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Introducing Portugal

From the seemingly never-ending festivals to the diverse range of cultures that have made Portugal their home over the centuries, to the simple but delightful culinary experiences, the vibrant heritage and cultural diversity of this country captivate travelers.

When is the best time to visit?
Portugal is a year-round destination, but if possible, travelers should aim to visit in the springtime when the almond blossoms and wildflowers cover the countryside. Learn more

Where should you go in Portugal?
Experience the traditional Alfama neighborhood of Lisbon before it will be absorbed by the rest of the bustling city’s culture, tour the ancient ruins of Sintra and historic Evora, walk along the bluffs of Europe’s most southwestern point at Cabo de São Vicente, and relax on the beaches of Ilha de Tavira.

How many days do I need?
There are too many destinations that are must-sees in Portugal to see the country in less than a week. At least 10 days is best. Learn more

Getting Around Portugal
Although smaller than neighboring Spain and France, distances in Portugal are still significant—traveling from Porto to Faro, for example, takes five hours by car. Flying is a quick and comfortable way to get between the country’s major cities, with the largest airport being Lisbon Airport (LIS). Going by bus or train are also options here. Learn more 

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Portugal Tours & Itineraries

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Camilo Beach in Lagos
Map of Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve - 10 Days
Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve - 10 Days

Experience three of Portugal's most iconic destinations on this 10-day trip starting in Lisbon where you'll tour ancient ruins, cobbled streets, and a UNESCO-listed village in the forested hills. Next, head north to Porto—famous for wine production and colorful architecture along the Douro River. The hardest decisions fall at the end where you can choose between spectacular beaches and white-washed villages in the Algarve.

Madeira Island's northern coast
Map of Explore Portugal: Porto, Lisbon, & Madeira Island - 14 Days
Explore Portugal: Porto, Lisbon, & Madeira Island - 14 Days

This epic Portugal tour highlights two cosmopolitan cities and a stunning mid-Atlantic island—part of an autonomous region—known for its tropical foliage and eternal spring-like weather. You'll kick off in Porto, home of centuries-old wine production and colorful architecture along the Douro River. Then fly to Madeira Island for secluded beaches and untouristed villages waiting to be discovered. Last but not least is the friendly, up-and-coming capital of Lisbon—a striking city built on seven hills.

Sunset from the Cabo da Roca near Lisbon
Map of Ultimate Portugal Tour: Lisbon, Porto, The Algarve, Douro Valley, & More - 14 Days
Ultimate Portugal Tour: Lisbon, Porto, The Algarve, Douro Valley, & More - 14 Days

This itinerary includes Portugal's two biggest cities, a slew of historic villages, and some spectacular beaches for an epic adventure to remember. Start off in up-and-coming Lisbon to explore ancient ruins and trendy districts before making your way north to UNESCO-listed Porto (and its nearby wine region). You'll also get time in the university towns of Évora and Coimbra—each with their own medieval attractions and dining scenes—before kicking back for a few days in the Algarve.

Marinha Beach in Portimão
Map of Best of Portugal, from Porto to Algarve - 8 Days
Best of Portugal, from Porto to Algarve - 8 Days

This tour mixes Portugal's vibrant cities with the incredible natural scenery of the Algarve region, starting with guided tours of Porto and Lisbon's hilly and historic neighborhoods. Enjoy a day trip to the Douro Valley for a tasting of the region's wine and port varietals, then head south to Algarve to explore its water sports, preserved coastal parks, and endless coastline filled with sandy beaches and rock formations. Spend hours relaxing on the beach, hiking along the coast, or meandering the historic fishing villages, all before watching dramatic sunsets and experiencing the area's exceptional nightlife.

Porto's setting along the Douro River
Map of Best of Lisbon & Porto - 7 Days
Best of Lisbon & Porto - 7 Days

This adventure is the perfect introduction to Portugal for first-timers. Over the course of a week, you'll explore Lisbon's exciting food and culture scene, take scenic day-trips to historic villages, and walk through Porto's UNESCO-listed city center. Finish in the oldest wine region in the world before returning to Lisbon by way of the country's medieval capital: Coimbre.

