21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

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21 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Lisbon
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Albufeira
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
3
Monte Gordo
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Evora
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Coimbra
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Porto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Viana do Castelo
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
8
Funchal, Madeira
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Grande, and then stroll through Guincho Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Museu do Mar Rei D. Carlos and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Ribeira Beach.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon trip maker site .

New York City, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in September, Lisbon is slightly colder at night with lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cascais, Praia Grande
Highlights from your plan
Guincho Beach ©
Guincho Beach
Museu do Mar Rei D. Carlos ©
Museu do Mar Rei D. Carlos
Praia Grande ©
Praia Grande

3
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
We've included these beaches for you: Praia da Marinha and Praia do Camilo. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cerro da Vila and Castelo De Loule. Change things up with a short trip to Praia Dona Ana in Lagos (about 50 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Falesia Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Olhos de Água.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Albufeira trip itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daytime highs in Albufeira are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Monte Gordo.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lagos, Castelo De Loule, Praia da Marinha, Cerro da Vila
Highlights from your plan
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Cerro da Vila ©
Cerro da Vila
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

2
nights
Monte Gordo

Monte Gordo ©
Visitors from far and wide flock to Monte Gordo to make the most of the area's expansive white-sand beaches.
On the 20th (Tue), kick back and relax at Praia Verde, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Castro Marim, and then get engrossed in the history at Archaeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Monte Gordo.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Monte Gordo trip website .

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Monte Gordo takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. September in Monte Gordo sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Evora.

Things to do in Monte Gordo

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Castro Marim, Archaeological Museum
Highlights from your plan
Praia Verde ©
Praia Verde
Praia de Monte Gordo ©
Praia de Monte Gordo
Castelo de Castro Marim ©
Castelo de Castro Marim

2
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 22nd (Thu), delve into the distant past at Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres, see the interesting displays at Aldeia da Terra, then see the interesting displays at Museu de Evora, and finally get engrossed in the history at Museu do Relogio - Polo de Evora. On the next day, stop by Divinus Gourmet, examine the collection at Museu do Marceneiro, and then examine the collection at Museu Do Barro.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Evora online route planner .

You can drive from Monte Gordo to Evora in 3 hours. While traveling from Monte Gordo, expect a bit warmer days and little chillier nights in Evora, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Coimbra.

Things to do in Evora

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Museu Do Barro, Aldeia da Terra
Highlights from your plan
Museu de Evora ©
Museu de Evora
Aldeia da Terra ©
Aldeia da Terra
Museu do Relogio - Polo de Evora ©
Museu do Relogio - Polo 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 24th (Sat), explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Penela, explore the ancient world of Museu Monografico de Conimbriga, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Choupal National Forest. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach) and then head outdoors with Praia do Cabedelo.

For reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Coimbra vacation maker website .

You can drive from Evora to Coimbra in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Evora in September, expect nights in Coimbra to be about the same, around 57°F, while days are slightly colder, around 76°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Figueira da Foz, Castelo de Penela, Museu Monografico de Conimbriga
Highlights from your plan
Museu Monografico de Conimbriga ©
Museu Monografico de Conimbriga
Castelo de Penela ©
Castelo de Penela
Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach) ©
Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach)

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Praia do Homem do Leme and Praia do Castelo do Queijo. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia do Molhe and Casa do Infante. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Praia da Luz, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja dos Grilos, unwind over a drink at 3+ arte, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Carneiro.

For where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Porto holiday planning tool .

Traveling by train from Coimbra to Porto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. In September, plan for daily highs up to 74°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Viana do Castelo.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

3+ arte
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Castelo do Queijo ©
Praia do Castelo do Queijo
Casa do Infante ©
Casa do Infante
Praia dos Ingleses ©
Praia dos Ingleses

2
nights
Viana do Castelo

Viana do Castelo ©
Viana do Castelo is a municipality and seat of the district of Viana do Castelo in the Norte Region of Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Cabedelo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de Santa Luzia, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Canto Marinho.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Viana do Castelo itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Porto to Viana do Castelo in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and taxi; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Viana do Castelo is 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 57°F. On the 30th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Viana do Castelo

Outdoors Parks Beaches
Highlights from your plan
O Navio Gil Eannes ©
O Navio Gil Eannes
Praia do Cabedelo ©
Praia do Cabedelo
Praia do Canto Marinho ©
Praia do Canto Marinho

3
nights
Funchal, Madeira

Funchal ©
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Santa Clara Convent and Holy Trinity Church. Appreciate the collections at Universo de Memorias Joao Carlos Abreu and CR7 Museum. When in Funchal, make a side trip to see Haliotis in Machico, approximately 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Praia de Machico, take in nature's colorful creations at Monte Palace Madeira, make a trip to Praia Formosa Beach Madeira, and do a tasting at Blandy's Wine Lodge.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read our Funchal trip app .

Do a combination of shuttle and flight from Viana do Castelo to Funchal in 6.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Viana do Castelo in September since evenings lows in Funchal dip to 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Funchal

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Machico
Highlights from your plan
Sao Joao do Pico Fortress ©
Sao Joao do Pico Fortress
Santa Clara Convent ©
Santa Clara Convent

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