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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 whitewashed villages in the Algarve.

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

This seven-day adventure is the perfect introduction to Portugal for first-timers. Over 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: Coimbra.

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.

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 in up-and-coming Lisbon to explore ancient ruins and trendy districts before going 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 its 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 Hotel Britania Art Deco
Lisbon
Hotel Britania Art Deco
4.9
(19)
· Comfort
Step back into the 1940s in this historic Art Deco hotel located off of Avenida Liberdade, one of Lisbon's main streets that connects to downtown and the historic center. One of Portugal's most influential modernist architects, Cassiano Branco, designed this building in the 1940s, and it's the...
The Azores
Heritage Avenida Liberdade
4.9
(12)
· Comfort
Located in Lisbon's historic center, Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel is a charming boutique hotel that reflects Portugal's rich culture and tradition. You'll stay on the main avenue of Lisbon, Avenida da Liberdade, where the hotel offers easy access to the city's top shops and eateries. You'll...
Photo courtesy of M'ar de Ar Aqueduto
Évora
M'ar de Ar Aqueduto
5.0
(6)
· Luxury
History and modern comforts converge in the luxury hotel M'ar de Ar Aqueduto, located directly across the 16th-century aqueduct that circles Évora. Housed in a 16th-century palace, the hotel has retained original features like the chapel, vaulted ceilings, and Manueline windows on the facade,...

Best Experiences in Portugal

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Statue at Praca do Comercio in Alfama
Lisbon
Explore Lisbon with a Guided Walk
4.9
(39)
3 hours
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Private
Explore Lisbon on foot, led by an expert local guide, who will show you the highlights and history of Europe's second-oldest city. Set out with a knowledgeable guide who will take you to sites that may include the upscale shopping area around Chiado Square, the 12th-century Lisbon Cathedral, and...
Lisbon
Lisbon
Lisbon's Historic Odyssey Walk
4.9
(39)
3 hours
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Private
"Embark on an exclusive exploration of Lisbon's historic center with a private walking tour that begins at your hotel, where your dedicated guide awaits. This personalized journey through the city's rich heritage is crafted to adapt seamlessly to your pace, preferences, and individual...
Porto
Day Excursion to Douro Valley, Wine Tasting & River Cruise
4.9
(33)
7 hours
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Private
Embark on a memorable journey through the Douro Valley wine region, visiting traditional wineries and enjoying a wine-tasting session. Savor a traditional lunch at a quintessential estate and explore the picturesque landscape with an hour-long river cruise, admiring the scenic hills along the...

Our Latest Portugal Content

Explore Portugal's capital, Lisbon on a private city tour
Map of Grand Tour of Portugal & Spain's Iconic Cities - 16 Days
Grand Tour of Portugal & Spain's Iconic Cities - 16 Days

Cross the Iberian Peninsula by car, plane, and train to discover six vibrant cities and plenty of natural beauty. Begin in Portugal with a tour of Porto, breaking away for day trips to the surrounding towns and villages, then continue to Lisbon, where a fado performance and the palaces of Sintra await. Fly to Spain for a tapas and flamenco night in Seville, explore the UNESCO-listed Alhambra in Granada, and enjoy one night in Valencia before ending in Barcelona to discover Gaudí's architectural masterpieces.

Explore São Miguel, stopping at landmarks like the Lagoa das Sete Ciudades
Map of Highlights of Portugal & the Azores: Lisbon, Coimbra, Douro Valley, Porto, São Miguel - 16 Days
Highlights of Portugal & the Azores: Lisbon, Coimbra, Douro Valley, Porto, São Miguel - 16 Days

Explore the highlights of mainland Portugal and the Azores on this 16-day trip for food and nature lovers. Kick things off in Lisbon with a food tour and a home-cooked dinner with a local family, then discover the gardens and palaces of Sintra before picking up your rental car and driving to historic Coimbra. Sample local wine in the Douro Valley, and tour Porto in a vintage car, then fly to São Miguel to beach hop and explore the crater lakes by 4WD.

Drive along the Algarve's coastal roads on this 16-day self-drive tour
Map of Self-Drive Portugal & the Azores: Lisbon, the Algarve & Ponta Delgada - 16 Days
Self-Drive Portugal & the Azores: Lisbon, the Algarve & Ponta Delgada - 16 Days

Spend 16 days discovering Portugal's rich culture and natural landscapes, starting in the capital, Lisbon. Watch a fado performance, explore the city by tuk-tuk, and cruise the Tagus River before picking up your rental car and driving south to the Algarve. Here, you'll relax on the beach, snorkel in the turquoise waters, and discover coastal villages, then fly to São Miguel Island in the Azores for whale watching, kayaking in a volcanic crater, and relaxing in hot springs.

Portugal Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Map 7 Days in Portugal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Portugal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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5 Days in Portugal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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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 9 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 9 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 Pedro Luis
active 3 hours ago

Pedro Luis

Hello everyone :) Every single time I have the opportunity to travel, my goal is to fully experience the destination. I truly believe that the essence, the context & the materialization are the...

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Travel specialist Marta Trzeciakowska
active 6 hours ago

Marta Trzeciakowska

From a very young age, I have grown up in an international environment since my parents moved to Spain from Poland. This meant that every year we traveled across Europe to visit our family and...

