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From Porto and Lisbon to Algarve: A 10-Day Journey in Portugal

From the picturesque streets of Porto to the sun-kissed beaches of the Algarve
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Portugal, a country rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, beckons travelers with its enchanting landscapes and vibrant cities.

From the picturesque streets of Porto to the sun-kissed beaches of the Algarve, a vacation in Portugal offers a diverse array of experiences that will leave you captivated. Whether you’re a food enthusiast, a history buff, or someone seeking relaxation, this 10-day itinerary promises an unforgettable adventure through one of Europe’s most charming destinations.

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Day 1: Porto Gastronomic Experience

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Start your journey with a culinary adventure in Porto, where you will savor both modern and traditional Portuguese cuisine. Visit local markets, chat with families who have dedicated their lives to cooking, and explore restaurants, cafés, and shops with the guidance of a local expert. This gastronomic experience will give you a true taste of Porto’s vibrant food culture.

Day 2: Visit Porto with a Local

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Dive deeper into Porto’s rich history with a guided tour of the city’s most significant landmarks. Learn about its Roman roots, admire the medieval houses along the Douro River, and visit stunning churches adorned with blue and white tiles. Of course, no visit to Porto is complete without sampling its world-famous Port wine.

Day 3: Douro Valley Day Trip

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Escape to the scenic Douro Valley for a day of wine tasting and breathtaking views. Tour the vineyards and learn about the winemaking process from your knowledgeable guide. 

Conclude your day with a panoramic boat cruise through the Douro Valley, soaking in the stunning landscapes that make this region so special.

Day 4: Transfer to Lisbon via Coimbra

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Travel to Lisbon, stopping en route in Coimbra, Portugal’s medieval capital for over a century and home to its oldest university. Explore Coimbra’s historic buildings and soak in the city’s rich academic and cultural heritage before continuing your journey to Lisbon.

Day 5: Discover Lisbon with a Local

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Explore Lisbon, the charming capital built on seven hills. With a local guide, uncover the city’s hidden gems, from its World Heritage monuments to impressive museums. Wander through its historic neighborhoods, each corner steeped in history, culture, and art.

Day 6: Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril

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Venture out of Lisbon to visit the picturesque towns of Cascais, Sintra, and Estoril. Enjoy the premier beach destination of Cascais, once a playground for Portuguese royalty. In Sintra, marvel at the dramatic coastal cliffs of Cabo de Roca and other must-see locales in this enchanting area.

Day 7: Transfer to Évora – Guided Visit

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Head to Évora, a UNESCO World Heritage site, for a guided tour of its historical treasures. Discover the city’s main monuments and learn about its significance during the golden age of Portuguese maritime discoveries. Évora’s rich history and well-preserved architecture will transport you back in time.

Day 8: Relax in Algarve

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Travel to the Algarve, Portugal’s southern coast renowned for its stunning beaches and charming villages. Stop in Albufeira to visit Praia da Galé, or explore the inland villages and enjoy the region’s high-quality rural restaurants. This day is all about relaxation and soaking up the Algarve’s beauty.

Day 9: Explore Algarve

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Spend another day exploring the Algarve at your leisure. Whether you choose to relax in the peaceful town of Salema, explore the vast Costa Vincentina Natural Park, or visit the vibrant town of Lagos and its beautiful beaches, the Algarve offers a perfect mix of relaxation and adventure.

Day 10: Departure

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Conclude your Portuguese adventure by transferring back to Lisbon for your flight home. Reflect on the unforgettable experiences and memories you’ve made during your 10-day journey through Portugal.

Conclusion

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From the bustling streets of Porto to the serene beaches of the Algarve, Portugal is a country that captures the heart of every traveler. This 10-day itinerary offers a perfect blend of culture, history, and relaxation, allowing you to experience the best that Portugal has to offer. 

Whether it’s savoring local delicacies, exploring ancient cities, or simply soaking up the sun, Portugal promises a journey filled with magic and wonder. So pack your bags and get ready to discover the enchanting beauty of this incredible country.

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