings. In the afternoon, visit the Santa Cruz Monastery and the Botanical Garden.

Return to Porto by evening. 

Where to stay in Porto? 

Porto, as a city is super compact. Staying at a central location will allow you to various attractions with ease. Here are some hotels to consider

View from Oporto Street Miragaia Riverside Suites

Check in to your hotel, and head out for a hearty Francesinha sandwich!

Day 5 of Portugal itinerary 10 days: Explore Porto

Today you have a full day of sightseeing in Porto. 

Start your day with a walking tour of the city’s historic center, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Blue tiles at the Sao Bento train station
Sao Bento train

Then, visit some of Porto’s most iconic landmarks, like the Porto Cathedral, São Bento train station and the Clérigos Tower. 

To make the most of your visit, you can hop on a TukTuk to check out all the prime city attractions. 

Girl enjoying a Tuk Tuk tour in Porto
Porto Tuk Tuk Tour

Tours last for 2 hours (and you can choose from a morning, afternoon, evening or a special sunset tour), and it is a great way to get acquainted with the new city. 

During the day, you can explore the following,

  • Porto Cathedral: Porto Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Porto. The cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Porto. It is one of the city’s most important Romanesque monuments. The cathedral was built in the 12th century and is a must-see for anyone visiting the city. The cathedral’s interior is decorated with beautiful paintings and azulejo tiles. The views from the top of the cathedral are also not to be missed.
  • Clerigos Tower: Torre dos Clérigos is a Baroque church bell tower in Porto. It is 76 meters tall and has 240 steps. You can climb the top of the tower for views (entry fee here). The tower is one of the symbols of the city. 
Clerigos Church and tower
  • São Bento Train Station: This is a railway station in Porto, known for its art nouveau interiors, with over 22,000 azulejos tiles. The station was opened in 1916 and is currently used by commuter and regional trains. 
  • Igreja de Santo Ildefonso: This is an 18th century church located at the city centre.
  • Ponte Dom Luís I: This is the iconic bridge in Porto that spans the Douro River and connects the city’s center to Vila Nova de Gaia. The bridge was built in 1886 and is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Ponte Dom Luís I is a must-see for anyone visiting Porto. The bridge is also a popular spot for photos. 

For the later part of the day, you can hang out at the Santa Catarina Shopping Street

Or soak in the views of Porto from one of its miradouros such as Jardim do Morro, Miradouro da Serra do Pilar or Crystal Palace gardens!

Day 6 of Portugal itinerary 10 days: Explore more of Porto + Gaia 

Spend another day exploring Porto. Visit the Livraria Lello Bookshop, Palacio da Bolsa, then enjoy some free time in the afternoon head to Gaia for a wine cellar tour, followed by a sightseeing cruise on the Douro River. 

Bolsa Palace

Livraria Lello is first on today’s Porto itinerary. This bookshop is often associated with Harry Potter. It is one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions, and it is normal to see a huge line-up in front of the store.

The shop is known for its beautiful interior which was designed by architect Francisco Xavier Esteves. You do need a ticket to enter the store to see/buy books. 

Livraria Lello

Here is a detailed guide to visiting Livraria Lello Harry Potter bookstore!

A short walk from Livraria Lello is Igreja do Carmo. This site has 2 churches and is known for azulejos tiles (on its side facade). 

Girl in Porto with the view of azulejos tiles
Igreja do Carmo
Igreja do Carmo

From the Rua das Carmelitas, make your way to the Bolsa Palace. Bolsa Palace or Palacio de la Bolsa de Oporto is a 19th-century building that was built as a stock exchange office. It houses the city’s chamber of commerce. 

The exterior of the palace is decorated in neoclassical style, and the interiors are equally impressive, with its marble staircases and gorgeous artwork on the ceilings. 

