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Introducing Portugal

From the seemingly never-ending festivals to the diverse range of cultures that have made Portugal their home over the centuries, to the simple but delightful culinary experiences, the vibrant heritage and cultural diversity of this country captivate travelers.

When is the best time to visit?
Portugal is a year-round destination, but if possible, travelers should aim to visit in the springtime when the almond blossoms and wildflowers cover the countryside. Learn more

Where should you go in Portugal?
Experience the traditional Alfama neighborhood of Lisbon before it will be absorbed by the rest of the bustling city’s culture, tour the ancient ruins of Sintra and historic Evora, walk along the bluffs of Europe’s most southwestern point at Cabo de São Vicente, and relax on the beaches of Ilha de Tavira.

How many days do I need?
There are too many destinations that are must-sees in Portugal to see the country in less than a week. At least 10 days is best. Learn more

Getting Around Portugal
Although smaller than neighboring Spain and France, distances in Portugal are still significant—traveling from Porto to Faro, for example, takes five hours by car. Flying is a quick and comfortable way to get between the country’s major cities, with the largest airport being Lisbon Airport (LIS). Going by bus or train are also options here. Learn more 

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Portugal Tours & Itineraries

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Camilo Beach in Lagos
Map of Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve - 10 Days
Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve - 10 Days

Experience three of Portugal's most iconic destinations on this 10-day trip starting in Lisbon where you'll tour ancient ruins, cobbled streets, and a UNESCO-listed village in the forested hills. Next, head north to Porto—famous for wine production and colorful architecture along the Douro River. The hardest decisions fall at the end where you can choose between spectacular beaches and white-washed villages in the Algarve.

Madeira Island's northern coast
Map of Explore Portugal: Porto, Lisbon, & Madeira Island - 14 Days
Explore Portugal: Porto, Lisbon, & Madeira Island - 14 Days

This epic Portugal tour highlights two cosmopolitan cities and a stunning mid-Atlantic island—part of an autonomous region—known for its tropical foliage and eternal spring-like weather. You'll kick off in Porto, home of centuries-old wine production and colorful architecture along the Douro River. Then fly to Madeira Island for secluded beaches and untouristed villages waiting to be discovered. Last but not least is Lisbon's friendly, up-and-coming capital—a striking city built on seven hills.

Marinha Beach in Portimão
Map of Best of Portugal, from Porto to Algarve - 8 Days
Best of Portugal, from Porto to Algarve - 8 Days

This tour mixes Portugal's vibrant cities with the incredible natural scenery of the Algarve region, starting with guided tours of Porto and Lisbon's hilly and historic neighborhoods. Enjoy a day trip to the Douro Valley for a tasting of the region's wine and port varietals, then head south to Algarve to explore its water sports, preserved coastal parks, and endless coastline filled with sandy beaches and rock formations. Spend hours relaxing on the beach, hiking along the coast, or meandering the historic fishing villages, all before watching dramatic sunsets and experiencing the area's exceptional nightlife.

Sunset from the Cabo da Roca near Lisbon
Map of Ultimate Portugal Tour: Lisbon, Porto, The Algarve, Douro Valley, & More - 14 Days
Ultimate Portugal Tour: Lisbon, Porto, The Algarve, Douro Valley, & More - 14 Days

This itinerary includes Portugal's two biggest cities, a slew of historic villages, and some spectacular beaches for an epic adventure to remember. Start off in up-and-coming Lisbon to explore ancient ruins and trendy districts before making your way north to UNESCO-listed Porto (and its nearby wine region). You'll also get time in the university towns of Évora and Coimbra—each with their own medieval attractions and dining scenes—before kicking back for a few days in the Algarve.

Porto's setting along the Douro River
Map of Best of Lisbon & Porto - 7 Days
Best of Lisbon & Porto - 7 Days

This adventure is the perfect introduction to Portugal for first-timers. Over the course of a week, you'll explore Lisbon's exciting food and culture scene, take scenic day-trips to historic villages, and walk through Porto's UNESCO-listed city center. Finish in the oldest wine region in the world before returning to Lisbon by way of the country's medieval capital: Coimbre.

