7 days in Portugal Itinerary

7 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal route planner

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Fly to Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport), Drive to Lagos
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Lagos
— 1 night
Drive
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Faro
— 1 night
Fly
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Lisbon
— 1 night
Drive
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Cascais
— 1 night
Drive
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Sintra
Drive
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Nazare
— 1 night
Drive
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Tomar
Drive
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Porto
— 1 night
Fly

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Lagos

— 1 night

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): take in the waterfront at Alvor Boardwalk and then explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lagos trip maker.

Newark, USA to Lagos is an approximately 13-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Newark in December, expect Lagos to be somewhat warmer, temps between 63°F and 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Faro.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Faro

— 1 night

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): get great views at Miradouro do Alto da Arroteia.

To find reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Faro journey planner.

You can drive from Lagos to Faro in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. December in Faro sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 50°F at night. You'll set off for Lisbon on the 28th (Tue).
Find places to stay Dec 27 — 28:

Lisbon

— 1 night

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): wander the streets of Alfama and then steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lisbon online trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Faro to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Faro in December since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cascais.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums
Find places to stay Dec 28 — 29:

Cascais

— 1 night

Town of Kings and Fishes

A mere 32 km (20 mi) from Lisbon, the coastal town of Cascais has a long history of entertaining royals.
To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Cascais travel route builder tool.

Drive from Lisbon to Cascais in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train. In December, daily temperatures in Cascais can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. On the 30th (Thu), you'll travel to Sintra.

Things to do in Cascais

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Adventure
Find places to stay Dec 29 — 30:

Sintra

Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
On the 30th (Thu), admire the landmark architecture of Park and National Palace of Pena and then step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Sintra itinerary planner.

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Cascais. In December, daily temperatures in Sintra can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Nazare.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites · Parks
Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:

Nazare

— 1 night
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. Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré and then kick back and relax at Paredes da Victoria Beach.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Nazare trip builder.

Traveling by car from Sintra to Nazare takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in December, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tomar.

Things to do in Nazare

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Dec 30 — 31:
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Tomar

Tomar, also known in English as Thomar, is a city and a municipality in Santarém District in Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Tomar.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Tomar online journey maker.

Traveling by car from Nazare to Tomar takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 60°F in December, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can drive to Porto.

Things to do in Tomar

Historic Sites
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Porto

— 1 night

Unvanquished City

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 1st (Sat): take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa.

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Drive from Tomar to Porto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping
Find places to stay Dec 31 — Jan 1:

Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.