One Week in Portugal: Our Recommendations


If you are wondering whether 7 days in Portugal is enough time to see its highlights, we assure you that visitors on a tight schedule can still enjoy the best of what it has to offer. Soak up Porto’s stunning blend of medieval and modern architecture during your short stay and see the treasures of Evora. Then feast your eyes on the gems of Douro Valley and unwind on the golden-hued beaches of Algarve. Lasting between 6 and 8 days, our pick of Portugal tours below will take you deep into Portugal’s culture and nature.

6 days in Portugal: Lisbon and South

Visiting Portugal
Rosio Square in Lisbon is a stunning sight around the clock
Day 1 Arrive in Lisbon, explore the city on your ow
Day 2 Head for Supertubos beach in Peniche before driving to Nazare
Day 3 Visit Europe’s westernmost point
Day 4 Explore Lagos’ beautiful beaches, head to Vilamoura
Day 5 Visit Benagil Caves, enjoy beach BBQ
Day 6 Depart from the Algarves

If you only have seven days to spend in Portugal, you could do worse than joining this exciting, 6-day tour of Lisbon and southern Portugal. Explore the cobblestone streets of Lisbon and discover its unique history alongside your guide. Head south the following day to experience the powerful coastline. Visit Nazare, home to giant waves, and see the famous Supertubos beach, which attracts world-class surfers. Next, dive into Portugal's top-notch wine scene visiting Quinta da Bacalhoa farm before ending the tour with a barbecue on the Mediterranean coast.

7 Days in Portugal: Best of Portugal

Porto is a compact city in Europe that is a great summer destination.
Explore the narrow streets, discover medieval culture and explore Portugese dishes 
Day 1  Arrive in Lisbon and go on a half-day city tour
Day 2 See Sintra's heritage
Day 3 Discover medieval towns and beahes of western Portugal
Day 4 Experience the best of Porto
Day 5  Enjoy the beautiful Douro Valley
Day 6 Uncover the history of Coimbro and Tomar
Day 7  Return of Lisbon for flight home

Spending one week in Portugal does not mean that you will have to give up on the best of what the country has to offer. Ticks off the major highlights of the country during guided tours. Visit the iconic castles of Sintra, explore the historic medieval city of Porto and roam the beautiful Douro Valley. Along the way, you will see traditional whitewashed homes with bright facades and one of Europe’s oldest universities. Also included is a boat ride along the Venetian-style canals in Aveiro. See tour

One Week in Portugal: Treasures of Portugal

Known for its wine production Porto is a coastal city in Northwest Portugal
Discover the allure of this stunning town of Porto in Portugal
Jesus do Monte is a Catholic shrine located in Braga
The elaborated dramatic stairways leading up to the Jesus do Monte Shrine
Dyy 1 Arrive in Lisbon
Day 2 Head to Sintra, see Sintra and Pena palaces
Day 3 Explore Nazare and Fatima, finish in Braga
Day 4 Enjoy walking tour in Porto, cruise the Douro and return to Braga
Day 5 Drive through Douro Valley, stop for wine tastings
Day 6 Visit Jesus do Monte Shrine, explore Braga
Day 7  Head BAck to Porto for departure

This Portugal itinerary of seven days will take you to multiple destinations that show off the nation’s deep history and eye-popping architecture along with its mouth-watering cuisine and fabled wines. Start in Lisbon and visit the incomparable Sintra. Wander through Nazare, Porto and Braga, taking in their beauty and local culinary brilliance. Try pastéis de Belém or sip on Port wine in the Douro Valley, the choice is yours. See tour.

8 Days in Portugal: Lisbon and Porto

The Douro river  passing through the Douro Valley
Cruise along the beautiful Douro landscapes, quaint villages and acres of vineyards
Day 1 Take your first steps in Lisbon, enjoy fado walking tour
Day 2 Tick off the highlights of Lisbon
Day 3 Explore Sintra on half-day walking tour
Day 4 Take a train to Porto for a half-day walking tour
Day 5  Roam Porto in a GoCar
Day 6  Go off-roading in Douro Valley, end with cruise on Douro River
Day 7  Head to Peneda-Gerês National Park for another jeep tour
Day 8 Depart from Porto

Travelers with the sense of adventure and only a short time to spend in Portugal will love this tour. Discover the best of Portugal along with your guide while also getting the adrenaline pumping. Aside from exploring the country’s two most important cities, Lisbon and Porto, you will also visit the memorable Sintra for a hike up to Pena Castle and roam the Estoril Coast. Later, drive through picturesque Douro Valley and Peneda-Gerês National Park on the back of a jeep. Experience mesmerizing culture and walking tours balanced with equal parts excitement, like a bridge climb in Porto, during this trip. See tour

Portugal in 8 days: Self-drive through Portugal

Espinho is a seaside town in the north of Portugal.
Walk along the beautiful beach of Esphino and watch the calming views of the waves
Aveiro is a town on the west coast of Portugal.
Take a boat through the small canals of the charming town Aveiro
Day 1 Arrive in Lisbon
Day 2 Head to Castelo de Vide via UNESCO listed Evora
Day 3 Drive to historic Tomar and Coimbra
Day 4  Enjoy Coimbra, venture through Bussaco Forest on to Porto
Day 5  Rest in Porto or drive to medieval Guimaraes
Day 6  Cover Espinho and Aveiro, finish in Coimbra
Day 7 Return to Lisbon through gorgeous countryside, stop at Sintra
Day 8 Depart from Lisbon

Explore Portugal at your own pace during this well-planned, seven-day, self-driving tour. Discover the country’s rich history and end each day in a cozy hotel. The itinerary focuses on arts and architecture, which Portugal holds in ample supply. Visit over a dozen cities and towns, each with their own stories to tell. These include Ovar, known for its traditional tiles called azulejos, and the medieval village of Guimaraes. With no more than three hours of driving on any given day, you will have plenty of time on foot to take in the scenery, roam the castles and explore medieval towns. See tour.

7 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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