Portugal is a fantastic nation with centuries of historical past and superb nature. In northern Portugal a Lisbon to Porto street journey is the easiest way to discover all of it. I did this street journey with my household and got here up with this Portugal itinerary which is perfect for 7 up to 10 days. It begins in Lisbon and ends in Porto, however you are able to do it the opposite means round too in fact. There are three-day journeys from Lisbon, a day from Lisbon to Porto and a couple of-day journeys in Porto. I’ll give some ideas on how to prolong this Portugal itinerary to 10 full days too. You may also add to an Iberian Peninsula itinerary. I had a stunning time in Portugal and I’m positive you’ll have too.
- 1 Planning a Portugal street journey & arrival day #1
- 2 Portugal itinerary day #2: Lisbon metropolis tour
- 3 Portugal itinerary day #three: Belém day journey
- 4 Portugal itinerary day #four: Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaça monastery day journey
- 5 Portugal itinerary day #5: Lisbon to Porto with a Coimbra go to
- 6 Portugal itinerary day #6: Guimarães day journey
- 7 Portugal itinerary day #7: Porto metropolis tour
- 8 Prolong your journey to 10 days & departure
- 9 Gallery Portugal itinerary
Planning a Portugal street journey & arrival day #1
Planning a Portugal journey is simple. I like to recommend staying in Lisbon four nights at both the Intercontinental Lisbon (in metropolis middle) or the Intercontinental Estoril (on the coast). Each are perfect bases for the day journeys in and round Lisbon. In Porto I like to recommend staying three nights on the Intercontinental Porto which could be very centrally situated.
I arrived in Lisbon on a morning flight from Amsterdam and my transport organized via Tourshuttle was already ready for me. They’ve very reasonably priced switch to and from airports. I used them too for the switch from Lisbon to Porto as this was far more handy. I don’t like public transportation and one-approach automotive leases can get very costly too. My time restricted too and getting a automotive for only a day takes to a lot time choosing up and dropping off. Tourshuttle presents reasonably priced personal Portugal transfers.
EXTEND YOUR TRIP: In case you are visiting Portugal from far I recommend including a day in Lisbon, or Porto in case you arrive there. A good way to get adjusted to a jetlag!
Portugal itinerary day #2: Lisbon metropolis tour
Lisbon is the capital of Portugal and a fantastic European coastal city. A day tour is sufficient to see a lot of the metropolis if you don’t rely Belém. Belém is a day journey which I cowl the subsequent day. It’s advocate exploring the town on foot however do take the historic tram 28 and one of many funiculars for a experience. The Santa Justa Elevator is value taking. Gustav Eiffel designed this elevator in comparable fashion because the Eiffel Tower.
I walked from my lodge in the direction of Rossio, the primary sq. of Lisbon. Not in a straight line however crisscrossing some streets the place I entered a number of the church buildings. I continued strolling the Alfama neighborhood. From there I walked up hill to St. George’s Citadel. It’s an exquisite fort with magnificent metropolis views. I then made my approach to Praça do Comércio from the place I continued to the Santa Justa Elevator. I took the elevator up to Bairro Alto for dinner. Lisbon has plenty of fascinating locations to go for lunch and dinner. Examine my prime 6 hotspots in Lisbon to see that are the perfect.
Portugal itinerary day #three: Belém day journey
Belém is a neighborhood in western Lisbon on the mouth of the Tagus River and a perfect day journey from Lisbon. It’s historical past dates again to prehistoric occasions nevertheless it was within the Center Ages that its most well-known landmarks have been constructed. These are the Jerónimos Monastery and Tower of Belém, each a UNESCO World Heritage Website. I like to recommend beginning on the Tower of Belém within the morning round 9AM. Then, proceed strolling alongside the river to the Monument to the Discoveries. Cross the large road in the direction of the monastery however first take lunch on the Pastéis de Belém (a should go to hotspot in Lisbon).
After lunch go to the Jerónimos Monastery which can take about 2 hours. Then, I like to recommend to go to the Nationwide Coach Museum which has all of the royal coaches on show. When you have time left, simply wander across the space or return to previous Lisbon.
Make sure that to learn the complete Belém day journey report:
PORTUGAL – Belém is a superb day journey inside Lisbon; these are the should see locations
Portugal itinerary day #four: Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaça monastery day journey
That is the longest day on this Portugal itinerary and the one day I truly employed a automotive (on the lodge). I included all three monasteries on a day as they’re all UNESCO World Heritage Websites and it’s my aim to go to all of them. In case that’s not your objective then go solely to Tomar and attainable Batalha. Tomar, the Convent of Christ, is a large complicated with eight cloisters, templar fort, partitions and church and another fascinating constructions. It takes a number of hours to take everywhere on this complicated. It’s lovely that’s for positive. It was lunch time once I continued to the subsequent monastery, skipping lunch!
The Batalha Monastery might be divided in a number of elements: the church, the unfinished chapel, the founders chapel, chapter home and two cloisters. It has lovely Manueline decorations and the royal mausoleum is value visiting for positive. I solely made it to Alcobaça Monastery as a result of I skipped lunch. In case you go for lunch in both Tomar or Batalha you then gained’t have time to go to Alcobaça Monastery. Alcobaça Monastery can also be an enormous complicated with a number of cloisters and a church within the center. I don’t remorse doing this intensive day journey as every website was magnificent.
