29 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

29 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

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29 days in Central Portugal Itinerary

Toronto
Fly:  11​h 30​min
Sintra
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Peniche
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Leiria
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Coimbra
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
Guarda
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
Toronto

5
days
Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Palacio Nacional de Mafra and Castle of the Moors. Popular historic sites such as Sintra National Palace and Centro Historico de Sintra are in your itinerary. Explore Sintra's surroundings by going to Troia Beach (in Troia), Cabo Espichel (in Sesimbra) and Comporta Beach (in Grandola). There's still lots to do: admire the striking features of Park and National Palace of Pena, stop by SintrArt - Loja de Autores, don't miss a visit to Aldeia Da Mata Pequena, and kick back and relax at Tamariz Beach.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Sintra sightseeing planner.

Toronto, Canada to Sintra is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Time (WET) is 5 hours. Traveling from Toronto in September, expect Sintra to be a bit warmer, temps between 31°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can drive to Peniche.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mafra, Troia Beach, Tamariz Beach, National Palace of Queluz, Cabo Espichel
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castle of the Moors ©
Castle of the Moors
Palacio Nacional de Mafra
Palacio Nacional de Mafra

4
days
Peniche

Peniche ©
Peniche is a seaside municipality and a city in Portugal. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Baleal Beach and Praia dos Supertubos (Medão Grande). You'll discover tucked-away gems like Foz do Arelho Beach and Royal Obidos Golf Course. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Peniche: Igreja da Graca (in Santarem), Marinhas de Sal (in Rio Maior) and Casa Romantica (in Obidos). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Areia Branca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Peter, delve into the distant past at Aqueduto da Usseira, and hunt for treasures at Grande Mercado Medieval de Obidos.

For maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Peniche vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Sintra to Peniche takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Peniche, expect temperatures between 31°C during the day and 20°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Leiria.

Things to do in Peniche

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Obidos, Praia da Areia Branca, Igreja da Graca, Marinhas de Sal
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Praia da Areia Branca ©
Praia da Areia Branca
Baleal Beach ©
Baleal Beach
Praia dos Supertubos (Medão Grande) ©

4
days
Leiria

Leiria ©
Leiria is a city and a municipality in the Centro Region of Portugal. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia de Sao Pedro de Moel and Praia do Norte. Step off the beaten path and head to Castelo de Ourém and Igreja de Santa Maria dos Olivais. Venture out of the city with trips to Praia do Salgado (in Sao Martinho do Porto), A Ginjinha d'Castelo de Ourem (in Ourem) and Nazare (Praia da Nazare & Miradouro do Suberco). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Batalha Monastery, see the interesting displays at Centro de Interpretacao da Batalha de Aljubarrota, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Alcobaca, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Torres Novas.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Leiria vacation planner.

Drive from Peniche to Leiria in an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can travel to Coimbra.

Things to do in Leiria

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Nazare, Ourem, Tomar, Batalha, Monastery of Alcobaca
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Praia de Sao Pedro de Moel ©
Praia de Sao Pedro de Moel
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Praia do Norte ©
Praia do Norte

11
days
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Visiting Mata Nacional do Bussaco and Praia Fluvial de Loriga will get you outdoors. Visit Museu Monografico de Conimbriga and Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Coimbra: The Maritime Museum of Ilhavo (in Ilhavo), Praia de Sao Jacinto (in Sao Jacinto) and Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Apresentacao (in Aveiro). On the 13th (Fri), spend an adventurous day with a kayaking and canoeing tour. There's much more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach), explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Marvao, steep yourself in history at Quinta das Lagrimas, and get lost in a book at Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Coimbra vacation trip planner.

Traveling by car from Leiria to Coimbra takes an hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Guarda.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Luso, Castelo de Vide, Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach), Museu Monografico de Conimbriga, Castelo de Penela
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Castelo de Montemor o Velho ©
Castelo de Montemor o Velho
Museu Monografico de Conimbriga ©
Museu Monografico de Conimbriga

4
days
Guarda

Guarda ©
Get some cultural insight at Casa de Mateus and Capela Nova ( Igreja de Sao Paulo ). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Se-Catedral da Guarda and Castle Sortelha. Get out of town with these interesting Guarda side-trips: Igreja de Sao Joao de Tarouca (in Sao Joao de Tarouca), Igreja Da Misericordia (in Covilha) and Ribeira de Meimoa River Beach (in Penamacor). Spend the 17th (Tue) exploring nature at Parque Natural do Douro Internacional.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Guarda trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Coimbra to Guarda by car takes about 2 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Guarda

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Vila Real, Parque Natural do Douro Internacional, Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Salzedas, Capela de S.Pedro de Balsemão, Igreja Da Misericordia
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Parque Natural do Douro Internacional ©
Castle Sortelha ©
Castle Sortelha
Casa de Mateus ©
Casa de Mateus

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