Portugal 2023

Unlike our typical hiking vacations, this trip to Portugal was more about exploring the historic sites. But we did some hiking! There are 17 UNESCO sites in Portugal and we visited seven.

In addition to sites inscribed on the World Heritage list, countries can maintain a list of tentative sites that they may consider for nomination. We saw four of the tentative sites: Historical Lisbon, Route of Magellan, Lisbon Aqueduct, and the Garden of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon.

This random website lists the Seven Wonders of Portugal. We went to six of the seven, missing only the Castle of Guimarães.

The following map shows our general route, along with the number of nights we spend in each town. Starting in Lisbon, we will drive clockwise around the country, heading up north to Porto before driving all the way down to southern Atlantic coast. We ended up driving 1922 Km during our two week stay. Of course, we didn't drive at all in Lisbon, and we left the car parked while we explored the historic centers of Sintra, Porto and Évora. Since there are no street names posted anywhere in Portugal (except on freeways), it was critical to use the iPad to get directions. We only went of course a few times, and usually quickly corrected to get back on route.

Although Portugal is a small country, there are still enough sites that we missed that we could easily do a second trip and spend another two weeks in Portugal without overlapping with what we saw on this trip.

Late April - Early May proved to be an ideal time to visit. It wasn't hot. It wasn't crowded. We didn't get rained on.


Itinerary

Sunday April 23, 2023

Monday April 24, 2023

Day 0: Tuesday April 25, 2023

Leave car at Park-n-Jet 2

Leave Seattle at 2:20 PM on Lufthansa LH491, 10 hr 15 min flight

Day 1: Wednesday April 26, 2023

Land at 9:35 AM in Frankfort

Customs to enter the E. U.

3 hr 40 min layover in Frankfort

Take off 1:15 PM on Lufthansa LH1168, 3 hr flight

Land in Lisbon at 3:15 PM

Águas Livres AqueductTue – Sat: 10:00 am – 05:30 pm

Elevador de Santa Justa Line moved so slowly we ended up leaving.

Lavra Funicular

Jardim do Torel Miradouro

Walk Avenida da Liberdade to Parque Eduardo VII

Águas Livres Aqueduct - we got there after it closed

stay at Hotel Principe Lisboa $109 / night. breakfast included

Day 2: Thursday April 27, 2023

Praça do Comércio Plaza

Jerónimos Monastery (UNESCO) €12 for combo ticket w/ Belém. Open 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM.

Monument to Discovery €6. Open 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Tower of Belém (UNESCO) €12 for combo ticket w/ Jerónimos. Open 10:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Vasco de Gama Garden

Carriage Museum€8 Closed Mondays. 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Águas Livres AqueductTue – Sat: 10:00 am – 05:30 pm

stay at Hotel Principe Lisboa $109 / night. breakfast included

Day 3: Friday April 28, 2023

Elevador de Santa Justa There was no line early in the morning

Gloria Funicular

Miradouro de São Pedro de Alcântara.

old tram #28

Lisbon Cathedral

Best viewpoints in Lisbon

Castelo de São Jorge €10. Open 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Rua Augusta Arch €3. Open 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Gulbenkian Museum €10. Open 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM

Eat dinner in Lisbon, Pickup luggage at hotel, Take red-line subway back to airport, Pickup rental car, drive to Sintra

stay at Quinta Das Murtas $98.03 / night.

Day 4: Saturday April 29, 2023

Either hike 2 KM, 150meters elevation gain, 1 hr up Vila Sassetti Trail to Pena Palace, or Catch #434 Bus at train station First bus at 9:15 A.M. One way ticket is €3.90. All day ticket is €6.90

Walk thru to Templo das Colunas, Warrior Statue, and Alta Cruz (High Cross)

Pena Palace €14. Open 9:30 AM to 8 PM

Castle of the Moors €8. Open 9:30 AM to 8 PM

Sintra Map and Official Sintra website

Walk down hill on Vila Sasseti trail

stay at Quinta Das Murtas $98.03 / night.

