22 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

22 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Central Portugal travel planner

Make it your trip
Fly to Lisbon, Bus to Nazare
1
Nazare
— 3 nights
Drive
2
Arganil
— 3 nights
Drive
3
Castelo Branco
— 4 nights
Drive
4
Tomar
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Lisbon
— 6 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
28
29
30
31
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24

Nazare

— 3 nights
Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Obidos Village and O Sitio. Explore Nazare's surroundings by going to Leiria (Room Escape Games & Laserquest - Centro de Aventura), Batalha Monastery (in Batalha) and Castelo de Óbidos (in Obidos). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Nazare, do a tasting at Encosta da Quinta - Quinta do Paco, enjoy some diversion at Indoor Karting Caldas da Rainha, and admire the natural beauty at Bacalhoa Buddha Eden.

For ratings, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Nazare travel route planner.

Phoenix, USA to Nazare is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 7 hour difference. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Phoenix in September: high temperatures in Nazare hover around 76°F and lows are around 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Arganil.

Things to do in Nazare

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Fun & Games

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 3 — 6:

Arganil

— 3 nights
You'll discover tucked-away gems like University of Coimbra and Serra da Estrela. Explore Arganil's surroundings by going to Vale Glaciar de Loriga (in Loriga), Castelo de Folgosinho (in Gouveia) and Poco do Inferno (in Manteigas).

To find reviews, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Arganil itinerary planning website.

Traveling by car from Nazare to Arganil takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to travel to Castelo Branco.

Things to do in Arganil

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 6 — 9:

Castelo Branco

— 4 nights
Discover out-of-the-way places like Historic Village of Monsanto and Fundacao Manuel Cargaleiro. Get out of town with these interesting Castelo Branco side-trips: Castelo de Sortelha (in Sabugal), Penamacor (Ribeira de Meimoa River Beach & Zona Balnear do Meimao) and Serra da Gardunha (in Fundao).

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Castelo Branco holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Arganil to Castelo Branco takes 2.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Tomar.

Things to do in Castelo Branco

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 9 — 13:

Tomar

— 4 nights
Tomar, also known in English as Thomar, is a city and a municipality in Santarém District in Portugal. Explore hidden gems such as Castelo de Tomar and Basilica da Santissima Trindade. Change things up with these side-trips from Tomar: Cernache do Bonjardim (Sao Nuno Alvares Pereira & Casa da Rua Torta e Capela de Nossa Senhora Conceicao), Praia Fluvial de Cardigos (in Cardigos) and Centro Geodesico de Portugal (in Vila de Rei). There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, do a tasting at Quinta do Casal Branco, examine the collection at Casa-Estudio Carlos Relvas, and contemplate the long history of Aqueduto dos Pegoes.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Tomar tour planner.

You can drive from Castelo Branco to Tomar in 1.5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Tomar can reach 76°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Tomar

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Wildlife · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 13 — 17:

Lisbon

— 6 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore hidden gems such as Wine Tours & Tastings and Arco do Triunfo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Palacio de Monserrate, Castelo dos Mouros, &more), Cascais (Guincho Beach & Boca do Inferno) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). There's much more to do: take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, catch a live event at Estadio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lisbon travel route planner.

You can drive from Tomar to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 81°F in September, and nighttime lows around 61°F. On the 23rd (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks · Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 23:

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.