10 Days in Portugal: Our Recommendations

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Although you could easily spend multiple weeks touring the historic cities and stunning countrysides of Portugal, there are numerous ways to pack it all into a shorter trip. Below are the best Portugal itineraries of around 10 days. Covering different themes, these trips will satisfy adventurers, lovers of architecture and travelers that want to enjoy a bit of everything. Be inspired by the possibilities of 10 days in Portugal, without feeling like you’re traveling too fast.

9 Days in Portugal: Walking to the Algarve

The small town of Aljezur offers some of the bet beaches in Portugal
Immerse yourself in the peaceful and wonderful beaches of Aljezur
Day 1 Welcome to Zambujeira do Mar
Day 2 Head to Almograve, with a return hike to Zambujeira do Mar along ‘Rota Vicentina’
Day 3 Hike into Odeceixe passing rolling dunes
Day 4 Choose coastal or inland walk to Aljezur
Day 5 Transfer to Arrifana with choice of two routes to Carrapateira
Day 6 Loop hikes or rest day in Carrapateira
Day 7 Walk to Villa do Bispo, an historic town
Day 8 Final hike to Cape St Vincent, return transfer to Villa do Bispo
Day 9 Last breakfast and trip conclusion

A self-guided hiking tour is a fantastic way to explore the Algarve's hidden beaches and spectacular coastline. On this nine day trek, hike at your own pace and swim at remote beaches far removed from busy resorts and hotspots. The trek begins at Zambujeira do Mar on the western coast, and takes you south through six destinations in an untouched region of Portugal. At the end of your walk, check-in to comfortable family-run accommodations that show off Portugal’s beautiful scenery. On your final day, you will reach Cape St Vincent, the southwest point of Portugal. See tour.

10 Days in Portugal: From North to South

Known for its wine production Porto is a coastal city in Northwest Portugal
Discover the allure of this stunning town of Porto in Portugal
Aveiro is a town on the west coast of Portugal.
Take a boat through the small canals of the charming town, Aveiro
Day 1 Explore Porto via GoCar, wine-taste at Graham’s Wine Cellar
Day 2 Visit the Douro Valley, Pnhão village and take embark on a boat trip
Day 3 Half-day Porto walking tour
Day 4 Train to Lisbon, evening fado walking tour
Day 5 Tour Cascais, romantic town Quinta da Regaleira & UNESCO listed Sintra
Day 6 Train to Lagos, kayak in Ponta da Piedade
Day 7 Free day at resort in Lagos, beach day recommended
Day 8 Search for dolphins off the Algarve coastline, return to Lagos
Day 9 Free day at resort in Lagos
Day 10 Head to Faro Airport for your next destination

Experience Portugal in 10 days by doing a little bit of everything on this perfectly-rounded trip to the country’s best cities and regions. Explore the most important areas around Porto, Lisbon, and the Algarve. In between hit up beautiful small towns with endless stories to tell, such as Pinhão village in the Douro Valley, plus Cascais, and Sintra. Enjoy a mix of self-guided exploration in Lagos, expert-led tours in Lisbon (including an amazing fado walking tour) and train trips through Portugal’s stunning countryside. Top it off with a day with dolphins in the Algarve. See tour.

Portugal in 10 days: Cycle from Porto to Coimbra

The Douro river  passing through the Douro Valley
Cruise along the beautiful Douro landscapes, quaint villages and acres of vineyards
Day 1 Arrive in Porto
Day 2 Explore Porto on bike or foot
Day 3 Ride a long the Douro River and sandy beaches to Furadouro
Day 4 Peddle south along Aveiro Lagoon to Altreu, take the train to Aveiro
Day 5 Free day in Aveiro, Portugal's 'Venice'
Day 6 Cycle by lagoons, the Atlantic and fruit feilds to Praia de Mira
Day 7 Free day in Praia de Mira, visit beach, or have a relaxing ride around town
Day 8 Head inland past villages, wine tasting at Quinta do Encontro, finish in Curia
Day 9 Ride alongside vineyards to Mondego River Valley, arrive in Coimbra
Day 10 Head to next destination

Get your legs moving while taking in Portugal’s beautiful villages, colorful vineyards and striking coastlines. For lovers of bike riding and adventure travel, this self-guided itinerary provides the perfect balance of nature and culture. Begin in Porto, soaking in medieval streets and inspiring architecture, before riding down the picturesque Douro River. Head south mixing up riverside views with dense forests, pristine beaches and Portugal’s famous Bairrada wine region. Spend two nights wandering Aveiro’s Venetian-style canals and cycle by protected lagoons the following day. Finish up in UNESCO recognized Coimbra, a stunning riverside city. See tour.

11 Days in Portugal: Best of Portugal

Visiting Portugal
Rosio Square in Lisbon is a stunning sight around the clock
Cascais a Portuguese fishing town is a popular beach resort destination
A beautiful ornate villa stands amidst the beautiful beach in Cascais
Day 1 Arrive in Lisbon, drive to Fatima via beautiful landscapes, churches and coastlines
Day 2 Fatima to Oporto, visit a historic university in Coimbra and the canals in Aveira
Day 3 Visit Guimaraes & Braga with amazing castles and sanctuaries, return to Oporto
Day 4 Explore the impressive Santiago de Compostela, return to Oporto
Day 5 Oporto to Urgeirica with stops in charming Amarante and tranquil Vila Real
Day 6 Urgeirica to Lisbon stopping at Bussaco and the breathtaking Tomar
Day 7 Visit Palace of Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Cascais & Estoril, return to Lisbon
Day 8 Lisbon to Evora, a heritage listed site with ancient cathedrals
Day 9 Evora to Lagos via Beja, home to highest tower in a medieval Portuguese castle
Day 10 Soak up cliffside views of Atlantic Ocean at Ponta Da Piedade plus Sagres before return to Lagos
Day 11 Drive to Setubal & Serra Da Arrabida before departing from Lisbon

For travelers eager to spend 10 days in Portugal with a focus on art and architecture, you can’t pass up The Best of Portugal tour. Begin in Lisbon, the nation’s capital, explore cultural gems, exquisite cuisine and indulge in romantic city views. Next up is Fatima, a religious pilgrimage spot that sees almost six million visitors per year. Over the following nine days you will visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, castles and medieval towns, on a tour that focuses on Portugal’s most important cities and authentic towns. All alongside a knowledgeable, friendly guide! See tour.

10 days in Portugal is enough to make a memorable trip to Portugal. If you are looking for other trip durations in the country, check out our guide on how long to spend in Portugal. You can also get in touch with our travel expert in Portugal to create an itinerary from scratch.

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