Beach paths along the Algarve's southern coast
Map of Lisbon & the Algarve - 7 Days
Lisbon & the Algarve - 7 Days

This weeklong itinerary covers Portugal's biggest metropolis and its southern coast for a city-beach combo that's hard to beat. Kick off in Europe's hottest capital—Lisbon—for a guided introduction to the 'City of Seven Hills', including nearby highlights like Sintra and Cascais. Then, take the train south for several days of glorious beach-hopping while based in a charming old city surrounded by stone walls: Lagos.

Make the Most of Your Time in Portugal

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Foz, Porto's Old Town
How Many Days Should You Spend in Portugal?

Portugal’s compact size means you can pack a lot into a short trip—a few days allows for exploration of Lisbon and Porto, along with a few excursions beyond city limits. With a...

Portugal Travel Advice

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Portugal Experiences

Unique things to do in Portugal
Azulejo Tile Workshop in Lisbon

Azulejos are the decorative tiles adorning the exteriors and interiors of lot of Lisbon's most beautiful buildings, helping to give the city its distinctive architectural style....

Making pastéis de nata
Pastéis de Nata Baking Class in Lisbon

With this experience, you have the chance to immerse yourself in local culture and cuisine as you learn how to make Lisbon's iconic sweet pastry dessert, pastéis de nata...

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Stroll along the famous surf of Nazaré
Map of Scenic Portugal Loop: Lisbon, Sintra, Nazaré & Porto  - 9 Days
Scenic Portugal Loop: Lisbon, Sintra, Nazaré & Porto - 9 Days

This 9-day itinerary takes you on a scenic journey up the length of Portugal—taking in iconic highlights and some marvelous hidden corners along the way. Hop on Lisbon's traditional trams, discover the postcard-perfect villages of Sintra and Óbidos, and visit coastal Nazaré for fresh seafood and crashing Atlantic surf. After a tasting tour of Porto's incredible gastronomy, you'll head into the wilds of Peneda-Gerês National Park for a day of mountain biking before turning south to end your trip back in Lisbon.

Sunset over Praia do Camilo in Lagos
Map of Relaxed Portugal: Lisbon, Sintra, Porto & Lagos -  9 Days
Relaxed Portugal: Lisbon, Sintra, Porto & Lagos - 9 Days

Forget timetables and logistics—on this 9-day itinerary you can sit back and focus on the beauty of Portugal's cities, countryside, and coast. With a private driver to whisk you between locations, you'll get lost in Lisbon's authentic alleys, spend a night among the romantic palaces of Sintra, tour Porto's riverside wine cellars, escape to the cork forests of Peneda-Gerês, and finish up on the golden beaches of the Algarve.

Wind through the terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley
Map of Portugal Road Trip: Lisbon, Évora, Douro & Porto - 10 Days
Portugal Road Trip: Lisbon, Évora, Douro & Porto - 10 Days

Portugal's historic cities and unspoiled countryside take center stage on this 10-day, self-drive adventure. Heading north from Lisbon, you'll take your time exploring the hilltop villages of the Alentejo and the famed wine country of the Douro Valley before reaching riverside Porto and its vibrant culinary scene. Loop south again to make your way back to the capital at a leisurely pace—discovering medieval towns, fishing villages, and the wild Atlantic coastline along the way.

Portugal Travel Maps

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Portugal map: 7 Days in Portugal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Portugal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Portugal map: 5 Days in Portugal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
5 Days in Portugal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Portugal map: 10 Days in Portugal - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
10 Days in Portugal - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

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Travel specialist Marina Courtaut
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Marina Courtaut

Can you think of a better way to live adventures than traveling? When we travel we open our minds to new experiences and learn new cultures by making the destination we visited our home for a...

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Travel specialist Karin Eckhard
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Karin Eckhard

Although born and raised in New Hampshire, USA, I have had the fortune to live in places as diverse as Vail, Colorado; Salzburg, Austria; London, a small village in England and Madrid has been my...

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Travel specialist Patricia Marques
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Patricia Marques

I was born and raised in Barcelona (Spain). I started travelling at a young age, and I acquired the passion for traveling from my parents. My passion for traveling made me make the decision to...

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Travel specialist Sam Lister
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Sam Lister

I'm half Scottish, half New Zealander, born and raised in Hong Kong and Japan, schooled in England and now living in Spain. I'm a mish-mash of cultural backgrounds and now an adopted...