The Arab Room is one of the most stunning ones of all. You have to pay for a guided tour to enter the palace and learn about its history. You can book a tour here 

Located very close to the Porto Stock Exchange Palace is the Monument Church Of St Francis or Igreja Monumento de São Francisco

This is a baroque church dating back to the 12th century and is one of the city’s most important religious buildings. 

St Francis Church

The exterior of the church looks like any other Gothic structure, but it is the interiors that takes the cake. The interiors are filled with stunning gold work and paintings that are a must see!

In the afternoon, head to Ribeira. 

View of colorful Ribeira
View of colorful Ribeira

Ribeira is a beautiful promenade in Porto, Portugal. It is located on the banks of the Douro River. 

The spot is a popular tourist destination for its views of the river and the city’s bridges. Ribeira is also home to a number of restaurants and cafes.

You can take a cruise down the Douro River for views of the city’s bridges and riverside neighborhoods. 

Known as the 6 Bridges tour, this cruise is for an hour (50 minutes in the water) and is done in a traditional boat. You get to learn about the history of Porto, and see its many bridges. 

This is also a perfect way to take pictures of both Porto and Gaia with a different perspective! You can check availability here

After the tour, walk across the Dom Luís I Bridge, enjoying the views of the Douro river. Once you are in Gaia, pick a wine cave for a cellar tour.

Graham’s Port Lodge
Burmester wine tasting
Burmester Wine Tasting

Here are a few options for you,

Enjoy a walk along the promenade in Gaia after the wine tasting. You will find the BEST and the PRETTIEST views of Porto from here. 

Stay here until the evening, and enjoy views of the city lit up at night. This is a good time to get back to Porto, and enjoy Ribeira. 

Dine, or just grab a few drinks, before calling it a day. 

Day 7 of 10 days in Portugal itinerary : Douro Valley Wine Tour

Head out of Porto today and into the Douro Valley to try some famous port wine. This scenic region is known for its terraced vineyards and wineries, and rolling hills! 

We recommend joining a tour (instead of driving there yourself), this will allow you to enjoy the day with wine samplings and a river cruise down the Douro River. 

Most tours will also include a lunch at a local vineyard, along with round trip transportation.

From Porto: Douro Valley w/ Boat Tour, Wine Tasting & Lunch

Day 8 of 10 days in Portugal itinerary: Day trip to Braga

Today, travel to the city of Braga. Braga is a city located in northwestern Portugal, on the banks of the River Minho. 

Braga is one of the oldest cities in Portugal and has been inhabited since the Roman times. The city was an important center of Christianity during the Middle Ages. 

Girl at the Braga Bom Jesus Cathedral

Today, Braga is a major tourist destination in Portugal and is known for its medieval architecture, museums, and parks.

Traveling from Porto to Braga

  • Road trip: Braga is an easy road trip from Porto, and it only takes 40 minutes, one way. 
  • Trains: Train network belong to the Porto-Braga railway line, and it takes upto an hour, one way.
  • More day trips from Porto Portugal

Once you are at the city centre, do add the following few items to your one day in Braga itinerary. Start your day with a visit to the Bom Jesus do Monte, a hilltop church with sweeping views of the city. 

Bom Jesus

Then, explore the city’s historic center and visit some of its medieval churches. In the afternoon, take a cable car up to the top of Monte Espinho for more great views.

  • Bom Jesus do Monte: Bom Jesus do Monte is a popular pilgrimage site in Braga, Portugal. The church is located on top of a hill with sweeping views of the city. Visitors can take a cable car up to the church or hike up the stairs – Bom Jesus do Monte Funicular. The Bom Jesus do Monte is a great place to enjoy the views and learn about Portuguese culture and history.
  • Braga Cathedral: Braga Cathedral is a stunning work of architecture with pretty much all the building elements to be found here, from Renaissance, Gothic and beyond. 
  • Misericórdia Church: Located in the same complex as the cathedral with ruins, this church was built at the start of the 1560s in Renaissance style when Bartholomew of Braga was bishop. The church interiors has beautiful gold work.
  • Garden of Santa Barbara: Garden of Santa Barbara is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Braga. It is located by Braga’s medieval episcopal palace, and is a stunning sight in the summers.
  • Arco da Porta Nova: This triumphal arch, which replaced an old gateway in the 18th century. It was crafted by the Braga-based sculptor André Soares and features a Marian sculpture (Nossa Senhora da Nazaré).
View on the Lima river meandering through Peneda Geres, the only national park in Portugal, located in the Norte region.

