16 days in Portugal Itinerary

16 days in Portugal Itinerary

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16 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  15​h 45​min
1
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Evora
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lagos
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
5
Albufeira
— 4 nights
+2
train + subway + Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Paco dos Duques de Braganca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, appreciate the extensive heritage of Largo da Oliveira, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja dos Carmelitas, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Porto tour itinerary planner .

San Francisco, USA to Porto is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Western European Time is 8 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Spas Shopping

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Porto Augusto's
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Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira
Porto Augusto's ©
Porto Augusto's
Paco dos Duques de Braganca ©
Paco dos Duques de Braganca

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Belém Tower and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Visit Castelo de S. Jorge and Batalha Monastery for their historical value. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena), Guincho Beach (in Cascais) and Praia de Carcavelos (in Carcavelos). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Miradouro da Graca, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and take a stroll through Alfama.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online attractions planner .

Getting from Porto to Lisbon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. While traveling from Porto, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Batalha, Sintra, Miradouro do Suberco, Guincho Beach, Praia de Carcavelos
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

2
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), then see the interesting displays at Aldeia da Terra, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana). Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Aldeia da Terra, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, then do a tasting at Monte da Ravasqueira, and finally delve into the distant past at Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres.

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Traveling by car from Lisbon to Evora takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in July, you will find days in Evora are a bit warmer (92°F), and nights are about the same (60°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Arraiolos
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Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Dona Ana, make a trip to Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, then take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta Da Piedale, and finally stroll through Praia do Camilo. Keep things going the next day: get outside with Pro Putting Garden, then get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Saint Vincent, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Alvor.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Lagos driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Evora to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. While traveling from Evora, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Lagos, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Saint Vincent, Praia de Alvor
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Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent

4
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Explore hidden gems such as Falesia Beach and Praia da Marinha. Take a break from the city and head to Speed Boats Tours and Praia da Rocha Baixinha. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albufeira: Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil (in Almancil), Praia de Albandeira (in Carvoeiro) and Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (in Lagoa). There's lots more to do: stroll through Praia da Coelha, look for all kinds of wild species at Lagoa dos Salgados, kick back and relax at Praia do Peneco, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Albufeira tour planner .

Getting from Lagos to Albufeira by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In July in Albufeira, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 68°F at night. On the 10th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil, Armacao de Pera Beach, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, Pescadores Beach, Praia da Marinha
Highlights from your plan
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Praia da Coelha ©
Praia da Coelha

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