10 Days in Portugal: 5 Top Family/Couples Itineraries

By Mike Ho | Updated Mar. 11, 2024

For most travelers, spending 10 days in Portugal is sufficient to explore the country's highlights and immerse yourself in its vibrant culture. Below are five top-choice 10-day itineraries for families and couples traveling to Portugal for the first time.

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1.10-Day Classic Portugal Tour: Porto – Lisbon – the Algarve

  • Days 1–3: Lisbon
  • Days 4–6: Porto
  • Days 7–9: Lagos, the Algarve
  • Day 10: Lisbon departure

If you are traveling to Portugal for the first time and want to see the highlights of its top destinations, then this itinerary may be a good starting point for you. You would be able to explore essential destinations across the entire country, from the north to the south.

In Lisbon, we would arrange a gourmet food tour in Campo de Ourique with a local guide to help you indulge in authentic Portuguese flavors as you wander through winding alleys for a few hours. Immerse yourself in the city's vibrant food culture that spans tradition to modernity.

Then, spend a day uncovering Lisbon's charm and authenticity via some iconic landmarks, such as the Torre de Belém, the Monument to the Discoveries, and the famous Jerónimos Monastery, all while navigating the city using its iconic yellow tram system and leisurely walks.

Then, take another day trip to dive into Sintra's rich history and whimsical allure, described by Lord Byron as a "glorious Eden", and feel free to explore majestic palaces and monuments at your own pace.

Next, journey to Cabo da Roca, the western edge of Portugal and mainland Europe, to witness stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean.

In Porto, you would explore key landmarks, such as the São Bento Railway Station, Clérigos Tower, and Porto Cathedral. The tour culminates along the scenic banks of the Douro River, offering breathtaking views of the Plaza de la Ribeira and the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge. Then, spend a full-day excursion in the stunning Douro Valley, famous for its vineyards and port wine production. You would partake in wine tastings at renowned vineyards and take a leisurely boat trip along the picturesque Douro River to appreciate the valley's natural beauty.

During your stay in Lagos, take the time to explore the city and its surroundings at your own pace. Wander through the 16th-century walls of the old town, revealing charming cobblestone streets and bustling squares. Indulge in a range of dining and entertainment options both within and outside these historic walls, showcasing a mix of traditional and contemporary vibes.

For beach lovers, Lagos offers a wealth of options, such as the peaceful Pinhão Beach, the dramatic cliffs of Ponta da Piedade, and the scenic Praia do Camilo, which is accessible via wooden steps. Moreover, the broader Algarve region is known for its pristine natural parks, bustling resort towns, and authentic whitewashed villages, offering a diverse range of experiences for exploration and enjoyment.

2. 10-Day Portugal Family Tour: Lisbon + Sintra + Porto

  • Days 1–3: Lisbon
  • Days 4–5: Sintra
  • Days 6–9: Porto
  • Day 10: Porto departure

If you are traveling with elementary-school-aged kids, this itinerary is perfect for you. We have collected a selection of kid-friendly activities for this tour, including hiking in a national park, taking a boat trip or tuk-tuk tour, exploring the mysterious castles of Sintra, and so on.

In Lisbon and Sintra, your family would explore the top attractions in our tour itinerary. In order to ensure your children have a wonderful time, we have arranged for you to experience dining at Mercado da Ribeira, where you could savor authentic Portuguese cuisine. Furthermore, you would have the opportunity to visit traditional shops offering local delicacies, such as canned fish, the popular ginjinha drink, Portuguese bread and cheese, cod fish cakes, and pastéis de nata.

On the way to Porto, you would have a pit stop at the captivating Grutas de Mira de Aire, Portugal's largest underground cave system. Your kids would probably be excited to descend 683 steps to explore this geological wonder, discovering stalagmites and stalactites in this mesmerizing environment.

Continue to Porto and immerse your kids in the enchanting world of Livraria Lello, a renowned bookstore known as the inspiration for J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Then, embrace a memorable vintage car tour around Porto, capturing the city's essence in style.

Spend a day relaxing on a scenic Douro River cruise past Ribeira's UNESCO-protected historical landmarks. After that, we would arrange an easy family hike in Peneda-Gerês National Park, experiencing panoramic vistas, waterfalls, and crystal-clear lagoons teeming with wildlife. Engage in cultural encounters as you explore the region's ancient villages and local traditions, all while supporting the park's communities.

3. 10-Day Portugal Leisure Tour: Lisbon + the Algarve (Relaxed Beach Vacation)

  • Days 1–3: Lisbon
  • Days 4–5: Sintra and Cascais
  • Days 6–9: Lagos
  • Day 10: Lisbon departure

If you prefer a leisurely pace and wish to avoid changing hotels often during your 10-day trip to Portugal, this tour is ideal for you. You would have the opportunity to explore the key attractions in Lisbon and Lagos (the Algarve) thoroughly.

