Considered a top European destination, Portugal offers the perfect combination of beaches, cultural experiences and cityscapes. And if you choose to visit the country during spring or summer, you will also have lots of chances to catch the sun!
Thanks to the numerous carriers offering low-cost tickets, and with a reasonable cost of living, Portugal is the perfect place to spend a long weekend without hurting your bank account. We have selected three cities that allow you to get a taste of what this beautiful country has to offer!
When to go? With an average of 300 sunny days a year, Portugal owns the status of being the sunniest country in Europe, meaning any time of year is the perfect time to travel! Though, you may want to avoid the summer months, as tons of tourists flock to Portugal from June to August every year.
Follow our recommended itinerary for 3 days in Portugal!
Let’s start with the vibrant city of Porto. With plenty to see and do, this lovely European city appeals to any traveller! Porto is the perfect city for strolling, as sights are generally close to each other. Although the city might be ancient, it remains dynamic and is renowned for its animated nightlife and food scene.
Pass by the majestic Dom-Luis bridge while strolling through the charming streets of the old town. Continue your city walk by exploring the Ribeira district where you can admire Porto’s traditional architecture. Done walking? Enjoy a relaxing boat trip on the river and discover the rich riverfront with its various terraces. Make sure to order some “port”, the deep red, alcoholic beverage the city is famous for. Besides the riverside terraces, you can find small wine shops all over the city, where they serve up glasses of this iconic drink.
Before you say goodbye to Porto, make sure to visit the impressive and iconic Porto Cathedral!
Don’t forget to check out these places:
- Drink delicious port at the porto wine bar Prova
- Read to your heart’s content at the stunning bookstore Livraria Lello
- Shop for local delicacies at Mercado do Bolhão
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For the next stop, take a bus or train to Lisbon, an approximately 2.5-hours journey from Porto. The Portuguese capital will seduce you with its charming streets and its traditional heritage.
Jump on the iconic tram number 28 to visit Sao Jorge castle, which offers a panoramic view of the city. Then head to Praça de Comércio, which is considered the main and largest plaza of the city, due to its strategic location and history. Now known as a tourist attraction, many pastry shops line the square selling the iconic and delicious pasteis de nata. Make sure to indulge in some! Following the local tradition, end your trip in Lisbon with a late night dinner at the Lisbon Port (third largest in Portugal) and savour the delicious and fresh seafood.
Make sure to make time for these charming places/experiences:
- The stunning garden, Jardim do Torel
- Taste of Lisboa, a tasty food tour
- Limão Chill Out Terrace, for delicious drinks at a rooftop bar
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The capital of the Algarves – Faro – can be reached in just 3 hours by train from Lisbon. For this third and last stop, take your time and enjoy the beautiful beaches that surround the city. With its natural, peaceful environment and its coastal weather, Faro is the perfect place to wind down and relax.
After sunbathing, don’t forget to make a stop at the historical centre and visit Le Se, Faro’s ancient and beautiful cathedral.
These gems & experiences are absolutely worth it:
- 2 Irmãos, where you can taste the local cuisine
- The peaceful natural park Ria Formosa
- Going on a dolphin watching excursion
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