15 days in Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Portugal Itinerary

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15 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
2
Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Evora
— 2 nights
4
Coimbra
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Indianapolis

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Park and National Palace of Pena. Get a sense of the local culture at Belém Tower and Castelo de S. Jorge. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros & Quinta da Regaleira). The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, and examine the collection at Fundacao Jose Saramago.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lisbon route planner.

Indianapolis, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 13-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Indianapolis to Lisbon, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In May in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 75°F during the day and 55°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

3
nights
Lagos

Lagos ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Cape Saint Vincent and Old Town Faro are in your itinerary. Relax by the water at Praia Da Rocha and Falesia Beach. Step out of Lagos to go to Caramujeira and see Praia da Marinha, which is approximately 44 minutes away. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Camilo, view the masterpieces at Laboratorio de Actividades Criativas, get great views at Ponta Da Piedale, and shop like a local with Artcatto Gallery.

To see maps and more tourist information, refer to the Lagos road trip app .

Getting from Lisbon to Lagos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In May, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Praia Da Rocha, Praia da Marinha, Old Town Faro, Falesia Beach, Cape Saint Vincent
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Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

2
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), then delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco. On the next day, explore the historical opulence of Monsaraz Castle and Walls, then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and then delve into the distant past at Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Evora attractions tool .

You can drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lagos in May since evenings lows in Evora dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Monsaraz Castle and Walls
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

2
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
On the 22nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Batalha Monastery, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Christ, and finally steep yourself in history at Casa Medieval - Coimbra Welcome Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Coimbra, then contemplate the long history of Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, and then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Tomar.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Coimbra trip builder tool .

Traveling by car from Evora to Coimbra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Evora in May, expect nights in Coimbra to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tomar, Batalha Monastery, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ

3
nights
Porto

Porto ©
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.
Popular historic sites such as Bom Jesus do Monte and Se de Braga are in your itinerary. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Centro Historico de Guimaraes and Santuario de Santa Luzia. Step out of Porto with an excursion to Paco dos Duques de Braganca in Guimaraes--about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, and get lost in a book at Museu Serralves.

To see ratings, photos, and tourist information, read Porto visit planner .

You can take a train from Coimbra to Porto in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Braga, Guimaraes, Santuario de Santa Luzia
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Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Santuario de Santa Luzia ©
Santuario de Santa Luzia
Paco dos Duques de Braganca ©
Paco dos Duques de Braganca

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