21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

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21 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Buenos Aires
Fly:  22​h
1
Porto
— 4 nights
train:  1​h
2
Coimbra
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Evora
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Albufeira
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Lisbon
— 5 nights
Fly:  21​h 30​min
End: Buenos Aires

4
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 5th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, make a trip to Livraria Lello, see where the action happens at Estadio do Dragao, and contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Douro.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Porto trip planner.

Buenos Aires, Argentina to Porto is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Argentine Time to Western European Time is 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) early enough to catch the train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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)

3
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Get out of town with these interesting Coimbra side-trips: Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca), Nazare (Miradouro do Suberco & O Sitio) and Batalha Monastery (in Batalha). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico, steep yourself in history at Sala dos Capelos, don't miss a visit to Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of Christ.

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Coimbra trip planner .

Take a train from Porto to Coimbra in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October in Coimbra, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nazare, Monastery of Alcobaca, Batalha Monastery, Convent of Christ
Highlights from your plan
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
Food Tours

2
nights
Evora

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 11th (Fri), make a trip to Walls of Evora, then make a trip to Praca do Giraldo, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, and finally look for gifts at Divinus Gourmet. On the next day, savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Evora trip planning app .

You can drive from Coimbra to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. October in Evora sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Evora

Tours Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Wine Tours & Tastings
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

4
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albufeira: Lagos (Pro Putting Garden & Ponta Da Piedale), Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira). Pack the 15th (Tue) with family-friendly diversions at Zoomarine Algarve. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Falesia Beach, explore the ancient world of Castelo de Silves, take in the waterfront at Alvor Boardwalk, and take a pleasant ride with Country Riding Centre.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Albufeira tour planning app .

Drive from Evora to Albufeira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. In October in Albufeira, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lagos, Portimao, Silves, Praia da Marinha
Highlights from your plan
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Palacio Nacional de Sintra, Quinta da Regaleira, & more). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Belém Tower, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon online travel planner .

You can drive from Albufeira to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trip

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

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