2 Weeks in Portugal by Train - ms travel solo (2022)

Portugal is one of the best destinations for solo travellers. Whether you want to visit big cities or small towns, winery, beaches, castles or participate in different water sports or hiking or simply enjoy Portuguese culture, you don’t want to miss Portugal!

My first trip to Portugal was only four years ago and it has become one of my favourite countries in the world! I’ve returned to Portugal since and have spent many more months. I honestly can’t say enough good things about this country.

So instead, I put together a comprehensive Portugal solo travel itinerary for anyone who has never been to Portugal before. This is the perfect itinerary for a solo traveller who wants to travel 2 weeks in Portugal by train.

If you are planning a solo trip to Portugal and wondering if you rather visit Lisbon or Porto? Or both? And how many days you should spend in Portugal? Keep reading, and I will tell you everything in detail and give you the best Portugal 2 week itinerary.

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What you need to know before starting your Portugal solo travel itinerary

Before you hop on the train for an epic 2 weeks Portugal trip, take a look at some of these useful travel tips for travelling solo to Portugal:

  • Portugal is asafe city for solo female travellers.
  • Check Comboios de Portugal websitefor train schedules for all the trains you need to take for this 2-week Portugal itinerary.
  • Download theComboios de Portugal appto check train timetables from your phone and buy your train tickets. It is in English and super easy to use.
  • You can order Uber cars in Portugal. Just make sure you download the app before you travel.

Two weeks in Portugal: how to take the train

My entire 2 week itinerary in Portugal can be travelled by train. This is the perfect mode of transportation for any solo traveller or independent traveller since the train is reliable and always on-time.

But first, let’s get to know a bit more about the railway system in Portugal: Comboios de Portugal.

ManyAlfa Pendular or AP(fast train)andIntercidades or IC(intercity train) trains travel between Lisbon, Porto and the Algarve daily, while Urbano (U) and Regional (R) trains travel within the local regions.

For AP and IC trains, you can choose either first class or second class seats. Seat reservation is required for these trains.

All the train schedules and prices can be found on the Comboios de Portugal website and Comboios de Portugal app.

I highly recommend choosing the AP train (fast train) and first class seats whenever possible. It just makes the journey that much faster and better.

Summary: 2 weeks in Portugal by train

My ultimate Portugal 2 week itinerary starts in the capital city, Lisbon. From there, travel north to Porto, visit Aveiro or Coimbra before you take the train to Algarve and return to Lisbon.

To see all the highlights in each area, it will take 14 days in Portugal. And this itinerary is tailored for solo traveller who want to travel 2 weeks in Portugal by train.

Here is a quick summary of my Portugal 2 week itinerary:

  • Day 1-4: Lisbon (+ day trip)
  • Day 5-7: Porto (+ day trip)
  • Day 8: Aveiro or Coimbra
  • Day 9-11: Faro (+ day trip)
  • Day 12-13: Lagos (+ day trip)
  • Day 14: Depart from Lisbon

Day 1-4: Lisbon

Lisbon is the biggest city in Portugal and you can leisurely see the city in three days. Stroll through Chiado, Bairro Alto, Príncipe Real and Alfama (neighbourhoods in Lisbon). On the fourth day, take a day trip just outside of the city.

The best way to get around Lisbon is by walking, Tram 28, Metro, train and Uber.

Here is a summary of what you will see in Lisbon in 4 days:

Day 1: Chiado

Get acquainted with Lisbon by roaming around Chiado first. Depending on what time you arrive in Lisbon, you can see a few (or many) touristy sites including Praça do Comércio, Arco da Rua Augusta, Elevator Santa Justa along the pedestrian street, Carmo Convento and Museu Nacional de Arte Contemporânea – Museu do Chiado.

And take the scenic Tram 28 as it passes through many popular tourist spots in Lisbon.

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Day 2: Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real

There are many things to see in both Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real. Look for the famous funicular at Ascensor da Bica, viewpoint at Santa Catarina, Museu de São Roque, Jardim de São Pedro de Alcâantara and Jardim Botânico de Lisboa.

