19 days in Portugal Itinerary

19 days in Portugal Itinerary

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19 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
+2
Fly + Subway + Train:  17 h 30 min
1
Evora
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
2
Portimao
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Coimbra
— 3 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  6 h 45 min
4
Angra do Heroismo, Terceira
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  3 h 45 min
5
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Funchal, Madeira
— 1 night
Fly:  20 h
End: Cape Town

2
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monsaraz Castle and Walls and Almendres Cromlech. Step out of Evora to go to Reguengos de Monsaraz and see Adega Jose de Sousa, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Lookout - Cordovil House Gallery (Evora), do a tasting at Dona Dorinda, look for gifts at Tou c'os Azeites, and surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Evora road trip tool .

Cape Town, South Africa to Evora is an approximately 17.5-hour combination of flight and train. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cape Town to Evora due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Cape Town in December, plan for colder days in Evora, with highs around 18°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Portimao.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Celeiro Comum de Evoramonte, Monsaraz Castle and Walls, Adega Jose de Sousa
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Monsaraz Castle and Walls ©
Monsaraz Castle and Walls
Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres ©

3
nights
Portimao

Portimao ©
Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Portimao: Falesia Beach (in Olhos de Agua), Ponta da Piedade (in Lagos) and Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres). There's much more to do: take in the waterfront at Carvoeiro Boardwalk, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Rocha, contemplate the long history of Old Town Faro, and explore the wide array of goods at Nandi Charity Shop.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Portimao road trip planning app .

Drive from Evora to Portimao in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Evora in December, Portimao is a bit warmer at night with lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can go by car to Coimbra.

Things to do in Portimao

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lagos, Falesia Beach, Cape Saint Vincent, Marina de Vilamoura, Carvoeiro Boardwalk
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Ponta da Piedade ©
Ponta da Piedade
Carvoeiro Boardwalk ©
Carvoeiro Boardwalk
Alvor Boardwalk ©
Alvor Boardwalk

3
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to O Sitio and Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Coimbra: Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima (in Fatima), Batalha Monastery (in Batalha) and Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Christ, take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra, kick back and relax at Praia da Nazare, and get lost in a book at Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Coimbra tour planner .

Traveling by car from Portimao to Coimbra takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Coimbra when traveling from Portimao in December, with lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Angra do Heroismo.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Nazare, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Monastery of Alcobaca, Batalha Monastery
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O Sitio
O Sitio

2
nights
Angra do Heroismo, Terceira

Angra do Heroismo ©
Angra do Heroísmo, generally known as Angra, is a municipality and city on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Monte Brasil and Piscina das Quatro Ribeiras. The adventure continues: Head underground at Algar do Carvao, get a new perspective on nature at Serra de Santa Barbara Interpretation Centre, explore the activities along Lagoa do Junco, and take some stellar pictures from Serra de Santa Barbara Lookout.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Angra do Heroismo trip maker tool .

Getting from Coimbra to Angra do Heroismo by combination of shuttle and flight takes about 7 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Coimbra to Angra do Heroismo is minus 1 hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Angra do Heroismo

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Praia da Vitoria, Centro de Interpretacao da Serra de Santa Barbara, Ceramica da Praia, Algar do Carvão - Monumento Natural Regional
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Museum of Angra do Heroismo ©
Museum of Angra do Heroismo
Fortaleza De Sao Joao Baptista ©
Fortaleza De Sao Joao Baptista

3
nights
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Ponta Delgada ©
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Photography Tours and Arrisca Experience. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponta Delgada: Vila Franca do Campo (Vila Franca Museum & Serra da Barrosa Viewpoint), Viewpoint of Ponta da Madrugada (in Nordeste) and Furnas (Poca Da Dona Beija, OMIC - Observatorio Microbiano dos Acores, & more). And it doesn't end there: get great views at Miradouro do Salto do Cavalo, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, and take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada road trip planning app .

Getting from Angra do Heroismo to Ponta Delgada by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Furnas, Vila Franca do Campo, Sao Miguel, Miradouro do Salto do Cavalo, Viewpoint of Ponta da Madrugada
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Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Photography Tours
Miradouro do Salto do Cavalo ©
Miradouro do Salto do Cavalo

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, step off the mainland to explore Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ponta de Sao Lourenco. Here are some ideas for day two: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Santa Catarina Park, and then do a tasting at Blandy's Wine Lodge.

To find maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Funchal online vacation builder .

Traveling by flight from Ponta Delgada to Funchal takes 5 hours. Traveling from Ponta Delgada to Funchal, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In December in Funchal, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela, Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Highlights from your plan
Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools ©
Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools
Parque de Santa Catarina ©
Parque de Santa Catarina

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