Discover Portugal and Spain with this Memorable 10 Day Itinerary

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Portugal had been on my bucket list for years, so I was thrilled when we planned it for our first babymoon. We visited first week of January, and the weather was quite mild compared to other Europe destinations. I listed below our take-aways from the trip (i.e., restaurant and activity recommendations and our itinerary details), as well things to consider when traveling during pregnancy.


Portugal Itinerary & Transportation

Our trip was 10 days long, and we visited Lisbon, Porto, and Algarve. From Algarve we took an overnight trip to Spain (Seville and Cordoba). All in all – it was incredible.

City Days in City Arrived Into City Transportation While in City Center
Lisbon 3 Plane (1.5 hr from Madrid)
  • Taxi from airport
  • Walk in Lisbon
  • Guided bus tour to Sintra
Algarve 1.5 Car Rental (2.5 hr drive) 
  • Walk
Seville/Cordoba 1.5 Car Rental (2-4 hr drive one-way) 
  • Park car, and walk
Porto 2 Plane (1 hr from Algarve)
  • Walk

**At the time, I was pregnant, but if I was to return with our kids, I would request to rent car seats from the car rental company. Otherwise, the public transit will work fine for kids.


Lisbon, Portugal

Where to stay in Lisbon, Portugal:

We have always loved to stay walking-distance to sites, to keep our itineraries more flexible. In Lisbon, we stayed in the Baixa center, which was quite central to the main attractions. Check for hotels in your price range in this neighbourhood.

What to do in Lisbon, Portugal:

Where to eat in Lisbon, Portugal:

  • Time Out Market: This food hall has so many options, everyone will find something they like!
  • Zenith: I loved the Chicken Toast and Hummus Toast, and Oreo pancakes (with banana cream replaced with Nutella), and the almond milk vanilla chai.
  • Cervejaria Ramiro: It is essential to try the garlic shrimp and bread and butter, and it eat it like a sandwich. 
  • Pasteis de Belem: This place has great Pasteis de Nata.


Algarve, Portugal

Where to stay in Algarve, Portugal:

Within the Algarve, we decided to stay in Albufera because it is considered a popular beach destination. We stayed near the Old Town so that we could easily walk to the city center, as well as beaches. Check out to find a hotel in the area.

What to do in Algarve, Portugal:

What to eat in Algarve, Portugal:

Porto, Portugal

Where to stay in Porto, Portugal:

Similar to the other cities, we opted to stay walking distance to the city center. We stayed in the Ribiera, a vibrant and historic area, which is full of cute cafes and shops. Check out to find a spot in this neighborhood.

What to do in Porto, Portugal:

Where to eat in Porto, Portugal:

Note if Pregnant:

Uphill Walks in Lisbon: Walking and moderate exercise is encouraged in pregnancy. If you are staying near the city centers of the cities in Portugal and Spain, the areas are absolutely walkable. However, in Lisbon, there are quite a bit of uphill walks and stairs. I was 5 months pregnant, and although I managed, I tried to take breaks and rest when I needed to. Just remember, it is okay to go at a slower pace, and search for public transit options when necessary.

Boats and Pregnant Women: One of the highlight activities in the Algarve is the boat tours. It is not safe for pregnant women to go onto speedboats, or even regular boats on choppy waters. It is suggested to take the slower and larger Catamaran boats. I experienced that I informed the captain of my pregnancy, and they allowed me to sit in the captain area, which feels the waves less than the bottom of the boat.

Ordering Food: Because I was pregnant, I tried to be careful with checking if the dairy items were pasteurised. If I was not sure, I would order a dairy alternative like oat milk. Additionally, I ordered cooked sushi at a Japanese restaurant in Porto, and there was a language barrier with the waiter and I received raw sushi. Make sure to clarify that you are pregnant and there are certain food restrictions – it doesn’t hurt to use Google Translate if you feel there is a language barrier. Better to be safer!

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