Travelers to Portugal typically plan a trip for about 15 days when combining Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Évora, and the Algarve with Douro Valley. If you're not interested in Douro Valley, 13 to 15 days is enough for your Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Évora, and Algarve trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as 11 or 12 days. For the best itineraries, including Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Évora, and the Algarve, read below.

How many days do you need in Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Évora & the Algarve?

  • Most travelers spend 13-15 days in Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Évora, and Algarve combined
  • Visiting Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Évora, and Algarve in 11 or 12 days is possible, but will feel rushed
  • With 16 or more days, most travelers choose to add more stops to their trip
  • The most common extensions are Douro Valley and Cascais

How Many Days to Spend in Portugal

Recommended Itineraries for Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Évora & the Algarve

Recommended Itinerary for 2 Weeks

Explore the cobbled streets in charming Óbidos
Explore the cobbled streets in charming Óbidos
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Porto, Explore Porto
Day 2 Guided Walking Foodie Tour, Port Wine Cellar Visit with Tastings Porto
Day 3 Day Trip to the Douro Valley, Wine Tasting Tour & Boat Ride Porto
Day 4 Transfer to Lisbon via Nazaré & Óbidos Lisbon
Day 5 Free Day in Lisbon, Fado Dinner Lisbon
Day 6 Day Trip to Sintra Lisbon
Day 7 Transfer to the Algarve, Explore Algarve
Day 8 Boat Trip to the Grottoes Algarve
Day 9 Beach Day in the Algarve Algarve
Day 10 Transfer to Évora, Explore Évora
Day 11 Private Alentejo Tour & Wine Experience  Évora
Day 12 Transfer to Coimbra, Explore Coimbra
Day 13 Transfer to Porto via Aveiro Porto
Day 14 Depart Porto  

This two-week itinerary explores Portugal's diverse landscapes and cultural treasures, journeying from the north to the south, ticking off coastal and countryside scenes. Start in captivating Porto and visit the Douro Valley before heading south to colorful Lisbon via Nazaré and Óbidos. Visit the enchanting village of Sintra, then continue to the sun-kissed beaches of the Algarve. Return north via a relaxed inland route, stopping at ancient Évora, charming Coimbra, and coastal Aveiro. Read more

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Extended Itineraries

15-Day Itinerary Including Douro Valley

Camilo Beach in Lagos
Camilo Beach in Lagos
Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrival in Lisbon Lisbon
Day 2 Private Half-Day Tour of Old Lisbon Lisbon
Day 3 Private Tour of Sintra Castles & the Lisbon Coast Lisbon
Day 4 Lisbon to Coimbra, Transfer from Lisbon to Coimbra with a Stop in Óbidos Coimbra
Day 5 Charming Coimbra Coimbra
Day 6 Coimbra to Douro Valley Douro Valley
Day 7 Douro Valley Wine Tasting Tour & Boat Ride, Transfer to Porto Porto
Day 8 Private Guided Tour of Porto with Wine Tasting Porto
Day 9 Free day in Porto Porto
Day 10 Porto to Évora Évora
Day 11 Private Guided Tour of Évora & Monsaraz Évora
Day 12 Évora to Algarve Algarve
Day 13 Guided tour of Algarve Villages & Beaches Algarve
Day 14 Algarve to Lisbon Lisbon
Day 15 Depart Lisbon  

Get a full Portuguese experience with this 15-day tour that hits the country's north, south, and west. Begin with tours of Lisbon and the fairy-tale castles of Sintra, then head north to sample the wines and flavors of Porto and the Douro Valley. Meet Portuguese history in medieval Coimbra, fortified Óbidos, and the ancient Roman city of Évora. Venture back south to the pristine coast of the Algarve to end your journey relaxing on its world-famous beaches. Read more

How to travel between Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Évora & the Algarve

How to get from Lisbon to Porto
The journey between Lisbon and Porto is 195 miles (314 km) and averages between 2.5 to 3.5 hours. There are several ways to get between the two major cities, but the most convenient and comfortable way to make the trip is via train. Read more

How to get from Porto to Coimbra
Traveling from Porto to Coimbra, 79 miles (122 km), is easy with several transport options. Going by train is the quickest way, and the bus is a runner-up, both allowing you to unwind and enjoy the scenery. Read more

How to get to the Algarve
Accessing the Algarve Region, in the south of Portugal, is easy via land transport from the rest of Portugal or from Spain. Its main hub is the city of Faro, the regional capital, which has its own international airport. There is another small airport in the Algarve, in Portimão, though it receives far fewer flights. Read more

How to Get from Lisbon to Évora
Traveling from Portugal's capital Lisbon to Évora, in the Alentejo region, is a distance of 83 miles (134 km). The fastest option is by bus, with frequent departures throughout the day, taking around 1.5 hours. Read more