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Day 3: Alfama

When you are meandering through the narrow and hilly streets of Alfama, search for Sé de Lisboa, Casa dos Bicos, Museu do Fado, Castelo de São Jorge, and the viewpoints at at Santa Luzia and Recolhimento.

If you are in Alfama on a Tuesday or Saturday, there is a flea market called Feira da Ladra just northeast of Panteão Nacional.

And if you go a bit further east of Alfama, visitMuseu Nacional do Azulejo.

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Day 4: Day trip from Lisbon

Take a day trip from Lisbon just outside of the capital city. Choose between Belém, Sintra or Cascais:

  • Belém – see Jerónimos Monastery, Museo Nacional de Arqueología, Torre de Belém, MAAT and try the famous egg tart at Pastéis de Belém. You can get a 24-hour Lisboa Card and see many museums in Belém for free. And the transportation to Belém is also free with the Lisbon Card.
  • SintraPena Castle is the highlight of Sintra but you don’t miss Castelo dos Mouros and Quinta da Regaleira.
  • Cascais – visit the quaint seaside town and check out one of many gorgeous beaches in Cascais, Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães, Mirador Casa de Santa Maria and Boca do Inferno.
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Where to stay in Lisbon

Selina Secret Garden Lisbon

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Selina Secret Garden Lisbon is the perfect hotel for a solo female traveller. Book the unique room for four nights so you can get a bit more room for yourself. And when you want to mingle with other travellers, you can hang out in one of the few common areas.

How to take a train from Lisbon to Porto

Lisbon to Porto train

Lisbon has six train stations. But the easiest way to travel from Lisbon to Porto is to start at LisboaEstação do Oriente since all trains going to Porto will have to go through Estação do Oriente.

FYI – Porto has 2 train stations: São Bento Station and Campanhã Station. Most hotels are closer to São Bento Station so you are likely to take the train there.You’ll have to switch to an U train at Porto Campanhã Station to São Bento Station.

Recommendation: Take an early AP train from LisboaEstação do OrientetoPorto São Bento Station. There are AP trains leaving Lisbon at 7:09 am, 8:09 am and 9:09 am. The trip is about 3 hours 16 minutes and costs €31.90 (second class) and €44.60 (first class).

Day 5-7: Porto

Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal and one of the oldest European centres. The hilly city is located few hours north of Lisbon and is easily accessible by train.

Personally, I love the laid-back atmosphere, super friendly locals and the unique regional cuisine of Porto. And not to mention all the picturesque viewpoints around the city!

While you are in Porto, spend the first two days in Porto in the city and then venture out on the third day and see other towns in Northern Portugal.

Day 5: Porto

See many highlights on your first day in Porto including the famous bookstore, Livraria Lello, the pedestrian streets of Rua de Flores and Rua de Santa Catarina, and the blue-and-white tiles at Igreja do Carmo, Church Santo Ildefonso, Capela das Almas, and São Bento Railway Station.

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Day 6: Porto

On your second day in Porto, visit Sé de Porto, Palácio da Bolsa, and see panoramic views of Porto from Miradouro do Passeio das Fontainhas, Miradouro da Vitória, and the double-deck metal bridge Ponte de Dom Luis I at Ribeira do Porto.

In the afternoon, take a cruise down Douro River and followed by Port wine tour and Fado show at a port wine cellar in Vila Nova de Gaia. And finally, finish the day by watching the sunset at Marginal de Gaia.

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Day 7: Day trip from Porto

There are many things to do outside of the hilly city. Choose one of the following day trips from Porto:

  • Foz do Douro– take the scenic Tram 1 and see the coastal area of Porto.
  • Matosinhos– enjoy the beaches and waterfront promenade of Matosinhos.
  • Douro Valley– join a guided tour inDouro Valleyand try award-winning wines in picturesque villages.
  • Espinho– see gorgeous beaches along Costa Verde.
  • Braga– visit one of the oldest cities in Portugal and see the historical centre and Gothic churches.
  • Guimarães– see the famous Guimarães Castle and other monuments on Serra da Penha mountain.
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Where to stay in Porto

Casa dos Loios by Shiadu

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Book 3 nights at Casa dos Loios by Shiadu and get a clean and eclectic guest room that is perfect for solo travellers. When you are tired from walking the hills of Porto, sit and enjoy the interior courtyard space. It is quite serene.

