21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Fly to Lisbon, Train to Porto
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Porto
— 3 nights
Fly
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Lisbon
— 6 nights
Drive
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Evora
— 2 nights
Bus
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Lagos
— 2 nights
Bus
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Sagres
— 2 nights
Bus
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Albufeira
— 2 nights
Train to Oriente, Fly to Johannesburg

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Porto

— 3 nights

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.
Dedicate the 28th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, make a trip to Liberdade Square, and shop like a local with Livraria Lello.

For more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, read our Porto trip planning tool.

Johannesburg, South Africa to Porto is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Johannesburg to Porto is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Johannesburg in June, expect Porto to be somewhat warmer, temps between 26°C and 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Historic Sites · Parks

Lisbon

— 6 nights

City of Seven Hills

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 (Castelo dos Mouros, Quinta da Regaleira, &more). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, take a stroll through Alfama, and take in the local highlights with Walking tours.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in June: highs in Lisbon hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Tours · Neighborhoods · Museums

Side Trip

Evora

— 2 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Evora: Monsaraz (Monsaraz Castle and Walls & Fonte do Telheiro). There's much more to do: pause for some serene contemplation at Capela dos Ossos, stop by Tou c'os Azeites, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), and don't miss a visit to Fountain Giraldo Square.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Evora online holiday builder.

Getting from Lisbon to Evora by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lisbon in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Evora, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

Lagos

— 2 nights

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.
On the 9th (Fri), take in the waterfront at Alvor Boardwalk, then kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha, and then stroll through Praia Dona Ana. On the next day, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Camilo, then explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, and finally visit a coastal fixture at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade.

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You can drive from Evora to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Evora in July, expect nights in Lagos to be somewhat warmer, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can drive to Sagres.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trip

Sagres

— 2 nights

End of the World

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.
On the 11th (Sun), contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sagres, then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Saint Vincent, then head outdoors with Praia do Beliche, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Cordoama, then kick back and relax at Amado Beach, and then stroll through Bordeira Beach.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Sagres online tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lagos to Sagres in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Sagres

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Albufeira

— 2 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 15th (Thu) at Aquashow Park. There's lots more to do: make a splash at Slide & Splash - Parque Aquatico - Water Slide Park, kick back and relax at Praia do Peneco, stop by By Nature, and race across the water with a speed boat tour.

To see more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, use the Albufeira journey planner.

You can drive from Sagres to Albufeira in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In July, daytime highs in Albufeira are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Albufeira

Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Beaches

Side Trips

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Faro District travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Although the city of Faro remains its main attraction, Faro District also boasts a string of small towns made for sightseeing on foot. Medieval Europeans considered this southernmost part of Portugal the edge of the world, but today the tourism-oriented district serves as one of the country's liveliest vacation destinations. The coastline's modern resorts draw huge crowds at the peak of the season, while the quieter interior lures mostly cyclists and walkers eager to discover the more traditional side of Portugal. As an alternative vacation idea to staying in a single resort, use the well-connected city of Faro as your base and divide your time among the district's quaint villages, which preserve their local culture and traditional cooking.