8 days in Portugal Itinerary

8 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal attractions planner

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Lisbon
— 2 nights
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Funchal, Madeira
— 3 nights
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Porto
— 2 nights
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Lisbon

— 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, and museums. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: see majestic marine mammals with Feathers & Scales, take a stroll through Alfama, contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, and make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online trip itinerary builder.

Chennai, India to Lisbon is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from India Standard Time (IST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -5.5 hour difference. Traveling from Chennai in December, things will get much colder in Lisbon: highs are around 18°C and lows about 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to fly to Funchal.

Things to do in Lisbon

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites

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Funchal, Madeira

— 3 nights
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Visiting Laurissilva Forest and Safari Madeira Island will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, see Off-Road Tours, and explore the striking landscape at Cabo Girao.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Funchal road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Funchal takes 3.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in December; daily highs in Funchal reach 23°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can fly to Porto.

Things to do in Funchal

Outdoors · Tours · Nature · Parks

Side Trips

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Porto

— 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
On the 7th (Tue), take in the local highlights with Walking tours, then steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), then take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Porto trip itinerary planning app.

You can fly from Funchal to Porto in 3.5 hours. In December, Porto is little chillier than Funchal - with highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.