36 days in Lisbon & Coimbra Itinerary

36 days in Lisbon & Coimbra Itinerary

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Start: Lisbon
1
Lisbon
— 32 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
2
Coimbra
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h 45 min
End: Lisbon

32
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Chiado and Avenida da Liberdade. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Sintra National Palace, Sintra Museum Klaus Ohnsmann, &more), Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Evora (Museu do Artesanato e do Design -MADE, Capela dos Ossos, &more). Dedicate the 6th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Spend the 12th (Sun) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and make a trip to Belém Tower.

For ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip tool.

If you are flying in from Brazil, the closest major aiport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). In December in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to catch the train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Sintra, Evora, Queluz, Centro Cultural de Belem - CCB, Overlooking Lisbon
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Alfama ©
Alfama

3
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
On the 1st (Sat), look for gifts at Forum Coimbra, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capelas Imperfeitas, and then contemplate the long history of Batalha Monastery. On the next day, enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Coimbra and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Nazare.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Coimbra trip planner.

Traveling by train from Lisbon to Coimbra takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 7°C. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can take a train back home.

Things to do in Coimbra

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Batalha, Praia da Nazare
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Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
University of Coimbra ©
University of Coimbra

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