17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Tavira
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Lagos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Odeceixe
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Bombarral
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Sintra
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
7
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto

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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): kick back and relax at Praia da Luz, explore the world behind art at MMIPO - Museu da Misericordia do Porto, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja dos Carmelitas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, and finally see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Lavadores, make a trip to She Changes (The Anemone), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Homem do Leme, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Congregados, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Santo Ildefonso.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Porto online attractions planner .

Toronto, Canada to Porto is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Porto. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Toronto in October; daily highs in Porto reach 26°C and lows reach 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tavira.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
FC Porto Museum ©
FC Porto Museum
Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo
Spas

2
nights
Tavira

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Igreja da Misericordia and Castelo de Tavira. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Costabeach Tavira Island and Tours and Praia da Alagoa. Explore Tavira's surroundings by going to Igreja do Carmo (in Faro) and Cerro da Vila (in Vilamoura). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Cacela Velha, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Cacela, stroll through Praia Verde, and head outdoors with Praia da Terra Estreita.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Tavira trip itinerary planner .

You can fly from Porto to Tavira in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in October, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 19°C in Tavira. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Tavira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Praia da Alagoa, Igreja do Carmo, Fortaleza de Cacela, Cerro da Vila, Praia Verde
Highlights from your plan
Praia da Alagoa ©
Praia da Alagoa
Praia Verde ©
Praia Verde
Praia Cacela Velha ©
Praia Cacela Velha

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.
On the 24th (Thu), kick back and relax at Bordeira Beach, kick back and relax at Amado Beach, then make a trip to Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, and finally get outside with Pro Putting Garden. On the 25th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Tres Irmaos, kick back and relax at Tres Castelos Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Canavial, then examine the collection at Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre, and finally get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Lagos tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Tavira to Lagos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can drive to Odeceixe.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Carrapateira
Highlights from your plan
Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade ©
Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade
Praia dos Tres Irmaos ©
Praia dos Tres Irmaos
Amado Beach ©
Amado Beach

2
nights
Odeceixe

Odeceixe ©
Odeceixe is a civil parish in the northern part of the municipality Aljezur, in the Portuguese Algarve, lying within the Nature Park of the Southwest Alentejo and Vincentine Coast. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Amado, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Misericordia de Monchique, then enjoy the sea views from Farol de Milfontes, and finally stroll through Praia da Samoqueira. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Alferce, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora da Conceicao Church, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Vale Dos Homens.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Odeceixe road trip website .

You can drive from Lagos to Odeceixe in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel to Bombarral.

Things to do in Odeceixe

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Monchique, Praia Vale Dos Homens, Farol de Milfontes, Praia do Amado, Praia da Samoqueira
Highlights from your plan
Praia Vale Dos Homens ©
Praia Vale Dos Homens
Alferce ©
Alferce
Farol de Milfontes ©
Farol de Milfontes

2
nights
Bombarral

Bombarral ©
Start off your visit on the 28th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Areia Branca, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Santa Maria, then delve into the distant past at Aqueduto da Usseira, then play a few rounds at Royal Obidos Golf Course, and finally do a tasting at Quinta do Sanguinhal.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Bombarral trip planner .

Traveling by car from Odeceixe to Bombarral takes 3.5 hours. In October in Bombarral, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Bombarral

Outdoors Parks Golf

Side Trips

Obidos, Praia da Areia Branca
Highlights from your plan
Igreja de Santa Maria ©
Igreja de Santa Maria
Quinta do Sanguinhal ©
Quinta do Sanguinhal

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.
On the 29th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Tamariz, see the interesting displays at Museu Condes de Castro, then get outside with Palacio Nacional de Mafra, and finally examine the collection at Museu do Ar - Sintra. On the 30th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: steep yourself in history at Chalet da Condessa D’Edla, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of the Capuchos, then enjoy the sand and surf at Adraga Beach, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Grande.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Sintra trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Fatima to Sintra takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October, daily temperatures in Sintra can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) so you can catcht the bus to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cascais, Palacio Nacional de Mafra, Praia da Adraga, Convent of the Capuchos
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Tamariz ©
Praia do Tamariz
Palacio Nacional de Mafra ©
Palacio Nacional de Mafra
Praia da Adraga ©
Praia da Adraga

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina ) and Palácio Nacional da Ajuda will appeal to history buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Nature & Wildlife Tours and Miradouro da Graca. Next up on the itinerary: let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, examine the collection at National Museum of Ancient Art, and enjoy breathtaking views from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip planner.

Lisbon is just a short distance from Sintra. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 17°C. On the 3rd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda ©
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda

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