Portugal is a beautiful country in Western Europe that touches the Atlantic Ocean. If you have never been to Portugal, then there is a lot to explore, and you are in for a great road trip. We promise you that the landscape of this beautiful country will make you fall in love with it. This country will never cease to amaze you with its amazing geography, landscape, scenery, iconic structures, and beautiful people.
Before going on a Portuguese trip, it is recommended that you know a little bit about the local culture, customs, and traditions. It is also highly advised that you should try the local dishes and cuisines all the way along on your trip to this country. Read this article that we have made for you after researching this country, and how can you enjoy the best time on the road in a good 10 days period.
How to get to Portugal
Getting to Portugal is no difficulty. It shares a land border with Spain, and with a Schengen visa, you can easily enter in this country. But if you plan to fly there, we recommend you to buy your airline ticket from a renowned travel agency. There are daily flights to Lisbon from different cities around the world, so finding one is no difficulty. Also, there are different promotional packages that are offered by travel agencies in which you can avail handsome discounts. Last year, I was able to get tickets for business class flights for myself and my family at a discounted price, when we were going on a family vacation to Dubai. So try your luck every time and avail different packages.
Best Portuguese road trip plan for 10 days
A road trip in this lush green hilly European country is indeed the best way to explore it. Even if you take a wrong cut or detour on the road, you may end up in a completely different village that is even more beautiful than the place you originally wanted to visit. But most people want to stick to their plans and don’t waste any time trying to find the correct path. So for this reason, we recommend you to take a Global Positioning Device and a map of Portugal all the way along your trip. It is also imperative to mark a starting point and an ending point for your trip. In this article, we will tell you places that you can see in a 10-day trip. So read on and know all about Portugal.
Day 1 - 4
The first day will be the day of arrival. Now you can choose to fly to the capital Lisbon, Porto, or any other city that has an international airport. You can also come by road from Spain if you are already visiting Europe by road.
So after arriving, we recommend you to take your car and do some sightseeing in the city. We suppose you are starting your trip from Lisbon, so it is best to check in a hotel and do some sightseeing of this amazing city. We recommend you book a hotel room for at least 4 nights, as Lisbon is the most important city in Portugal. It has some of the best sights in Europe and it certainly needs more than a day to be explored.
Day 5 - 7
On day 5, we recommend you to start traveling to a Southern part of the country to the Algarve. The whole way is full of beautiful bridges, towns, countryside, and significant landmarks. So take your time and stop wherever you want to. Every valley is worth your time and picture you take.
After reaching the Algarve, we recommend you to check in the hotel and rest to recover from all the stress you got from driving. Wake up the next day and take yourself to one of the beaches this city is famous for. Spend at least 2 days here and explore the city and all its attraction. We recommend you to visit RIA Formosa, and take a bike or a hiking tour.
Drive yourself to the northern part of the country and visit the farmlands, countryside that will accompany you throughout your journey. Make a one day stop at Coimbra, and visit all the city attractions. Few amazing landmarks in Coimbra include Biblioteca Joanina University Library that was made in the 18th-century, Old Cathedral of Coimbra, Conimbriga Ruins, and Dos Pequenitos Miniature village.
Day 9 and 10
Drive your way to the city of Porto on day 9, and as soon as you reach there, check in the hotel first. If you are stressed from the journey, take some rest first. There are a lot of things to do in Porto, so we need you running on all cylinders. If you are a structural enthusiast, we want you to start off with Dom Luis I Bridge. This is an iconic metal bridge, and it has some great history attached to it. Your next stop should be Sao Bento Railway Station. Follow it up with Clerigos Church, and in the end, visit Livraria Lello Library.
Day 10 and your final day should take you to Porto Cathedral and other significant sites and landmarks. You can also visit museums and lush green gardens of this amazing port city. Check out before evening and if you are driving a rental, we recommend you to return it before heading back to the airport. If you are traveling on your own vehicle, we recommend you to get some good quality sleep before driving your way back to Spain and into Europe.