I get lots of messages from Brazilian travelers who want to know what to do in Portugal. Almost always come willing to know Europe. Portugal is just a crossing point. The first or last of a larger trip. In their list of destinations, they have jewels like Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome and Venice to visit, so there is not always much time left for Portugal. And the worst is that time does not stretch.
I ask my Brazilian friends what to do in Portugal for four or five days (a maximum of one week). Arrive at Lisboathey know they want tour Sintra e To know Fátima and Óbidos, and also visit the Porto e discover a little of the Douro region, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. This is an excellent starting point, which I will try to systematize in this 7 days in Portugal. Giving you some touches to make the experience more enriching, without fail to visit many of the sites said not to be missed.
Of course, there is a lot to see. From the Alentejo and the Algarve to the rural interior of the country, not to mention the islands of Madeira and the Azores. But choices have to be made. Here is a possible one-week itinerary in Portugal, going through Lisbon and leaving for Porto. Traveling fast, to make the most of it. The hotel references have the collaboration of the HotelandiaTo blog which evaluates the best hotels in Portugal.
Distance between Lisbon and Porto: 312km
7 day tour in Portugal
1 and 2 days: Lisbon
The region of Lisbon is worth three, four, five days ... but, to enjoy the time to the maximum, we limit our stay in Lisbon to two days. It is enough to explore the heart of Baixa Pombalina, visit São Jorge Castle and the traditional neighborhoods of Alfama and Bairro Alto, visit the magnificent Lisbon Oceanarium, go crazy on the night of Cais do Sodré and still know the riverside area of Belém, where it finds the biggest icons of the Portuguese Discoveries. You can start by making this beautiful script of 1 day in Lisbon.
If you have more time, there are plenty of interesting options for a turn around (as the Brazilians say), the short drive from Lisbon. Évora is the classic example - if you can, be sure to visit this architectural pearl of Central Alentejo.
Where to stay in Lisbon
The Portuguese capital is filled with magnificent hotels, among which the following units have extreme taste:
- Myriad by Sana, an 5 star hotel excellent (9,2);
- Corinthia Hotel Lisbon, one of the most popular hotels in Lisbon (8,7);
- International Design Hotel, an 4 stars unglued (8,7);
- Mansion Chafariz d'el Rei, a luxurious local accommodation in a marvelous palace (9,5);
- Casas da Baixa - Jules & Madeleine, one of the best apartments in Lisbon (9,1).
Note: I have stayed in dozens of inns, hotels and apartments in the Portuguese capital; and wrote a list of 15 hotels where I slept in Lisbon (and recommend). For other options, see the post about us where to stay in Lisbon (the best neighborhoods) and know the 10 best luxury hotels in Lisbon.
Day 3: Sintra
Time to leave the capital and explore the Create alert. I particularly like Sintra, its historical center, the magnificent Palácio da Pena and Castelo dos Mouros; have to include them in the list with what to do in Portugal. And of the Serra de Sintra itself, besides the magnificent beaches (do not count on the heat of the beaches of the Brazilian northeast, but they are well worth it). And there is also the Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of continental Europe.
To make the most of your time, head to the beautiful walled village of Óbidos, which I greatly admire. Depending on your travel pace, you can stop at the Ericeira or take a short walk through the fishing village of Peniche; otherwise, go straight to the end goal: to visit Óbidos.
He probably arrives in Óbidos by night, but do not worry. Enjoy watching the illuminated city - it is very beautiful!
Approximate distance: 175 km
Where to sleep in Óbidos
Óbidos has very charming small hotels and within the walls (or very close), among which the Hotel The Literary Man (former Estalagem do Convento) and the highly recommended local accommodations:
- Casal da Eira Branca (local accommodation);
- Vacation Specials (4 stars);
- Tower of Maneys (local accommodation);
For other options, see the post where to sleep in Óbidos.
4 Day: Óbidos, Nazaré, Alcobaça, Batalha
Day filled with points of great historical and religious interest. Proceeding north, I suggest a stop in the traditional village of Nazareth, lately very much in vogue in the world of surf because of the giant waves of the famous "cannon of Nazareth", which surfer Garrett McNamara visits every year.
