Old world, new world, easy-going, incredibly scenic, quirky and fascinating-that’s Portugal for you. Often unpredictable, but you’ll stay relaxed while entertained. Here is our recommended itinerary.
Day 1: Lisbon
Likely that you’ll fly into Lisbon so begin your itinerary here. Check in, drop your bags and put your walking shoes on. Begin with breakfast! You’re only there for 5 days and you’ve got to try everything so no skipping meals. Find yourself in a café or pastelaria- don’t hold back on the famous pastel de nata and make the most of the Portuguese way of life. Here are some tips to help you order at a Portuguese pastelaria.
Explore various neighbourhoods, take a tram here and there, stroll along the River Tagus, stop for a Sagres(Local beer) on the way. Baixa, Alfama, and Bairro Alto are three popular neighbourhoods to explore in Lisbon that should be first on the list.
Have a drink at a rooftop bar, check out their many fantastic restaurants- it is a foodie hotspot ! And find a restaurant where you can listen to Fado, which will certainly elevate your Portuguese experience.
Day 2: Belém and Cascais
Take a train from Cais do Sodré to Belém, a district full of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Go early in the morning to fit the most in and for the shorter lines! Enjoy some of the day by the river and take in some of Lisbon’s iconic landmarks, like the Jerónimos Monastery and Belém Tower. Explore some of the museums that may suit your interests.
Take a beautiful train journey from Belém to Cascais. Enjoy a bite to eat at a beach bar or shack and settle into the beach town lifestyle. There is much to do in Cascais- from shopping, to cycling to beaching and more. Head back to Cais do Sodré on the last train at 11pm after a full day out.
Day 3: Sintra
Sintra deserves a day! Go straight to the medieval castle, Castelo dos Mouros and take in the views for miles! Pena Palace is your next activity with its exquisite architecture and rich history. Pop into the town centre and soak up the vibe at a local café. Try some of the local sweet treats while you’re there!
Day 4: Porto
Take the train from Lisbon to Porto for just €2.50 one-way in second class. Enjoy the views of the countryside on your way. As you hit Porto make your way to the São Bento Station, a gorgeous landmark with wall-covered mosaics and it is pretty central for sightseeing. There is lots to do here so get ready!
Porto promises art, architecture, books, great food and views! For books- check out Livraria Lello & Irmão, Portugal's most famous bookstore. For food- take a look at these amazing restaurants for a gastronomical experience of Portugal making sure to order local dishes while you're there too!
Day 5: Your Choice!
From Porto, there are loads of options to plan a day trip. Our top recommendations are a day in Braga- known to be one of Portugal’s most spiritual towns. Explore the old churches and monasteries. Or choose Aveiro for the day! Known as the “Venice of Portugal” it is scattered with canals and boasts colourful boats. Another option- enjoy the green hills and scenic vineyards of the Douro Valley. Wine tasting is essential here!