11 days in Portugal Itinerary

11 days in Portugal Itinerary

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11 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Dubai
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Sintra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Lagos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Dubai


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2
nights
Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
On the 9th (Fri), admire the landmark architecture of Palacio Nacional de Sintra, then step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira, and then learn about all things military at Museu do Ar - Sintra. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Chalet da Condessa D’Edla, get great views at Cabo da Roca, then find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and finally step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena.

To find ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Sintra travel route builder app .

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Sintra is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll gain 4 hours traveling from Dubai to Sintra due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from Dubai in August, with highs in Sintra at 34°C and lows at 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cabo da Roca, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, Praia de Carcavelos
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Palacio Nacional de Sintra ©
Palacio Nacional de Sintra
Praia de Carcavelos ©
Praia de Carcavelos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

4
nights
Lagos

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade. Get outdoors at Praia Dona Ana and Praia dos Tres Irmaos. Explore Lagos' surroundings by going to Montes da Fóia (in Monchique), Pescadores Beach (in Armacao de Pera) and Silves (Armacao de Pera Beach & Algarve). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta Da Piedale, kick back and relax at Praia do Peneco, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Misericordia of Alvor, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lagos day trip planning tool .

Getting from Sintra to Lagos by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. August in Lagos sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Silves, Albufeira, Vale de Centeanes Beach, Molhe Beach
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Praia dos Tres Irmaos ©
Praia dos Tres Irmaos

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Fri): wander the streets of Parque das Nacoes, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then take a stroll through Belém Tower, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Sat): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Parque Natural da Arrabida, then wander the streets of Alfama, and then steep yourself in history at Miradouro da Graca.

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Getting from Lagos to Lisbon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Lagos in August, with lows around 20°C. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Parque Natural da Arrabida
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Parque Natural da Arrabida ©
Parque Natural da Arrabida
Alfama ©
Alfama

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