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How to take a train from Porto to Aveiro or Coimbra

Porto to Aveiro train

The easiest, cheapest and most direct way to travel from Porto to Aveiro is by taking the Urbano (U) train.

Buy a ticket from the counter or kiosk. This means you pay€0.50 for the reusable Siga cardandone title (means one ticket) for the cost of the train journey to Aveiro (€3.55).

Recommendation: Take an early U train from Porto São Bento StationtoAveiro Station. Try to be in Aveiro by 9 am so you can get a full day in Aveiro. There are U trains leaving Porto at 7:30 am and 7:50 am. The trip is about 1 hour 18 minutes and costs €3.55.

Porto to Coimbra train

The cheapest way to travel from Porto to Coimbra is by taking a combination of Urbano trains to Coimbra Station.

You’ll have to switch trains at Campanhã Station in Porto and then again at Aveiro Station.

FYI – Coimbra has are two stations: Coimbra and Coimbra-B. Coimbra Station is closer to the town centre.

Recommendation: Take the early U trains from Porto São Bento StationtoCoimbra Station. There are U trains leaving Porto at 7:30 am and 8:30 am. The trip is about 2 hours 17 minutes and costs €8.95.

Day 8: Aveiro (option 1)

The 8th day is about choices. Choose between Aveiro, a canal town or Coimbra, a historical university town.

Day 8: Aveiro

Aveirois apicturesque fishing townknown for itsArt Nouveau buildings,salt flats,patterned Portuguese pavement, and a regional dessert calledovo moles. The town is also known as theVenice of Portugalbecause of the canal system and the gondola-type boats calledmoliceiros.

A day tour of Aveiro includes walking around the cobblestone town and taking a Moliceiro boat tour around the canals.

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Where to stay in Aveiro

Teatro Studios

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Stay one night at Teatro Studios, a boutique hotel in the centre of Aveiro. It is an actual apartment with a well-equipped kitchenette.

Day 8: Coimbra (option 2)

Day 8: Coimbra

As for option 2, you’ll be visiting Coimbra, the third-largest city in Portugal.

Coimbra is a medieval city with Europe’s oldest university: University of Coimbra. When you walk through Arco de Almedina, the hilly cobblestone streets will lead you to the university in the old town. Visit several important buildings including Sé Velha de Coimbra,Via Latina, Sala Capelos, Michael’s Chapel and Biblioteca Joanina.

Then roam around Baixa (downtown) and visit Igreja de Santa Cruz and Jardim da Manga.

Don’t leave Coimbra without trying some of their conventual sweets.

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Where to stay in Coimbra

JR Studios & Suites | Rius I

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JR Studios & Suites is a centrally located hotel has all the comforts you need for a short-term stay. Book the standard suite which has a double bed and sofa bed. And it even has a desk if you work remotely. There is a shared kitchen if you want to cook a simple meal.

How to take a train from Aveiro or Coimbra to Faro

This leg of the journey is the longest. But the good thing is train travel in Portugal is quite comfortable.

Aveiro to Faro train

The fastest way and most direct way to travel from Aveiro Station to Faro Station is by taking the AP train first thing in the morning.

Recommendation: Take an earliest AP train from Aveiro StationtoFaro Station. The AP train leaves Aveiro at 6:21 am. The trip is about 5 hours 02 minutes and costs €50.40 (second class) and €69.30 (first class).

Coimbra to Faro train

As for Coimbra, the fastest way to travel from Coimbra Station to Faro Station is by taking the R train and AP train first thing in the morning.

You’ll have to switch trains at Coimbra-B Station for the AP train to Faro Station.

