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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 Lisbon's friendly, up-and-coming capital—a striking city built on seven hills.

Porto's setting along the Douro River
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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.

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.

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.

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

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Foz, Porto's Old Town
How Many Days to 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 Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
Photo courtesy of The Lumiares Hotel & Spa
The 7 Best Boutique Hotels in Lisbon

Follow the sounds of fado through Lisbon's streets to one of these hotels in neighborhoods across the city. Stay near the sophisticated Avenida Liberdade and Marquês de Pombal...

Photo courtesy of Mercure Porto Centro Aliados
The 5 Best Boutique Hotels in Porto

Porto's hotels echo the city's history, with locations dotted through the historic city center. Stay in a former manor house or comfortable guesthouse, with options at all...

Photo courtesy of Carvoeiro Algarve Beach Resort
The Best Hotels in the Algarve

Head south to the golden beaches of the Algarve at one of these seaside retreats. Whether you choose to stay in charming Tavira, along the cliffs of Carvoeiro, or at a wellness...

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Portugal family trip
Map of Family Vacation in Portugal & the Azores  - 14 Days
Family Vacation in Portugal & the Azores - 14 Days

Get ready to check Portugal off your family's bucket list on this 14-day adventure! Start in Porto, where you'll take a foodie tour and try traditional Portuguese cuisine, cruise the river on a rabelo boat, and see the city via vintage car. Then it's off to Coimbra and Lisbon for tuk-tuk tours, the mysterious Mira De Aire Caves, and a day trip to whimsical Sintra. Finish up with a flight to the Azores, for beach time, forest hikes, geothermal pools, and whale watching on São Miguel Island.

Families will enjoy Portugal's beaches
Map of Relaxing Family Summer Vacation in Portugal - 14 Days
Relaxing Family Summer Vacation in Portugal - 14 Days

If you want to combine Portugal's cultural highlights with plenty of laid-back beach time, this two-week family-friendly tour is ideal. Start in Lisbon and Porto, and get a feel for their cuisine, history, and arts on a range of family-focused tours by tuk-tuk and vintage car. Make day trips to the palaces of Sintra, the caves at Mira De Aire, and Portugal's only national park, Peneda-Gerês. Then, spend the rest of the trip on the Algarve coast, where you can swim, cruise, go dolphin watching, and much more.

Family in Lisbon
Map of Family Fun in Portugal: Lisbon & Porto - 7 Days
Family Fun in Portugal: Lisbon & Porto - 7 Days

Take your family for a week-long adventure in Portugal, where you'll find the ultimate mix of sightseeing, nature, culture, history, and good food. Start in postcard-perfect Porto and finish in the colorful capital of Lisbon, squeezing in a few fun-filled day trips on the side. Wander the two cities, explore an underground cave system, unlock royal mysteries in Sintra, and spot dolphins in Arrábida Natural Park.

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: 14 Days in Portugal - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
14 Days in Portugal - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Portugal
Travel specialist Marina Courtaut
active 18 hours ago

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 Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
active 18 hours ago

Beatriz De Pablo Rocha

The combination of the two places where I grew up (Madrid and a small village in Badajoz, Extremadura) has made me a passionate traveler almost from birth. Unknown destinations visited by travelers...

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Travel specialist Tiago Filipe
active 16 hours ago

Tiago Filipe

I've always traveled extensively with my family and from a very early age developed a strong taste for it. Portuguese were once sailors and discoverers and I like to think of myself as one too: a...

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Travel specialist Karin Eckhard
active 13 hours ago

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, Spain has...