If you are driving to Braga, you can also visit Peneda-Gerês National Park, which is about 40 minutes drive away. The Peneda-Gerês National Park is a great place to enjoy some outdoor activities. The park is located near Braga and offers hiking, biking, and horseback riding. 

Day 9 of Portugal travel itinerary: Day trip to Guimaraes

On day 9 of your Portugal 10 day itinerary make your way to Guimaraes. This city is often considered to the birthplace of the country. The town is known for its medieval architecture and castle. 

View of Castle of Guimaraes, the cradle of Portugal

Traveling from Porto to Guimaraes

  • Road trip: Porto to Guimaraes is 40 minutes by car, one way. 
  • Trains: Trains take an hour or so, one way.
  • Bus: Rede Expressos operates a bus from Porto to Guimaraes, and it takes about 50 minutes.
  • Tour: There are combined tours that include Braga and Guimaraes on the same day

For your day trip to Guimaraes, start with the Castle, a medieval fortress set atop a hill. Then, explore the town’s Old Town, with its narrow streets and traditional architecture. 

Girl at Largo da República do Brasil
View of Guimaraes

In the afternoon, visit the Ducal Palace and the Church of St. Francis. Here is a detailed Guimaraes day trip itinerary

  • Guimaraes Castle: Guimaraes Castle is a medieval fortress that was built in the 12th century. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the town. 
  • Old Town Centre: The Old Town is also a popular tourist destination. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is very compact and picturesque.
  • Palace of the Dukes of Braganza: This gorgeous palace was the home of Catherine, who later on married the king of England. You can explore the tapestries, and check out Gothic arches and brick chimneys. Entry fees applies at the museum. 
  • Largo da Oliveira: Hang out at this large square, grab a drink and a meal
  • Igreja de São Francisco: This is an 18th century gothic church with extravagant gilded altarpiece and the gilded archway, and azulejos on the wall above and beside it.

Day 10 of Portugal travel itinerary: Day trip to Aveiro and Costa Nova

On your last day in Portugal, travel to the city of Aveiro. Aveiro is a beautiful city known for its colorful art nouveau buildings and canals. It is often known as the Venice of Portugal.

Aveiro

Located 15 minutes from here is Costa Nova. The beaches of Costa Nova is perfect to enjoy the Portuguese sun, and soak in the vibrant atmosphere! 

Traveling from Porto to Aveiro

  • Road trip: Porto to Aveiro takes 40 minutes by car, one way. You can drive to Costa Nova in another 15 minutes. Parking is available at the centre/near the beach
  • Trains: Trains take an hour to get to Aveiro. The train station is located in the main centre. From here, you can call a taxi or Uber to Costa Nova and back. You can also take a bus to Costa Nova from Aveiro. Transdev Portugal operates a bus from Costa Nova – Marina to Aveiro – CTT and the journey takes 20 min.
  • Tour: The above transport options are great if you have the full day in Porto (as a day trip), but if you need to leave for Lisbon on day 10, then do a half day tour of Aveiro and Costa Nova. It is a nice introduction to the two places and although you won’t get enough time at the beach, it does include a boat cruise and you will back in Porto by afternoon (so you can leave your bags at the hotel, and then pick them up to return to Lisbon). Check out the tour here

Start your day with a visit to the Museum of Aveiro, housed in a former convent. Then, take a boat ride down the canals and enjoy views of the city’s colorful buildings. 

Stripped houses of Costa Nova

In the afternoon, drive to Costa Nova Beach for some time to relax on the sand.

