Would you like to visit Portugal? Find out some of the things to do in Portugal in 15 days?
Great! In this article you’ll discover the most beautiful monuments, breathtaking landscapes, savour amazing food and much more!
Here is the travel guide of the things to do in Portugal in 15 days
Of the things to do in Portugal you can’t miss a visit to the beautiful Portuguese capital.
Lisbon is the biggest city in Portugal and is in the top of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. The seven hills city has won the hearts of visitors from all over the world through a sumptuous fusion of tradition and modernity.
On this first day, visit the downtown quarters and Bairro Alto. You will have the opportunity to see:
- Praça Dom Pedro IV (Dom Pedro IV square, also known as Rossio)
- Elevador de Santa Justa (Santa Justa Elevator)
- Praça do Comércio (Commerce Square)
If you have the time, visit Cristo Rei National Sanctuary, a beautiful place to contemplate Lisbon, Tagus river and 25 April Bridge.
Come and explore the historic quarter of Alfama – the soul of Lisbon is here. Lose yourself in the steep streets and discover:
- Miradouro da Graça (Graça Viewpoint)
- Castelo de São Jorge (Saint George Castle)
- Miradouro de Santa Luzia (Santa Luzia Viewpoint)
- Sé de Lisboa (Lisbon’s Cathedral)
To complete your visit to Lisbon and cross it off of your list of things to do in Portugal, go to Belém, where you can find monuments from the Age of Discoveries. Go to:
- Torre de Belém (Tower of Belém)
- Padrão dos Descobrimentos (Monument to the Discoveries)
- Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Hieronymites Monastery)
- Casa Pastéis de Belém
Information: you don’t want to lose too much time in public transportation? Then, I suggest you book this tuk-tuk tour (affiliate link) that will take you to discover the beautiful historic quarters of Lisbon. On this pleasant six-hour guided tour, you will have the opportunity to discover the historic centre as well as Belém.
Discover the authentic quarters of Alfama, Chiado and Bairro Alto and, along the way, you can also admire the narrow streets and must-see points of interest like the cathedral Sé Catedral, the National Pantheon and the monastery São Vicente de Fora. Also know that you will have stops at the viewpoints that offer the best views over the city.
In Belém, you will have the opportunity to discover the landmarks of Lisbon, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém, both listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. There are other points of interest that you cannot miss on this tour (affiliate link), but know that this tour will be even more wonderful after tasting the famous pastéis de Belém (also known as pastéis de nata).
If you have the time, visit Lisbon Oceanarium located in the Park of the Nations.
Take the train in Rossio train station and visit the beautiful town of Sintra – a must in your list of things to do in Portugal!
In Sintra you’ll be amazed with:
- Castelo dos Mouros (Moorish Castle)
- Palácio Nacional da Pena (Pena National Palace)
- Palácio Nacional de Sintra (Sintra National Palace)
- Quinta da Regaleira
Information: as an alternative to visiting Sintra all by yourself, book this 8-hour guided tour (affiliate link) to enjoy a complete tour that will show you some of the must-see wonders of this region.
Start with the beautiful palace Palácio de Queluz, visit the historic centre of Sintra with a unique cultural landscape, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Then go up to the old castle Castelo dos Mouros and the idyllic palace Palácio Nacional da Pena. Finally, go to Cape Roca, the westernmost point in Europe and end this activity with a tour in Cascais.
Day 5 will be focused on discovering Évora, considered as the “museum city”. Take the train IC in Oriente train station that will take you to the centre of the city in 1h40m.
During your visit you can’t miss:
- Praça do Giraldo (Giraldo Square)
- Templo Romano (Roman Temple)
- Igreja de São Francisco (St. Francis Church)
- Capela dos Ossos (Chapel of Bones)
- Sé de Évora (Évora Cathedral)
Information: do you want to explore Évora in the company of an experienced guide? If so, don’t hesitate to book this tour (affiliate link) leaving from Lisbon and set out to discover the monuments of this magnificent city and learn more about its history, culture and traditions!