On the way to Fatima, be sure to visit the monasteries of Alcobaça and Batalha, both classified as World Heritage by UNESCO. They are overwhelming. Having time and energy, you can get a first impression about the Sanctuary of Fatima.
Approximate distance: 165 km
Where to sleep in Fátima
Finds many chronicles about good hotels in Fatima na Hotelandia, including the Luz Houses, which I love:
- Luz Houses Charming Hotel (country house - beautifully designed);
- Hotel Anjo de Portugal (4 stars - hotel more conventional but very good).
For other options, 15 best hotels in Fátima under booking.
Day 5: Fátima, Tomar, Coimbra
After visiting the Sanctuary of Fátima, my suggestion is to go to Tomar, a city that, as a rule, is off the traditional tourist route between the cities of Lisbon and Porto. If not, stop to visit the Convent of Christ, also protected by UNESCO.
Then head towards the university town of Coimbra, where there are many emblematic places such as the Monastery of Santa Clara-a-Velha, the Old Cathedral, Quinta das Lágrimas and, of course, the University of Coimbra.
Approximate distance: 130 km
Where to sleep in Coimbra
Finds many chronicles about good hotels in Coimbra na Hotelandia. The offer of is not as vast as in other cities of this itinerary in Portugal. Still, there are wonderful apartments and a historic hotel of charm. I recommend:
- Casas da Alta de Coimbra (apartments - of the best apartments in Coimbra);
- Quinta das Lágrimas (hotel of charm - a lodging with history);
- Hotel Oslo (3 stars - simple but economical).
For other options, post about the 15 best hotels in Coimbra (according to the booking).
6 and 7 days: Porto
Whatever your travel itinerary in Portugal, you can not miss out! to visit Porto. Wake up early and enjoy a quick walk through the center of Aveiro - the "Portuguese Venice", as many call it.
From Aveiro to Porto the trip is short and on good roads, so you will arrive in the "Invicta city" with time to start unraveling your secrets. It is a wonderful city (I am suspect, I live in Oporto), which deserves at least two or three days of its time.
The areas of Baixa and Ribeira, the renovated area of Rua Galleries de Paris and the towering Clérigos Tower, the Serralves Museum, the Casa da Música and the Portuguese Photography Center, or the Port Wine Cellars on the other side of the Douro River and, perhaps, a mini-cruise in the Douro are just some of the suggestions for two days well spent in Porto.
Approximate distance: 140 km
Where to stay in Porto
The city of Porto has excellent hotels for all exchanges. I highlight the following hotels in Porto:
- The Yeatman (5 stars - wine hotel in Vila Nova de Gaia overlooking Porto);
- Torel Avantgarde (5 stars - the latest hustle and bustle of the hostelry in Porto; absolutely recommended);
- Port AS 1829 (4 stars - good taste and excellent location);
- Houses of Porto (apartments, excellent quality);
- Gallery Hostel (one of the best hostels from Portugal).
Note: a hotel very popular with Brazilian tourists is the Pão de Açúcar Hotel. For other options, 15 best hotels in Porto and see the post where to stay in Porto (the best neighborhoods); or see the chronicles of good hotels in Porto na Hotelandia.
Alternative 7 day: Porto (with Braga and Guimarães or Douro)
I advise to stay the second full day in Porto but, if you prefer to leave the city on the last afternoon, I suggest you head north to visit Braga (a pleasant city, where the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus is located) and Guimarães, the "cradle" of Portugal and whose historic center is classified as a World Heritage by UNESCO.
Alternatively, a turn around to Régua or Pinhão is a great way to get to know some of the Douro wine country (by boat and back from train or vice versa). And, who knows, want to return to Portugal.
Portugal: One week itinerary (map)
And that's it, this is one of the best itineraries for 7 travel days in Portugal, starting in Lisbon and finishing in Oporto. Do you already know what to do in Portugal? Do you have other suggestions? Share with me.
The post "Portugal in 7 days (a roadmap from Lisbon to Porto)" was published with the Reviews, a car rental company in Portugal.
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