Portugal Travel Guide // Itinerary, Maps & Tips

Updated: Sep 9


"It's all about the passport stamps and being in Portugal."

Portugal was my dream of younger-adult years. All I wanted was an affordable European getaway. It didn't happen until almost a decade later, when I finally set foot in this wonderfully charming country. It was a love at first sight.

THE ITINERARY

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DAY 1


LISBON


Lisbon is a charming old city which surely takes every traveller's breath away. Once you've arrived in Lisbon, take a half-day break to rest and relax from the tiring long-haul flight. There are numerous attractions in Lisbon worth visiting, so spend the other half day exploring these enchanting gems:

  • Castelo de S. Jorge

  • Praça do Comércio

  • Bairro Alto

  • Santa Justa Lift

  • Belém Tower

  • Jerónimos Monastery

  • Lisbon Cathedral

Find out more about Lisbon attractions here.


DAY 2


CABO DA ROCA


“Onde a terra se acaba e o mar começa”


Located in the municipality of Sintra, near Azóia, in the southwest of the district of Lisbon, there is Cabo da Roca or Cape Roca. It forms the westernmost point of the continental Europe, and of the Eurasian land mass. The captivating view from the cape often means it's a definite must-go in travellers' lists. Beware of the windy days and embrace the experience. Don't forget to get the certificate of attendance manuscript handwriting as souvenir. It's available at Cabo da Roca Tourism Office and is priced at 11.00€.


SINTRA


Sintra is a resort town in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains, near the capital of Lisbon. Visitors taking public transports to Cabo da Roca often make it a day trip to Sintra as it's one of the towns with connecting bus services to Cabo da Roca. Pastel-coloured villas and palaces studded around the terrain of this history-rich town. The hilltop 19th-century Pena Palace is known for its whimsical design and magnificent views.

How to make it a day trip?

In the morning, take Linha de Sintra from Rossio train station. It is a direct train service, and should arrive in Sintra after 40-minute ride. From Sintra train station, take Bus 434 operated by Scotturb to Pena Palace. Bus 434 a one-directional loop bus service. After visiting Pena Palace, board the same bus line and go back to Sintra train station where from there you can catch Bus 403 to Cabo da Roca. You can end the day trip by taking Bus 403 to Cascais, a coastal resort where you can spend a quality evening in. Before the day ends, catch a train ride back to Cais do Sodré in Lisbon.

Cascais

DAY 3


ALMADA & CACILHAS


This is a wonderful idea if you want to explore the lesser-known places while you're in Lisbon. Almada and Cacilhas are two towns on the opposite bank of the Tagus River from Lisbon. Take a short (approx. 10 minutes) ferry ride from Cais do Sodre and you will firstly arrive at Cacilhas. Almada is more connected to Lisbon via Ponte 25 de Abril, but is also easily accessible on foot from ferry port in Cacilhas. Take some time to explore Cacilhas for its famous grilled fresh fish and the little church of Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Bom Sucesso.


CRISTO REI


From the centre of Almada, Cristo Rei (Jesus The King monument) is only a short trip away. Not only the monument itself is a sight to behold, but the area also offers a good viewpoint of Ponte 25 de Abril and the area of Alfama from opposite bank. It's highly recommended!


TIME OUT MARKET


Once you’re back from Cacilhas by ferry, do not forget to end the day at Time Out Market Lisboa. It is a food hall located in Mercado da Riberia at Cais do Sodre, very conveniently located just opposite the terminal fluvial & train station. The excitement is ineffable to see a wide variety of delicately crafted cuisine being prepared freshly here. Sample a few dishes and you won't regret!


DAY 4 - 5


PORTO


We absolutely love this city. From the cobbled-street and colourful houses to stunning views of the city and the Douro River, Porto has it all to offer. The travel from Lisbon to Porto may take up to 3 hours, but it's recognised as one of the best city to visit in Portugal. And it begins amazing you as soon as you arrive at São Bento Railway Station (literally, it's one of the most beautiful train station in the world). Once you're in Porto, treat yourself a pastel de nata (or three!) in Majestic Café. Once you're ready to explore the city, start with a climb up Torre dos Clérigos, then a walk across Ponte de Dom Luís I. If you like wine, a visit to a port wine cellar in Gaia will never disappoint you. For those who need a worthy post on Instagram, never miss out Livraria Lello & Irmão. Be prepared to join a queue though!

TRANSPORTATION (WITHIN LISBON)

1. Trams, Funiculars & Elevators/Lifts

Public transport in Lisbon is mainly operated by Carris. Tickets can be purchased onboard (at a slightly higher fare) or from automated vending machines. If you'll be in Lisbon for a few days, it's definitely recommended to get Viva Viagem Card (€0.50) to enjoy special fares.


In short, if you're taking 2-3 single journey public transport for the day, the best solution is to get a Viva Viagem Card at €0.50 and zap in-out every time you're onboard. However, if you're using public transportation widely and prefer freedom of unlimited rides, then day ticket may be a good choice.



Here's a tip on day ticket:

  • On the day you're going to Cacilhas, purchase the CARRIS/ METRO/ TRANSTEJO ticket (€9,55).

  • Buses operated by Scotturb are not included in day ticket.




Refer to the maps to get clearer idea of how public transportation network runs in Lisbon.


Will you be visiting fee-paying attractions? Consider getting a Lisboa Card. Not only you get free entry to many attractions in Lisbon, but also free unlimited travel on bus, metro, tram and elevators. Prices can go as low as €14,00 per day.

WHAT TO DO IN LISBON

WHAT TO DO IN PORTO

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ACCOMMODATION (LISBON)


My Story Hotel Rossio

Address: Praça Dom Pedro IV 59, 1100-200 Lisboa, Portugal

Phone: +351 21 340 0380



Check rates and availability on official website and booking.com.

Portugal Boutique Hotel

Address: Rua João das Regras, 4, Santa Maria Maior, 1100-294 Lisbon, Portugal

Phone: +351 21 884 21 20



Check rates and availability on official website and booking.com.

Nest House Lisbon Hostel

Address: nº12 2ºandar, Av. da República, 1050-191 Lisboa, Portugal

Phone: +351 21 195 4012



Check rates and availability on official website and booking.com.

ACCOMMODATION (PORTO)


Ribeira do Porto Hotel

Address: Praça da Ribeira nº5, União de Freguesias do Centro, 4050-513 Porto, Portugal

Phone: +351 22 203 2097


Check rates and availability on official website and booking.com.

Infante Sagres – Luxury Historic Hotel

Address: Praça D. Filipa de Lencastre 62, 4050-259 Porto, Portugal

Phone: +351 22 339 8500



Check rates and availability on official website and booking.com.

InterContinental Porto - Palacio das Cardosas

Address: Praça da Liberdade 25, 4000-322 Porto, Portugal

Phone: +351 22 003 5600


Check rates and availability on official website and booking.com.

BISHSAYS

But Portugal has a peaceful feel about it. I sit on the terrace overlooking the vineyard there and I feel cut off from the world. You need that sort of thing. – Cliff Richard

At times, we just need a vacation that will refuel us with necessary vibes and spirit. Portugal is the place for me, it's magically bewitching.


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