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Trip Reviews for Portugal

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim
Martha

Family Time in Lisbon · Portugal - Jun 26 - Jul 1, 2022

Traveler: Martha R. - Local specialist: Marta Trzeciakowska

This was our first experience with KimKim.. Our local specialist Marta was superb! She was knowledgeable and utterly responsive, even on a Sunday afternoon when we contacted her because our flight to Lisbon was delayed. She also reached out to us during our time in Lisbon to ensure things were going well, something we very much appreciated.

We were grateful for Marta's recommendation of an outstandingly beautiful and relaxing Lisbon hotel (Torel Palace), her close coordination of many... read more

This was our first experience with KimKim.. Our local specialist Marta was superb! She was knowledgeable and utterly responsive, even on a Sunday afternoon when we contacted her because our flight to Lisbon was delayed. She also reached out to us during our time in Lisbon to ensure things were going well, something we very much appreciated.

We were grateful for Marta's recommendation of an outstandingly beautiful and relaxing Lisbon hotel (Torel Palace), her close coordination of many activities, and arrangements for an incredible guide/driver, Marta Sophia George David, for two amazing days of out-of-Lisbon tours--one to Obidos, Fatima, and seaside towns and the other to Sintra, Cascais, and Belem.

A word about our guide/driver: we cannot compliment her enough! A former journalist, Marta David has encyclopedic knowledge tempered by deep love of Portugal and the ability to speak to history and current events with deep insight. Her contextual passion touched our souls in an soul-expanding way. She also knew where to find the best gelato shops!

Based on our experience, we will use KimKim again and recommend it to others.

Hotel Review

Torel Palace

Lisbon

Overall Rating
Hotel Review

Torel Palace is an accessible retreat in the midst of Lisbon.

Cleanliness & Comfort

The bathroom was a bit cramped, but then what can you expect in a 1902 palace?
Staff

So pleasant, helpful, caring, and accommodating!!!!!
Authenticity & Character

Every part of this property is gorgeous! Beyond charming . . .
Location

The fact that we really could walk to various neighborhoods but nevertheless could retreat from the busyness in an extraordinarily beautiful place with some of the best views in the city!
Activity Reviews

Sunset Sailing Cruises in Traditional Boats

Lisbon

Overall Rating
Activity Review

Interesting and informative--but the cruise was crowded, uncomfortable, and cold.

Transport

That's just it: we had been in Lisbon for our first time for less than two hours before the cruise began, and finding transportation (cab) back to our hotel after the cruise was difficult.
Guides, drivers and staff

Quality of Experience

The traditional boat was way too crowded!

Lisbon by Tuk-Tuk

Portugal

Overall Rating
Activity Review

A good overview.

Transport

Pick-up at the hotel (again, this was our first time in Lisbon).
Guides, drivers and staff

Quality of Experience

Evening of Fado

Lisbon

Overall Rating
Activity Review

Great music; too lengthy an experience.

Food

Cod (the specialty of the house) has bones and gristle in it.
Transport

Difficult to get to for newcomers to Lisbon. We tried to walk from the Torel Palace and ended up looking for a cab after getting hopelessly lost.
Guides, drivers and staff

Our waiter literally disappeared!
Quality of Experience

Music was great! Timing was slow. Food was okay but not great. Probably not the experience for first-time fado attendees.

Cooking Class in Lisbon with Market Visit

Lisbon

Overall Rating
Activity Review

A fun morning with an interesting an eclectic group!

Food

The lunch we prepared was great!
Guides, drivers and staff

The cooking teacher was personable and a good cook--but she didn't offer many explanations about what she was doing or why,
Quality of Experience

A good experience, It would have been better if we'd been given copies (or received by email) the recipes we prepared.

Private Excursion to Fatima

Lisbon

Overall Rating
Activity Review

Our guide Marta was exceptional.

Transport

Guides, drivers and staff

Quality of Experience

Group Excursion to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril

Lisbon

Overall Rating
Activity Review

Sintra is a must-visit. The castle in Old Sintra is incredible--a great self-tour. Our guide took us to a second palace/garden to tour in Sintra (not Pena Palace). It was breathtaking, but physically very, very challenging with steep, uneven cobblestone "steps" (or drop-offs). Lunch was at a local restaurant that was delightful! We loved visiting the westernmost point in mainland Europe; thought Cascais was interesting but little more than an overrated "mall" with a good gelato shop; did an Estoril drive-by, and were very grateful for an add-on, half-an-hour stop in Belem.

