23 days in Portugal Itinerary

23 days in Portugal Itinerary

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23 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Sintra
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Lagos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Evora
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h
5
Porto
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Miranda do Douro
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
7
Lisbon
— 2 nights
Fly:  15​h 15​min
End: Johannesburg

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Alfama. Spend the 16th (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Belém Tower and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon online journey planner .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for much colder days and little chillier nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 18°C by day to 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Alfama ©
Alfama
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
nights
Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Park and National Palace of Pena has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Tue): admire the striking features of Park and National Palace of Pena.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Sintra trip builder app .

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. In December, daytime highs in Sintra are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Sintra

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Cascais
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Praia da ursa ©
Praia da ursa
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Guincho Beach ©
Guincho Beach

4
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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia Dona Ana and Meia Praia. Visiting Ponta Da Piedale and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Sagres (Cape Saint Vincent & Fortaleza de Sagres). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Praia do Camilo, learn about winemaking at Monte da Casteleja, see the interesting displays at Antigo Mercado de Escravos, and witness the site of a historic battle at Forte da Ponta da Bandeira.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Sintra to Lagos takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In December in Lagos, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Sagres
Highlights from your plan
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo

3
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Comporta Beach will get you outdoors. Get some cultural insight at Capela dos Ossos and Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana). Go for a jaunt from Evora to Santiago do Cacem to see Rota Vicentina about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and do a tasting at Cartuxa - Fundação Eugénio De Almeida.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Evora travel route planner.

You can drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Lagos in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Evora, with lows around 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Porto.

Things to do in Evora

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Rota Vicentina, Comporta Beach
Highlights from your plan
Rota Vicentina ©
Rota Vicentina
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Nature & Wildlife Tours

6
nights
Porto

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.
Get outdoors at Praia de Miramar and Poco da Cesta - praia fluvial de Casal Novo. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Palacio da Bolsa. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto: Praia da Vagueira (in Ilhavo) and Praia Fluvial de Burgaes (in Vale de Cambra). Dedicate the 27th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, wander the streets of Rua Santa Catarina, do a tasting at Graham's Port Lodge, and explore the activities along Rio Douro.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Porto day trip website .

You can drive from Evora to Porto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Miranda do Douro.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Gaia, Poco da Cesta - praia fluvial de Casal Novo, Praia da Vagueira, Praia Fluvial de Burgaes
Highlights from your plan
Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

1
night
Miranda do Douro

Miranda do Douro ©
Miranda do Douro or Miranda de l Douro is a town and a municipality in the district of Bragança, northeastern Portugal. Start off your visit on the 1st (Wed): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Algoso, then don't miss a visit to Basilica de Santo Cristo de Outeiro, and then take some stellar pictures from Miradouro S. Joao das Arribas.

For other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Miranda do Douro vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Porto to Miranda do Douro takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Miranda do Douro

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Castelo de Algoso, Basilica de Santo Cristo de Outeiro
Highlights from your plan
Museu da Terra de Miranda ©
Museu da Terra de Miranda
Castelo de Algoso ©
Castelo de Algoso
Basilica de Santo Cristo de Outeiro ©

2
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): wander the streets of Rossio Square, go for a walk through Avenida da Liberdade, then explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and finally get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, then appreciate the history behind Column of Pedro IV, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Costa de Caparica.

To find reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Miranda do Douro to Lisbon in 5.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Shopping Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Avenida da Liberdade ©
Avenida da Liberdade

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