To get back to Lisbon, you can drive, or take the high speed train back to the capital city. If you want to be close to the airport, choose Oriente for arriving at the train station. 

Portugal for culture lovers: A perfect 10 day itinerary for first time visitors (Sample 2)

In the second sample of 10 day Portugal itinerary, start in Porto instead. If you are flying to Lisbon, we recommend heading to Porto using public transportation or car rental to get there the same day. 

Terraeiro da Se views
Beautiful Porto

You can stop in Coimbra if you prefer, or just take it easy in Porto, and then on the 4th day travel back to Lisbon. Explore places like Fatima, Evora and Obidos on day trips, whilst keeping Lisbon as a base. 

  • Day 1: Travel to Lisbon, and then take the train from Oriente station to Porto the same day. Use high-speed Alfa Pendular bullet trains.
  • Day 2 – 3: Explore Porto for the next 2 full days. 
  • Day 4: Start for Lisbon from Porto, with a stop in Coimbra. 
  • Day 5 – 6: Lisbon (explore for 2 full days)
  • Day 7: Sintra day trip
  • Day 8: Evora day trip
  • Day 9: Obidos day trip
  • Day 10: Fatima day trip (with Batalha and Nazare, optional)

Read: One day in Lisbon | 2 days in Lisbon itinerary

You can follow all the attractions for Lisbon, and Porto as listed in the previous 10 day itinerary for Portugal. Day 7 is the day trip from Rossio train station to Sintra.

View of Lisbon’s Commerce Place

Day 8 is sightseeing in Evora.

The city of Évora is located in the central region of Portugal. The city is known for its well-preserved Roman and medieval buildings, as well as its cobblestone lanes. 

Getting to Evora from Lisbon,

  • Car: You can visit Evora by car. It takes an hour and half.
  • Trains: Trains take about 2 hours to arrive.
  • Tours: Day tour is a nice way to visit Evora in a relaxed way without sitting inside the train for 2 hours at a stretch. Tours stop along the way for breaks. Check out the day tour here

Évora is a great place to learn about Portuguese history and culture, and to enjoy some of the best food and wine in the country. 

Start your day with a walking tour of the city’s Old Town. Then, visit the Roman Temple and the Cathedral of Évora. 

Roman Temple, Evora

In the afternoon, enjoy some free time to explore on your own or do some shopping in the city’s quaint shops.

  • Evora Temple: Don’t miss this iconic landmark. The Evora Temple is a Corinthian temple that was built in the 1st century.
  • Evora Cathedral: A visit to the cathedral will allow you to access the rooftop terrace with views of Évora or enter the Gothic cloisters.
  • Evora City Museum: The old episcopal palace, which dates to the 1500s and has collected 20,000 artifacts regarding Évora’s history, serves as the city’s museum.
  • Historic Town Centre: The entire city within the walls of Évora’s World Heritage Site is perfect for an afternoon for wandering. The homes on labyrinthine streets and elongated squares are white washed, and are stunning with wrought iron balconies and charming azulejos.

Day 9 is sightseeing in Obidos.

The walled town of Obidos is one of the most well-preserved medieval towns in Portugal. The town is located in the west-central region of Portugal, about 80 km (49.5 miles) north of Lisbon. 

Town of Obidos

The town was originally founded by the Romans and later occupied by the Moors. It was recaptured by the Christians in the 12th century.

Obidos was a present from King Denis of Portugal to his wife on the occasion of their wedding in 1282; which she had previously expressed her affection for.

  • Car: Driving to Obidos is quick and easy. It takes about an hour and half.
  • Bus: Buses take an hour as well. Green Express buses are clean and an easy way to get to Obidos. Take the bus from Lisbon Campo Grande to Óbidos Rua da Praça. 
  • Tours: Day tour is a nice way to Obidos as well. Check out the day tour here

Obidos is super compact, and you can explore all the main highlights on a day trip. However, note that being a popular day trip from Lisbon, it could be busy. 