Day 5: Sunday April 30, 2023

Quinta da Regaleira €6. Open 9:30 AM to 7 PM

Sintra National Palace €10. Open 9:30 AM to 7 PM

Stop at Praia da Adraga beach. Golden sand, rock arch

Visit Cabo da Roca, western-most point of continental Europe at sunset

stay at Quinta Das Murtas $98.03 / night.

Day 6: Monday May 1, 2023

Drive to Óbidos walled town

Castle of Óbidos walled town, 3 KM aqueduct, Free, all hours

Alcobaça Monastery was closed for May 1, National Holiday

Batalha Monastery was closed for May 1, National Holiday

Dinosaur tracks

Shrine of Fatima

stay at Hotel dos Templarios $134 / night. breakfast buffet included 7;30 AM

Day 7: Tuesday May 2, 2023

17th century aqueduct in Tomar

Convento de Cristo €6. Open 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM

8 Km 2 1/2 hr walk on Paiva Walkways. Entry is €2, plus €15 taxi for return trip

Longest pedestrian suspension bridge

Stay at Hotel Ibis Centro São Bento $81 / night. 6:30 AM breakfast buffet $9, free parking

Day 8: Wednesday May 3, 2023

City of Porto center UNESCO site

Tiles on the sides of Church of Carmo Free, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Climb 200 steps to top of Clérigos Tower €5. Open 9:00 AM to 7 PM

See 20000 blue tiles on São Bento Railway Station Free, all hours

See tiles and altar Porto Cathedral €3. Open 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Statue of Prince Henry Free

See elaborate gothic interior of Church of São Francisco €3.50 Open 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Walk across Dom Luis Bridge on upper deck

Stay at Hotel Ibis Centro São Bento $81 / night. 6:30 AM breakfast buffet $9, free parking

Day 9: Thursday May 4, 2023

Batalha Monastery UNESCO €6. Open 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Alcobaça Monastery UNESCO €6. Open 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Drive to Évora

Stay at Ibis Évora Hotel $55.0 / night. Breakfast buffet $9

Day 10: Friday May 5, 2023

Walk all around the City Walls Free, all hours

São Francisco Church and Bones Chapel €4.0. 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM

Roman temple(UNESCO) Open all hours

Roman arch

Évora Museum €3.0 Tue 2pm-6pm, Wed-Sun 10am-6pm

Walk partway along the Aqua de Prata Aqueduct

Evora Cathedral 09:00-17:00, €4.5

stone age megaliths

Stay at Ibis Évora Hotel $55.0 / night. Breakfast buffet $9

Day 11: Saturday May 6, 2023

List of Algarve Hikes

Interactive Algarve Map

The Ludo Trail

Late afternoon visit at São Rafael Beach

Stay in Albufeira at Sao Rafael Holidays $102 / night. Breakfast included

Day 12: Sunday May 7, 2023

Ponta da Piedade

Fort Sagres €3. 9:30 AM to 8 PM

Cabo Sao Vincent Cape

Stay in Lagos at Luzmar Villas $94 / night. Breakfast included

Day 13: Monday May 8, 2023

Hike Seven Hanging Valleys Trail 7.4 mile out and back, 3 1/2 hr

Stay in Lagos at Luzmar Villas $94 / night. Breakfast included

Day 14: Tuesday May 9, 2023

Walk Barragem da Bravura trail 4.3 miles, 2 hr

Drive to Lisbon airport

return rental car

Stay in Lisbon at Starr Inn Lisbon Airport $130 / night

Day 15: Wednesday May 10, 2023

Take off at 5:05 AM on Lufthansa LH1497 for 3 hr flight to Frankfort. Land at 9:05 AM

1 hr 40 min layover in Frankfort

Take off at 10:45 AM on Lufthansa LH490 for 10 hr 45 min flight to Seattle

Land in Seattle 12:30 PM, go through customs

Pickup car from Park-n-Jet 2

Thursday May 11, 2023

Friday May 12, 2023

Saturday May 13, 2023