17 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

Start: Brussels
+2
Fly + subway + train:  6​h 15​min
1
Coimbra
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Castelo Branco
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Alcobaca
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Lisbon
— 5 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Brussels

4
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Explore hidden gems such as Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra and Soprador do Carvalho. Change things up with these side-trips from Coimbra: Condeixa-a-Nova (Museu PO.RO.S & Palacio dos Figueiredos), Cascata da Fraga da Pena (in Pardieiros) and Poco da Cesta - praia fluvial de Casal Novo (in Arganil). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra, admire the striking features of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Coimbra day trip website .

Brussels, Belgium to Coimbra is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or drive. The time zone changes from Central European Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. In April, Coimbra is somewhat warmer than Brussels - with highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Castelo Branco.

Things to do in Coimbra

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Condeixa-a-Nova, Parque Biologico da Serra da Lousa, Cascata da Fraga da Pena, Poco da Cesta - praia fluvial de Casal Novo, Soprador do Carvalho
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Cascata da Fraga da Pena ©
Cascata da Fraga da Pena
University of Coimbra ©
University of Coimbra
Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro ©

3
nights
Castelo Branco

Castelo Branco ©
Step off the beaten path and head to Serra da Estrela and Vale Glaciar do Zezere. Explore Castelo Branco's surroundings by going to Poco do Inferno (in Manteigas), Barragem Marechal Carmona (in Idanha-a-Nova) and Covao D'Ametade (in Serra da Estrela).

Before you visit Castelo Branco, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Coimbra to Castelo Branco by car takes about 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Alcobaca.

Things to do in Castelo Branco

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Serra da Estrela, Castelo Novo Historical Village, Castelo de Castelo Novo, Poco do Inferno, Barragem Marechal Carmona
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Serra da Estrela ©
Serra da Estrela
Poco do Inferno ©
Poco do Inferno
Castelo Novo Historical Village ©
Castelo Novo Historical Village

4
nights
Alcobaca

Alcobaca ©
Alcobaça is a city and a municipality in Oeste Subregion, region Centro in Portugal, formerly included in the Estremadura Province. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima and Obidos Village. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Alcobaca: Batalha (Capelas Imperfeitas & Casa Trovao), Tomar (Pegoes Aqueduct, Castelo de Tomar, & more) and Basilica da Santissima Trindade (in Fatima). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Alcobaca, and take in nature's colorful creations at Bacalhoa Buddha Eden.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Alcobaca sightseeing planner.

Getting from Castelo Branco to Alcobaca by car takes about 2 hours. April in Alcobaca sees daily highs of 22°C and lows of 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Alcobaca

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Tomar, Batalha, Obidos, Nazare, Fatima
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Obidos Village ©
Obidos Village

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castelo dos Mouros and Arco do Triunfo. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Monserrate Palace & Sintra National Palace), Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Cascais (Guincho Beach, Juicy Soaps, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Vasco da Gama Bridge, steep yourself in history at Palacio Chiado, make a trip to Rossio Train Station, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Lisbon trip maker app .

Getting from Alcobaca to Lisbon by car takes about 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Sintra, Cascais, Cabo da Roca, National Coach Museum
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Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte ©
Miradouro da Senhora do Monte
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca

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