Here are some things to cover in a day in Obidos

Lanes of Obidos
  • Porta da Vila (the town gate): Walk through the town gate of walled city of Obidos and admire the azulejos from the 1740s. 
  • Stroll through Rua Direita: This is the only street, and the main street of Obidos. It is also pedestrian access only, so you can wander through the colorful lanes, stop, relax and chill as you navigate along. 
  • Walk the town walls: You can soak in stunning views of Obidos and nearby areas by walking the town’s 13m-high battlements. It is all of 1.5 kilometers (.09 miles).
  • Try cherry liquor: Try a shot of “ginja de Óbidos,” or “ginjinha”. This cherry liqueur and is served in a chocolate cup. 

Day 10 is sightseeing in Fatima (and nearby areas).

Today, travel to the town of Fatima, known as a pilgrimage site for Catholics from around the world. 

  • Car: Driving to Fatima is the best option. It takes an hour and a half.
  • Tours: Without access to a vehicle, you can join a day tour. It can be done in a half day as well, giving you ample time to return back to the city (for your flight the next day). Check out the day tour here

Here are some of the must-do activities and attractions in Fatima,

  • Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima: Visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, then attend mass at the Basilica of the Holy Trinity. 
  • Chapel of the Apparitions: In the afternoon, visit the Chapel of the Apparitions and light a candle in one of the grottos. The lineup here will take the most of your time. 

You will probably need just a few hours for visiting the Sanctuary. If interested you can also drive to nearby town of Nazare and Batalha to visit their monastery.

Lisbon Porto, and Lagos Portugal Itinerary 10 days: 3 epic destinations in Portugal to explore (Sample 3)

In the final sample of Portugal 10 day itinerary, we will share one that includes Algarve. We will start in Porto again, and continuing on until day 7 as listed in the sample 2. 

View of Porto from Miradouro da Serra do Pilar

This leaves you with 3 days in Lagos, Algarve. If you require more time, we recommend skipping Sintra or one day in Porto

  • Day 1: Travel to Lisbon, and then take the train from Oriente station to Porto the same day. Use high speed Alfa Pendular bullet trains.
  • Day 2 – 3: Explore Porto for the next 2 full days. 
  • Day 4: Start for Lisbon from Porto, with a stop in Coimbra. 
  • Day 5 – 6: Lisbon (explore for 2 full days)
  • Day 7: Sintra day trip
  • Day 8: Travel to Lagos, Algarve from Lisbon
  • Day 9: Lagos 
  • Day 10: Return to Lisbon by evening. 

You can follow all the attractions for Lisbon, and Porto as listed in the previous 10 day itinerary for Portugal. Day 7 is the day trip from Rossio train station to Sintra.

Day 8 to 10: Travel and explore Lagos, Algarve

On day 8, you can drive to Alargve region from Lisbon. We chose Lagos as it is easily connected by train, and you can explore using day tours and excursions if you are not driving yourself.

View to church Igreja de Santo Antonio in the old town of the historic centre of Lagos, Algarve Portugal
View to church Igreja de Santo Antonio in the old town of the historic centre of Lagos, Algarve Portugal

Their town centre is also super cute!  

Getting to Lagos

  • Car: Drive time is 3 hours, one way
  • Trains: Trains take about 4 hours to arrive. It has one change in Tunes. So Lisbon > Tunes > Lagos. Do book tickets in advance, and note that each leg of the journey is separate (with a new seat number). You can get on the train from Oriente or Santa Apolonia railway station (similar to the Lisbon Porto connections). Lagos arrival station is Lagos Central Station.
  • Buses: Buses take the same amount of time. You can catch a bus from the main bus hub – Sete Rios, which is located to the north of Lisbon. Choose Rede Expressos buses (you can book tickets on their website).

Day 8 is all about getting to Lagos, and settling in. In the evening, you can wander to the town centre and enjoy a nice dinner. 

