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Portugal Itinerary

With our Portugal itinerary, you'll experience Europe of old and new, where youthful cultural scenes meet undisturbed, traditional life.

Portugal has the oldest borders in Europe and retained a lot of its ancient architecture. Add to the mix the sun-soaked beaches and friendly, relaxed nature of the Portuguese and it’s a great place to kick-back and take it easy. The country is well connected by train and its modest size means you can experience all of its regions in just a few weeks. All train travel within the country is covered by the Eurail Portugal Pass.

Itinerary in short

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Porto, Portugal

A port of call for historic maritime voyages, Portugal’s second city is the perfect place to begin your own adventure. Stroll along the quayside between the colorful ancient buildings of the Cais da Ribeira and traditional boats parked on the River Douro.

A free walking tour, starting at Lion’s Square (Praça de Gomes Teixeira), provides a great introduction to Porto’s history and culture. Linger at the Ribeira Square (Praça da Ribeira) afterwards and you’ll realize why UNESCO recognized the Historic Centre of Porto as a World Heritage site.

Visit the peaceful gardens and modern art collection at Porto's Serralves Museum. Get 25% off the entrance fee when presenting your Eurail pass.
Boats beside the Cais da Ribeira in Porto

From Porto to Pinhão

Travel time:

2h31m

Transfer:

0

  • Porto, Portugal

    Porto São Bento

  • 2h 31m
  • Pinhão, Portugal

    Pinhão

Pinhão, Portugal

Save yourself a day to take the Douro Line (Linha do Douro) from Porto to Régua. Start at São Bento Train Station, which alone is worth visiting for its 100 year old, beautifully tiled walls. Return later in the day to Porto Campanhã Train Station.

Portugal’s most stunning train ride takes you through 20 tunnels and across 30 bridges along the Douro valley. Stop at the terraced vineyards of Pinhão on the way, to sample the region’s world-famous port wines – you’re in Porto of course!

A slow train is the best way to fully savor the spectacular views of the valley, though faster, more frequent trains also run from Porto to Régua.
View of Pinhão and the vineyards of the Douro Valley

From Pinhão to Coimbra

Travel time:

3h14m

Transfer:

1

Reservation needed:

2x

  • Pinhão, Portugal

    Pinhão

  • 2h 16m

    Reservation required

  • Porto, Portugal

    Porto Campanhã

  • 0h 58m

    Reservation required

  • Coimbra, Portugal

    Coimbra-B

Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra is home to Portugal’s oldest university and no fewer than 6 of Portugal’s kings were born here, including the first ruler Afonso I. No surprise then that the city is rich in history.

Visit the tomb of Alfonso I at the Santa Cruz Monastery and don’t miss the Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra’s extravagant 18th-century library. Spend an evening at Fado au Centro for a thrilling live performance of Coimbra’s distinctive fado folk music.

Get a 25% discount on touristic bus tours in Coimbra if you have a valid train reservation. See the Eurail benefits in Portugal for more details.
Umbrellas hanging in a narrow street in Coimbra

From Coimbra to Lisbon

Travel time:

1h39m

Transfer:

1

Reservation needed:

2x

  • Coimbra, Portugal

    Coimbra

  • 0h 4m

    Reservation required

  • Coimbra, Portugal

    Coimbra-B

  • 1h 35m

    Reservation required

  • Lisbon, Portugal

    Lisboa Oriente

Lisbon (Lisboa), Portugal

As Europe’s second oldest capital city, Lisbon is bursting with historic charm. Take a classic yellow tram to the Moorish Castle of São Jorge for a hilltop view of the city. Then descend on foot through the narrow alleyways of the Alfama district for a taste of old-time Lisbon.

Start your evening late, and make sure dinner in the lively streets of the Bairro Alto district in on your Lisbon itinerary. Look in the menu for bacalhau, one of Portugal’s national dishes made from dried and salted cod. For delicious cocktails and fine Portuguese hospitality, head to Bar A Paródia in the west of the city. This hidden gem is one of the oldest bars in Lisbon and one of the most atmospheric too.

Don't leave Lisbon without trying 'pastéis de nata'​. These delicious custard tarts are available at nearly all bakeries and pastry shops.
A classic yellow tram in Lisbon

From Lisbon to Sintra

Travel time:

0h47m

Transfer:

0

  • Lisbon, Portugal

    Lisboa Rossio

  • 0h 47m
  • Sintra, Portugal

    Sintra

Sintra, Portugal

Be sure to add a day trip to Sintra to any stay in Lisbon. Natural and man-made beauty combine in this fairytale town. Climb the lush wooded hills to the spectacular Pena Palace (Palácio da Pena) with its vibrant turrets and arches in yellow and red. Nestled in the woodland you can also climb the ramparts of the brilliant 8th century Castle of the Moors.

Back in the main town, pop into the little shops and cafés along the narrow, steep lanes. Try ginjinha, a sour cherry shot that comes in a tiny chocolate cup. Look out for locals selling them from their windows.

If you'd prefer to save your legs, take the bus 434 between the major sights of Sintra. A single route costs 3 euros, and an unlimited ticket 15 euros.
Pena Palace, Sintra

From Sintra to Faro

Travel time:

3h28m

Transfer:

1

Reservation needed:

  • Sintra, Portugal

    Sintra

  • 0h 36m
  • Lisbon, Portugal

    Lisboa Entrecampos

  • 2h 52m

    Reservation required

  • Faro, Portugal

    Faro

Faro, Portugal

Faro is best known as being the provincial capital of the Algarve. Here you can chill by the sea, in one of the many waterfront cafés or beaches. A short bus ride will take you to the popular town beach, Praia de Faro, for soft sand, friendly vibes and a beautiful sunset.

Choose to stick within the harbor and Old Town (Centro Historico) and you’ll find plenty of historic delights, none more so than the Igreja do Carmo church. Its eerie bone chapel has walls constructed of femur bones and contains 1245 skulls originating from the Carmelite monks who lived there.

Faro Marina in the evening

From Faro to Lagos

Travel time:

1h44m

Transfer:

0

  • Faro, Portugal

    Faro

  • 1h 44m
  • Lagos, Portugal

    Lagos

Lagos, Portugal

Lagos is a hotspot for backpackers who bring beach-party vibes and a lively nightlife. It’s also a place to relax to the max and find your personal beach paradise. The closest, Meia Praia, has a long stretch of golden sands, beach bars and water sports. For cliffs, caves and hidden alcoves, try the more secluded Praia do Camilo.

For the best surf, take a bus to Sagres at the southwestern tip on Portugal. Further on, you can head to Cape São Vicente, which ancient Europeans perceived as being at the “End of the World”. On the way back, take a boat out to Ponta da Piedade and discover the spectacular grottoes and rock formations.

Boat tours costing 10 - 15 euros per person are well worth taking to get the best views of the magnificent caves and rock formations.
View of the cliffs and beaches from Ponta da Piedade

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