Please sign in to post.

Tentative Itinerary for 17 day driving trip in Portugal in May.

After 8 days in southern Spain we are heading to Portugal with our rental car for 17 days. It was going to be less but Aer Lingus just cancelled our initial flight so we had a choice to travel one day later or 2 days earlier. Being that we were struggling with our itinerary we opted to do the longer trip. As a side note we plan to park the car in places like Porto and use our feet and local transportation. We will also return our rental car upon arrival in Lisbon.

Do you all think this itinerary is ok and doable? We do have 2 x 1 night stays but feel we are ok with that and will just take in the views and sights wherever we can on those 2 long driving days.

Day 1......Seville to Lagos (3 nights) with lunch stop in Tavira
Day 2.....Beach day and explore the rock formations around Lagos
Day 3.....Salema and Sagres
Day 4......Early drive to Evora (2 nights) Tour of Evora sights
Day 5......Megaliths, cork factory tour, anything else we can comfortably fit in without feeling rushed. 2nd night Evora
Day 6.....Early drive from Evora to Monsanto with lunch stop/explore then continue drive to Castelo Rodrigo (1 night) arriving early evening.
Hopefully paelolithic rock art tour in evening.
Day 7......Drive to Pinhao or Peso da Regua (1 night) enjoying the scenery of the drive, arriving around noon. Explore the area
afternoon/evening.
Day8.....Am drive to Braga for the sights there. Afternoon drive to Porto.(3 nights)
Day 9.....Porto
Day 10....Porto
Day 11.....AM drive to Coimbra.(2 nights)....explore coimbra
Day 12.....In Coimbra
Day 13.....AM drive to Lisbon (4 nights) with stops along the way....Obidos, Alcobaca, Batalha, we are unsure where at this point.
Arriving Lisbon late afternoon/early evening.
Day 14.....Lisbon
Day 15......Day trip to Sintra
Day 16......Lisbon
Day 17.......Flight out of Lisbon

This of course is all assuming that the entire country is not put on a travel restriction. We are currently planning to take whatever precautions we can and hopefully stay healthy, though if things continue to decline then we will certainly reconsider.
I should add:
we did our car research. It was actually cheaper to pick up the car in spain and drop in lisbon than pick up in portugal/drop in portugal. The rates in Spain are just cheaper and so even with the drop fee it worked out to be less expensive. Also need a car since daughter has been living in France this last year and is travelling with us along with her extensive baggage before going home. 😲🙄😉

Posted by
16555 posts

It looks as if you're planning to pick up the car in Seville and drop it in Lisbon. Have you checked on how much the international drop charge will be? It could be many hundreds of euros.

Posted by
226 posts

Are you aware it costs more to rent a car in one country and return in another? You can take a 4h 15m bus ride from Seville to Tavira instead and rent your car there. Check busbud.com.

Posted by
100 posts

I should have mentioned we did our car research. It was actually cheaper to pick up the car in spain and drop in lisbon than pick up in portugal/drop in portugal. The rates in Spain are just cheaper and so even with the drop fee it worked out to be less expensive. Also need a car since daughter has been living in France this last year and is travelling with us along with her extensive baggage before going home. 😲

Posted by
265 posts

Hi Margaret,
I think it is doable, but ambitious. I wonder if you are going to find yourself a bit rushed, particularly days 4 through 8. Some of that can be done on toll roads but that isn’t all that scenic. One of the joys of Portugal is enjoying the little cafes and viewpoints and you don’t have much downtime in those days.
I might consider sacrificing one day in the algarve to add to either Evora or Pinhao. Or drop 1 night off Coimbra as you have longer stops on either side.
Either way i hope you get to do this wonderful trip with your daughter

Posted by
24 posts

Hi- Didn't happen to us, but someone rented a car, and it didn't have the transponder for Portugal tolls. The company said it was because they were dropping it off in Spain. They had to setup an online account and make payments for the Portuguese tolls.

The driving in Portugal is easy on the super-highways, the tolls keep a lot of locals off of them (it seems). We've had a transponder both our trips, and they make it easy. I'll pay the money to save time driving.

Enjoy your trip, hope you get to go.

Posted by
5531 posts

It is amazing that it is cheaper to pick up in Spain and drop off in Portugal We were quoted a HUGE (1000 Euro)drop off fee so took a taxi across the border to pick up another car.
Also, Day 13, we much preferred Alcobaća to the others. if stopping in Obidos, two hours is more than enough time.