21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal attractions planner

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Funchal, Madeira
— 4 nights
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Albufeira
— 3 nights
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Evora
— 4 nights
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Lisbon
— 3 nights
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Fatima
— 2 nights
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Porto
— 4 nights
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Funchal, Madeira

— 4 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte and Municipal Gardens. Change things up with these side-trips from Funchal: Ponta de Sao Lourenco (in Machico) and Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools (in Porto Moniz). There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Miradouro Pico Dos Barcelos, examine the collection at CR7 Museum, learn about winemaking at Blandy's Wine Lodge, and browse the fresh offerings at Municipal Market of Santa Cruz.

To find photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Funchal trip builder site.

Mumbai, India to Funchal is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll gain 5.5 hours traveling from Mumbai to Funchal due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Mumbai in December, expect nights in Funchal to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are much colder, around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Albufeira.

Things to do in Funchal

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Albufeira

— 3 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Get some historical perspective at Faro Cathedral and Old Town Faro. Appreciate the collections at Antigo Mercado de Escravos and Galeria Municipal Trem. Venture out of the city with trips to Ponta da Piedade (in Lagos), Odeceixe Beach (in Odeceixe) and Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Praia de Alvor, take in the waterfront at Alvor Boardwalk, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Falesia.

Before you visit Albufeira, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can fly from Funchal to Albufeira in 7 hours. In December, Albufeira is slightly colder than Funchal - with highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Evora

— 4 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Visit Monsaraz Castle and Walls and Núcleo Museológico da Sinagoga for their historical value. Museum of Sacred Art of the Cathedral of Evora and Museu Do Fresco de Monsaraz will appeal to museum buffs. Get out of town with these interesting Evora side-trips: Igreja do Hospital do Espirito Santo (Portel) (in Portel), Centro Cultural de Marvao (in Marvao) and Casa Museu de Alpalhao (in Alpalhao). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), examine the collection at Museu do Marceneiro, and make a trip to Capela dos Ossos.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Evora trip planner.

You can drive from Albufeira to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albufeira in December, expect little chillier with lows of 7°C in Evora. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Museums · Nightlife

Side Trips

Lisbon

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Spas and Museu de Marinha. Appreciate the collections at National Coach Museum and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Sintra National Palace & Castelo dos Mouros). And it doesn't end there: appreciate the extensive heritage of Miradouro de Santa Luzia, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip planner.

You can drive from Evora to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums · Historic Sites · Spas

Side Trips

Fatima

— 2 nights
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. On the 7th (Thu), stop by A Loja do Caminho, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Tomar, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convento de Cristo, and finally don't miss a visit to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima. Keep things going the next day: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Leiria, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Monastery of Alcobaca, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela Das Aparicoes.

Make your Fatima itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can drive from Lisbon to Fatima in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. January in Fatima sees daily highs of 17°C and lows of 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Porto.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Porto

— 4 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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate FC Porto Museum and O Navio Gil Eannes. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Paco dos Duques de Braganca and Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro. Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Centro Historico de Guimaraes (in Guimaraes) and University of Coimbra (in Coimbra). There's more to do: steep yourself in history at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco and take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Porto sightseeing website.

Drive from Fatima to Porto in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In January, plan for daily highs up to 16°C, and evening lows to 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

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.