Beach paths along the Algarve's southern coast
Map of Lisbon & the Algarve - 7 Days
Lisbon & the Algarve - 7 Days

This weeklong itinerary covers Portugal's biggest metropolis and its southern coast for a city-beach combo that's hard to beat. Kick off in Europe's hottest capital—Lisbon—for a guided introduction to the 'City of Seven Hills', including nearby highlights like Sintra and Cascais. Then, take the train south for several days of glorious beach-hopping while based in a charming old city surrounded by stone walls: Lagos.

Make the Most of Your Time in Portugal

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Foz, Porto's Old Town
How Many Days to Spend in Portugal

Portugal’s compact size means you can pack a lot into a short trip—a few days allows for exploration of Lisbon and Porto, along with a few excursions beyond city limits. With a...

Portugal Travel Advice

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Portugal Hotel Advice

Unique places to stay, curated by kimkim specialists
Photo courtesy of The Lumiares Hotel & Spa
The 7 Best Boutique Hotels in Lisbon

Follow the sounds of fado through Lisbon's streets to one of these hotels in neighborhoods across the city. Stay near the sophisticated Avenida Liberdade and Marquês de Pombal...

Photo courtesy of Carvoeiro Algarve Beach Resort
The Best Hotels in the Algarve

Head south to the golden beaches of the Algarve at one of these seaside retreats. Whether you choose to stay in charming Tavira, along the cliffs of Carvoeiro, or at a wellness...

Photo courtesy of Mercure Porto Centro Aliados
The 5 Best Boutique Hotels in Porto

Porto's hotels echo the city's history, with locations dotted through the historic city center. Stay in a former manor house or comfortable guesthouse, with options at all...

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A trail leading toward Ponta da Madrugada, Sao Miguel, Azores
15 Days in Portugal - 4 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Fifteen days in Portugal offers travelers a range of options for adventure and leisure. Visit the highlights on a cross-country sightseeing trip, or opt to see more of the Iberian Peninsula by splitting your time between Portugal and Spain. Adventure travelers love to explore the natural landscape of the Azores on an island-hopping tour, including a hike up Portugal's tallest mountain. Or eat and drink your way through Portugal on a foodie tour that introduces you to the best of Portuguese cuisine.

Lisbon's colorful hilltops
Map of Portugal & Northern Spain: Lisbon to San Sebastián - 15 Days
Portugal & Northern Spain: Lisbon to San Sebastián - 15 Days

Combine the best of Portugal and northern Spain for 15 days of fun on the Iberian Peninsula. Zip through Lisbon by tuk-tuk and see the fantastical hilltop palaces of Sintra, then head north to riverside Porto and the Douro Valley wine country. Hop over to Spain to marvel at Barcelona's modernist landmarks and hike between the clifftop villages of the Costa Brava. Your adventure wraps up on the Bay of Biscay, enjoying the crescent beaches and renowned gastronomy of San Sebastián.

Sunset colors on Madeira
Map of Mainland Portugal & Madeira - 15 Days
Mainland Portugal & Madeira - 15 Days

With just over two weeks to spare, you can combine the best of mainland Portugal with the lush valleys and volcanic beaches of "the Island of Eternal Spring." Start with cycling and culinary tours of Lisbon, wine tasting in the Douro Valley, and a deep dive into the history of colorful Porto. Then it's time to jet off into the North Atlantic for four days on Madeira, before returning to the mainland for some downtime at the chic coastal resort of Cascais.

