21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

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21 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Kelowna
Fly:  18​h
1
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Albufeira
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Sagres
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Coimbra
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
5
Porto
— 5 nights
Fly + Drive:  15​h 15​min
End: Kelowna

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Castelo dos Mouros, & more). Dedicate the 29th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, take a stroll through Belém Tower, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, and examine the collection at National Tile Museum.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon online vacation maker .

Kelowna, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In July in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 20°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Change things up with these side-trips from Albufeira: Lagos (Pro Putting Garden & Ponta da Piedade), Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Olhao) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). Pack the 1st (Thu) with family-friendly diversions at Zoomarine Algarve - Theme Park. There's still lots to do: hike along Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, take a memorable tour with Tours, have fun at Hot Wheels Raceway, and take in the waterfront at Carvoeiro Boardwalk.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Albufeira online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Albufeira are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Sagres.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lagos, Praia Da Rocha, Carvoeiro Boardwalk, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
Highlights from your plan
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale

3
nights
Sagres

Sagres ©
Though the town of Sagres has roots in the Portuguese Age of Discovery, it is better known by visitors as a peaceful, rugged resort spot with great surfing beaches.
Change things up with these side-trips from Sagres: Pontal da Carrapateira (in Aljezur), Bordeira Beach (in Carrapateira) and Praia da Cordoama (in Vila do Bispo). The adventure continues: enjoy the sea views from Cape Saint Vincent, tour the pleasant surroundings at Martinhal Beach, get outside with Praia do Beliche, and glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Sagres day trip app .

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Sagres takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daily temperatures in Sagres can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Sagres

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Carrapateira, Praia da Cordoama, Pontal da Carrapateira
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Beliche ©
Praia do Beliche
Praia da Cordoama ©
Praia da Cordoama
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent

3
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coimbra: Convent of Christ (in Tomar) and Anca Fountain (in Anca). There's still lots to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, hike along Choupal National Forest, and get outside with Sky Garden Parque de Arborismo.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Coimbra trip app .

Traveling by car from Sagres to Coimbra takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Sagres in August: high temperatures in Coimbra hover around 30°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Convent of Christ, Anca Fountain
Highlights from your plan
Choupal National Forest ©
Choupal National Forest
Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
Praca do Comercio ©
Praca do Comercio

5
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.
Dedicate the 11th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, explore the world behind art at Museu Serralves, make a trip to Livraria Lello, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Douro.

To find photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Porto trip itinerary planning site .

Getting from Coimbra to Porto by train takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in August, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Museums
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)

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