8 days in Portugal Itinerary

8 days in Portugal Itinerary

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8 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  16​h
1
Lisbon
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Coimbra
— 1 night
train:  1​h
3
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, take a stroll through Alfama, explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 16-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in September; daily highs in Lisbon reach 32°C and lows reach 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

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Sintra
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery

1
night
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, make a trip to Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia, then browse the collection at Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra, then don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio, and finally steep yourself in history at Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Coimbra trip planning tool .

You can take a train from Lisbon to Coimbra in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. October in Coimbra sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Parks Historic Sites
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Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
Praca do Comercio ©
Praca do Comercio

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): don't miss a visit to Estadio do Dragao, then don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Clerigos Tower. Keep things going the next day: make a trip to Palacio de Cristal, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Douro, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Porto day trip tool .

Traveling by train from Coimbra to Porto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Historic Sites Nature
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Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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