17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly + bus:  30​h
1
Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Evora
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lisbon
— 5 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Sintra
— 3 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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.
Explore Lagos' surroundings by going to Falesia Beach (in Olhos de Agua), Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Ponta Da Piedale, find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve, kick back and relax at Praia Dona Ana, and enjoy some diversion at Algarve Racing.

For traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Lagos online tour itinerary builder .

Sydney, Australia to Lagos is an approximately 30-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, car, and ferry. You'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Lagos due to the time zone difference. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sydney in December: high temperatures in Lagos hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Albufeira, Cape Saint Vincent
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Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent

3
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Take a break from Evora with a short trip to Monsaraz Castle and Walls in Monsaraz, about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, make a trip to Lookout - Cordovil House Gallery (Evora), enjoy some diversion at Piscinas Municipais de Evora, and contemplate the long history of Garcia de Resende Theater (Evora).

For where to stay and tourist information, refer to the Evora trip planner .

Getting from Lagos to Evora by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Lagos in December, plan for slightly colder nights in Evora, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Fun & Games Wildlife

Side Trip

Monsaraz Castle and Walls
Highlights from your plan
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora
Casa Relvas ©
Casa Relvas

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Lisbon is known for historic sites, zoos & aquariums, museums, nightlife, and classes. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, steep yourself in history at Belém Tower, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Evora to Lisbon by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. You'll set off for Sintra on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Neighborhoods Shopping
Highlights from your plan
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Sintra is known for historic sites, parks, beaches, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira, admire the striking features of Palacio de Monserrate, explore the world behind art at MU.SA - Museu de Artes de Sintra, and have some family-friendly fun at Five Historic Photography Studio.

To see photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Sintra trip builder website .

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. In December in Sintra, expect temperatures between 18°C during the day and 8°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Cascais, Cabo da Roca
Highlights from your plan
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

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