Itinerary Portugal – 13 places you need to know

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From north to south, we separate the places you cannot miss in each region of the country. Cities full of culture and history, gastronomy, wineries and incredible beaches. Check out our Portugal Tour.

Portugal needs to be on your travel list and we tell you the reasons here, in our Itinerary Portugal and it all what to do in portugal.

Portugal is the destination of the moment among Brazilians. No wonder, it is a fascinating land: stunning natural landscapes, some of the best wines in the world, unparalleled cuisine, charismatic and welcoming people. In addition, the country is experiencing history at every turn and has a rich cultural scene.

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Visit to the historic center of Lisbon, Portugal

I went to Portugal for the first time in 2010. I stayed for 1 month at the house of one of my best friends – who is Portuguese. I fell in love with Portugal so much, for being such a complete country, that I wanted to live there forever.

I couldn't stay, but I went back to this friend's wedding and took the opportunity to make a itinerary in Portugal, going from north to south of the country by car in 13 days (not counting flight days).

In this post you will read:

  • Best time for your Portugal Itinerary
  • How to get around cities in Portugal
  • Portugal Tour – All Tips
    • Portugal road map
    • Summary Itinerary Portugal
      • 1st Week (from Lisbon to the south)
      • 2nd Week (from Lisbon to North)
  • Itinerary Portugal – North Region: Porto, Douro, Guimarães, Coimbra, Fátima and Nazaré
    • 1) City of Porto
      • Old center of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia
      • What to do in the city of Porto
      • Where to stay in Porto
        • Hotels and B&Bs in Porto from luxury to budget
    • 2) Douro River Region
      • Where to stay in Douro
      • Hotels in the Douro region that we recommend
    • 3) Guimarães
      • Things to do in Guimaraes, Portugal
      • Where to stay in Guimarães, northern Portugal
      • Hotels in Guimarães, Portugal that we recommend
    • 4) Nazaré in November and the giant waves
    • 5) Coimbra
      • Coimbra Attractions
    • 6) Fatima
      • What to do in Fatima
  • Itinerary Portugal – Center: Lisbon, Belém, Sintra, Cascais and Estoril
    • 7) Lisbon and Belém
      • Things to do in Lisbon
      • Things to do in Belem
      • Where to stay in Lisbon
      • Luxury Hotels in Lisbon
      • Good value hotels in Lisbon
      • Cheap hotels in Lisbon
    • 8) Sintra
      • What to do in Sintra
    • 9) Cascais and Estoril
      • Things to do in Cascais and Estoril
      • Hotels in Cascais that we recommend
  • Itinerary Portugal – Southern Region: Setúbal, Costa Vicentina, Algarve and Alentejo Region
    • 10) Arrábida Natural Park – Setúbal
      • Where to stay in Setubal
    • 11) Costa Vicentina (Odeceixe and Vila Nova de Milfontes)
      • What to know on the Costa Vicentina, in Portugal
    • 12) Sagre and Lagos (Algarve Region Portugal)
      • What to do in the Algarve
      • Where to stay in the Algarve
    • 13) Évora, Estremoz and Monsarraz – Region of Alentejo in Portugal
      • Evora Attractions
      • Where to stay in Évora
  • What you NEED to know BEFORE going to Portugal
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Best time for your Portugal Itinerary

A best time to go to Portugal it is between the months of August and september, when the temperatures are still good to enjoy a beach. In addition, it is the harvest season – the harvest of the grapes in the wineries. At this time of year, it is possible to schedule the famous stepping on the grapes in some wineries.

Since we share good things with other travelers, check out the places you can't miss when you travel in Portugal. Here below we give you all these tips in detail for you to create your own Portugal Tour. Keep reading to find out!

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The river that bathes the city of Porto, a suggested tour for a Portugal itinerary – Photo by Jacqueline Schmid via Pixabay

How to get around cities in Portugal

Distances are very short between one city and another, as it is possible to cross the entire country from north to south in about 6 hours, and from east to west in 3 hours by car. So take advantage of the indication and set off on an incredible road trip through the cities of Portugal!

