22 days in Portugal Itinerary

22 days in Portugal Itinerary

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22 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Tavira
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Evora
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Coimbra
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
6
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly + bus:  9​h 45​min
End: New York City

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and take a stroll through Alfama.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip builder tool .

New York City, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from New York City in April, with highs in Lisbon at 70°F and lows at 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres), Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (in Lagoa) and Albufeira (Off-Road Tours & Hot Wheels Raceway). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta Da Piedale, stop by Casa do "Vo" Serafim, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Anthony (Igreja de Santo Antonio), and kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Lagos trip itinerary builder site .

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In April, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 55°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tavira.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Theme Parks Parks

Side Trips

Albufeira, Portimao, Cape Saint Vincent, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
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Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos ©
Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
Off-Road Tours
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale

3
nights
Tavira

Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tavira: Faro (Food Tours, Walking tours, & more) and Clube Equestrian A Palmeirinha (in Almancil). The adventure continues: walk around Ria Formosa, look for gifts at Canastra, get great views at Miradouro do Alto da Arroteia, and get outside with Jardim do Coreto.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Tavira driving holiday site .

You can drive from Lagos to Tavira in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. In April, daily temperatures in Tavira can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 55°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Tavira

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Faro, Clube Equestre A Palmeirinha, Miradouro do Alto da Arroteia, Canastra, Ria Formosa
Highlights from your plan
Food Tours
Ria Formosa ©
Ria Formosa
Walking tours

3
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
When in Evora, make a side trip to see Rota Vicentina in Santiago do Cacem, approximately 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: make a trip to Capela dos Ossos, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora).

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Evora travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Tavira to Evora takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Tavira in April, Evora is little chillier at night with lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Evora

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trip

Rota Vicentina
Highlights from your plan
Rota Vicentina ©
Rota Vicentina
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

3
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Coimbra: Nazare (O Sitio & Monte de Sao Bartolomeu). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico, steep yourself in history at Casa Medieval - Coimbra Welcome Center, examine the collection at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Coimbra online travel route planner .

Getting from Evora to Coimbra by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Evora in May, you will find days in Coimbra are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Museums Spas

Side Trip

Nazare
Highlights from your plan
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz ©
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz
Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
Praca do Comercio ©
Praca do Comercio

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.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, savor the flavors at Food & Drink, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and browse the exhibits of Museu Serralves.

To find ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Porto online trip builder .

You can take a train from Coimbra to Porto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. May in Porto sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Museums
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)

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