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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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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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