With the tips of my great Portuguese friends, I made a complete itinerary through the most incredible places in this country. I divided the route into three regions: north, center e on from the country. Here I share the tips for you to make the most of your days in Portugal!

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Dom Luis Bridge, in the city of Porto – one of the tourist spots that you will find when traveling through Portugal – Photo: Ingolf via Flickr

Portugal Tour – All Tips

You can do this Portugal Tour in several ways. we started by Lisboa and in a week we went south. Afterwards, we went back to Lisbon, stayed for a few days, and got to know the North. In all, this journey took 13 days.

build your Itinerary Portugal the way you see fit, according to your days in the country! A common route is to get to know Lisbon and Porto and the cities along the way. It is possible to buy tickets from España directly to the city of Porto and back through Lisbon, for example, to fit into this planning.

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Portugal road map

On this map you can see the route of the places I visited. Below I have detailed what to do in each city, where to stay and much more. Write down our tips and have fun setting up your trip!

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Summary Roteiro Portugal

Write down the cities and the number of days we recommend spending in each one of them:

1st Week (from Lisbon to the south)

  • Lisbon and Belém – 3 days, 2 nights
  • Costa Vicentina (Odeceixe, Vila Nova Milfontes) to Sagres – 1 day
  • Sagres, Algarve – 3 days, 2 nights
  • Évora, Estremoz, Monsaraz – 3 days, 2 nights

2nd Week (from Lisbon to North)

  • Arrábida National Park – 1 day, 1 night.
  • Sagres, Cascais and Estoril – 1 day, 1 night.
  • Porto – 2 days, 2 nights.
  • Régua and Pinhão – 1 day (but we spent the night in Guimarães).
  • Guimarães – 1 day and 1 night.
  • Coimbra – 1 day
  • Lisbon (back)

Itinerary Portugal – North Region: Porto, Douro, Guimarães, Coimbra, Fátima and Nazaré

1) City of Porto

Old center of Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia

For those who are staying in Porto for a few days like us, the tips are worth it: the historic center of Porto is full of slopes. As we were tired we decided to do a Sightseen around the region (you know those tourist buses?). Worth it. The tour costs 13,50 euros a day and you can stop to see the sights.

But if you have more days in Porto, our Portuguese columnist tells you all the tips What to do in Porto Portugal, in a 3-day itinerary.

Old city center of Porto

What to do in the city of Porto

It is worth taking a walk and then discovering the places that you find most interesting on foot. An indispensable point is the magnificent Arab Room No. Stock Exchange Palace. 

We recommend stopping at Cathedral and cross on foot D. Luís VI Bridge to Vila Nova de Gaia. Get off the bridge through Cableway (costs 5 euros) to enjoy the panoramic view of the city's postcard. In Vila Nova de Gaia – on the other side of the Douro River – are the Port wine cellars and restaurants with outdoor tables. 

My friend and columnist, Carol Fulcher, is Portuguese and has written a series of super complete articles about the city of Porto, where she lives. Tips more insider than these, impossible! Check them out at the links below:

  • Porto Weather
  • Where to eat well and cheaply in Porto
  • Where to stay in Porto Portugal

Arab Room at Palácio da Bolsa, in the city of Porto.

Luís VI Bridge, which divides the city of Porto (right) and Vila Nova de Gaia (left)

Where to stay in Porto

Choose hotels near the historical Center or in Vila Nova de Gaia. We stayed in a terrible hostel, which I don't recommend, far from the historic center. It was one of those savings that are not worth it, because the city's image was a little shaken for us because of the accommodation. So it's not worth going through it.

Then we had friends who stayed close to the center and had a great experience in Porto! So, here are my accommodation suggestions (which would be where we should have stayed in the place, lol!).