Transport

Guides, drivers and staff

Quality of Experience

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Marta Trzeciakowska, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Martha, thank you for taking the time to send us such a complete review and for your kind words. It was a pleasure to organize this trip to Lisbon for you and your family and I hope our paths meet again for your next adventures in Spain and Portugal. All my best, Marta.

Blaine

Portugal Knocked our socks off! · Portugal - Jun 16 - Jun 27, 2022

Traveler: Blaine B. - Local specialist: Tiago Filipe

Tiago and Joël expertly planned a most memorable trip to Lisbon and north. Tiago communicated with us immediately when we were in the planning stages and meet us the first day to settle us in and suggest a site seeing route appropriate for the jet lagged. For two days Joël shepherded is throughout old Lisbon, and a fun day to Cascais and Sintra. We experienced Lisbon and the Atlantic Coasts that we would not have seen by ourselves. Plus he introduced us to the Portuguese seafood and fish... read more

Tiago and Joël expertly planned a most memorable trip to Lisbon and north. Tiago communicated with us immediately when we were in the planning stages and meet us the first day to settle us in and suggest a site seeing route appropriate for the jet lagged. For two days Joël shepherded is throughout old Lisbon, and a fun day to Cascais and Sintra. We experienced Lisbon and the Atlantic Coasts that we would not have seen by ourselves. Plus he introduced us to the Portuguese seafood and fish cuisine.

Once we rented a car, the itinerary develops for ids was varied and exciting; the accommodations were perfect.

Highlights: at the risk of listing them all, Douro Valley, Porto, Tomar, and Évora and the sites at those locations too my list.

We had a terrific experience through KimKim and we will recommend to others and hopefully take another trip with you soon.

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Tiago Filipe, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Blaine, Rick,

We've spoken already after your trip so you already know what I feel about having met you. You're two wonderful persons who really know how to enjoy life. Your will to experience different things surely contributes to your happy and, I dare to say, exciting , existence!

I owe you a fado dinner, but the way!!!

All the best and please stay in touch!

Tiago

Our guide who took us up the Duora Valley and... · Portugal - Jun 11 - Jun 24, 2022

Traveler: Deanna H. - Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha

Our guide who took us up the Duora Valley and recommended the lunch venue was terrific, so much so that we treated him to join us for lunch. Also, the wine tasting in the valley was terrific as well, as we bought a case of wine there.

Special thanks to Beatrice who made Kimkim the terrific company that it is. She was very easy to reach if we had questions, she planned a trip that we will never forget. We told her we had 12 days and she planned them perfectly, she is so knowledgeable. We... read more

Our guide who took us up the Duora Valley and recommended the lunch venue was terrific, so much so that we treated him to join us for lunch. Also, the wine tasting in the valley was terrific as well, as we bought a case of wine there.

Special thanks to Beatrice who made Kimkim the terrific company that it is. She was very easy to reach if we had questions, she planned a trip that we will never forget. We told her we had 12 days and she planned them perfectly, she is so knowledgeable. We will recommend Kimkim and tell our friends to ask for Beatrice.

Hotel Review

Flores Boutique Hotel

Porto

Overall Rating
Hotel Review

The crew that work there are very knowledgeable and helpful. Great location for restaurants and sites to visit. The buffet was fresh and generous. The room was good size and was accommodating.

Tips for future travelers

I did not pick or look up any hotels that Beatrice suggested as I trusted her choices and we were rewarded with excellent accommodations.

Cleanliness & Comfort

Nice count on sheets and comforters.
Staff

Knowledgeable and easy to talk to.
Authenticity & Character

Everything
Location

Center city for convenience
Activity Review

Day Excursion to Douro Valley, Wine Tasting & River Cruise

Porto

Overall Rating
Activity Review

Our tour was outstanding!! The River tour was very interesting and felt very privileged to be able to see the wonders of the area. The Port winery that our guide set us up with was amazing. Tour of vineyard and home of wine makers was fun. The restaurant that our guide took us to we had a chef that was outstanding. A very special remembered day.

Transport

Knew area and where they were to take us!
Guides, drivers and staff

Knowledgeable guides
Quality of Experience

All day trips were well planned into day.