11 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

11 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

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11 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15 h 15 min
1
Lisbon
— 2 nights
Drive:  45 min
2
Colares
— 2 nights
Drive:  15 min
3
Sintra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Sabugal
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  22 h
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Nazare (Mercado Municipal de Nazare, Praia da Nazare, &more). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lisbon trip tool .

San Francisco, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Lisbon. In September, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Colares.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Nazare
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare

2
nights
Colares

Colares ©
On the 1st (Thu), learn about winemaking at Casal Sta. Maria, then take some stellar pictures from Cabo da Roca, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Adraga, and finally do a tasting at Adega Regional de Colares. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Adega Viuva Gomes, kick back and relax at Lugar das Piscinas das Azenhas do Mar, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia das Azenhas do Mar.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Colares attractions planning site .

You can drive from Lisbon to Colares in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daytime highs in Colares are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Sintra.

Things to do in Colares

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia da Adraga, Lugar das Piscinas das Azenhas do Mar
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Praia da Adraga ©
Praia da Adraga
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Adega Viuva Gomes ©
Adega Viuva Gomes

2
nights
Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): stroll through Praia da Samarra, then stroll through Praia da ursa, then explore the historical opulence of Quinta da Regaleira, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Nacional de Sintra. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Boca do Inferno, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then have some family-friendly fun at Five Historic Photography Studio.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Sintra driving holiday planner .

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Colares. October in Sintra sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Sabugal.

Things to do in Sintra

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Boca do Inferno
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Praia da ursa ©
Praia da ursa
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Boca do Inferno ©
Boca do Inferno

1
night
Sabugal

Sabugal ©
Sabugal is a city and a municipality in the District of Guarda in Portugal. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Castelo de Sortelha. Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take an in-depth tour of Museo do Sabugal, steep yourself in history at Monsanto, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Idanha-a-Vehla. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: kick back and relax at Ribeira de Meimoa River Beach, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Sortelha, and then explore the historical opulence of Sabugal Castle.

For ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Sabugal online holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Sintra to Sabugal takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sabugal

Historic Sites Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Ribeira de Meimoa River Beach, Idanha-a-Vehla, Monsanto
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Castelo de Sortelha ©
Castelo de Sortelha
Monsanto ©
Monsanto
Sabugal Castle ©
Sabugal Castle

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