17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  16​h
1
Lisbon
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Sintra
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Evora
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Tavira
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
6
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do your shopping at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and St. Andre Arte Sacra. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belém Tower and Castelo de S. Jorge. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima) and Convent of Christ (in Tomar). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, wander the streets of Rua Augusta, observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, and appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Lisbon is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Cape Town in June; daily highs in Lisbon reach 32°C and lows reach 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Shopping Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Fatima, Convent of Christ
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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 24th (Wed), admire the striking features of Park and National Palace of Pena, then take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira, and then kick back and relax at Adraga Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): step into the grandiose world of Palacio Nacional de Mafra, then kick back and relax at Praia da Rainha, and then view the masterpieces at Zazule.

To see other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sintra online trip builder .

Sintra is just a short distance from Lisbon. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Sintra

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Cascais, Palacio Nacional de Mafra, Praia da Adraga
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Praia da Adraga ©
Praia da Adraga
Palacio Nacional de Mafra ©
Palacio Nacional de Mafra
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

2
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 26th (Fri), take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), then examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana). Keep things going the next day: indulge your taste buds at Monte da Ravasqueira, delve into the distant past at Cromeleque dos Almendres, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally look for gifts at Divinus Gourmet.

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

You can drive from Sintra to Evora in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Sintra in June, you will find days in Evora are a bit warmer (36°C), and nights are about the same (17°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Monte da Ravasqueira
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Cape Saint Vincent and Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia Da Rocha and Praia Dona Ana. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Salema Beach (in Vila do Bispo) and Pescadores Beach (in Armacao de Pera). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Ponta Da Piedale, kick back and relax at Meia Praia, and stroll through Tres Castelos Beach.

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You can drive from Evora to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Evora in June, you will find days in Lagos are little chillier (32°C), and nights are a bit warmer (21°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Tavira.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Cape Saint Vincent, Pescadores Beach, Salema Beach
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo

2
nights
Tavira

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Wed): stroll through Praia do Barril, step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island, and then get great views at Castelo de Tavira. On your second day here, enjoy the sand and surf at Cabanas de Tavira beach, make a trip to Ponte Romana, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia, and finally look for gifts at Casa das Portas.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Tavira trip maker website .

Drive from Lagos to Tavira in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In June, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Tavira

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Praia do Barril ©
Praia do Barril
Cabanas de Tavira Beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira Beach
Tavira Island ©
Tavira Island

4
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.
Largo da Oliveira and Palacio da Bolsa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. For shopping fun, head to Mercado Bom Sucesso or Garrafeira do Carmo. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Alberto Sampaio Museum (in Guimaraes), Praia da Costa Nova (in Ilhavo) and Lamego (Quinta Santa Eufemia & Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios). The adventure continues: learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's, get engrossed in the history at Museu de Aveiro, see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum, and snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Porto trip planning website .

Traveling by flight from Tavira to Porto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Tavira in July: high temperatures in Porto hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Shopping Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lamego, Guimaraes, Vila Nova de Gaia, Praia da Costa Nova, Museu de Aveiro
Highlights from your plan
Praia da Costa Nova ©
Praia da Costa Nova
Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira
Porto Augusto's ©
Porto Augusto's

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