>> Read our tips in this complete guide Where to stay in Porto, Portugal – Best neighborhoods and accommodation options

Hotels and B&Bs in Porto from luxury to budget

Luxo: The Relais & Chateaux incredible The Yeatman. In Vila Nova de Gaia, you have a wonderful view of the historic center on the other side. Not to mention the hotel's restaurant, which was awarded 2 Michelin stars. Definitely, the best experience for those who want to know Porto with sophistication and high gastronomy.

The pool overlooking the city of Porto at the Hotel The Yeatman.

Cost benefit: A good option for young couples who are going to discover Porto is the Stay Hotel. With cool rooms and a good location, the property offers good values ​​for accommodation with good service and modern infrastructure.

Another good value for money option, but with a more historic atmosphere is the Castle of Santa Catarina. The property is literally in a castle in the center of Porto. The location is excellent, the rooms are spacious and the atmosphere could not be more typical of Portugal.

Just another good option, lol! This is for those who want to stay in the heart of Porto, where the streets vibrate culture and history. O Ribeira do Porto hotel has an incredible view of the Douro and the Luís VI Bridge. Worth considering the option too!

View from the Ribeira do Porto hotel

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2) Douro River Region

It's worth making the trip 30 Km between Peso da Régua e Pinion and stop at the wineries to taste table and port wines. It is also possible to do this route by boat, in excursions that last a whole day and depart from the Porto. We prefer to go by car and discover the region for ourselves.

Portugal's wine region

Where to stay in Douro

After a day of wine and gastronomy, there's nothing like a nice rest. The best option is to take the route from Régua to Pinhão calmly and stay overnight in Pinhão.

The place is lovely, we really wanted to stay one night there (we went straight to Guimarães in the day). So I suggest a night in Pinhão to enjoy the region, especially wine lovers.

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Hotels in the Douro region that we recommend

Luxo: the five star The Vintage House, historic, is located in an old winery from the XNUMXth century. The view of the Douro is breathtaking, as well as the infrastructure of the place and the service.

Cost benefit: The three star boutique and modern LBV house, which has a beautiful pool overlooking the Douro.

The luxurious and historic The Vintage Hotel, on the banks of the Douro.

3) Guimarães

The city is a charm and it is worth visiting, especially if you are a couple. It is considered the cultural capital of northern Portugal and it was there that the unification of Portugal to become a kingdom began. The houses in the center are all lit up at night by Christmas lights in the windows, giving a super romantic air.

Things to do in Guimaraes, Portugal

It is worth visiting the castle and also the Palace of the Dukes (the former residence of members of the Portuguese royal family). If the day is beautiful, hop on the cable car in Guimarães and visit the Penha Sanctuary, which is on top of the mountain.

Jante not Largo da Oliveira ou na S. Tiago Square. There are several types of restaurants, serving traditional Portuguese food, tapas, crepes, whatever you feel like. We ate at a great restaurant: the Parachute. One day is enough to see the main points of the city.

The city of Guimarães, cultural center of northern Portugal

Where to stay in Guimarães, northern Portugal

In Guimarães, we stayed at the Founder Hotel. It is a hotel with good value for money, good facilities, great breakfast, beautiful views from the restaurant and with an emphasis on the location (close to downtown and Penha Sanctuary).

We did everything on foot there, without taking the car once. Even because the city is a delight to be known on a walk. So the best option is to opt for central hosting.

Hotels in Guimarães, Portugal that we recommend

Luxo: Guimarães doesn't have big luxury chains or 5 star properties. The good options for those looking for sophistication and comfort, with a historical touch, are the Pousada Monastery of Guimaraes Juncal House. The first is a 5-star monastery property, with historic rooms and excellent service. Casa do Juncal is a modern accommodation, with a beautiful design and architecture.

