21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal trip planner

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Lisbon
— 4 nights
Drive
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Vila do Bispo
— 3 nights
Drive
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Sagres
— 1 night
Drive
4
Lagos
Drive
5
Albufeira
— 1 night
Drive
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Evora
— 1 night
Drive
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Tomar
Drive
8
Nazare
— 2 nights
Drive
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Coimbra
— 2 nights
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Covas do Douro
— 1 night
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Porto
— 3 nights
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Lisbon

— 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's still lots to do: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and don't miss a visit to Belém Tower.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon day trip app.

Vancouver, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Lisbon, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in October, things will get a bit warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Vila do Bispo.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Vila do Bispo

— 3 nights
Vila do Bispo is a municipality in the Portuguese Algarve. Get out of town with these interesting Vila do Bispo side-trips: Odeceixe Beach (in Odeceixe) and Aljezur (Arrifana Beach & Vale Figueiras Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Praia da Cordoama, steep yourself in history at Forte de Almádena, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Das Cabanas Velhas, and get outside with Praia do Castelejo.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Vila do Bispo road trip site.

Drive from Lisbon to Vila do Bispo in 3.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Sagres.

Things to do in Vila do Bispo

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

Side Trips

Sagres

— 1 night

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Porto da Baleeira, enjoy the sea views from Cape Saint Vincent, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graca, and finally contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sagres.

To see reviews and tourist information, read our Sagres day trip planning site.

Sagres is just a stone's throw from Vila do Bispo. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Sagres

Historic Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lagos online visit planner.

Getting from Sagres to Lagos by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks · Nature
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Albufeira

— 1 night

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Falesia, then race across the water with a speed boat tour, then wander the streets of Centro Historico de Albufeira, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Albufeira itinerary maker site.

You can drive from Lagos to Albufeira in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Albufeira are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Neighborhoods

Evora

— 1 night
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 14th (Thu), examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): get lost in a book at Biblioteca Publica de Evora, pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), and then delve into the distant past at Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres.

For maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Evora online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Albufeira to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Evora when traveling from Albufeira in October, with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Tomar.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Tomar

Tomar, also known in English as Thomar, is a city and a municipality in Santarém District in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista.

For ratings, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Tomar trip planner.

Traveling by car from Evora to Tomar takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In October in Tomar, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Nazare.

Things to do in Tomar

Historic Sites
Highlights from your trip

Nazare

— 2 nights
Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Alcobaca, pause for some serene contemplation at Ermida da Memoria, then get great views at Miradouro do Suberco, then don't miss a visit to O Sitio, and finally kick back and relax at Praia da Nazare.

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Traveling by car from Tomar to Nazare takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. October in Nazare sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Nazare

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Coimbra

— 2 nights
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Portugal dos Pequenitos, admire the striking features of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra, then take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, and finally take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the pleasant sights at Rua Ferreira Borges and then contemplate the waterfront views at Ria de Aveiro.

To find ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Coimbra day trip site.

You can drive from Nazare to Coimbra in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Coimbra can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to travel to Covas do Douro.

Things to do in Coimbra

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Covas do Douro

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): stop by Quinta Nova.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Covas do Douro attractions planner.

Drive from Coimbra to Covas do Douro in 2.5 hours. On the 20th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Covas do Douro

Shopping
Highlights from your trip

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.
Porto is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), make a trip to Liberdade Square, and get a taste of the local shopping with Livraria Lello.

To find photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Porto tour itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Covas do Douro to Porto in 2 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites

Portugal travel guide

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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.