Portugal Travel Maps

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Portugal map: 7 Days in Portugal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
7 Days in Portugal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Portugal map: 5 Days in Portugal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
5 Days in Portugal - 6 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Portugal map: 14 Days in Portugal - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
14 Days in Portugal - 5 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Portugal
Travel specialist Marina Courtaut
active 3 days ago

Marina Courtaut

Can you think of a better way to live adventures than traveling? When we travel we open our minds to new experiences and learn new cultures by making the destination we visited our home for a...

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Travel specialist Karin Eckhard
active 1 day ago

Karin Eckhard

Although born and raised in New Hampshire, USA, I have had the fortune to live in places as diverse as Vail, Colorado; Salzburg, Austria; London, a small village in England and Madrid, Spain has...

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Travel specialist Tiago Filipe
active 1 day ago

Tiago Filipe

I've always traveled extensively with my family and from a very early age developed a strong taste for it. Portuguese were once sailors and discoverers and I like to think of myself as one too: a...

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Travel specialist Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
active 21 hours ago

Beatriz De Pablo Rocha

The combination of the two places where I grew up (Madrid and a small village in Badajoz, Extremadura) has made me a passionate traveler almost from birth. Unknown destinations visited by travelers...

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Trip Reviews for Portugal

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Marta was amazing. Kim Kim for Portugal is a definite recommendation!
Portugal | Aug 20 - Aug 30, 2022

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christy h.
San Jose, CA | Sep 01, 2022

Marta was amazing. The vacation was amazing. We really enjoyed Rui, Paolo and Sandra are very high recommends! The ladies that took us on the food tours were great as was the gal that took us on a history tour of Lisbon. The gentleman that took us on the Algarve wine tour was knowledgeable but not so good as a guide. He was pleasant but not so good at making it a personal experience. Bea was very helpful when she was able to get the extra room at the Algarve hotel. That hotel is very... read more

Marta was amazing. The vacation was amazing. We really enjoyed Rui, Paolo and Sandra are very high recommends! The ladies that took us on the food tours were great as was the gal that took us on a history tour of Lisbon. The gentleman that took us on the Algarve wine tour was knowledgeable but not so good as a guide. He was pleasant but not so good at making it a personal experience. Bea was very helpful when she was able to get the extra room at the Algarve hotel. That hotel is very Bohemian and offered no privacy and thank you so much for fixing the issue. That made the experience so much better!
One suggestion is that I didn’t realize that the meeting point for the catamaran trip was more than 30 minutes drive from the hotel. I wish that the instructions were a little more clear about that. We ended up not making it on that trip because (my fault) I assumed that the departure point was Marina across the street from the hotel. The boat company let us take another cruise the following day but it wasn’t the great cruise that we had booked. But at least it was something.
Overall the trip was planned and managed very well. There are not enough amazing words to describe how happy I am with the trip. I will only use Kim Kim to plan vacations from now on. I have already recommended it more than 5 times and will continue to do so.
Also one final shout out again to Rui, Sandra and Paulo. And of course to Marta and Bea. Thank you so much! Hope to be in touch soon for my next adventure!
Best Regards
Christy

Hotel Reviews
AlmaLusa Baixa/Chiado
Lisbon

This hotel is beyond amazing. It’s gorgeous the staff are very helpful. The food was great. The room was so nice. This is located in a nice location definitely recommend!!!

Authenticity & Character
So gorgeous inside
Location
Easy to get to restaurants and points of interest.
Cleanliness & Comfort
Super clean. Room seemed new
Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira
Porto

This was ok. The food was great. The staff were nice. The room was ok. It suited the purpose

Authenticity & Character
It was ok
Location
Porto
Staff
They were nice
Cleanliness & Comfort
It was ok
Lagos Avenida Hotel
Lagos

This is a beautiful bohemian hotel if you are a single traveler. The rooms were clean and well maintained. The issue is that there is no privacy to use the shower, dress/ undress and very little privacy for the toilet. But my experience was that the room was lovely as long as I was the only one staying in the room. The restaurant, bar and lobby are gorgeous - but I would not want to stay in a room with another person due to lack of privacy

Authenticity & Character
Beautiful lobby
Location
Right across from Marina and very near the old downtown and beautiful shops and restaurants
Staff
Very friendly and exceptionally helpful
Cleanliness & Comfort
The lack of privacy makes me rate it lower - very bohemian
Hotel Star Inn Lisbon Aeroporto
Lisboa

This hotel was ok - there was a mediocre restaurant and bar - it was close to the airport so that was very convenient.

