20 days in Portugal Itinerary

20 days in Portugal Itinerary

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20 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sydney
Fly:  28​h
1
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Tavira
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Lagos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lisbon
— 6 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

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: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves, and get lost in a book at Livraria Lello.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Porto road trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Porto is an approximately 28-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 10 hours traveling from Sydney to Porto. May in Porto sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tavira.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Museums Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
nights
Tavira

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tavira: Cape St. Mary (in Faro) and Quarteira (Praia da Quarteira & Trafal Beach). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Caramelo Beach Club, step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Santa Barbara de Nexe.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Tavira visit planning app .

Getting from Porto to Tavira by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, Tavira is somewhat warmer than Porto - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Tavira

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Sao Bras de Alportel, Quarteira, Ria Formosa, Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil, Cape St. Mary
Highlights from your plan
Caramelo Beach Club ©
Caramelo Beach Club
Ria Formosa ©
Ria Formosa
Cape St. Mary ©
Cape St. Mary

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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Praia do Amado (in Aljezur), Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Albufeira (Off-Road Tours & Hot Wheels Raceway). The adventure continues: trek along Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, stroll through Telheiro Beach, look for gifts at Teddy Mountain, and kick back and relax at Barranco das Canas Beach.

To see ratings, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Lagos online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Tavira to Lagos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Albufeira, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, Cape Saint Vincent, Telheiro Beach
Highlights from your plan
Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos ©
Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Off-Road Tours

6
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon online trip maker .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Lagos in May, plan for little chillier nights in Lisbon, with lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Tours Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
Highlights from your plan
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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