18 days in Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Portugal Itinerary

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18 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
Fly:  16​h
1
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Lagos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Olhao
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly:  17​h 45​min
End: Cape Town

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kids will enjoy Lisbon Oceanarium and Pavilhao do Conhecimento. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Praia da ursa, & more). The adventure continues: wander the streets of Belém Tower, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon road trip planning app .

Cape Town, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Cape Town in June, expect Lisbon to be somewhat warmer, temps between 32°C and 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Historic Sites Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Pavilhao do Conhecimento
Pavilhao do Conhecimento

4
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.
Attractions like Zoomarine Algarve and Praia Da Rocha make great kid-friendly stops. Explore Lagos' surroundings by going to Albufeira (Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more), Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira) and Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (in Lagoa). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta Da Piedale, kick back and relax at Falesia Beach, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Gil Eanes, and look for gifts at Bolodoce & Cafe.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Lagos tour itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Lisbon to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. June in Lagos sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Olhao.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Praia da Marinha, Praia Da Rocha, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale

4
nights
Olhao

Olhao ©
Algarve Region's largest fishing port, Olhao occupies a strategically important coastal area inhabited since prehistoric times.
Kids will enjoy Aquashow Park and Caramelo Beach Club. Change things up with these side-trips from Olhao: Praia da Alagoa (in Altura) and Praia Monte Gordo (in Monte Gordo). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, look for gifts at Canastra, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and enjoy the sand and surf at Costabeach Tavira Island and Tours.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Olhao trip planning tool .

Getting from Lagos to Olhao by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In June in Olhao, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Olhao

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Tavira, Caramelo Beach Club, Praia da Alagoa, Canastra, Aquashow Park
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Caramelo Beach Club ©
Caramelo Beach Club
Aquashow Park ©
Aquashow Park
Praia da Alagoa ©
Praia da Alagoa

4
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 historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, browse the collection at Livraria Lello, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and explore the activities along Rio Douro.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Porto trip website .

Traveling by flight from Olhao to Porto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, Porto is a bit cooler than Olhao - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Outdoors Wildlife
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Room Escape Games
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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