24 days in Portugal Itinerary

24 days in Portugal Itinerary

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24 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Cape Town
+2
Fly + subway + train:  17​h 45​min
1
Coimbra
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Tavira
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lagos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Lisbon
— 8 nights
Fly:  16​h 15​min
End: Cape Town

3
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Saint Bartolomew, steep yourself in history at Casa Medieval - Coimbra Welcome Center, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Santiago, then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Pombal, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Capelas Imperfeitas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Sun): see the interesting displays at Museu da Ciencia, then take in the pleasant sights at Rua Ferreira Borges, then steep yourself in history at Sala dos Capelos, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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Cape Town, South Africa to Coimbra is an approximately 18-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cape Town to Coimbra is minus 2 hours. In May in Coimbra, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 13°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Spas Museums

Side Trips

Castelo de Pombal, Capelas Imperfeitas
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Casa Medieval - Coimbra Welcome Center ©
Capelas Imperfeitas ©
Capelas Imperfeitas
Church of Saint Bartolomew ©
Church of Saint Bartolomew

4
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.
Igreja da Trindade and Statue of Prince Henry the Navigator are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Consolacao e Santos Passos and Castle of the Cheese for their historical value. Change things up with these side-trips from Porto: Catedral de Lamego (in Lamego), Igreja de São Gonçalo (in Amarante) and Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Salzedas (in Tarouca). And it doesn't end there: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia de Braga, make a trip to Jardim da Rotunda da Boavista, admire the striking features of Porto City Hall, and explore the world behind art at MMIPO - Museu da Misericordia do Porto.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Porto trip planner .

You can take a train from Coimbra to Porto in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. June in Porto sees daily highs of 26°C and lows of 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Tavira.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Bom Jesus de Matosinhos Church, Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Salzedas, Catedral de Lamego, Castelo de Lanhoso
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Catedral de Lamego ©
Catedral de Lamego
Citania de Briteiros ©
Citania de Briteiros

4
nights
Tavira

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Costabeach Tavira Island and Tours and Casa das Portas. Do some cultural sightseeing at Igreja da Misericordia and Castelo de Mertola. Explore Tavira's surroundings by going to Praia da Alagoa (in Altura) and Igreja do Carmo (in Faro). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Tavira, kick back and relax at Praia Verde, enjoy the sea views from Farol de Vila Real de Santo Antonio, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Ermida de Sao Sebastiao.

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Getting from Porto to Tavira by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Porto in June; daily highs in Tavira reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Tavira

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Cacela, Igreja do Carmo, Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil, Castelo de Mertola, Mercado de Olhao
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Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo
Praia de Cacela Velha ©
Praia de Cacela Velha
Praia da Alagoa ©
Praia da Alagoa

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.
Relax by the water at Odeceixe Beach and Praia do Canavial. Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade and Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Carrapateira (Bordeira Beach & Amado Beach), Aljezur (Praia Da Amoreira, Praia do Monte Clérigo, & more) and Vila do Bispo (Salema Beach & Praia da Cordoama). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Alvor.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lagos trip itinerary maker website .

Drive from Tavira to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. June in Lagos sees daily highs of 32°C and lows of 21°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Aljezur, Vila do Bispo, Carrapateira, Odeceixe Beach, Praia de Alvor
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Odeceixe Beach ©
Odeceixe Beach
Arrifana Beach ©
Arrifana Beach
Praia de Alvor ©
Praia de Alvor

8
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
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 Palácio Nacional da Ajuda and Igreja de Sao Domingos ( Santa Justa e Rufina ). Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Centro Colombo and art atelier ALEGRIA. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Evora (Walls of Evora, Igreja de Sao Francisco, & more), Palacio Nacional de Mafra (in Mafra) and Castelo da Rainha Santa Isabel (in Estremoz). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Antonio de Lisboa, brush up on your military savvy at Museu de Marinha, admire the striking features of Panteao Nacional, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Aquario Vasco da Gama.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Lagos in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lisbon, with lows of 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Evora, A Cerca, Castelo da Rainha Santa Isabel, Baleal Beach, Palacio Nacional de Mafra
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Palácio Nacional da Ajuda ©
Palácio Nacional da Ajuda
Palacio Nacional de Mafra ©
Palacio Nacional de Mafra
Baleal Beach
Baleal Beach

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