Make certain to learn the complete Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaça monastery day journey report:
PORTUGAL – Tomar, Batalha and Alcobaça monastery as a day journey from Lisbon
Portugal itinerary day #5: Lisbon to Porto with a Coimbra go to
Coimbra is a metropolis in Portugal with centuries of historical past and subsequently a should add on any street journey itinerary by means of Portugal. It’s additionally attainable to go to from both Lisbon or higher even Porto as a day journey. I visited Coimbra and its college on the best way from Porto to Lisbon. Most necessary for me was the previous college because it’s a UNESCO World Heritage Website. Be sure to purchase tickets for the Joanine Library prematurely as it might solely be visited on a guided tour.
After exploring the college, I like to recommend strolling via higher Coimbra. Begin on the new cathedral and proceed to the previous cathedral earlier than heading down to decrease Coimbra. Have lunch there earlier than visiting the Santa Cruz Monastery. Now backtrack to higher Coimbra to take a look on the botanical gardens. Now, proceed to both Lisbon or Porto relying during which path you’re following this Portugal itinerary.
Make certain to learn the complete Coimbra day journey report:
PORTUGAL – A visit to previous Coimbra & college on the best way from Porto to Lisbon
Portugal itinerary day #6: Guimarães day journey
Guimarães is an exquisite medieval city and categorized as a UNESCO World Heritage Website. It’s not removed from Porto and is a perfect day journey to embrace on a Portugal itinerary. I went on a quiet, lovely winter Sunday. I like to recommend parking on the Guimarães Fort which is the birthplace of D. Afonso Henriques, the primary king of Portugal. It doesn’t take a lot time to discover the fort, however the Palace of the Dukes subsequent door does take over an hour. Take your time after which stroll to Olive Sq. which is the middle of the medieval city Guimarães. It’s the perfect place to have lunch and that is precisely what I did.
After lunch the Church of Our Woman of the Olive-Tree along with its cloister is value visiting. Then, simply wander across the cobble stone streets lined with lovely medieval homes. Be sure to end round three-4PM to go up to Penha Mountain. You’ll be able to both take the cable automotive or simply drive up. It has lovely views over Guimarães. Head again to Porto for dinner from there. Examine my hotspots in Porto for lunch and dinner for the perfect spots to go to.
Be certain that to learn the complete Guimarães day journey report:
PORTUGAL – A day journey to Guimarães from Porto: the birthplace of Portugal
Portugal itinerary day #7: Porto metropolis tour
Porto is the second largest metropolis in Portugal and its historic middle is a UNESCO World Heritage Website. It’s divided in two by the Douro river. When you’ve got a day I like to recommend visiting the previous city on the Ribeira aspect. The different aspect is Ribeira de Gaia and most well-known for it’s port wine cellars. If you’d like to go port tasting I extremely advocate including a day. I like to recommend beginning on the Museum of Sacred Artwork and Archaeology of The Larger Seminary of Oporto. Then, wander across the slender streets to Palácio da Bolsa and end on the Ribeira (the riverfront) for lunch.
After lunch comply with the slender streets again up hill to Soares dos Reis, Torre dos Clerigos (Clerics’ Tower) and finish in Livraria Lello for a espresso. When you’ve got time left and if it’s open the Mercado do Bolhão is value visiting. It’s a standard Portuguese market for recent fruits, meat, and fish. I didn’t go to the market myself however went again to the Intercontinental Porto after my espresso on the bookshop. Within the night go for a Francesinha which is a standard native dish. What it’s and the place to get one of the best verify my hotspots in Porto for lunch and dinner.
Prolong your journey to 10 days & departure
I spend an extended week in Portugal however there’s extra to discover! The following day journeys from Lisbon or Porto are ones I personally like to do throughout my subsequent go to. Most are UNESCO websites or potential UNESCO websites. Once I return I’ll replace this Portugal itinerary with a extra detailed rationalization.
Day journeys from Lisbon:
- Sintra day journey with gardens, palaces, and monuments.
- Évora day journey, a UNESCO World Heritage Metropolis.
Day journeys from Porto:
- In the future Port tasting on the numerous cellars.
- Day journey to Coa Valley and Siega Verde for the prehistorical work
- Cruise up the Douro river to the wine valleys.
- Day journey to Braga for the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte.
I combined a lot of the day journeys on this Portugal itinerary however have put it in Lisbon to Porto order for you because it makes extra sense. You in all probability arrive in Lisbon after which make your approach up to Porto. For those who depart within the afternoon you’ve gotten sufficient time to get again to Lisbon from Porto. In case your departing flight is early morning I like to recommend staying on the Vacation Inn Categorical close to Lisbon airport.
The Iberian Peninsula is filled with lovely locations and this Portugal itinerary simply covers a small half within the west. It’s just like the 10 days in South France I visited earlier; only a small half! I had a good time in Portugal and I hope to return someday to discover extra of this nation together with the south.
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