17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  10​h 15​min
1
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Evora
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Sintra
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + bus + train:  11​h 30​min
End: Ottawa

3
nights
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Arco 8 as well as Carpe Diem dream tours. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Fri): surround yourself with nature on Carpe Diem dream tours, take some stellar pictures from Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, then kick back and relax at Mosteiros Beach, then explore the activities along Piscinas Naturais, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Arco 8. On the 3rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: cast your line with a fishing tour, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Santo Cristo, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Jose.

To find photos, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ponta Delgada travel route planner.

Ottawa, Canada to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Ottawa to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ottawa in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ponta Delgada, with lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Vila Franca do Campo, Mosteiros, Boca do Inferno Viewpoint
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Mosteiros Beach ©
Mosteiros Beach
Scuba & Snorkeling

4
nights
Lisbon

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Sky Bar Lisboa has been added to your itinerary. Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Palácio Nacional da Ajuda. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Miradouro da Graca and Igreja de Sao Roque. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina ), get great views at Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, and admire the natural beauty at Miradouro Sao Pedro de Alcantara.

For photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planning tool .

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon in 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in August, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). On the 8th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Historic Sites Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda ©
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
Santo Antonio de Lisboa ©
Santo Antonio de Lisboa

3
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Visit Igreja de Sao Mamede and Church of Nossa Senhora do Espinheiro for their historical value. Discover out-of-the-way places like Igreja da Misericordia and Garcia de Resende Theater (Evora). There's much more to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja e Convento de Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, don't miss a visit to Pateo de Sao Miguel, explore the ancient world of Termas Romanas, and examine the collection at Megalithica Ebora.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Evora trip planner.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Evora takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in August: highs in Evora hover around 39°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Igreja da Misericordia ©
Igreja da Misericordia
Igreja de Sao Mamede ©
Igreja de Sao Mamede

3
nights
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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Forte da Ponta da Bandeira and Antigo Mercado de Escravos. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia do Canavial and Marina de Lagos. And it doesn't end there: get outside with Pro Putting Garden, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Santa Maria.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lagos trip maker website .

Drive from Evora to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. When traveling from Evora in August, plan for slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Lagos: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Forte da Ponta da Bandeira ©
Forte da Ponta da Bandeira
Church of Santa Maria ©
Church of Santa Maria

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): ponder the design of Moorish Fountain, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Grande, and then kick back and relax at Adraga Beach. On the 16th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Vale dos Lagos at Parque de Pena, steep yourself in history at Chalet da Condessa D’Edla, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Samarra, then explore the historical opulence of Chalet Biester, then make a trip to Ancient Duck Houses at Park of Pena, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Museu do Ar - Sintra.

For more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Sintra trip planner .

Drive from Lagos to Sintra in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Lagos in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Sintra, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Sintra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Praia da Adraga
Highlights from your plan
Praia da Adraga ©
Praia da Adraga
Chalet da Condessa D’Edla ©
Chalet da Condessa D’Edla
Praia Grande ©
Praia Grande

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