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Trip Reviews for Portugal

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

We had an amazing 16 days in Portugal ,, my f...
Portugal | Jan 10 - Jan 25, 2023

William
William P.
Slidell, LA | Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

We had an amazing 16 days in Portugal ,, my family was celebrating my son’s graduation from Columbia University Masters in C/S. He wanted to go to Portugal and we are so glad he did. KimKim planned the whole trip , fabulous , 5 Star,, never could have done this amazing trip without ya’ll . Created fabulous lifetime memories with my wife and son ,, We are already planning a trip to Spain next year with ya’ll ,, once we pay for this one ,, 5 star all the way ,, Thanks , Kim Kim read more

We had an amazing 16 days in Portugal ,, my family was celebrating my son’s graduation from Columbia University Masters in C/S. He wanted to go to Portugal and we are so glad he did. KimKim planned the whole trip , fabulous , 5 Star,, never could have done this amazing trip without ya’ll . Created fabulous lifetime memories with my wife and son ,, We are already planning a trip to Spain next year with ya’ll ,, once we pay for this one ,, 5 star all the way ,, Thanks , Kim Kim

Hotel Review
H10 Duque de Loule
Lisboa

Fabulous location and service ,, the outside bar was great , after a day of walking the hills of Lisboa

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Local specialist: João Branco
João
João Branco
Local specialist in Lisbon | Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Hey William!
What an amazing experience was to have you traveling with us!
Glad you enjoyed every single day of your time in Portugal! Hopefuly, you will be able to return later on and create new memories :)
All the best,
João & Across Portugal Team

Overwhelmed at Every Location
Portugal | Oct 29 - Nov 10, 2022

Kelli
Kelli W.
La Palma, CA | Reviewed on Jan 23, 2023

Beatriz was able to put together an incredible trip that let us see all the places we wanted to see in both Portugal and Morocco. I was so impressed by the guides in each place. They were so knowledgeable and eager to share the wonders of their cities with us. The trip exceeded my expectations and I will definitely be taking more trips with kimkim. read more

Beatriz was able to put together an incredible trip that let us see all the places we wanted to see in both Portugal and Morocco. I was so impressed by the guides in each place. They were so knowledgeable and eager to share the wonders of their cities with us. The trip exceeded my expectations and I will definitely be taking more trips with kimkim.

Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Hi Kelli! Thank you so much for your kind words! I'm so happy you had a great time discovering Portugal and Morocco with our local guides :) I'm so glad you had an amazing adventure and it was truly a pleasure to help you with this trip. Best regards, Bea.

Overall it was a great experience traveling w...
Portugal | Dec 29 - Jan 4, 2023

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Shital P.
Tarpon Springs, FL | Reviewed on Jan 05, 2023

Overall it was a great experience traveling with KimKim as our tour company and Marta was absolutely great. Loved all the communication tools and apps the company uses - very user friendly and easy access to the tour guides.
The only thing I would mention is to include more detailed explanation of the tour itself for example what exactly is included in the tour so that the client knows how to ask for customization.
Also please make note that the lady driver that took us from Porto to... read more

Overall it was a great experience traveling with KimKim as our tour company and Marta was absolutely great. Loved all the communication tools and apps the company uses - very user friendly and easy access to the tour guides.
The only thing I would mention is to include more detailed explanation of the tour itself for example what exactly is included in the tour so that the client knows how to ask for customization.
Also please make note that the lady driver that took us from Porto to Lisbon did not speak much English and we did not find her to be a safe driver. The ride was rough with her.
Thank you 🙏🏼

Hotel Review
Tivoli Avenida Liberdade Lisboa – A Leading hotel of the world
Lisbon
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Cleanliness & Comfort
The bathrooms need much improvement. The water from the shower went to the floors because there is not enough barrier
Activity Reviews
Day Excursion to Douro Valley, Wine Tasting & River Cruise
Porto
Vintage Car Tour of Porto
Porto
Get to Know Lisbon with a Local
Lisbon
Private Day Excursion to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
Lisbon
Local specialist: Marta Trzeciakowska
Marta
Marta Trzeciakowska
Local specialist in Madrid, Spain | Reviewed on Jan 09, 2023

Hi Shital, it was a great pleasure to organize this anniversary trip to Portugal for the both of you. I am happy to hear you enjoyed your Winter adventure here with us. On the other hand, I will speak with the driver about your comment above, to make sure it does not repeat. Let me know if you visit Spain or Portugal in the future and I will do my best to prepare a new experience for you :) All my best, Marta