8 days in Portugal Itinerary

8 days in Portugal Itinerary

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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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take a leisurely stroll along Ribeira do Porto, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally make a trip to Liberdade Square. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Torre dos Clerigos, and then stroll around Museu Serralves.

For photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Porto trip itinerary planning tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Porto is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Porto is minus 1 hour. In August, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.
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Lisbon — 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra--about 36 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary tool.

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Porto in August: highs in Lisbon hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lagos.
Tours · Historic Sites · Museums · Parks
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Lagos — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Mon): get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then kick back and relax at Praia do Camilo, then explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Marinha and then get in on the family fun at Zoomarine Algarve.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lagos route planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Lagos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Portugal travel guide

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.