Like other tours in Lisbon and Sintra, you would have 4 days to discover the cities' charm and authenticity through a mix of well-known attractions and landmarks. As you journey back to Lisbon, take in the sights of Cascais, a charming fishing harbor turned tourist hub, once a retreat for Portuguese royalty and now a popular surfing destination.

After a train transfer to Lagos, you would have 3 days to explore the beautiful area in and around it, along with the captivating Algarve region, at your own pace. Begin by wandering through Lagos's charming 16th-century city walls, where cobblestone streets and lively squares await you. Explore a variety of dining and entertainment options both inside and outside the city walls.

If you're a beach enthusiast, Lagos offers many options with amenities, watersports, and boat trips. Spend half a day on the picturesque Pinhão Beach or visit Ponta da Piedade for its stunning sandstone cliffs and turquoise waters, a launchpad for various boat excursions. With our private car transfer, you could venture into the Algarve's natural parks, vibrant resort towns, and charming villages for a truly diverse and enriching Portugal trip.

4. 10-Day North Portugal Tour: Porto + the Douro Valley (Port Wine Tasting Tour)

  • Days 1–3: Porto
  • Days 4–5: Viana do Castelo
  • Days 6–7: Braga
  • Days 8–9: The Douro Valley
  • Day 10: Porto departure

If you are seeking a romantic getaway and have a passion for port wine tasting, this 10-day itinerary is ideal for you. Immerse yourself in the authentic flavors of port wine as you journey through Porto and the Douro Valley, discovering the region's charming landscapes in northern Portugal.

At your first stop, Porto, you would spend 2 days discovering its historic and cultural gems in the comfort of a private vehicle. Your knowledgeable guide would lead you on a journey through the city's essential landmarks, such as the São Bento Railway Station, Clérigos Tower, the Lello Bookshop, and the vibrant Bolhão Market. Conclude this leg of your tour at the splendid Porto Cathedral, and enjoy panoramic views of the Douro River, Plaza de la Ribeira, and the majestic Dom Luís I Bridge.

Then, head north with your driver to Viana do Castelo, taking a delightful journey through Esposende along the way. Spend some time basking in the sun on luxurious white sands or exploring the 17th-century church and intriguing museums in town. After you arrive in Viana do Castelo, visit the breathtaking Santa Luzia Church, which offers panoramic views of the town below. Spend another day on an adventure in Peneda-Gerês National Park, where you could hike through magnificent mountains, witness local flora and fauna, and relax by mesmerizing waterfalls.

Continue your journey in Braga and explore its iconic landmarks, including the historic Braga Cathedral, the stunning Bom Jesus do Monte, and the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro, which are all essential pilgrimage sites.

At your final destination, the Douro Valley, you would have the chance to sample its exceptional wines. Enjoy a guided tour of wine tasting and a leisurely riverboat cruise to explore picturesque villages. Visit Lamego for cultural insights at Museu de Lamego. Discover port wine production or explore vineyards specializing in blends.

5. 10-Day Portugal Volcanic Island Tour: Lisbon + Madeira

  • Days 1–4: Lisbon (visit the highlights of the capital city)
  • Day 5: Day trip to Sintra (visit Sintra National Palace and Cabo da Roca)
  • Days 5–9: Madeira (explore and hike across the volcanic island landscape)
  • Day 10: Lisbon departure

If hiking through a volcanic forest and discovering the beauty of quaint villages and picturesque landscapes in the Portuguese countryside is something you would enjoy, then this tour is perfect for you.

As in the above tour itineraries, you would spend 4 days in Lisbon and Sintra to explore their historic landmarks. For some relaxation, you could spend a free day treasure hunting at Feira da Ladra flea market and sample diverse cuisine at Mercado da Ribeira and Time Out Market.

On the fifth day, fly from Lisbon to the Atlantic island of Madeira. Arrive in Funchal, Madeira's capital, and spend half a day enjoying a private culinary tour of Funchal to taste the local delicacies.

Spend a leisurely day relaxing or exploring. Visit Funchal Old Town, relax on volcanic beaches, or discover quaint villages, such as Curral das Freiras. Or spend a day on a private cruise to spot dolphins and whales while enjoying the breathtaking Atlantic Ocean sunset.

If you love hiking, then spend a full day hiking the 25 Fontes trail with your local guide to discover the island's unique landscapes and marvel at the beautiful waterfalls and lush forests of this volcanic island.

Need Any Help?

Feel free to contact us for expert help in planning and arranging your Portugal trip, and enjoy a hassle-free journey. We will create your specific itinerary based on your group size, travel length, travel time, interests, and other requirements.

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