Recommendation: Take an earliest R and AP trains from Coimbra StationtoFaro Station. The R train leaves Coimbra at 6:38 am. The trip is about 4 hours 45 minutes and costs €46.70 (second class) and €64.20 (first class).

Day 9-11: Faro

The Algarve, or south of Portugal, is a pretty big area. The best way to see the Algarve is to stay at a bigger town and use it as a home base and explore the surrounding areas.

For this 2 weeks in Portugal itinerary, I suggest staying in Faro (to the east) and Lagos (to the west).

Day 9: Faro

Faro, thecapital of the Algarve, is the biggest cities in the Algarve. And there are many things to do in Faro includinghistorical monuments, gorgeous beaches between waterwaysanddelicious seafood restaurantsscattered around town.

Walk around cobblestone streets of Cidade Velha and look for Arco da Vila, Igreja de Santa Maria and Capela dos Ossos de Faro. And don’t miss the gorgeous sunset at the pier.

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Day 10: Faro

On your second day in Faro, either take a local ferry (€3 return trip, every hour)at Estação Faro to Praia de Faro and spend the day exploring the beach.

Or join one of the tours and sail through Parque Natural da Ria Formosa.

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Day 11: Tavira

When you go on a Tavira day trip from Faro, you will see many things in this charming town. Walk across Ponte Antiga Sodre o Rio Gilão and search for Igreja da Misericórdia and Castelo de Tavira. If you go early, you can even visit the white sand beaches at Praia de Ilha de Tavira.

There are regional trains from Faro Station to Tavira Station at 7:20 am, 8:57 am and 9:55 am. On the way back, catch the 6:31 pm, 7:40 pm or 9:38 pm train from Tavira to Faro. The train journey takes about 37 minutes and costs €3.25 each way.

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Where to stay in Faro

The Modernist Faro

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Hotels in Faro are older and pretty pricey. But I found The Modernist Faro, a new boutique hotel in the middle of the town. I love the mid-modern century feel of the hotel design and thoroughly had a wonderful stay. Book three nights at The Modernist Faro and let me know what you think.

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How to take a train from Faro to Lagos

Faro to Lagos train

Linha do Algarve is the dedicated railway line goingeast to westof the Algarve. The line includes stops at these cities (from east to west):Vila Real de Santo António, Tavira, Faro, Loulé, Tunes, Silves, Portimão,andLagos.

The fastest and cheapest way for traveling from Faro to Lagos is by taking the Regional (R) train.

Recommendation: Take an R train from Faro StationtoLagos Station. There are R trains leaving Faro at 7:11 am and 9:02 am. The trip is about 1 hours 34 minutes and costs €7.50.

Day 12-13: Lagos

Day 12: Lagos

Lagos is the last stop on the Algarve train line on the west side of Algarve. It is an excellent hub for discovering the western Algarve.

First, wander around the old town and get a feel of the city. Then visit some of the best beaches in the Algarve including Praia Dona Ana, Praia do Camilo, and Ponta da Piedade.

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Day 13: Benegil Sea Cave or Portimão

On your second day in Lagos, join a tour for visiting the Benagil Sea Cave. It is one of the most popular excursions from Lagos.

Or take a day trip to Portimão from Lagos. Portimão is the largest city in western Algarve so there are plenty of things to see. Check out Fortaleza de Santa Catarina de Ribamar and Castelo de São João do Arade or hang out at Praia da Rocha and Praia do Vau.

There are regional trains from Lagos Station to Portimão Station at 7:52 am, 9:03 am and 11:14 am. On the way back, catch the 7:06 pm, 7:50 pm or 8:51 pm train from Portimão to Lagos. The train journey takes about 17 minutes and costs €2.05 each way.

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Where to stay in Lagos

Lagos Avenida Hotel

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Book two nights at Lagos Avenida Hotel and enjoy the last leg of your Portugal trip. Hotels in Lagos are typically a bit more expensive. But since this is the last stop, you might want to splurge on something nice.

How to take a train from Lagos to Lisbon

Lagos to Lisbon train

Trains from Lagos to Lisbon will require a change of train at Tunes Station.

