23 days in Lagos, Lisbon & Northern Portugal Itinerary

23 days in Lagos, Lisbon & Northern Portugal Itinerary

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23 days in Lagos, Lisbon & Northern Portugal Itinerary

Start: Halifax
Fly + Bus:  9 h 30 min
1
Lagos
— 1 night
Drive:  3 h
2
Lisbon
— 2 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
3
Porto
— 9 nights
Drive:  15 min
4
Vila Nova de Gaia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Sao Pedro do Sul
— 6 nights
Drive + Fly:  14 h 30 min
End: Halifax

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Rocha and then kick back and relax at Falesia Beach. On your second day here, head outdoors with Pro Putting Garden and then explore the striking landscape at Ponta Da Piedale.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lagos itinerary planning website.

Halifax, Canada to Lagos is an approximately 15- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Halifax to Lagos is 4 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Halifax in October; daily highs in Lagos reach 28°C and lows reach 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Falesia Beach, Praia Da Rocha
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale

2
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Visit Praia Grande and Praia da Adraga for some beach relaxation. When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Castelo dos Mouros in Sintra, approximately Sintra away. There's still lots to do: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium and admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online trip itinerary 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. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Lagos in October, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sintra, Praia da Adraga
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Praia Grande ©
Praia Grande
Praia da Adraga ©
Praia da Adraga

9
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Praia do Carneiro and Praia da Luz. Take a break from Porto with a short trip to Centro Historico de Guimaraes in Guimaraes, about 40 minutes away. Dedicate the 28th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, get lost in a book at Museu Serralves, take a tour by water with Oporto Mountain Tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In October, daytime highs in Porto are 26°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Vila Nova de Gaia.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Centro Historico de Guimaraes
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Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Praia do Carneiro ©
Praia do Carneiro
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

2
nights
Vila Nova de Gaia

Vila Nova de Gaia ©
Across the Douro River from Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia touts famed Port wine lodges, where bottles are stored and aged.
On the 30th (Sun), kick back and relax at Lomba Beach, then learn about winemaking at Offley Cellars, and then do a tasting at Taylor's Port. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Churchill's - Visitors Centre, do a tasting at Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge, then make a trip to Capela do Senhor da Pedra, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Santa Maria da Feira.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Vila Nova de Gaia vacation planner.

Vila Nova de Gaia is just a short distance from Porto. In October, daily temperatures in Vila Nova de Gaia can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to Sao Pedro do Sul.

Things to do in Vila Nova de Gaia

Wineries Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Lomba Beach, Castelo de Santa Maria da Feira
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Offley Cellars ©
Offley Cellars
Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge ©
Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge
Capela do Senhor da Pedra ©
Capela do Senhor da Pedra

6
nights
Sao Pedro do Sul

Sao Pedro do Sul ©
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia Fluvial de Loriga and Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach). Get out of town with these interesting Sao Pedro do Sul side-trips: Coimbra (Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia, &more), National Forest of Bussaco (in Luso) and Serra da Estrela (in Serra da Estrela).

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Sao Pedro do Sul tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Vila Nova de Gaia to Sao Pedro do Sul takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Sao Pedro do Sul

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Coimbra, Praia Fluvial de Loriga, Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach), National Forest of Bussaco, Serra da Estrela
Highlights from your plan
Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach) ©
Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach)
University of Coimbra ©
University of Coimbra
Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia ©

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