In addition, know that the first stop in Alentejo will be made at the cromlech Cromeleque dos Almendres, a megalithic monument older than Stonehenge. To end the day, nothing like tasting the best olive oils of the Alentejo region, which is the largest olive oil producer in the country.
From day 6 on, I suggest you rent a car (affiliate link) to travel more freely and have more time for your visits. Despite being a small country, there are so many places to visit in Portugal that you’ll definitely need a car.
Travel north and stop to discover the medieval town of Óbidos.
You can visit the town in a morning; take the afternoon to visit Alcobaça Monastery and end your day in Nazaré.
Nazaré is known worldwide for surf and its 30-metre-high waves. Visit the part of town located at sea level and then take the elevator to discover the rest of the town, located at 118 metres above sea level.
If you visit Nazaré in the summer, you will have the chance (for those who like it) to watch bullfighting in the bullring.
After sleeping in Nazaré, go north and make a stop at Batalha to visit Batalha Monastery though its official name is Santa Maria da Vitória Convent.
In the afternoon I invite you to visit the biggest shrine in Portugal and the fourth biggest catholic shrine in the world, the Our Lady of Fátima Shrine – if you’re a religious person then this visit should be on your list of things to do in Portugal.
It was here that Virgin Mary supposedly showed up to three children in Fátima, a small village in the Centre of Portugal, on six different occasions during the year of 1917. To know the story of this place I urge you to read this article in Wikipedia.
Information: are you staying in Lisbon and want to discover Óbidos, Nazaré and Fátima without having to worry about preparing an itinerary nor hiring a car? If that’s the case, don’t hesitate and book this 9-hour activity (affiliate link) that will take you to those places and tell you more about their history, culture and religion.
I invite you to discover the beautiful city of Coimbra as your last stop in the Centre of Portugal. During your stay you shouldn’t miss:
- Igreja de Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz Church)
- Arco e Torre de Almedina (Arch and Tower of Almedina)
- Sé Velha (Old Cathedral)
- University of Coimbra
- Biblioteca Joanina (Joanina Library), located inside the university
After staying in Coimbra for the night, visit Lamego to discover Santuário de Nossa Senhora dos Remédios (Our Lady of Remedies Shrine), the medieval castle and the Sé (Cathedral).
Near Peso da Régua you’ll find Douro valley and its Port wine vineyards. If you have the time, go to the magnificent São Leonardo de Galafura viewpoint for a spectacular view over Douro.
Information: do you want to discover the Alto Douro Wine Region in a different way, in the company of an experienced guide who will show you the most beautiful corners of this region considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site? If so, don’t hesitate and book this activity (affiliate link) with an estimated duration of 10 hours.
A comfortable van will pick you up at your hotel in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia and will take you on an adventure along the magnificent roads that follow Douro river. You will have the opportunity to enjoy the most beautiful views over the river as well as the terraces where the vineyards of Port wine (among others) grow.
In addition to the fantastic lunch filled with regional products, this tour (affiliate link) through the Douro Wine Region will stop at three wine estates. Here, you will have the opportunity to taste Port wine, but also a wine that has been increasingly recognised worldwide, the DOC Douro. Know that, before finishing this experience, you will still have time for a stop at the beautiful location of Pinhão to take some pictures and contemplate the landscape.
Alternatively, click here (affiliate link) and do the previous activity, but instead of visiting three, visit two wine estates and take a cruise on the Douro. Without a doubt, a different way to explore this region and admire the landscape from another perspective.
Begin your day with a visit to São Leonardo de Galafura viewpoint if you haven’t had the time the day before.