Cost benefit:  One of the most charming hotels in Guimarães fits in your pocket. O EMAJ Boutique Hotel it has modern decor, is in the center of the city and is completely historic. Located in a XNUMXth century building, the property blends contemporary with history in spacious, well-appointed rooms. It is a good option for couples.

Economic: With an excellent location, the My Hostel it's a charm. It is an excellent option for couples and friends who are looking for something economical. Rooms are doubles and have a shared bathroom. The location is great, next to the center and the decor is charming – everything is super white and well taken care of.

The Monastery of Guimarães is among the few 5-star accommodations in the city

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4) Nazaré in November and the giant waves

Remember the giant waves that Brazilian surfer Carlos Burle caught and that terrible accident with Maia Gabeira? All this happened in Nazareth. That's where the biggest waves in the world are formed! To watch the show you have to visit the region between the months of October and November and have a little luck.

We weren't that lucky and the waves weren't huge. But worth the stop to see the Fort San Miguel Arcanjo, understand a little about the geology of the place and contemplate the waves there (which are strong and big anyway).

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5) Coimbra

Coimbra Attractions

Another worthwhile stop on the itinerary is the city of Coimbra Portugal, famous for the university that bears its name. One day is enough to get to know the city or even a pit-stop there is enough to see the main highlights.

The essential stopping point in the city is the Coimbra University, the oldest in Portugal. It's worth a stop at the library, to know JK Rowling's source of inspiration when creating Hogwarts, in Harry Potter.

We went to Coimbra for our friend's wedding and we thought the city was so cute. Then get to know the Quinta das Tears for a lesson in the history of the Portuguese crown.

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View of the clock tower and staircase of the University of Coimbra in Portugal.

6) Fatima

What to do in Fatima

We ended up not being able to include Fátima in the itinerary, but the city is the stage for one of the biggest Christian pilgrimages on the planet to the Sanctuary of Fatima. If you go to Portugal on the 12th and 13th of May, it's worth stopping there, when the Candlelight Procession and the Adeus Procession take place. On the 13th of October there is also a manifestation of the devotees.

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Sanctuary of Fatima in Portugal – Photo: CuchoGOL via Flickr

Itinerary Portugal – Center: Lisbon, Belém, Sintra, Cascais and Estoril

7) Lisbon and Belém

Things to do in Lisbon

There is a lot what to do in Lisbon and the new trend is to visit the city center by Tuk-Tuk, those carts that are very typical in Thailand. There are thousands of them taking tourists everywhere on different tours. They are located in the center of Lisbon, where you can start your tour of Rossio and go down to Commerce Square.

Be sure to stop by the Santa Justa Elevator, Café a Españaeira, the Bertrand bookstore and go down Rua Augusta to Praça do Comércio. On Rua Augusta, there are Tuks Tuks.

>> Read all of our Complete Guide to What to do in Lisbon – Tips for those staying from 1 to 5 days

On a 1-hour guided tour we pass through the neighborhood of Alfama (the oldest in the city, from medieval times), the Castelo de sao jorge (which is not worth getting in: it's expensive and there are long lines), the highest viewpoints in the city (it has more beautiful views than the Castle), among other things.

End the day at famous sky bar and restaurant SEEN, on the rooftop terrace of the Hotel Tivoli, on Liberty Avenue. The place offers excellent drinks with one of the best views in the region. The place is crowded. So book in advance.

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Praça do Comércio, Lisbon – Portugal Tour

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Things to do in Belem

Belém is a mandatory stop for anyone visiting Lisbon. In addition to the famous Pastel de Belém (which almost everyone has heard about) there is a great restaurant that serves an amazing codfish cake, called Sagittarius. Our suggestion is to spend the morning exploring this region that borders the Tagus River.

Visit Discoveries monument, the Belém Tower, enjoy the exhibitions and shows at CCB (Belém Cultural Center), meet the Jerónimos Monastery, have lunch with a codfish cake with rice and Portuguese beans at the restaurant Sagittarius and have the Pasteis de Belém for dessert! It is possible to do everything on foot. The tour can be done during a morning on our Portugal Tour.