Recommendation: Take the R and AP/IC trains from Lagos StationtoLisboaEstação do Oriente. The R trains leave Lagos at 6:14 am, 7:52 am, 1:26 pm, 3:13 pm and 5:21 pm. The trip is about 3 hours 51 minutes and costs €24.05 (second class) and €30.95 (first class).

Day 14: Depart from Lisbon

Day 14: Lisbon

After a few enjoyable days in the Algarve, it’s time to pack up and head home.

Chances are you will be returning to Lisbon to catch your flight at the international airport.

Take the train back to LisboaEstação do Orienteand take the Metro to the airport.

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Are you ready to start your 2 weeks in Portugal itinerary?

I hope so! I really put a lot of thought into this 2 week Portugal solo travel itinerary because it is really easy to travel around Portugal independently and by taking the train only.

If you have the option to drive, it is possible to complete this 2 week Portugal itinerary too. And driving through Portugal is quite interesting as well, especially doing a road trip between Lisbon and Porto. Or you can do a combination of transportation and make your Portugal trip really interesting.

The best time to visit Portugal is now! Ha! But honestly, it is excellent all year around. It all depends on what type of climate you like to be in during your travels. So what are you waiting for?

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Let me know in the comments below if you enjoyed this solo itinerary or if you have any questions about solo travel in Portugal.

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FAQs

Is Portugal good for solo travel? ›

Yes! In recent years, Portugal has become one of the safest countries in Europe. Violent crime is almost nonexistent and petty crimes like pickpocketing happen very rarely too. Portugal is safe and there are no known areas to avoid, but always be aware of your surroundings and take precautions when travelling at night.

Is two weeks too long in Portugal? ›

Two weeks in Portugal gives you ample time to enjoy the highlights at a relaxed pace. Spend time in both Lisbon and Porto — complete with private guided tours and gorgeous day trips — while also adding time further afield, on the beaches of the Algarve or on an island like São Miguel in the Azores.

Is it easy to travel by train in Portugal? ›

Portugal is not a large country and you can get almost everywhere easily and efficiently by train or bus. Regional trains are often cheaper and some lines very scenic, but it's almost always quicker to go by bus – especially on shorter or less obvious routes.

Is Porto Portugal safe for solo female Travellers? ›

Is Porto safe for solo female travellers? In my experience, Porto is absolutely safe for solo female travellers. Portugal as a country is one of the best destinations for solo female travellers, with low violent crime rates as well as lower petty crime rates than other European countries.

Where can I go alone in Portugal? ›

Lisbon, Porto, and the Algarve (especially Lagos and Faro) are the most popular destinations for solo travellers visiting Portugal. These are all worth visiting, and these will be the places where you'll probably do most of your socialising.

Is Lisbon safe for solo female Travellers? ›

Portugal is a safe destination for solo travelers! And Lisbon is an especially wonderful place to explore. Locals note that anyone traveling alone in Lisbon should: Keep an eye on your drink: Just as you would at home, keep an eye on your drink.

What should I do in Portugal in 2 weeks? ›

A 2-week road trip itinerary for Portugal
  • Day 1 and 2 - Arrive to Lisbon and explore.
  • Day 3 - Head west to Cascais.
  • Day 4 - Explore Sintra Natural Park.
  • Day 5 - Stop at Guincho en route to Ericeira.
  • Day 6 - Drive south to Caparica and go surfing!
  • Day 7 - Drive south to Parque Natural da Arrábida for a beach day!
5 Mar 2022

How can I visit Portugal in two weeks? ›

Two weeks road trip itinerary in Portugal
  1. Itinerary map and information.
  2. First three days: Lisbon. ...
  3. Fourth day: Sintra and Cabo da Roca.
  4. Fifth day: Obidos, Alcobaça Monastery and Nazaré
  5. Sixth and seventh day: Porto.
  6. Eight day: Braga and Guimarães.
  7. Ninth day: Coimbra.
  8. Tenth day: Monastery of Batalha and Tomar.
18 Jul 2017

