18 days in Iberia Itinerary

18 days in Iberia Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal holiday planner

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Obidos
— 2 nights
Drive
3
Tomar
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Mangualde
— 2 nights
Drive
5
Luso
— 2 nights
Drive
6
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, Drive to Milwaukee

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Lisbon

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to National Coach Museum and Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina). Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Quinta da Regaleira (in Sintra), Guincho Beach (in Cascais) and Praia do Tamariz (in Estoril). The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, explore the world behind art at Museu Colecao Berardo, appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, and don't miss a visit to Rua Augusta.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip maker.

Milwaukee, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 6 hour difference. Traveling from Milwaukee in October, expect Lisbon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 76°F and 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Obidos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 14 — 17:

Obidos

— 2 nights

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Belgituda Beer & Chocolate as well as Baleal Beach. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): get a taste of local nightlife at Belgituda Beer & Chocolate. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Baleal Beach and then make a trip to Santuario do Senhor Jesus da Pedra.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Obidos road trip planning site.

Drive from Lisbon to Obidos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tomar.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites · Nightlife · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 17 — 19:

Tomar

— 2 nights
Tomar, also known in English as Thomar, is a city and a municipality in Santarém District in Portugal. For maps, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Tomar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Obidos to Tomar takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In October in Tomar, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Thu) before leaving for Mangualde.

Things to do in Tomar

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 19 — 21:

Mangualde

— 2 nights
Mangualde is a municipality in the subregion of Dão-Lafões (historical Beira Interior), central region of Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): pause for some photo ops at Palacio dos Condes de Anadia, get to know the fascinating history of City of Mangualde, and then don't miss a visit to Judiaria da Guarda.

To see reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mangualde road trip planning tool.

Drive from Tomar to Mangualde in 2 hours. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Luso.

Things to do in Mangualde

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Oct 21 — 23:

Luso

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): do a tasting at Alianca Underground Museum, then contemplate the long history of The Palace of Bucaco, then don't miss a visit to Convento de Santa Cruz do Bucaco, and finally admire the striking features of National Forest of Bussaco. Keep things going the next day: steep yourself in history at Lousa Castle, kick back and relax at Praia do Reconquinho, then see the interesting displays at Museu Terras de Besteiros, and finally admire the local landmark of Sao Joao Fountain.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Luso trip planner.

You can drive from Mangualde to Luso in 1.5 hours. In October in Luso, expect temperatures between 73°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can go by car to Porto.

Things to do in Luso

Museums · Historic Sites · Wineries · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 23 — 25:

Porto

— 4 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Douro Exclusive. Museum-lovers will get to explore FC Porto Museum and District Offices And Lifestyle. Popular historic sites such as Capela das Almas and Se de Braga are in your itinerary. And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua das Flores, do a tasting at Porto Augusto's, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, and take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Porto driving holiday planning website.

You can drive from Luso to Porto in 1.5 hours. October in Porto sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Oct 25 — 29:

Central Portugal travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites
Central Portugal contains some of the most prosperous and densely populated areas in Portugal, as well as thick pine and chestnut forests spread across a series of rugged mountain ranges. Inhabited since well before the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, this part of the country remains best known for its capital Coimbra, which features a historic Old Town retaining much of its medieval look and feel. Beyond the busy regional capital lies Portugal's tranquil countryside, frequently overlooked by foreign visitors despite its ancient sites and hospitable small towns. Along the region's mountainous border with Spain you can tour a series of age-old castles and fortified villages, once the first line of defense against foreign invaders.

Northern Portugal travel guide

4.3
Bridges · Wineries & Vineyards · Gift & Specialty Shops
Natural beauty and rich cultural heritage make northern Portugal one of Europe's most desirable vacation destinations. Continuously populated for thousands of years, this verdant land features a lively coastline studded with dozens of modern resorts. Away from the ocean, the region transforms into a rolling countryside of small villages, vast national parks, lush vineyards, and World Heritage-listed prehistoric sites. Place the city of Porto at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's centuries-long history of outstanding wine production. Use the tourist-friendly city as your base, and devote some time to exploring the bucolic wine region stretching along the luxuriant banks of the Douro River.