What to do in a week in Portugal
What to do in a week in Portugal, these are your doubts when you choose to visit Portugal in a week. We suggest starting your week in the city of Lisbon and staying overnight here 3 nights.
Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, with an approximate population of 700 thousand inhabitants, discover the historical neighborhoods such as; Alfama, Bairro Alto, Chiado, Baixa, São Jorge Castle among others and enjoy the fantastic views of the Tagus River. In Belém we will find the monuments of the Portuguese epic period, the discoveries, as well as the Jeronimos Monastery, the Belém Tower and the Monument of the Discoveries. Not forgetting the fantastic pastries of Belem …
Sintra, is about thirty minutes from Lisbon, and you do not have to leave your hotel in Lisbon. In Sintra, you will find numerous palaces as well as Pena Palace, Queluz Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, among others. If you have opted for a private tour, you can still visit Cabo da Roca, the westernmost point of Continental Europe, Cascais with its fantastic bay and Estoril with the largest casino in Europe, arriving in Lisbon by the coast.
Évora is located to the south of Lisbon about an hour and a half of travel, there we will find the Alentejo plains, with extremely famous wineries such as Cartuxa or Esporão. With many attractions, Evora has one of the most sinister chapels in Portugal, the Chapel of Bones, visiting there is a must when visiting Évora. You can maintain your hotel in Lisbon to visit Évora.
If you make your holidays by car or even with private itinerary, you can visit Fatima and Coimbra on the way until you arrive in Porto. The Sanctuary of Fatima is about a hour’s drive from Lisbon, where you can visit the two Basilicas, Holy Trinity and Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary, and of course the Little Chapel of Apparitions.
In an hour he arrives in Coimbra, the student city with the oldest university in Europe, where the Joanina Library is one of its great ex-libris, very close, in Mealhada then has the famous Leitão à Bairrada. They should arrive in Porto at the end of the afternoon with about 350kms and about 8 to 9 hours of travel.
Only when you arrive in Oporto will you understand why this city has won numerous tourist merit awards in recent days. A passionate city, with fascinating cuisine and fierce people, not to be missed will be the Lello bookstore where JK Rowling was inspired to “create” Harry Potter, the Clerigos Tower, the Stock Exchange Palace, the Cathedral among others, ending the day enjoying a Port wine at one of hundreds of Caves of Vila Nova de Gaia, by the Douro River.
A place to visit, even if wine is not really one of your favorites, just an hour and a half from Porto, not having to leave your hotel if you wish. The Douro Valley is a place of immense beauty, a Valley with vineyards flanking the Douro River, in authentic harmony, you can come and visit some of these Quintas and taste their wines, we should book in advance.
If you wish to return to Lisbon, you can enjoy this day to make other visits on the way. Aveiro known as the Portuguese Venice, (a little exaggerated to say), is a nice place for a visit and maybe a tour of Moliceiros, the Portuguese “gondola”.
Nazaré, famous these days for its giant, yes giant waves, over 30 meters, has other attractions like the seven-skirt widows, as well as excellent landmarks and fresh fish restaurants.
Óbidos, no need for presentations a medieval village with numerous craft shops, mixed in the city walls, not to forget the proof of the Obidos cherry. We hope to have contributed to the desire to visit Portugal, see the link below for a suggestion of action to do in a week in Portugal.