13 days in Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Europe trip planner

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Albufeira
— 3 nights
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Alqueva
— 2 nights
Drive
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Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 3 nights
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Albufeira

— 3 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Church of Misericordia of Alvor and Sacred Art Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Praia da Falesia and Praia dos Salgados. Change things up with these side-trips from Albufeira: Praia de Albandeira (in Porches), Algar de Benagil (in Benagil) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Praia da Coelha, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Barranco das Belharucas, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Albufeira trip builder site.

Brussels, Belgium to Albufeira is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Albufeira is minus 1 hour. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Brussels in September, with highs in Albufeira at 30°C and lows at 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can travel to Alqueva.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Alqueva

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Museu do Medronho. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Tue): look for gifts at Olaria Tavares, make a trip to Rocha dos Namorados (S. Pedro do Corval), and then explore the historical opulence of Castelo De Noudar.

To find ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Alqueva day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Alqueva takes 2 hours. When traveling from Albufeira in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Alqueva, with highs around 35°C, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Alqueva

Shopping · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Lisbon

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Alfama. Explore hidden gems such as Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Parque das Nacoes. And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, take a stroll through Rossio Square, and make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Lisbon day trip planning tool.

Getting from Alqueva to Lisbon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Alqueva in September: highs in Lisbon hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Wineries

Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

— 3 nights
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
On the 13th (Sun), explore the activities along Piscinas Naturais, kick back and relax at Mosteiros Beach, take some stellar pictures from Vista do Rei Miradouro, then take some stellar pictures from Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, and finally get outside with Lagoa do Canario. On your second day here, experience rural life at Ananas Santo Antonio, head outdoors with Praia do Populo, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoas Empadadas, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Pinhal da Paz.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada trip planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada in 4 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Lisbon in September, expect nights in Ponta Delgada to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

Side Trips

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Azores travel guide

4.5
Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
Mountain Island
Composed of nine volcanic islands scattered in the Atlantic some 1,300 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, the Azores represent one of Europe's remotest vacation destinations. Settled sporadically over a span of several centuries, the islands in this archipelago retain much of their isolated feel, each one boasting its own distinct culture, dialect, and cuisine. Long overlooked by even the most adventurous travelers, the islands now surprise a growing number of visitors with their lavish natural beauty, good roads, and hospitable towns providing comfortable accommodations and modern amenities. Place the island of Pico at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's highest mountain, a picture-perfect volcanic cone rising above a landscape of World Heritage-listed vineyards.