14 days in Portugal Itinerary

14 days in Portugal Itinerary

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14 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  9 h 30 min
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 15 min
3
Albufeira
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Sagres
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  22 h 45 min
End: Cape Town

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo dos Mouros. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra--about 36 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, visit Alfama, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip planner.

Cape Town, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 16.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in July, expect nights in Lisbon to be somewhat warmer, around 20°C, while days are warmer, around 34°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

3
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 Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Igreja dos Carmelitas are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Palacio da Bolsa and Torre dos Clerigos. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, look for gifts at Garrafeira do Carmo, don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Porto journey planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon in August, expect Porto to be a bit cooler, temps between 28°C and 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for travel to Albufeira.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Museums Historic Sites
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Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

4
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Falesia Beach and Praia dos Olhos de Água. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia Da Rocha and Praia da Marinha. Take a break from Albufeira with a short trip to Alvor Boardwalk in Alvor, about 38 minutes away. Pack the 8th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Zoomarine Algarve. Next up on the itinerary: go for a stroll along the water at Marina de Vilamoura, have some family-friendly fun at Hot Wheels Raceway, take a stroll through Centro Historico de Albufeira, and glide peacefully along the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Albufeira trip itinerary maker tool.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Porto to Albufeira in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in August, things will get a bit warmer in Albufeira: highs are around 34°C and lows about 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Sagres.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Praia da Marinha, Marina de Vilamoura
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

2
nights
Sagres

Sagres ©
Though the town of Sagres has roots in the Portuguese Age of Discovery, it is better known by visitors as a peaceful, rugged resort spot with great surfing beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Church of St. Anthony, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Camilo, and then kick back and relax at Praia Dona Ana. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Meia Praia, visit a coastal fixture at Cape Saint Vincent, and then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sagres.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Sagres trip itinerary planning site.

Getting from Albufeira to Sagres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Sagres are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sagres

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Lagos, Church of St. Anthony
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Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana

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