15 days in Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Portugal Itinerary

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15 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Kelowna
Fly + bus:  19​h 30​min
1
Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Tavira
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 15​min
3
Funchal, Madeira
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 4 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Kelowna

3
nights
Lagos

Lagos ©
The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Visiting Praia de Benagil and Meia Praia will get you outdoors. Visit Praia Gale and Praia da Marinha for some beach relaxation. Venture out of the city with trips to Falesia Beach (in Olhos de Agua) and Speed Boats Tours (in Albufeira). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Praia do Camilo, explore the striking landscape at Ponta Da Piedale, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Dona Ana, and paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lagos day trip planning tool .

Kelowna, Canada to Lagos is an approximately 19.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Kelowna to Lagos, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. June in Lagos sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Praia da Marinha, Praia de Benagil
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Praia de Benagil ©
Praia de Benagil
Praia Gale ©
Praia Gale
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

2
nights
Tavira

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
On the 1st (Wed), head off the coast to Tavira Island, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Barril, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Cabanas de Tavira beach. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Family Golf Park and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Monte Gordo.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Tavira planner .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Tavira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June in Tavira, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Tavira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Praia de Monte Gordo, Family Golf Park
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Cabanas de Tavira Beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira Beach
Praia de Monte Gordo ©
Praia de Monte Gordo
Family Golf Park ©
Family Golf Park

3
nights
Funchal, Madeira

Funchal ©
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Get in touch with nature at 25 Fontes Falls and Valley of the Nuns. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Swim with Dolphins. Change things up with these side-trips from Funchal: Ponta de Sao Lourenco (in Machico) and Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools (in Porto Moniz). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte, take in nature's colorful creations at Palheiro Gardens , walk around Parque de Santa Catarina, and contemplate the long history of Blandy's Wine Lodge.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Funchal trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Tavira to Funchal takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Tavira in July, you will find days in Funchal are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are about the same (23°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

25 Fontes Falls, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Valley of the Nuns
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Valley of the Nuns ©
Valley of the Nuns
25 Fontes Falls
25 Fontes Falls
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

4
nights
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Ponta Delgada ©
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Caldeiras Vulcânicas and Furnas. Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Lagoa do Fogo. Get out of town with these interesting Ponta Delgada side-trips: Furnas (Poca Da Dona Beija, Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas, & more). And it doesn't end there: make a trip to Portas da Cidade, pause for some photo ops at Estatua Goncalo Velho Cabral, explore the striking landscape at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ponta Delgada trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Ponta Delgada takes 4.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Azores Time is minus 1 hour. In July in Ponta Delgada, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Furnas, Sao Miguel, Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, Vila Franca Museum
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Furnas ©
Furnas
Scuba & Snorkeling
Caldeiras Vulcânicas ©
Caldeiras Vulcânicas

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