31 days in Portugal Itinerary

31 days in Portugal Itinerary

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31 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Angra do Heroismo, Terceira
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
2
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Funchal, Madeira
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h
4
Lisbon
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Evora
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Tavira
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Lagos
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Lisbon

3
nights
Angra do Heroismo, Terceira

Angra do Heroismo ©
Angra do Heroísmo, generally known as Angra, is a municipality and city on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores. You'll get in some beach time at Vitoria Beach and Escaleiras Beach. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monte Brasil and Algar do Carvão - Monumento Natural Regional. The adventure continues: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, admire the striking features of Palacio dos Capitaes Generais, make a trip to Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, and look for all kinds of wild species at Furnas do Enxofre.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Angra do Heroismo journey planner .

Lisbon to Angra do Heroismo is an approximately 6-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Angra do Heroismo is minus 1 hour. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Angra do Heroismo

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Praia da Vitoria, Porto Judeu, Terceira
Highlights from your plan
Monte Brasil ©
Monte Brasil
Swim with Dolphins

6
nights
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Ponta Delgada ©
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Take a break from the city and head to Poca Da Dona Beija and Furnas. Get out of town with these interesting Ponta Delgada side-trips: Nordeste (Ponte dos Sete Arcos, Casa de Trabalho e Protecao a Juventude Feminina de Nordeste, & more), Furnas (Furnas Golf Course, Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas, & more) and Trilho da Fonte Santa - Praia da Viola (in Maia). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, head outdoors with Praia Moinhos, appreciate the history behind Estatua Goncalo Velho Cabral, and don't miss a visit to Islet of Vila Franca do Campo.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada vacation planner.

Getting from Angra do Heroismo to Ponta Delgada by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Ponta Delgada are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Furnas, Nordeste, Ribeira Grande, Vila Franca do Campo
Highlights from your plan
Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Scuba & Snorkeling
Dolphin & Whale Watching

6
nights
Funchal, Madeira

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ponta de Sao Lourenco and Climbing Tours. Take a break from the city and head to Dolphin & Whale Watching and Canyoning & Rappelling Tours. Change things up with these side-trips from Funchal: Sao Vicente Caves (in Sao Vicente), Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela (in Ribeira da Janela) and Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools (in Porto Moniz). There's still lots to do: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, stroll through 25 Fontes Falls, don't miss a visit to Miradouro Pico Dos Barcelos, and contemplate the long history of Colegio dos Jesuitas do Funchal.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Funchal tour builder tool .

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Funchal by flight takes about 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ponta Delgada to Funchal is 1 hour. July in Funchal sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Funchal

Tours Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Camara De Lobos, Machico, Levada Caldeirao Verde, Sao Vicente Caves, 25 Fontes Falls
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
25 Fontes Falls
25 Fontes Falls

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get outdoors at Cabo da Roca and Baleal Beach. Relax by the water at Praia da Nazare and Guincho Beach. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima (in Fatima), Obidos Village (in Obidos) and Parque Natural da Arrabida (in Setubal). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Foz do Arelho, take in the views from Vasco da Gama Bridge, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convent of Christ, and pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo.

For maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon journey planning tool .

You can fly from Funchal to Lisbon in 4 hours. When traveling from Funchal in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Lisbon, with highs around 34°C, while nights are little chillier with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Cascais, Nazare, Cabo da Roca, Castelo dos Mouros, Monastery of Alcobaca
Highlights from your plan
Baleal Beach
Baleal Beach
Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Praia Foz do Arelho ©
Praia Foz do Arelho

4
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Capela dos Ossos and Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora). Visiting Praia Fluvial de Ortiga and Coudelaria De Alter will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Evora side-trips: Pinturas Rupestres de Vale de Junco - Lapa dos Gaivoes (in Arronches), Ponte romana sobre a ribeira de Monforte (in Monforte) and Castelo de Marvao (in Marvao). And it doesn't end there: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Fluvial da Ponte, and Head underground at Escoural Cave.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Evora trip itinerary builder app .

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Evora takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Lisbon in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Evora, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Evora

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Monsaraz, Coudelaria De Alter, Pinturas Rupestres de Vale de Junco - Lapa dos Gaivoes, Praia Fluvial de Ortiga, Escoural Cave
Highlights from your plan
Coudelaria De Alter ©
Coudelaria De Alter
Escoural Cave ©
Escoural Cave
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

2
nights
Tavira

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
On the 26th (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Barril, and then kick back and relax at Cabanas de Tavira beach. Here are some ideas for day two: step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island, make a trip to Camera Obscura, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Monte Gordo, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town Faro.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Tavira online itinerary builder .

Drive from Evora to Tavira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. When traveling from Evora in July, plan for little chillier days in Tavira, with highs around 34°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Tavira

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Praia de Monte Gordo, Old Town Faro
Highlights from your plan
Praia do Barril ©
Praia do Barril
Cabanas de Tavira beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira beach
Praia de Monte Gordo ©
Praia de Monte Gordo

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.
We've included these beaches for you: Praia Da Rocha and Praia Dona Ana. Step off the beaten path and head to Ponta Da Piedale and Praia da Marinha. Explore Lagos' surroundings by going to Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres), Lagoa dos Salgados (in Gale) and Carvoeiro (Algar Seco & Carvoeiro Boardwalk). There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Falesia Beach, stroll through Meia Praia, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lagos journey maker tool .

You can drive from Tavira to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In July, daytime highs in Lagos are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Fri) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Portimao, Albufeira, Carvoeiro, Cape Saint Vincent, Praia da Marinha
Highlights from your plan
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

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