13 days in Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Lisbon
— 2 nights
Drive
2
Lagos
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly
4
Obidos
— 1 night
Drive
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Lisbon
— 3 nights
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Lisbon — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 14th (Wed), appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, then don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

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San Francisco, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. In December, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 60°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lagos.
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Lagos — 3 nights

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Praia da Falesia (in Olhos de Agua), Centro Historico de Albufeira (in Albufeira) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). And it doesn't end there: take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk, enjoy the sea views from Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, kick back and relax at Praia do Camilo, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

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You can drive from Lisbon to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in December, and nighttime lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can fly to Porto.
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Porto — 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): stroll around Museu Serralves, do a tasting at Pocas Vinhos, pause for some serene contemplation at Torre dos Clerigos, then look for gifts at Livraria Lello, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). On the next day, contemplate the long history of Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, tour the pleasant surroundings at Ribeira do Porto, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa, and finally take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Fly from Lagos to Porto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in December, expect little chillier with lows of 44°F in Porto. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Obidos.
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Obidos — 1 night

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
On the 20th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Foz do Arelho, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Tiago Church, then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Óbidos, and finally make a trip to Obidos Village.

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Fly from Porto to Obidos in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In December in Obidos, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 44°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Lisbon.
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Lisbon — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Sintra National Palace, &more). See some other sides of Lisbon: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, engage your brain at Pavilhao do Conhecimento, snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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Getting from Obidos to Lisbon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.
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