21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal trip planner

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Porto
— 2 nights
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Faro
— 4 nights
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Lagos
— 4 nights
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Evora
— 4 nights
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Lisbon
— 5 nights
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Porto

— 2 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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Casa do Infante. Let the collections at Museu Serralves and Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, kick back and relax at Praia do Carneiro, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto road trip planning website.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Porto is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Porto is 3 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Faro.

Things to do in Porto

Museums · Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors

Faro

— 4 nights

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Get some cultural insight at Museu do Traje and Sao Bras Chapel. Bring the kids along to Garrao Nascente Beach and Ria Formosa. Venture out of the city with trips to Praia da Alagoa (in Altura), Costabeach Tavira Island and Tours (in Tavira) and Cabanas de Tavira Beach (in Cabanas). On the 24th (Wed), enjoy a perfect day by the water at Caramelo Beach Club.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Faro trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Faro takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Porto in June; daily highs in Faro reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Faro

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife

Side Trips

Lagos

— 4 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.
Kids will enjoy Praia da Falesia and Praia da Marinha. Visiting Praia Da Rocha and Ponta da Piedade will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Lagos: Telheiro Beach (in Vila do Bispo), Galeria Arte Algarve (in Ferragudo) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Albufeira). It doesn't end there: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour and enjoy the sand and surf at Carvalho Beach.

For more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lagos day trip tool.

You can drive from Faro to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. June in Lagos sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Evora

— 4 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo and Megalithica Ebora. Get in touch with nature at Rota Vicentina and Nature & Wildlife Tours. And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco, and delve into the distant past at Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres.

To see maps, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Evora online day trip planner.

Drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in June, you will find days in Evora are somewhat warmer (36°C), and nights are slightly colder (17°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Museums · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Lisbon

— 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kids will enjoy Lisbon Oceanarium and Belém Tower. Let the collections at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Igreja de Sao Roque capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Park and National Palace of Pena, &more) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museu Colecao Berardo, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon online road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Evora to Lisbon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Evora in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 20°C at night. On the 7th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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.

Algarve travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Occupying the southernmost portion of Portugal's mainland, Algarve is wholeheartedly devoted to tourism and continuously ranks among Europe's top holiday destinations. Nearly 10 million annual visitors include Algarve on their itineraries, drawn mostly by the region's developed coastline, boasting nearly 200 km (125 mi) of impeccable beaches. Farther away from the water, the region offers an extensive network of hiking trails, ideal for active vacationers seeking a chance to explore a rugged southwestern corner of Europe once considered the very end of the world. If you need a few urban things to do on your vacation, head for the regional capital Faro, featuring a lively Old Town full of plazas, pedestrian lanes, and outdoor cafes.

Central Portugal travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites
Central Portugal contains some of the most prosperous and densely populated areas in Portugal, as well as thick pine and chestnut forests spread across a series of rugged mountain ranges. Inhabited since well before the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, this part of the country remains best known for its capital Coimbra, which features a historic Old Town retaining much of its medieval look and feel. Beyond the busy regional capital lies Portugal's tranquil countryside, frequently overlooked by foreign visitors despite its ancient sites and hospitable small towns. Along the region's mountainous border with Spain you can tour a series of age-old castles and fortified villages, once the first line of defense against foreign invaders.