If you are in town early, you can even head to the Meia Praia Beach or Porto de Mós beach (located 3.50 km or 2miles from the centre). 

Hotel Recommendation for Lagos: Lagos Central Apartment is a perfect spot to call home for the next 2-4 days. They have separate apartment numbers; I booked Apartment 14. 

But all the suites are located in the central area of Lagos, within a short distance of Meia Praia Beach and Praia da Forte da Bandeira. 

They come equipped with all household amenities, plus you have a patio with city views. A car rental service is available at the apartment. 

On day 9, take a day tour to Silves and the Cape St. Vincent. This excursions combines the best of history and cultural experience (with a traditional lunch included in the price). 

Here is an epic 10 days in Portugal itinerary with 3 samples that cover all the major cities, towns, and landmarks that you must explore! In the shot - Castle in Silves Town
Castle in Silves town in the Algarve region

Stops included, 

  • Silves: Explore the town of Silves, and see their Cathedral and the Moorish Castle. 
  • Monchique mountain views: Head up to the Monchique mountain and admire the scenic hillsides and eucalyptus groves.
  • Fóia: Stand at the highest point of Algarve and take in stunning views.
  • Beach time: Relax on the magnificent beaches in Costa Vicentina.
  • Cape St. Vincent: Visit the most southwesterly point of Europe at Cape St. Vincent.

On day 10, hit the Benagil Caves on this half day tour. This will allow you to return to Lisbon by public transportation in the evening. 

Benagil Cave in Algarve

Included in this tour are

  • Boat tour: Scenic boat tour to the stunning Benagil Cave.
  • Algarseco boardwalk: Stroll along the Algarseco boardwalk and admire panoramic views of the cliffs.
  • Highlights: Visit a famous grotto with arches, and sail past the picturesque Marinha Beach.

Benagil Cave aka Grotte de Benagil is one of the prime highlights in the Algarve region. 

If you have the full day here, then after the excursions you can visit Batata Beach, Lagos Live Science Center, and Santa Maria Church, which are located near the Lagos accommodation. 

Additional Portugal Tips 

Portugal is a European Union member. If you require a tourist visa to visit the 28 Schengen countries, then the same applies to Portugal.

Lisbon viewpoints

Visitors with US and Canadian passports do not require a visa to enter the country and stay for 90 days; however from 2023, an online authorization – ETIAS – is required prior to travel. 

Euros is its official currency. We recommend carrying cash with you as it will be handy for paying hotel city taxes, transportation, and souvenirs and food!

When is the best time to visit Portugal

The best time to visit Portugal depends on what you want to see and do. The weather is generally mild throughout the year. However, the summer months (June to August) can be quite hot, with temperatures often reaching over 30 degrees Celsius. 

If you want to avoid the crowds, September and October are good months to visit. November to February is the low season, when prices are cheaper but there can be occasional rainstorms.

What to eat in Portugal

Some of the popular foods in Portugal include grilled sardines, caldo verde (a soup made with kale and potatoes), bacalhau (dried and salted codfish), and pastel de nata (custard tart). 

Portugal is also known for its wines, particularly its port wine.

What to buy in Portugal

Portugal is one of the affordable European destinations, and you can surely pack a few items back home. 

Shop Portuguese olive oil, cork products, pottery, and wine. 

You can also buy traditional Portuguese sweets such as pastel de nata (custard tart), Ovos moles (local pastry from Aveiro made of egg yolks and sugar and filhós (fried dough balls).

What to pack for Portugal

Your packing list for Portugal should include comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. You might also want to pack a light jacket or sweater for the cooler evenings.

So that’s a wrap! We hope you found our Portugal guide useful in planning your trip!

Portugal is a country with a rich history and culture. From its vibrant cities to its stunning coastal towns, there is much to explore in this beautiful country. 

Whether you’re interested in learning about Portugal’s past or simply want to relax on the beach, this affordable European destination won’t disappoint you. 

So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Portugal today!

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