Authenticity & Character
Nothing great except that the management provided a lovely welcome snack and cherry liquor shots
Location
Right next to airport with feee shuttle
Staff
They were ok nothing really spectacular
Cleanliness & Comfort
It was an older property with zero personality and the bar and restaurant were not nice
Activity Reviews
Architectural & Historical Highlights of Lisbon
Lisbon

I enjoyed all the historical stories about Lisbon

Quality of Experience
Everything
Guides, drivers and staff
Food and fun
Transport
I like walking.
Foodie Experience in Porto
Porto

Marion was very knowledgeable. The places w we went and quality of tastings were high. I would definitely recommend her and the tour

Quality of Experience
The stories that went along with the food tastings.
Food
The quality of food and drinks was first rate
Guides, drivers and staff
Marion was great and we enjoyed the tour. She was personable and knowledgeable
Tour of Porto in a Vintage Car
Porto

This was a lot of fun. Sandra’s extensive knowledge about Porto and her ability to tell the story made this a fun adventure.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Both Sandra and our driver were a lot of fun
Transport
Super cute vintage car
Day Excursion to Douro Valley, Wine Tasting & River Cruise
Porto

Definitely one of the best tours and days I have had on vacations ever! Rui was great. He arranged for a wonderful meal with a wine maker where we bought several cases of wine. I loved this day. Rui is super knowledgeable and definitely a recommended guide.

Quality of Experience
The wine, port and food at the Quinta was amazing
Guides, drivers and staff
Rui
Transport
Very clean vehicle
Private Day Trip to Sintra, Cascais & Estoril
Lisbon

Paulo is amazing. His plan of visiting Sintra and Monserrate made sense based on the day’s weather and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Paulo also gave us some great recommendations for our trip to Algarve. He is great. Highly recommend him as a private guide

Quality of Experience
Such a gorgeous day. Paulo is very knowledgeable
Guides, drivers and staff
Paulo
Transport
Very clean
Catamaran Sailing Cruise to Benagil & Carvoeiro
Portugal

We ended up missing the original cruise. I didn’t realize that the meeting point was 30-40 minutes from the hotel. We took a cruise the next day. It was nice

Quality of Experience
The boat was nice the crew was fun
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Wine Tasting & Lunch at a Portuguese Quinta
Portugal

This was wine tasting in Algarve. There was no lunch included. The guide was ok. He was knowledgeable but the wines we tried were low end and well it wasnt great at all . Was lunch supposed to be included?

Quality of Experience
The wines were meh confused about the lunch since it wasn’t included
Food
There was no food
Guides, drivers and staff
This wine tasting was nothing like the one we had with Rui
Transport
We drove ourselves
Lisbon Roots, Food & Cultural Walk
Portugal

This was fun and the food was good

Quality of Experience
The guide was great and the food was too
Food
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
I like walking
Local specialist: Marta Trzeciakowska
Marta
Marta Trzeciakowska
Local specialist in Madrid | Sep 01, 2022

Hi Christy, thank you so much for your kind words, it was a pleasure to create this experience for you in Portugal and I am thrilled Lee and you enjoyed it. The location of each activity is always in the travel documents but we will make sure it is well pointed out. The lunch at the Quinta was not available and we agreed to only do the wine tour, but next time you visit Portugal I will make sure you enjoy the Quinta too :) All my best, Marta

Two weeks in Portugal
Portugal | Jul 29 - Aug 11, 2022

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Gertrude L.
Canada | Aug 30, 2022