Another unmissable suggestion for lunch or dinner is a stop at Ribeira Market, where are the best restaurants in town in a modern and funky market. We went too and we loved it! The market is at the bus stop Cais do Sodré and you can't walk from Belém.

Codfish dumplings at Sagittarius Restaurant – Portugal Tour

One of the main tourist attractions in Portugal is the Torre de Belém

Where to stay in Lisbon

There are a thousand and one hosting options. where to stay in Lisbon and surroundings. If you want to know more about the historic part of the city, my suggestion is to stay either in Lisbon or Belém and from there to visit other places like Sintra, Cascais and Estoril (which we describe further down in the text).

However, if you want to stay close to the beach, the best option is to stay in Cascais ou Estoril and from there on day trips to all other parts of the central region (hotel suggestions for Cascais and Estoril are further down the text). There is no shortage of options, just find the one that best fits your profile. So I created a list of suggestions to share with you.

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Cascais City Center – Photo: Chris via Flickr

Luxury Hotels in Lisbon

With incredible views of the city of Lisbon, the Even the Royal Prince is one of the design hotels most beautiful in Lisbon. It is a good option for those who like rooms with views in a quieter neighborhood of the city center. The property belongs to the Design Hotels group.

for those looking something traditional and historic, the most popular of the Small Luxury Hotels group in Portugal is Lisbon Inn.  In the heart of the city, the property offers modern accommodation mixed with local history.

If you want something sophisticated, but not too fancy, the Jupiter Lisbon it is an excellent option. he is a hotel four stars, it offers a SPA, swimming pool with panoramic views of the city and modern and comfortable rooms, perfect for couples.

The Memmo Principe Real design hotel has one of the best views in the city

Good value hotels in Lisbon

With an excellent location in Chiado, the Dream Chiado Apartments is a good choice for those who want to stay in the heart of Lisbon. In addition to being charming, the rooms are well decorated and have a mini-kitchen in each one. It is a good option for couples and friends. Another good option is the four stars considered the most sustainable hotel in Lisbon, Neya Lisboa Hotel.

Another tip for those looking for a good value for money hotel is to stay in an apartment in Lisbon, like the Simple Chic Belém. This is a good idea for families with teenagers or children, as it gives the freedom to cook and enjoy this “at home” away from home.

One of the rooms at Dream Chiado Apartamentos

Cheap hotels in Lisbon

Economic: There's nothing like hostels in big European cities – they usually have excellent infrastructure and are great places to meet people from all over the world. In Lisbon, the best hostel options are the historic and charming ones Home Lisbon Hostel and the modern and full of design NOMAD 64. Both have excellent location and prices.

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8) Sintra

If you have a program that is indispensable in our Itinerary Portugal, especially for those visiting the country for the first time, is to go to Sintra. The city is about 30 minutes from the capital, Lisbon.

What to do in Sintra

Don't forget to visit Castle of the Moorsthe Pena Palace, Vacation Specials and eat a little Sintra pillow. On the way back, pass the Cabo da Roca to see the sunset!

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Pena Palace, Sintra. – Portugal itinerary

9) Cascais and Estoril

A good tip is to leave the center of Lisbon a little and walk along the Estoril boardwalk to Cascais. Afterwards, stroll around the center of the neighborhood.

Things to do in Cascais and Estoril

We love to have ice cream at Santini. We also discovered an amazing open-air market (especially for those who go on Saturdays), with restaurants (a bit like the Ribeira Market, which we have already spoken) which calls Cascais Village Market. That is to parada.

It is also worth visiting the wonderful Guincho Beach (there is a bike path that connects Cascais to Praia and you can pay bicycles for free in the center of Cascais to go there). Be sure to drive a little north to the Cabo da Roca – the westernmost tip of the European continent. This can all be done on a summer afternoon.