How can I spend 14 days in Portugal? ›

Portugal 14 day itinerary: Highlights and off the beaten track...
  • Porto – Day 1 & 2.
  • Douro – Day 3 & 4.
  • Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês – Day 5 & 6.
  • Lisbon – Day 7, 8 & 9.
  • Évora – Day 10.
  • Costa Vicentina – Day 11 – 12.
  • Algarve – Day 13-14.
  • Algarve – Day 15.
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Is there a good train system in Portugal? ›

Enjoy the scenic journey aboard the train

Portugal has a decent railway network that connects major cities and towns across the country. Although trains don't go everywhere, journeys on board are affordable, comfortable, convenient, and often the most scenic way to travel.

Is the train ride from Lisbon to Porto scenic? ›

The train ride from Lisbon to Porto offers some of the best views of the country. It passes through Coimbra – Portugal's capital from 1131 to 1255 and still home to a Roman aqueduct and 13th-century university – and Aveiro, known sometimes as 'the Portuguese Venice' due to its waterways and boats.

Are trains in Portugal reliable? ›

Despite its size, Portugal has a dense and accessible public transport network that spans the entire country, providing reliable connections to major cities and international destinations. Trains, trams, buses, taxis, and funiculars in the country are clean, efficient, and user-friendly.

Which is better Porto or Lisbon? ›

Lisbon has more tourist attractions, sights, and museums

While Porto has some worthwhile cathedrals and sights (like the Harry Potteresque bookstore), Porto is more about enjoying the city, strolling the streets, taking in views, and tasting Port wine at the Port lodges.

Is there a direct train from Lisbon to Porto? ›

No, there are no direct train services from Lisbon to Porto. Travelling from Lisbon to Porto by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

Is it safe to walk around Porto at night? ›

At night: Avoid dark alleys and streets: This is true wherever you are in the world because even Porto has creepy dark alleys that are best to be avoided at night. Don't walk alone: When it comes to walking at night, the more people, the merrier.

Is Portugal good for singles? ›

One thing you really needn't worry about if you plan to move to Portugal alone is meeting other people. Moving to Portugal as a single person isn't at all unusual. This applies to men and women, and both pensioners and younger people.

Is Algarve good for solo travel? ›

The Algarve is the ideal place to travel alone. This beautiful region with over 300 days of sunshine a year and a stunning blue sea hides secretes waiting for travellers with enough curiosity to uncover them.

Is Lisbon good for solo travel? ›

Lisbon is colorful, inviting, and culturally diverse, with a fascinating history and lively art and cultural scene, perhaps as a result. This is one of the safest and most affordable cities in Europe, making it one of the best destinations for solo travelers.

Do people speak English in Lisbon? ›

The language spoken in Lisbon is Portuguese but English is widely spoken by all people who work within the tourist industry. There will be no language problems for tourists who are visiting Lisbon or the surrounding coastline.

What can a solo traveler do in Lisbon? ›

Here are 10 things I most enjoy doing alone in Lisbon.
  • Walk the Fiera da Ladra in Lisbon. ...
  • Watch a Fado Performance in Lisbon. ...
  • Take a Day Trip to Sintra near Lisbon. ...
  • Take a Day Trip to Cascais near Lisbon. ...
  • Take a Tile Making Class in Lisbon. ...
  • Walk Your Way Through Lisbon. ...
  • Swim and Tan at the Oeiras Oceanic Pool in Lisbon.
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Is it safe to walk around Lisbon at night? ›

Is it safe to walk around Lisbon at night? While it's not perfectly safe to walk anywhere at night, you won't have to worry too much about Lisbon's street safety after dark. If possible, stick with big groups and opt to get around with a taxi instead of walking.

Is Lisbon good for solo travel? ›

Lisbon is colorful, inviting, and culturally diverse, with a fascinating history and lively art and cultural scene, perhaps as a result. This is one of the safest and most affordable cities in Europe, making it one of the best destinations for solo travelers.

