20 days in Portugal Itinerary

20 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Lisbon
— 3 nights
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Sintra
— 2 nights
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Lagos
— 4 nights
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Evora
— 4 nights
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Fatima
— 2 nights
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Porto
— 3 nights

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Lisbon

Lisbon ©

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Miradouro da Graca (Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen). Popular historic sites such as Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Foz Palace are in your itinerary. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Troia Beach in Troia--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, wander the streets of Alfama, and make a trip to Belém Tower.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip builder site.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from South Africa Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in December, you will find days in Lisbon are colder (18°C), and nights are little chillier (8°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sintra.

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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Troia Beach ©
Troia Beach
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
On the 17th (Tue), don't miss a visit to Cabo da Roca, then admire the natural beauty at Quinta da Regaleira, then admire the landmark architecture of Sintra National Palace, and finally learn about all things military at Museu do Ar - Sintra.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sintra online sightseeing planner.

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums

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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Sintra National Palace ©
Sintra National Palace
Museu do Ar - Sintra ©
Museu do Ar - Sintra

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Lagos

Lagos ©

Jewel of the Algarve

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.
Get some historical perspective at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade and Church of Misericordia of Alvor. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Forte da Ponta da Bandeira and Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre. Venture out of the city with trips to Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha), Amado Beach (in Carrapateira) and Praia da Cordoama (in Vila do Bispo). There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Alvor, appreciate the history behind Statue of Gil Eanes, and stroll through Praia Dona Ana.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lagos trip website.

You can drive from Sintra to Lagos in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Lagos are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Amado Beach ©
Amado Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana

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Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Capela dos Ossos and Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora). You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) and Igreja da Misericordia. Get out of town with these interesting Evora side-trips: Cella Vinaria Antiqua (in Vila de Frades), Ervideira (in Reguengos de Monsaraz) and Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Visitacao (Montemor-o-Novo) (in Montemor-o-Novo). And it doesn't end there: delve into the distant past at Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Alegrete, make a trip to Mosteiro da Flor da Rosa e Nucleo do Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, and examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Evora trip planner.

You can drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lagos in December since evenings lows in Evora dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Wineries · Museums · Wildlife

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Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres ©
Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

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Fatima

Fatima ©
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Castelo de Leiria and Museu do Santuário de Fátima. Take a break from Fatima with a short trip to Museu Monografico de Conimbriga in Condeixa-a-Nova, about 58 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica da Santissima Trindade, make a trip to Casa De Francisco & Jacinta Marto, and examine the collection at O Milagre de Fatima - Museu Interativo.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Fatima online visit planner.

Drive from Evora to Fatima in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December, daytime highs in Fatima are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. On the 28th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Porto.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

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Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima ©
Basilica da Santissima Trindade ©
Basilica da Santissima Trindade
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz ©
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz

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Porto

Porto ©

Unvanquished City

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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Igreja do Carmo and Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Largo da Oliveira and FC Porto Museum. Step out of Porto to go to Lamego and see Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's, pause for some serene contemplation at Museu de Arte Sacra da Igreja de Santo Ildefonso, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Porto online trip builder.

Drive from Fatima to Porto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 18°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Spas · Museums · Wineries

Side Trips

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Igreja dos Carmelitas ©
Igreja dos Carmelitas
Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira
Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios ©
Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios

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