The westernmost point of Europe, Cabo da Roca

Hotels in Cascais that we recommend

Luxo: The incredible Intercontinental Estoril. The hotel is in a privileged location, in front of the sea, overlooking Cascais and next to the promenade of the region.

Cost benefit: A Petunia Guest House It is a charming and good option for lodging in the region. Hotels in Cascais are usually older, so Petunia Guest House is an oasis among the options.

Economic: One of the most charming hotels in Cascais, the Art 4 You It is an excellent choice for groups of friends and couples. Tastefully decorated, modern and in a great location, I wouldn't think twice. If you are looking to save money when staying in Cascais, you can bet on Art 4 You.

The new Intercontinental Estoril. With one of the most privileged views in the region.

Itinerary Portugal – Southern Region: Setúbal, Vincentian Coast, Region of Algarve e Alentejo

10) Arrábida Natural Park – Setúbal

Believe it or not, this wonderful beach is 40 minutes from Lisbon (50 km from the capital). A good option for those who do not want to travel far from Lisbon is to visit the Arrábida National Park, full of beaches and beauties, such as Galapos beach. It is a mandatory stop on your itinerary in Portugal.

For anyone thinking of getting to know the Vincentian Coast south of Lisbon and down to the Algarve, follow this indication. It is also worth starting the trip through the Arrábida National Park, crossing the ferry from Setúbal to Tróia (costs 13 euros), and continue the trip along the beaches. One is more beautiful than the other!

Gálapos Beach, Setúbal – Arrábida Natural Park.

Where to stay in Setubal

Luxo: the five star Hotel Casa Palmela, which has its own winery in the middle of the National Park. The location is stunning, plus the property has incredible historic charm.

Cost benefit: Rent a house for the family with a breathtaking view of the sea. The best option is to rent the Arrábida Lighthouse House, which can fit up to four people. A good option for couples is the charming Vila de Sol.

Economic: A very simple and historic hostel, but with a good location and price is the Urban House House, in Setubal.

The charming Vila de Sol, perfect for couples next to the Arrábida National Park

11) Costa Vicentina (Odeceixe and Vila Nova de Milfontes)

What to know on the Costa Vicentina, in Portugal

The Region of Vincentian Coast, in Portugal, is home to the most preserved – and as yet undiscovered – beaches in the country. With an exuberant nature, it is worth stopping at the beaches of the region, such as odeceis (a typical medieval town with a wonderful beach) and Vila Nova de Milfontes.

12) Sagre and Lagos (Algarve Region Portugal)

A good tip for those who want to know the coast in a Itinerary Portugal is to stop at Sagres and enjoy the beaches of the region.

What to do in the Algarve

A Beliche beach it is an essential stop. The best thing is to visit it early (around 9-10 am) which is when the beach is at its most empty.

Take the opportunity to visit also right next door, the Bunk Fort which has an incredible view of this coast! Then go to the Sagres Lighthouse and Fortaleza, which has walls dating from the 3th century. XV (the last one is the only one you have to pay to enter, it's XNUMX euros).

Praia do Beliche, in Sagres, Algarve region in Portugal – Include your Portugal itinerary

A Algarve region is well known for its rock formations and wonderful beaches! An essential tour is to go to the city of Lagos and go boating in the caves and grottos that lead to the Point of Pity (the most famous in the region).

The cool thing about the tour is to use your imagination. The guide will tell you what each rock looks like, in addition to taking you to beautiful beaches hidden between them. You can also rent kayaks to explore this region. O boat ride costs between 10-20 euros per person (may vary depending on the time of year) and leaves Lagos Marina, with a duration of 1h15.

Tour of the Lakes in the Algarve

Where to stay in the Algarve

Luxo: the five star Martinhal Beach Family Resort, with modern design and various activities for families, is a great option. For couples looking for more exclusivity, the Memmo Baleeira hotels, by Design Hotels, may be the best choice.

