15 days in Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal holiday planner

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Lisbon
— 4 nights
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Albufeira
— 3 nights
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Porto
— 3 nights
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 1 night
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Horta, Faial Island
— 1 night
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Angra do Heroismo, Terceira
— 1 night
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Lisbon

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Five Historic Photography Studio, Quinta da Regaleira, &more) and Nazare (Mercado Municipal de Nazare & Adrenaline & Extreme Tours). And it doesn't end there: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), take a stroll through Alfama, and take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon route planner.

Boston, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boston to Lisbon is 5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Boston in October: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 76°F and lows are around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trips

Albufeira

— 3 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Get out of town with these interesting Albufeira side-trips: Church of St. Anthony (in Lisbon), Barranco das Canas Beach (in Portimao) and Lagos (Ponta da Piedade & Praia da Boneca). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha, stroll through Praia da Falesia, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and explore the fascinating underground world of Algar de Benagil.

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You can drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 75°F, and evening lows to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Porto

— 3 nights

Unvanquished City

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 shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, get a taste of the local shopping with Mercado do Bolhao, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

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Traveling by flight from Albufeira to Porto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albufeira in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Porto, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to fly to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Shopping · Historic Sites

Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

— 1 night
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 18th (Sun), get great views at Miradouro de Santa Iria, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, relax in the rural setting at Ananas Santo Antonio, then take some stellar pictures from Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, and finally get outside with Lagoa do Canario.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read Ponta Delgada route planner.

You can fly from Porto to Ponta Delgada in 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Ponta Delgada is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Horta.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Horta, Faial Island

— 1 night
Horta is a single municipality and city in the western part of the Archipelago of the Azores, encompassing the island of Faial. Start off your visit on the 19th (Mon): see the interesting displays at Centro de Interpretacao do Vulcao dos Capelinhos, step off the mainland to explore Vulcão dos Capelinhos, then contemplate the waterfront views at Piscinas Naturais do Varadouro, then see the interesting displays at Museu Scrimshaw, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Matriz do Santissimo Salvador.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Horta trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Ponta Delgada to Horta takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In October in Horta, expect temperatures between 71°F during the day and 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can fly to Angra do Heroismo.

Things to do in Horta

Museums · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Angra do Heroismo, Terceira

— 1 night
Angra do Heroísmo, generally known as Angra, is a municipality and city on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores. Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Barbara Church, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then pause for some serene contemplation at Se Cathedral, then stroll around Duke of Terceira Garden, and finally view the masterpieces at Olaria de S. Bento.

To see where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, read Angra do Heroismo trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Horta to Angra do Heroismo takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Angra do Heroismo

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Portugal travel guide

4.2
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

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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.