21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

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21 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Leeds
bus + Fly:  7​h
1
Funchal, Madeira
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 30​min
2
Furnas, Sao Miguel
— 1 night
ferry:  5​h 45​min
3
Horta, Faial Island
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Angra do Heroismo, Terceira
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  7​h 15​min
5
Evora
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Beja
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Faro
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
9
Braga
— 3 nights
Fly + train:  7​h
End: Leeds

2
nights
Funchal, Madeira

Funchal ©
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): learn about winemaking at Blandy's Wine Lodge. On the 1st (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Madeira Optics Museum, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Ponta de Sao Lourenco.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Funchal attractions tool .

Leeds, UK to Funchal is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train, bus, and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Leeds in May: high temperatures in Funchal hover around 25°C and lows are around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to travel to Furnas.

Things to do in Funchal

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools
Highlights from your plan
Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Madeira Film Experience ©
Madeira Film Experience
Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte ©
Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte

1
night
Furnas, Sao Miguel

Furnas ©
On the 3rd (Mon), take in the natural beauty of Caldeira das Furnas, then delve into the lush surroundings at Lagoa das Furnas, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Terra Nostra, and finally explore the striking landscape at Poca Da Dona Beija. Here are some ideas for day two: engage your brain at Priolo Environmental Center, explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Caldeiras da Lagoa das Furnas, and finally see the sky in a new way at Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Furnas travel planning website .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Funchal to Furnas takes 7.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Funchal to Furnas due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Funchal in June, you will find days in Furnas are little chillier (24°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Horta.

Things to do in Furnas

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Sao Miguel
Highlights from your plan
Poca Da Dona Beija ©
Poca Da Dona Beija
Priolo Environmental Center ©
Priolo Environmental Center

1
night
Horta, Faial Island

Horta ©
Horta is a single municipality and city in the western part of the Archipelago of the Azores, encompassing the island of Faial. On the 5th (Wed), take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira, get engrossed in the history at Horta Regional Museum, then examine the collection at Museu Scrimshaw, and finally examine the collection at Capelinhos Volcano Interpretation Centre. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Morro de Castelo Branco, then head off the coast to Vulcão dos Capelinhos, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Horta trip itinerary builder .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Furnas to Horta. June in Horta sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can travel to Angra do Heroismo.

Things to do in Horta

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Faial Island
Highlights from your plan
Caldeira ©
Caldeira
Swim with Dolphins

2
nights
Angra do Heroismo, Terceira

Angra do Heroismo ©
Angra do Heroísmo, generally known as Angra, is a municipality and city on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores. On the 7th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take an in-depth tour of Museu de Angra do Heroismo, then get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Imperio do Espirito Santo de Sao Sebastiao. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at Serra de Santa Barbara Interpretation Centre, explore the fascinating underground world of Algar do Carvao, then view the masterpieces at Olaria de S. Bento, then get to know the fascinating history of Rua da Se, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Monte Brasil.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Angra do Heroismo travel route planner .

You can drive from Horta to Angra do Heroismo in 7 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Evora.

Things to do in Angra do Heroismo

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Algar do Carvão - Monumento Natural Regional, Centro de Interpretacao da Serra de Santa Barbara
Highlights from your plan
Museum of Angra do Heroismo ©
Museum of Angra do Heroismo
Swim with Dolphins
Rua da Se ©
Rua da Se

2
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Museu de Evora and Professor Joaquim Vermelho Municipal Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Do some cultural sightseeing at Almendres Cromlech and Igreja de Sao Francisco. Take a break from Evora with a short trip to Castelo da Rainha Santa Isabel in Estremoz, about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Walls of Evora, see the interesting displays at Megalithica Ebora, do a tasting at Monte da Ravasqueira, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Evora day trip planning app .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Angra do Heroismo to Evora in 7.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Angra do Heroismo to Evora is 1 hour. In June, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can drive to Beja.

Things to do in Evora

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Arraiolos, Estremoz
Highlights from your plan
Museu de Evora ©
Museu de Evora
Monte da Ravasqueira ©
Monte da Ravasqueira
Castelo da Rainha Santa Isabel ©
Castelo da Rainha Santa Isabel

2
nights
Beja

Beja ©
Beja is a city and a municipality in the Alentejo region, Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Museu do Medronho, then see the interesting displays at eco Palacete Palma Borralho Relogio, and then see the interesting displays at Centro Ciencia Viva do Lousal - Mina de Ciencia. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museu Regional de Beja (Museu Rainha D. Leonor), explore the world behind art at Museu Jorge Vieira/Casa Das Artes, examine the collection at Nucleo Museologico, then see the interesting displays at Museu Municipal de Aljustrel MuMA, and finally examine the collection at Museu Municipal de Ferreira do Alentejo.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Beja online road trip planner .

Drive from Evora to Beja in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Beja

Museums

Side Trips

eco Palacete Palma Borralho Relogio, Museu Municipal de Ferreira do Alentejo, Museu do Medronho, Museu Municipal de Aljustrel MuMA, Centro Ciencia Viva do Lousal - Mina de Ciencia
Highlights from your plan
Museu do Medronho ©
Museu do Medronho

3
nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Falesia Beach and Praia Da Rocha. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Praia da Marinha (in Carvoeiro), Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres) and Praia dos Olhos de Água (in Olhos de Agua). It doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana.

To see photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Lagos trip planner .

You can drive from Beja to Lagos in 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Beja in June: highs in Lagos hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Faro.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Falesia Beach, Cape Saint Vincent, Praia Da Rocha, Praia da Marinha
Highlights from your plan
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach

1
night
Faro

Faro ©
The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil, and finally don't miss a visit to Palacio de Estoi.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Faro trip tool .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Faro takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in June, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Braga.

Things to do in Faro

Historic Sites

Side Trip

Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil
Highlights from your plan
Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo
Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil ©
Palacio de Estoi ©
Palacio de Estoi

3
nights
Braga

Braga ©
Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city. Situated in northwest Portugal, Braga boasts many narrow pedestrian streets, plazas, and spiritual pilgrimage destinations.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): appreciate the extensive heritage of Largo da Oliveira, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, then learn about winemaking at Quinta da Aveleda, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu do Douro. Keep things going the next day: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Bento da Porta Aberta, admire the sheer force of Cascata Tahiti, and then get outside with Cascata do Arado.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Braga visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Faro to Braga takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. In June, Braga is a bit cooler than Faro - with highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Geres, Quinta da Aveleda, Sao Bento da Porta Aberta, Museu do Douro
Highlights from your plan
Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira
Citania de Briteiros ©
Citania de Briteiros
Cascata Tahiti ©
Cascata Tahiti

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