1 week Portugal Travel Itinerary: Porto, Douro Valley, Lisbon, and Sintra.

1 week Portugal Travel Itinerary: Porto, Douro Valley, Lisbon, and Sintra.

If you are considering visiting Portugal for the first time and don’t know how to organize your trip, I created and followed this itinerary to visit key points in Portugal in one week.

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– Porto. Stay 3 days

Oporto / Porto, as you prefer to call its the second most important city in Portugal and one of the most beautiful in Europe without a doubt.

To know in detail what activities you can do in Porto, read this article 👉🏼 Porto 3 days travel itinerary.

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Douro Valley Region. Tour 8 hrs.

You will get to know one of the most iconic wine regions in the world, home of the famous Port wine.

I recommend you visit this region by hiring a tour. The tour duration is approximately 8 hours.

The tour we did included a visit to 2 wineries and a vineyard and a boat ride on the Douro River. but there are many options, and you will surely find the best one for you.

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We took a bus from Porto Station to Lisbon, the trip lasted 3 hours and a half.

-Lisbon. Stay 2 days

The Portuguese capital Lisbon is undoubtedly a must, a wonderful and vibrant city, you will be able to move around the city very easily.

To know in detail what activities you can do in Lisbon, read this article 👉🏼 Lisbon 2 Days Travel Itinerary.

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Sintra. Almost one day visit.

Unlike the Douro Valley region, Sintra can be toured very easily and on your own.

Departing from Lisbon train station, there is no need to book a seat, but be prepared to possibly travel standing, as Sintra is a very touristy town and the train always fills up very quickly.

The train ride takes approximately 40-50 minutes from Lisbon to Rossio Station at Sintra. From the station, a tourist bus will take you from one place to another, and you can get off wherever is most convenient for you, depending on the castles and tours you want to visit.

These are some of my recommendations:

Castelo dos Mouros

The Castelo dos Mouros is a castle that served as a defense at the time; as it is at the top part of the town, you can see spectacular views of Sintra and in the distance the Pena Palace, but be prepared to climb hundreds of steps.

Pena Palace

The Pena Palace is one of the most iconic castles in the world and in Portugal. Surely, the photo below might look familiar to you. Pena Palace is super colorful on the outside, which makes it unique.

It is very touristy so the lines can be long, plus inside the palace, it is totally forbidden to take pictures, only outside. The inside of the palace itself is not very striking, but still worth a visit 😉.

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Portugal is really a beautiful country to visit and if you don’t know where to start and you are doing it for the first time this guide will be of great help. Hope you like it. See you soon.