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The Ultimate Portugal Itinerary: Best Ways To Spend 10 Days

The Ultimate Portugal Itinerary: Best Ways To Spend 10 Days

Activities & Adventure 6 MINS READ
Portugal Itinerary for 10 Days

From the charming streets of Lisbon to the picturesque landscapes of the Douro Valle – a 10-day Portugal itinerary promises great adventures and memorable times.

Without a doubt, Portugal is one of Europe’s best destinations to visit. It is not only reasonably priced but is also a fantastic choice for vacations. In terms of history, architecture, and delicious food, this small nation has a lot to offer.

Are you looking to spend 10 days in Portugal? Here’s our ultimate guide to the perfect Portugal itinerary.

The Perfect Portugal Itinerary For 10 Days

Days 1-3: Lisbon + Day Trip to Sintra

Portugal Itinerary - Day 1

Lisbon is a fantastic starting point for any travel to Portugal. This majestic coastal city is hilly and known for its pastel-colored buildings, tiled facades, breathtaking miradouros (viewpoints), and above all, pasties de nata (delicious Portuguese egg tarts).

Start your first morning in Lisbon by going to the highest point in the city, the remains of Castelo de São Jorge, which offers one of the most stunning views of Lisbon. From there, proceed downhill to explore Alfama. This is the oldest neighborhood in Lisbon and one of the few areas spared from destruction during the catastrophic 1755 earthquake. 

Many of the scenes from Lisbon postcards come to life here, such as the ones featuring the Lisbon Cathedral, the famous Tram 28, and the views from the Miradouro das Portas do Sol and Miradouro de Santa Luzia.

“Of course, you can also just stroll around this vibrant and old neighborhood, ” says Laynni, a regular visitor. “This three-hour walking tour in Alfama offers a comprehensive overview of the city’s attractions, including an evening Fado show.”

Day 2: Lisbon

Portugal Itinerary - Day 2 in Lisbon

Begin day 2 of your Portugal itinerary at Parque Eduardo VII, which is located north of Marques de Pombal Square and Avenida da Liberdade. Walk to the top of the large park for amazing views back down the well-kept lawns toward the Tagus River.

Barrio Alto and Chiado are some of Lisbon’s most well-liked neighborhoods, which is where you should go next. Highlights include a visit to the world’s oldest still-open bookstore, Livraria Bertrand, the impressive Church of São Roque, the Carmo Convent, and the Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcantara.

Additionally, there’s the extremely popular Pastéis de Belém, which offers the original pastéis de nata.

The Jerónimos Monastery recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site is another must-see tourist attraction in Portugal.

Take a sunset boat cruise on the Tagus River to finish off your day and enjoy some of the best views of Lisbon, the Tagus, and the Ponte 25 Abril Bridge from the water.

Day 3: Day trip to Sintra


Next on this 10-day Portugal itinerary is the enchanted land of fairytales, Sintra! There are numerous whimsical castles to discover, opulent mansions to admire, and charming gardens everywhere you look!

Explore the enchanting Pena Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and stroll through the mystical Quinta da Regaleira. In addition, spend an afternoon in the charming town center and savor local delicacies in one of the many quaint cafes.

You should give yourself a full day to spend in Sintra, so allow plenty of time when planning your trip to Portugal.

Camila, a local girl, advises – “Purchasing your castle tickets in advance is one way to make the most of your time. Yes, you will avoid the long ticket line as most people just buy them at the gate! It’s really simple to purchase online, however, keep in mind that you must schedule a time to enter Pena Palace.”

Days 4-5: Porto


Hop on a train to Porto, a city known for its historic charm and modern flair. Porto is a seaside city in northwest Portugal, renowned for its cobblestoned streets, sweet port wine, and bridges over the Douro River.

Visiting some of Porto’s attractions that are located farther away from the river, like Rua Santa Catarina, the Chapel of Souls, and the Church of Saint Ildefonso.

Take some time to go see the Church of Carmo and enjoy the scenery from Miradouro da Vitória. Explore the Ribeira District along the Douro River. The Ribeira District is a lovely spot to relax and view Porto. It was formerly the haunt of fishermen and sailors, but it is now the haunt of tourists.

Go over the Dom Luis I Bridge (lower level) to Vila Nova de Gaia from Ribeira. A visit to Porto wouldn’t be complete without a port tasting. Although this charming riverfront is technically a different city from Porto, it houses all of the port lodges! However, after your time in Vila Nova de Gaia is over, take the cable car back to the top of the Dom Luis I Bridge for stunning views of the city.

Day 6: Douro Valley Day Trips

Portugal Itinerary - Day 6 in Douro Valley

Embark on a scenic drive or cruise to the Douro Valley, the oldest wine region in the world. Take a relaxing cruise down the Douro River and visit vineyards and wine estates.

The landscape is attractive due to the vineyards that are terraced. Enjoy authentic Portuguese food and wine tastings while taking in the serene vibe of this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Days 7-8: Lagos


If you’re looking to add some beach fun to your Portugal itinerary, then get up early and go to Lagos! Over here, you can expect azure waters and serene beaches. Relax on the golden sands of Praia da Marinha or explore the hidden caves along the coastline.

Further, take a boat tour from Lagos to get a different perspective of Ponta da Piedade and the Algarve coast. Also, a short drive from Lagos are the well-worth-visited locations of Albufeira and Ferragudo.

Day 9: Seven Hanging Valleys Trail

Seven Hanging Valleys Trail

Do you want to witness some of the most amazing scenery you’ve ever seen? The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail deserves to be on your Portugal itinerary. Nature lovers and hikers looking for an unforgettable experience in the Algarve region should check out the trail, which is popular for its diverse flora and fauna. It provides the ideal combination of natural beauty and coastal exploration.

Day 10: Make your way back to Lisbon

Portugal Itinerary - Day 10 back in Lisbon

As you make your way back to Lisbon, take the opportunity to reflect on the incredible experiences and memories you’ve gathered throughout your journey. Upon reaching Lisbon, take a moment to savor a delicious Portuguese meal, perhaps in a local eatery where you can enjoy traditional dishes one last time.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the must-see places to add to my Portugal itinerary for a 10-day trip?

Lisbon, Porto, Algarve (beaches), Douro Valley (wine region), and Sintra (romantic palaces) are common highlights.

Should I rent a car or use public transportation?

Renting a car gives more flexibility, but Lisbon and Porto are walkable with good public transport. Consider your comfort level and planned destinations.

What’s the best time to visit Portugal?

Spring (April-June) or autumn (Sept-Oct) offers pleasant weather and fewer crowds.

How much would a 10-day trip to Portugal cost?

Costs vary depending on travel style, but expect €1000-€2000 per person (includes accommodation, food, and activities).

What to pack for Portugal in Spring?

For a spring trip to Portugal, pack lightweight and breathable clothing for mild temperatures. Include layers for cooler evenings, a light jacket, comfortable walking shoes, and a versatile wardrobe suitable for both city exploration and outdoor activities.

Do I need a visa for Portugal?

Citizens from most European countries and the US don’t need a visa for stays under 90 days. Check visa requirements for your nationality.

How long is the train from Porto to Lagos?

The train journey from Porto to Lagos typically takes around 6 to 7 hours, depending on the specific route and type of train service chosen.

Is Portugal considered a cheap destination?

Portugal is generally considered an affordable destination compared to many other Western European countries.

Ritesh Raj

COO at CuddlyNest

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Last update: 5 June 2024

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