After that, take the national road to Amarante and enjoy the beauty of the Douro. In Amarante visit:
- Convento e Igreja de São Gonçalo (São Gonçalo Convent and Church)
- Ponte de São Gonçalo (São Gonçalo Bridge)
On the 11th day you will visit the birthplace of Portugal and the Portuguese Rome. Begin with Guimarães and visit:
- Castelo de Guimarães (Guimarães Castle)
- Capela de São Miguel do Castelo (Saint Michael of the Castle Chapel)
- Paço dos Duques de Bragança (Palace of the Dukes of Braganza)
- Rua de Santa Maria (Saint Mary Street)
- Praça de Santiago (Santiago Square)
- Largo da Oliveira (Oliveira Square)
Information: do you want to discover the birthplace of the Portuguese nation and discover some of its secrets with the help of an experienced guide? If that’s the case, book this 9-hour activity (affiliate link) leaving from Porto and heading for the fantastic historical centre of Guimarães, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site since 2001.
Here, you can admire the well-preserved medieval places of this city, including the beautiful castle and the palace Paço dos Duques de Bragança.
In the afternoon, go visit one of the oldest Christian cities in the world, Braga. Here, you will have the possibility to explore the historic centre and visit its beautiful cathedral. Afterwards and before returning to Porto, you will also have the opportunity to complement this activity (affiliate link) with a visit to the sanctuary Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte, also listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. A must-see!
After having had lunch in the historic centre of Guimarães, go to Braga, one of the oldest catholic cities in the world. You should visit:
- Jardim de Santa Bárbara (Saint Barbara Garden)
- Torre de Menagem (Donjon)
- Arco da Porta Nova (Arch of the New Gate)
- Arcada da Lapa (Arcade of Lapa)
- Sé de Braga (Braga’s Cathedral)
- Santuário do Bom Jesus do Monte (Bom Jesus do Monte Shrine)
On this twelfth day you will discover the only Portuguese national park, Peneda-Gerês National Park – definitely one of the things to do in Portugal! This is one of the most beautiful places in Portugal where authenticity takes over. Here are some of the places you shouldn’t miss:
- Gerês Village
- Miradouro de Pedra Bela (Pedra Bela Viewpoint)
- Cascata de Tahiti (Tahiti Waterfall)
- Cascata do Arado (Arado Waterfall)
Your day should end in Ponte de Lima, a charming medieval village that will make you forget the 21st century.
30 km from Ponte de Lima you will find Viana do Castelo, a city known for its Santa Luzia Basilica, its view over the river, the sea and the city centre.
Once you have visited the basilica and the historic centre, travel south to Porto. You can make the trip without any stops or stop in one of the many beaches along the way.
Of the things to do in Portugal you should definitely explore the historic centre of Porto on foot or on public transportation – if you haven’t done it yet, return the rental car (or park your car). These are the places you can’t miss:
- Estação de São Bento (São Bento Train Station)
- Majestic Café
- Mercado do Bolhão (Bolhão Market)
- Avenida dos Aliados (Alies Avenue)
- Livraria Lello (Lello Bookshop)
- Torre dos Clérigos (Clérigos Tower)
- Miradouro Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Vitória (Nossa Senhora da Vitória Church Viewpoint)
- Palácio da Bolsa (Stock Exchange Palace)
- Igreja de São Francisco (Saint Francis Church)
On this last day in Porto I invite you to discover:
- Mosteiro da Serra do Pilar (Serra do Pilar Monastery)
- A cellar on the other side of Douro river to enjoy a good Port wine
- Muralha Fernandina (Ferdinand Wall)
- Igreja Santa Clara (Santa Clara Church)
- Sé do Porto (Porto’s Cathedral)
Information: do you want to discover the authenticity of Porto, visit places frequented by people from Porto? If so, book this tour (affiliate link) and set out to discover the history, culture, traditions and authenticity of Porto residents. Start with a walking tour in the historic centre of Porto, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Afterwards, cross the bridge Ponte Luís I that will take you to discover the Port wine cellars where this world famous wine is stored. Discover one of the cellars and discover, on a guided tour, the history behind the origin and production of Port wine. This visit will end with the tasting of some varieties of this wine such as tawny, ruby and rosé.
But this 9-hour experience (affiliate link) will only be complete with a dinner in a typical restaurant where you will have the opportunity to listen to fado live. Without a doubt, a unique experience!
There are so many things to do in Portugal and many places to visit so I hope this travel guide has helped you plan your trip to this marvellous country.
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