12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Albufeira
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Newark

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, wander the streets of Alfama, and examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip planning website .

Newark, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albufeira: Lagos (Pro Putting Garden & Ponta Da Piedale), Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (in Lagoa) and Casa Grade (in Porches). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Rocha, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Peneco, and identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas.

To see traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Albufeira trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Lagos, Casa Grade, Praia Da Rocha, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, Algarve
Highlights from your plan
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve

4
nights
Porto

Porto ©
Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, don't miss a visit to Palacio de Cristal, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Douro.

To see maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto itinerary planner .

You can fly from Albufeira to Porto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albufeira in September, expect Porto to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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