15 days in Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Portugal Itinerary

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15 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  16​h
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Sagres
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Albufeira
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Castelo dos Mouros, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To see photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary builder app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 16-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to Lisbon. Expect much hotter weather when traveling from Cape Town in July: highs in Lisbon hover around 34°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sagres.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

3
nights
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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Aljezur (Pontal da Carrapateira, Castelo de Aljezur, & more). There's still lots to do: get interesting insight from Tours, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Amado Beach, and get outside with Praia do Beliche.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Sagres trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Lisbon to Sagres in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Sagres are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Sagres

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Aljezur, Carrapateira
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Praia do Beliche ©
Praia do Beliche
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent

3
nights
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: Casa Grade (in Porches), Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Lagos (Ponta Da Piedale & Pro Putting Garden). The adventure continues: find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve, get your game on at Hot Wheels Raceway, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Albufeira tour planning app .

Traveling by car from Sagres to Albufeira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Albufeira are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lagos, Casa Grade, Praia Da Rocha, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Highlights from your plan
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Dolphin & Whale Watching

4
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Coimbra (Praca do Comercio & Jardim Botanico). Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, browse the collection at Livraria Lello, contemplate the long history of Palacio da Bolsa, and don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Porto trip maker app .

You can fly from Albufeira to Porto in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Albufeira in July; daily highs in Porto reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Coimbra
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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