18 days in Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Portugal Itinerary

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18 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Montreal, Quebec
Fly:  10 h 15 min
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Albufeira
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Sagres
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Evora
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Coimbra
— 3 nights
Train:  1 h
6
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h 15 min
End: Montreal, Quebec

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Castelo dos Mouros, &more). There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, wander the streets of Bairro Alto, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online trip itinerary builder .

Montreal, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Montreal in September, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Alfama ©
Alfama

3
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albufeira: Carvoeiro Boardwalk (in Carvoeiro), Lagoa (Speed Boats Tours & Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos) and Algar de Benagil (in Benagil). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta Da Piedale, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, stroll through Algarve, and find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Albufeira tour planner.

Drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. September in Albufeira sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can drive to Sagres.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Tours Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lagoa, Ponta da Piedade, Carvoeiro Boardwalk, Algarve
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Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos ©
Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
Ponta da Piedade ©
Ponta da Piedade
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve

2
nights
Sagres

Sagres ©
Though the town of Sagres has roots in the Portuguese Age of Discovery, it is better known by visitors as a peaceful, rugged resort spot with great surfing beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Zavial, don't miss a visit to Praia da Cordoama, then head outdoors with Praia do Beliche, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Saint Vincent. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Thu): kick back and relax at Praia do Amado and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Telheiro Beach.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Sagres trip planner.

Getting from Albufeira to Sagres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In September in Sagres, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Sagres

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Vila do Bispo, Praia do Amado
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Praia da Cordoama ©
Praia da Cordoama
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Praia do Amado ©
Praia do Amado

2
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Fri): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), and finally explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora. On your second day here, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), then don't miss a visit to Capela dos Ossos, and then catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Evora sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Sagres to Evora in 3.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. When traveling from Sagres in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Evora, with highs around 35°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

3
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Coimbra: Nazare (O Sitio & Praia da Nazare). And it doesn't end there: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, take in the pleasant sights at Rua Ferreira Borges, take in the views from Ponte Santa Clara, and admire the landmark architecture of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra.

For reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Coimbra tour builder.

You can drive from Evora to Coimbra in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Evora in September, plan for little chillier days in Coimbra, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can catch the train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Parks Tours Beaches

Side Trip

Nazare
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Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
Food Tours
Praca do Comercio ©
Praca do Comercio

3
nights
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.
Porto is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and walk around Museu Serralves.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Porto trip simple and quick.

You can take a train from Coimbra to Porto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September in Porto, expect temperatures between 27°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Walking tours
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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