Is Algarve good for solo travel? ›

The Algarve is the ideal place to travel alone. This beautiful region with over 300 days of sunshine a year and a stunning blue sea hides secretes waiting for travellers with enough curiosity to uncover them.

How many days do you need in Portugal? ›

How much time should I spend in Portugal? Any Portugal travel itinerary should be a minimum of seven days long to ensure you can immerse yourself in the local culture, customs, and traditions. Those with more time can enjoy traveling further afield or staying longer in one destination to scratch beneath the surface.

Which is better Porto or Lisbon? ›

Lisbon has more tourist attractions, sights, and museums

While Porto has some worthwhile cathedrals and sights (like the Harry Potteresque bookstore), Porto is more about enjoying the city, strolling the streets, taking in views, and tasting Port wine at the Port lodges.

Is there a direct train from Lisbon to Porto? ›

No, there are no direct train services from Lisbon to Porto. Travelling from Lisbon to Porto by train will require a minimum of 1 change.

Where can I stay in Solo in Lisbon? ›

Where To Stay in Lisbon. Lisbon is home to a variety of safe, historic neighborhoods that are great for solo female travelers. To be close to the popular attractions, it's best to stay close to the city center in neighborhoods like Barrio Alto, Cais do Sodré, and Baixa Chiado.

What is the best time to visit Lisbon? ›

The best time to visit Lisbon is either from March to May or September to October, because the weather is still warm, hotel rates are cheaper and there are fewer crowds than in summer. In those seasons, you might also be able to squeeze in a few beach days. The summer sees hot temperatures and crowded shores.

Is Faro safe for solo female Travellers? ›

The Algarve region offers so much, especially for solo female travelers! Faro is an excellent place to make a base if you plan not to have a car. You will have some great destinations within your reach.

Is Faro safe to travel alone? ›

The local police, (there are two police forces – GNR and PSP) also usually speak English and are friendly and helpful when dealing with people. Solo travellers can easily get around between the bigger towns in the Algarve, by train or bus. There are good connections between Faro, Albufeira, Portimão and Lagos.

Is Albufeira good for solo travel? ›

If you are planning a solo trip to the Algarve, make sure to add Albufeira to your itinerary because there are so many things to do in Albufeira for a solo traveller. As the biggest resort town in the southern coast of Portugal, Albufeira is one of the top holiday destination the Algarve.

What is the best month to go to Portugal? ›

The best time to visit Portugal is in spring (March-May), when the country is in bloom and waking after the winter. You could also go in fall (between September and October) when the sun is still shining, the weather is warm, and many of the crowds have dispersed.

How can I spend 14 days in Portugal? ›

Portugal 14 day itinerary: Highlights and off the beaten track...
  • Porto – Day 1 & 2.
  • Douro – Day 3 & 4.
  • Parque Nacional Peneda-Gerês – Day 5 & 6.
  • Lisbon – Day 7, 8 & 9.
  • Évora – Day 10.
  • Costa Vicentina – Day 11 – 12.
  • Algarve – Day 13-14.
  • Algarve – Day 15.
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What's the best time of year to go to Portugal? ›

Spring and fall offer the best combination of good weather, long days, and plenty of tourist and cultural activities — particularly during Holy Week, Lisbon's series of June festivals (which peak on St. Anthony's Day, June 13), and Porto's celebrations of St. John's Day (June 23–24).

What is the most beautiful part of Portugal? ›

5 Most Beautiful Regions in Portugal
  • Algarve. The Algarve is one of the best regions to visit in Portugal if you're looking for a sunshine-filled beach break. ...
  • Lisbon and the Tagus Valley. ...
  • Alentejo. ...
  • Porto and Northern Portugal. ...
  • Central Portugal.
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Which part of Portugal is best? ›

The Algarve is arguably the best part of Portugal to visit. The region has hundreds of beaches, beautiful hotels, and arguably the most delicious cuisine in the country.

Is Porto walkable? ›

Getting to and around Porto

Once there, Porto is an easily walkable city, so long as you don't mind all the hills. If the hills are an issue, there's also a good public transport system that includes old wooden trams, a metro and buses.

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