Cost benefit: One of the most charming options in Sagres is the Old Fences. The price is excellent and the accommodations are beautiful, in Portuguese style, all next to the beach. The price is around R$ 200 per day.

Another great option is to rent an apartment for the family. THE Biota house for example, it is an excellent place for families (up to 4 people), at a very affordable price.

Economic: A good hostel charming and with a very traditional style do Algarve (small white house with blue windows) is the PuraVida Divehouse. For those looking to save money, this is a great accommodation option.

Resort Martinhal

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13) Évora, Estremoz and Monsarraz – Alentejo Region in Portugal

Evora Attractions

The historic center of Évora It is a UNESCO Cultural Heritage site and is an essential stop for anyone visiting Portugal. It is one of the oldest cities in the country and is known as a museum city.

Don't miss out on the Diana's TempleAt Cathedral (the one behind the photo – it costs 3,50 euros with access to everything), Praça do Giraldo, and the sinister – but indispensable – Capela dos Ossos, inside the Church of São Francisco (2 euros admission). It is also worth walking along the walls that surround the historic city and strolling through the medieval alleys in the center.

It's also worth doing a tour of the historic cities of Alentejo - Évora, Estremoz, Vila Viçosa and Monsaraz. Wine and fine food lovers can include this tour in their Itinerary Portugal as indispensable!

Temple of Diana, in Évora – Portugal Tour

Be sure to have lunch in Évora at the restaurant: Taberna Típica Quarta-feira, one of the 'musts' of the city

Where to stay in Évora

Luxo: For those looking for exclusivity and history, the Convent of the Hawthorn it's an amazing option. For those looking for sophistication with a very modern architecture, it is worth checking out the new M'Ar de Ar Aqueduct. If you are looking for typical Portuguese accommodation, Calvary Hostel is the best choice.

Cost benefit: If you don't want to give up comfort, but still want good prices, the best accommodation options are hotels. Vila Gale e Vitoria Stone

Economic: The hotel chain Stay Hotel is always an excellent choice of modern hosting. O Hi Hostel Evora is a traditional hostel, in a historic house.

Convento do Espinheiro is an incredible option

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What you NEED to know BEFORE going to Portugal

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4) How to have unlimited internet while traveling

Where to Buy: AMERICA CHIP

Did you know that it's getting easier – and cheaper – to have unlimited internet throughout your trip? 

Just ask for an international cell phone chip through America Chip. We always use and love it! They send a SIM card to your address in España, you insert it in your cell phone when you arrive at your destination and you have unlimited internet throughout the trip.

#StayHip: Save on car GPS rental and use GoogleMaps and Waze with your unlimited internet?

>> Find out more about which is the best internet chip in Europe by clicking here.
>> Learn everything you need to know about America Chip by clicking here.

5) Rent cars at the best prices

Where to rent: RENTCARS

We really like RentCars to find the cars we use on our travels. It is the only one in Spain that compares the best rental companies in the world, but lets you pay in reais, without IOF. In addition, it is also the only one that lets you pay in 12 interest-free installments. It is worth it!

#Here's a tip: Try to find cars with full car and third party insurance coverage. Thus, you avoid inopportune surprises when picking up the car.

Also, be very smart when closing with other car rental comparisons. That's because prices are usually charged in dollars and close with your card. If the dollar goes up, the price of your car rental goes up too.

Note: We highly value the credibility of our information. All the sites we recommend above are sites we already use, we have good experiences and feedback from readers!

In addition, it is worth checking out other useful information for your trip to Portugal:

  • Items you can't forget in your suitcase
  • Travel insurance in Europe: What to know before hiring
  • The documents you NEED to bring on a trip to Europe

See other tips from Portugal

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  • America Chip is reliable – Company Pros and Cons
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  • What to do in Porto Portugal – 3 days itinerary
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  • Where to stay in Porto – Best neighborhoods and our recommendations
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