- Try a pastel de nata in Lisbon's famous Belém neighborhood
- See fairytale castles in Sintra
- Keep your cool in Évora's spooky Chapel of Bones
- Catch some waves off the Algarve coast
|Day 1||Arrive in Lisbon||Lisbon|
|Day 2||Visit Lisbon's Old Town||Lisbon|
|Day 3||Explore Belém, Pick Up Rental Car & Visit Cascais||Lisbon|
|Day 4||Discover Magical Sintra||Lisbon|
|Day 5||Drive to Óbidos, the Town of Queens||Évora|
|Day 6||Drive to the Ancient Roman City of Évora||Évora|
|Day 7||Drive to the Wild & Beautiful Algarve Coast||Algarve|
|Days 8-9||Explore the Beaches & Villages of the Algarve||Algarve|
|Day 10||Enjoy Your Time in the Algarve & Drive Back to Lisbon||Lisbon|
|Day 11||Depart from Lisbon|
Day 1: Arrive in Lisbon
Upon your arrival to Lisbon, a driver will be waiting to take you to your accommodations in the city. Once there, enjoy some free time and explore Portugal's capital, which is one of the oldest cities in the world. In fact, Lisbon is the second oldest capital city of Europe (after Athens). The line between the ancient and the modern can be thin here, which is just one of the many unique elements of this coastal center.
There are amazing activities and sights for travelers of all kinds. You can get lost in the stacks of Livraria Bertrand, the world's oldest bookstore still in operation or marvel at the intricate blue tiles at the Museu Nacional do Azulejo (The National Tile Museum). Perhaps you'll want to grab a drink at a local bar to listen to some live fado music or if you're feeling peckish, head over to Pastéis de Belém to try an original pastel de nata (or three), whose secret recipe has remained safely guarded by the owners of the bakery since 1834.
Day 2: Visit Lisbon's Old TownExplore Alfama or the Old Town of Lisbon, one of the most beautiful cities in the world! Situated underneath the Castelo de São Jorge, this neighborhood is a maze of winding, hilly streets, tiled sidewalks, and historical monuments and sites like the 17th-century Church of Santa Engrácia and the Judiaria or the Jewish Quarter.
Buy gifts for loved ones at the Feira da Ladra flea market, which is the biggest in the city. Make your way to a miradouro or one of the many viewpoints, which offer stunning panoramic views of Lisbon. Don't forget to replenish yourself with some of Lisbon's delicious local gastronomy.
Day 3: Explore Belém, Pick Up Rental Car & Visit CascaisToday, you'll visit the Belém quarter in Lisbon, which you can explore at your own pace. Belém is famous for its monuments from the Age of Discoveries (spanning from the 15th to 16th centuries), as well as for its renowned delicacy: pastéis de Belém. Among the neighborhood's many highlights, you'll find the majestic Jeronimos Monastery and the impressive Belém Tower, which is seen as a symbol of Lisbon.
After you get your fill of Belém, you can pick up your rental car and drive to Cascais, a small coastal town nearby that's surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Cascais lies on a stretch of coast, where small sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, and picturesque houses combine to form a true picture-postcard image. Historically, Cascais was a haven for the Portuguese and European aristocracy, and was where the Portuguese royal family had their summer home.
If you're looking for an epic experience of nature, check out the cliffs of Boca do Inforno (Hell's Mouth), which offer a dramatic view to the sea, particularly when the waves bash against them.
Day 4: Discover Magical SintraToday you’ll visit Sintra, which is a UNESCO World Heritage village that's set in a small mountain. Consider starting the day with a visit to Guincho, the beach area that serves as a gate to the Sintra Cascais Natural Park. In this natural park, you'll find sprawling manors and palatial houses nestled among lush forest. You'll also discover a number of castles like the iconic Pena Palace that's out of a fairytale, and the Quinta da Regaleira, which includes an inverted tower that was used for initiation rites and ceremonies for the Knights of Templar.
After visiting Sintra, you can continue north to the cape of Cabo da Roca, which is the westernmost point of continental Europe and is known as the "edge of the world." There, you can experience the feeling of being at the end of the world at the 18th-century lighthouse. End your day further north at Azenhas do Mar, which is a postcard village perched on cliffs overlooking the Atlantic, before returning to Lisbon.
Day 5: Drive to Óbidos, the Town of QueensToday, you'll drive north to Óbidos, which is a fortified village from the Middle Ages filled with picturesque houses that are bordered by a Moorish wall. In fact, it's so charming that it was gifted to Queen Urraca in 1210 and since then, has been given to a number of queens, which gives the town its nickname Vila das Rainhas or "Town of the Queens." You can explore Óbidos by walking its cobblestone streets, climbing its ancient fortifying wall, and trying Ginginha, a sour cherry liquor that's often served in a chocolate cup.
Customize your trip with help from a local travel specialist.
Day 6: Drive to the Ancient Roman City of ÉvoraExplore the historic city center of Évora, which is a UNESCO Heritage Site. One of Portugal's oldest cities that dates back to the Roman era, Évora is situated in the countryside of the Alentejo region. This small city offers an abundance of sites, such as the Gothic-style Évora Cathedral and the 2000-year-old Templo Romano (Roman Temple). Don't forget to stop by the 16th-century Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones), one of the most fascinating (and morbid) structures in the world.
Day 7: Drive to the Wild & Beautiful Algarve CoastToday, you'll drive south to the Algarve. You can choose between taking the fastest route, so you can have more time in the Algarve, or a more scenic route, which will give you the option of visiting sites like Monsaraz and Mértola along the way.
Before reaching the Algarve, you also have the choice of making a detour to see the whitewater rapids of the Pulo do Lobo. This is set against the rugged backdrop of the Parque Natural Vale do Guadiana (Guadiana Valley Natural Park) and will be sure to inspire awe.