18 days in Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Portugal Itinerary

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18 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Lagos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Evora
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Coimbra
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
5
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and National Tile Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Quinta da Regaleira and Belém Tower will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Castelo dos Mouros). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, brush up on your military savvy at Museum of National Republican Guard, and take a stroll through Avenida da Liberdade.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lisbon driving holiday planner.

Toronto, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Toronto in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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.
Visiting Praia Da Rocha and Praia da Marinha will get you outdoors. Visit Falesia Beach and Praia Gale for some beach relaxation. Explore Lagos' surroundings by going to Molhe Beach (in Ferragudo), Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (in Lagoa) and Praia do Carvalho (in Carvoeiro). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, enjoy the sand and surf at Tres Castelos Beach, get outside with Pro Putting Garden, and stop by Casa do "Vo" Serafim.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lagos attractions planner .

Drive from Lisbon to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In August in Lagos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Albufeira, Molhe Beach, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, Carvalho Beach
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

4
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Get some historical perspective at Capela dos Ossos and Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora). Let the collections at Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo and Forum Eugenio de Almeida capture your imagination. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), see the interesting displays at Megalithica Ebora, contemplate the long history of Walls of Evora, and make a trip to Menir do Monte dos Almendres (Evora).

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Evora online vacation planner .

You can drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Lagos in August, you will find days in Evora are somewhat warmer (39°C), and nights are slightly colder (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

2
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
On the 27th (Tue), stroll through Choupal National Forest, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), then see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of St Michael. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Wed): examine the collection at Museu da Santa Casa da Misericordia de Coimbra, steep yourself in history at Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, then see the interesting displays at Cience Museum, then steep yourself in history at Portugal dos Pequenitos, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Coimbra tour itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Evora to Coimbra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Evora in August, expect nights in Coimbra to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are little chillier, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Museums Trails
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Portugal dos Pequenitos ©
Portugal dos Pequenitos
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz ©
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz

3
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Serralves and Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis. Get in touch with nature at Praia do Carneiro and Nature & Wildlife Tours. The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, kick back and relax at Praia de Lavadores, appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Porto online travel route planner .

Traveling by train from Coimbra to Porto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Praia do Carneiro ©
Praia do Carneiro
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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