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Trip Reviews for Portugal

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Well Planned and a Very High Level of Service
Portugal | Apr 8 - Apr 14, 2024

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Jon C.
Mansfield, MA | Reviewed on Apr 16, 2024
We love the approach KimKim takes of surveying interests and travel styles and creating a custom trip that fits. The local guides were top-notch, and the activities aligned well with our interests. Especially the cooking class we took and the dinner we had in someone’s home. It was a nice change from a restaurant to be able to have a relaxing meal in a
“homey” environment and get to know some new people.
The other positive of Helena (our trip lanner) was the regular communication... Read more

We love the approach KimKim takes of surveying interests and travel styles and creating a custom trip that fits. The local guides were top-notch, and the activities aligned well with our interests. Especially the cooking class we took and the dinner we had in someone’s home. It was a nice change from a restaurant to be able to have a relaxing meal in a
“homey” environment and get to know some new people.

The other positive of Helena (our trip lanner) was the regular communication about trip details both before and while we were away, as well as that from the tour guides. There was very little to fret over while we were on vacation – and we got updates throughout our tour.

The only bit of advice I have is that you should take time to research your destination fully. This was the 1st time I did not plan every aspect of our trip (book hotels, Viator tours, etc.), and I should have better researched Lisbon (and Porto) to fully appreciate what we did and what we missed. I felt a little disconnected following a plan that was built for me rather than one I built. This is nothing against KimKim – I 100% recommend them; just advice as you begin to plan your next destination.

We will definitely use KimKim when we plan our next trip!

Local specialist: Helena Fernández
Helena
Helena Fernández
Local specialist in Madrid, Spain | Replied on Apr 17, 2024
Hi Jon, Thank you so much for sharing your comments.
It was a pleasure to design an itinerary that suited your preferences and to know that the local guides provided exceptional experiences, especially with the cooking class and dinner at a local home.
Your advice about researching destinations in depth is valuable. While our goal is to provide a seamless experience, we understand the importance of feeling connected to the plan.
I am grateful for your recommendation and happy to hear that...
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Hi Jon,

Thank you so much for sharing your comments.
It was a pleasure to design an itinerary that suited your preferences and to know that the local guides provided exceptional experiences, especially with the cooking class and dinner at a local home.
Your advice about researching destinations in depth is valuable. While our goal is to provide a seamless experience, we understand the importance of feeling connected to the plan.
I am grateful for your recommendation and happy to hear that you will keep KimKim in mind for your future adventures. When you're ready to plan your next trip, I'll be here to help you create another unforgettable trip tailored to you if not again to Portugal, to Spain, Italy or Morocco.

Warmest regards,
Helena, from Espíritu Travel and Kimkim

The KimKim team, especially Pedro, made our t...
Portugal | Apr 6 - Apr 13, 2024

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Erica W.
Ashburn, VA | Reviewed on Apr 15, 2024

The KimKim team, especially Pedro, made our trip to Portugal smooth, exciting, and fulfilling. We especially loved our walking tour guide in Porto (Bernardo - amazing) and our drivers (Miguel from Lisbon to Sintra + Porto & Pedro to the Douro Valley). Every location we saw was wonderful for its own reasons. Thank you for organizing a great trip with our group and making adjustments when we asked!

Local specialist: Pedro Luis
Pedro
Pedro Luis
Local specialist in Lisbon | Replied on Apr 16, 2024

Dear Erica,
Thank you so much for your kind words and review - it really means a lot.
I will be happy to share your comments with everyone involved :)
It was my pleasure to assist the six of you on your trip to my lovely country.
Your friend in Portugal - Pedro

Amazing first experience in Portugal
Portugal | Mar 20 - Apr 1, 2024

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Doris K.
San Jose, CA | Reviewed on Apr 13, 2024
We are very glad that we used kimkim for our first time to Portugal! kimkim connected us to João, and kimkim's platform made it very easy to communicate with him as he assisted and advised on the itinerary for our trip. João was fantastic - very prompt in answering our many questions, provided options to accommodate our specific requests, and was all around super pleasant and friendly. We also didn't feel like he gave us any pressure, which was really appreciated. After we decided to go... Read more

We are very glad that we used kimkim for our first time to Portugal! kimkim connected us to João, and kimkim's platform made it very easy to communicate with him as he assisted and advised on the itinerary for our trip. João was fantastic - very prompt in answering our many questions, provided options to accommodate our specific requests, and was all around super pleasant and friendly. We also didn't feel like he gave us any pressure, which was really appreciated.

After we decided to go with kimkim, we trusted João to arrange and book everything for us. He made everything super easy! While we were in the country, João set up a WhatsApp chat and sent daily check-ins with the plans for the next day. It was reassuring to know we always had a lifeline in case there were any issues (and there really weren't any - except for rare bad weather which is NOT in their control of course!). João's network of private transportation and guides were top notch - everyone was prompt, super friendly, knowledgeable, and very willing to share their personal/local experiences and opinions. That really made a huge difference in terms of our overall experience. Special shout out to our drivers - André, Ivo, Ricardo, and Fernando!

We loved our Portugal trip and went everywhere we wanted to go: Lisbon/Sintra, Porto, Douro Valley, and the Algarve. We highly recommend João and his team without hesitation!

A comment about the price - yes, you will probably pay more with kimkim than if you were to book everything on your own, but we felt it was worth it for the convenience, flexibility for 100% customization, level of service, and the high quality of the experiences.

Local specialist: João Branco
João
João Branco
Local specialist in Lisbon | Replied on Apr 16, 2024

Hello Doris,
Thank you so much for your kind words and time to share your experience while in Portugal!

I am super happy to know you went back home happy with your choice - that just made my day!!

Wish you all the best.
Your friend in Portugal - João