Though Portugal is a small country, it is abundantly loaded with sites worth visiting.
Several routes can be taken to explore this marvel of a country. The one we recommend involves you touching down at the Porto International Airport. You then explore your way to Faro, from where you will say goodbye to this amazingly scenic country.
Days 1 and 2 – Porto:
Porto- a coastal city located in northwest Portugal known for its beautifully crafted bridges and port wine production. In the district of Ribeira (riverside), you will narrow cobbled streets, rustic houses, and cafes.
- São Bento Train Station
- Lello Library
- Clerigos Tower
- Santo Ildefonso Church
- Miguel Bombarda Street: The Art Galleries Street
- Caves in Ribeira and Gaia.
- Scenic Dom Luís bridge
- Wine tasting near Douro river
The Francesinha is a local specialty in Porto. It is made of bread, ham, steak and covered with molten cheese and a hot thick sauce made of tomato and beer. It is usually served with French fries.
Day 3 – Obidos:
A 2-hour drive from Porto to Obidos will leave you speechless with its scenic views. The stunning landscapes will force you to keep your cameras handy. After all, traveling is about the journey and not just the destination, isn’t it?
With gorgeous gardens, long beachline, and old-monuments, this city allures holidaymakers of all ages. The Ginjinha, a sour cherry liqueur, is a specialty of this small village between Lisbon and Porto. You would also enjoy walking the city walls.
Day 4 – Sintra:
Situated in the foothills of Sintra’s mountains, Sintra will offer you much-needed peace and tranquility. There are several castles and monuments that will attract history lovers. Pena Palace and Castelo dos Mouros are two impressive structures worth visiting in this town near Lisbon.
Days 5 and 6 – Lisbon:
Imagine yourself roaming on the streets of one of the most colorful cities of the world. The landscape here includes a number of tiny houses painted in shades of yellow and white. There is a fair amount of sightseeing worth doing in Lisbon. First stop is Alfama, the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon. Castelo São Jorge is a gorgeous castle where you can learn about Lisbon’s history. The Museu do Fado is a must-visit museum dedicated to the ancient music genre of Fado.
Bairro Alto, the festive neighborhood of Lisbon, is ideal if you want to party. Even weekdays feel like weekends here!
In Belem, the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belem Tower, and the Discoveries Monument can be covered in half a day. It is best visited on a weekday as it is quite crowded on weekends. You should try the Pastel de nata (Portuguese custard tart) here.
As much time as your schedule allows – Algarve:
What is a better way to end an amazing vacation than by relaxing at beautiful beaches! With numerous beaches to explore, you may bask under the bright sun of Portugal or enjoy water sports such as windsurfing, parasailing, scuba-diving, etc.
The trip ends with a flight back home from Faro International Airport. We’re sure you’ll go home with great memories and experiences.
If time permits, you could also include the following in your itinerary:
- Alçobaca Monastery: One of the oldest convents in Portugal and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A 30-minute drive away from Obidos.
- Batalha Monastery: Do visit the Unfinished Chapels. A 30-minute drive away from Alcobacca.
- Grutas de Mira de Aire: Marvelous caves. A 30-minute drive away from Obidos.
- The Convent of Christ is a UNESCO World Heritage site in Tomar.
Some noteworthy things:
A fair number of options are available if you seek lavish resorts for accommodation. For those willing to spend less on accommodation, there are cheaper options available on Airbnb, Booking.com and other such services.
Thanks to its advanced ATM system, it is easy to withdraw cash. It is also convenient to pay by card.
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