This was the first time I used KimKim. It was an easy and fun experience to plan with James. He was responsive, informative and courteous. When our family (with 16 and 18 year old boys) actually went on the trip, everything ran smoothly (with the exception of one slight delay in a pick up due to a mechanical issue which was quickly solved) and all the tour guides and drivers were excellent. We booked smaller, boutique style hotels which were just what I asked…clean, quiet, and central. ... read more

This was the first time I used KimKim. It was an easy and fun experience to plan with James. He was responsive, informative and courteous. When our family (with 16 and 18 year old boys) actually went on the trip, everything ran smoothly (with the exception of one slight delay in a pick up due to a mechanical issue which was quickly solved) and all the tour guides and drivers were excellent. We booked smaller, boutique style hotels which were just what I asked…clean, quiet, and central. The one in Lisbon especially had fantastic service and a beautiful rooftop terrace overlooking the city. James introduced us to Rocio right before the trip and she was available to assist if we needed. She called to introduce herself at our hotel when we landed in Lisbon and text us during the trip to ask how we were doing. It was a comfort to know we could talk to her if something didn’t go according to plan. Overall, our family of four had a trip we will always remember! We learned so much about the history, food and culture of Portugal and the time spent together as a family was truly precious. Thank you James and Rocio for everything! We would recommend you to everyone who wants to plan a unique and unforgettable trip. Obrigada!

Local specialist: James Monro
James
James Monro
Local specialist in Eastbourne | Aug 30, 2022

Hey Gertrude,
Fantastic to know you had such a great trip and it was a pleasure to have you travelling with us! Many thanks for taking the time to write and I hope you can make it back to Portugal sometime soon!
With our very best wishes, James

Wonderful experience
Portugal | Aug 21 - Aug 28, 2022

Julia
Julia L.
United Kingdom | Aug 29, 2022

We loved every minute of our trip. Beatriz recommendations were spot on, and the trip went exactly as we would have hoped (and more!). All the experiences were truly great.
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We loved every minute of our trip. Beatriz recommendations were spot on, and the trip went exactly as we would have hoped (and more!). All the experiences were truly great.

Hotel Reviews
Almaria Ex Libris Chiado
Lisbon

Incredible place, lovely service, perfect location. As a family of 4, we were really comfortable.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Lovely staff that went above and beyond
Cleanliness & Comfort
The apartment has everything you need, in addition to breakfast and a well stocked fridge
Flores Boutique Hotel
Porto

Beautiful hotel, centrally located, vibrant rooftop bar with excellent food.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Boavista Golf & Spa - Bela Colina Village
Sítio da Atalaia - Lagos

Very comfortable, brand new villas with swimming pools and breakfast. A car is needed to get around, but it is very easy to get around.

Authenticity & Character
Location
Staff
Really friendly staff
Cleanliness & Comfort
Activity Reviews
Sintra For Young Explorers
Lisbon

Wonderful day trip, our guide was very friendly and knowledgable. We really enjoyed this day.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Algarve Sunset Experience
Portugal

We had the best time, beautiful sites, thoughtfully planned, away from the masses. Very friendly and knowledgable tour guide, overall great experience.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Private Porto Family City Tour
Porto

Our lovely tour guide was very knowledgeable, friendly and patient with our little girls. We loved our day.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Day Excursion to Douro Valley, Wine Tasting & River Cruise
Porto

Beautiful area, must see. Our tour guide was very friendly and knowledgable. We really enjoyed our day.

Quality of Experience
Guides, drivers and staff
Transport
Local specialist: Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Beatriz
Beatriz De Pablo Rocha
Local specialist in Madrid | Aug 29, 2022

Hi Julia! I'm so happy you and your family had a great time around Portugal! Thank you so much for your kind words to all of our guides, this helps us continue improving each day. It's been really easy to work with you creating this adventure and it would be a pleasure to help you again in the future! Best regards Bea.