16 days in Alentejo Itinerary

16 days in Alentejo Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lisbon
Drive:  45 min
1
Setubal
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Carvalhal
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Odemira
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Mertola
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Evora
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Lisbon

4
nights
Setubal

Setubal ©
Setúbal is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Take a break from the city and head to Praia de Galapinhos and Ribeira do Cavalo Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Figueirinha Beach and Comporta Beach. Venture out of the city with trips to Capela de Nossa Senhora de Troia (in Grandola), Sesimbra (Scuba & Snorkeling, Praia do Meco, &more) and Praia de Melides (in Melides). And it doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Parque da Paz, get a taste of the local shopping with Mercado do Livramento, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Palmela, and admire the local landmark of Fonte dos Pasmados.

To find other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Setubal trip itinerary website.

Lisbon to Setubal is an approximately 1- hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. In July, daily temperatures in Setubal can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Carvalhal.

Things to do in Setubal

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sesimbra, Grandola, Almada, Castelo de Palmela, Fonte dos Pasmados
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Praia de Galapinhos ©
Praia de Galapinhos
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque da Paz ©
Parque da Paz

1
night
Carvalhal

Carvalhal ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): make a trip to Cais Palafitico do Porto da Carrasqueira, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Carvalhal, and then kick back and relax at Pego Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carvalhal driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Setubal to Carvalhal takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Odemira.

Things to do in Carvalhal

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cais Palafitico do Porto da Carrasqueira
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Praia do Carvalhal ©
Praia do Carvalhal
Pego Beach ©
Pego Beach
Cais Palafitico do Porto da Carrasqueira ©
Cais Palafitico do Porto da Carrasqueira

4
nights
Odemira

Odemira ©
Odemira is a town and a municipality in Beja District in the Portuguese region of Alentejo. Escape the urban bustle at Rota Vicentina and Praia de Zambujeira do Mar. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia dos Alteirinhos and Cape Sardao. Explore Odemira's surroundings by going to Vila Nova de Milfontes (Praia do Malhao & Stand-Up Paddleboarding), Praia de Sao Torpes (in Sines) and Ilha do Pessegueiro (in Porto Covo). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia das Furnas, admire the natural beauty at Jardim da Fonte Ferrea, make a trip to Farol Cabo Sardão, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Carvalhal.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Odemira trip itinerary builder site.

You can drive from Carvalhal to Odemira in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Carvalhal in July, you will find days in Odemira are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (18°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Mertola.

Things to do in Odemira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Milfontes, Praia de Sao Torpes, Ilha do Pessegueiro
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Rota Vicentina ©
Rota Vicentina
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Praia de Zambujeira do Mar ©
Praia de Zambujeira do Mar

2
nights
Mertola

Mertola ©
Mértola is a municipality in southeastern Portuguese Alentejo near the Spanish border. On the 11th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Mertola, then contemplate the long history of Ponte de Mertola / Torre do Rio, then explore the activities along Pulo do Lobo, and finally get outside with Praia Fluvial da Mina de Sao Domingos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): examine the collection at Museu do Relogio, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Anunciacao, and then stroll around Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana.

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You can drive from Odemira to Mertola in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mertola are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Mertola

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Museu do Relogio
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Castelo de Mertola ©
Castelo de Mertola
Pulo do Lobo ©
Pulo do Lobo
Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana ©
Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana

4
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museu de Evora and Igreja de Sao Francisco. Venture out of the city with trips to Ponte romana sobre a ribeira de Monforte (in Monforte), Castelo da Rainha Santa Isabel (in Estremoz) and Elvas (Aqueduto Da Amoreira & Muralhas Seiscentistas). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and design of University of Evora, see the interesting displays at Centro de Ciencia do Cafe, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and learn about winemaking at Monte da Ravasqueira.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Evora trip builder.

Traveling by car from Mertola to Evora takes 2 hours. July in Evora sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Evora

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Elvas, Campo Maior, Arraiolos, Ponte romana sobre a ribeira de Monforte, Castelo da Rainha Santa Isabel
Highlights from your plan
Museu de Evora ©
Museu de Evora
University of Evora ©
University of Evora
Walls of Evora ©
Walls of Evora