43 days in Portugal Itinerary

43 days in Portugal Itinerary

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43 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Johannesburg
Fly:  15​h 15​min
1
Lisbon
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Lagos
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Olhao
— 6 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Evora
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Coimbra
— 7 nights
train:  1​h
6
Porto
— 7 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Johannesburg

7
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). Spend the 2nd (Mon) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Belém Tower, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa.

To see ratings, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon vacation builder website .

Johannesburg, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Johannesburg to Lisbon. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Johannesburg in November, with highs in Lisbon at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Pavilhao do Conhecimento
Pavilhao do Conhecimento

7
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira), Zoomarine Algarve (in Guia) and Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (in Lagoa). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Da Rocha, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, have fun at Algarve Racing, and do some two-wheel cruising with AlgarveXplorers.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lagos day trip planning tool .

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 December, daytime highs in Lagos are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to drive to Olhao.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Albufeira, Lagoa, Portugal Walks, Praia da Marinha
Highlights from your plan
Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos ©
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

6
nights
Olhao

Olhao ©
Algarve Region's largest fishing port, Olhao occupies a strategically important coastal area inhabited since prehistoric times.
Get out of town with these interesting Olhao side-trips: Tennisinportugal (in Vale do Lobo), Cabanas de Tavira beach (in Cabanas) and Almancil (Clube Equestrian A Palmeirinha, Mini Golf at Quinta do Lago, & more). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 18th (Wed) at Aquashow Park. There's still lots to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take a memorable drive along Precious Time, head off the coast to Tavira Island, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Olhao sightseeing website .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Olhao takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In December in Olhao, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Olhao

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Faro, Almancil, Tavira, Aquashow Park
Highlights from your plan
Clube Equestre A Palmeirinha ©
Clube Equestre A Palmeirinha
Aquashow Park ©
Aquashow Park
Mini Golf at Quinta do Lago ©
Mini Golf at Quinta do Lago

7
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Change things up with a short trip to Rota Vicentina in Santiago do Cacem (about 1h 30 min away). The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, don't miss a visit to Lookout - Cordovil House Gallery (Evora), and take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana).

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Evora trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Olhao to Evora takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Olhao in December, plan for little chillier nights in Evora, with lows around 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) so you can drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Outdoors Fun & Games

Side Trips

Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo, Rota Vicentina
Highlights from your plan
Rota Vicentina ©
Rota Vicentina
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Piscinas Municipais de Evora ©
Piscinas Municipais de Evora

7
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Get out of town with these interesting Coimbra side-trips: Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco (in Guimaraes), Nazare (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Praia do Norte, & more) and Convent of Christ (in Tomar). There's still lots to do: test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, steep yourself in history at Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, make a trip to Praca do Comercio, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico.

To see reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Coimbra trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Evora to Coimbra takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Coimbra sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 7°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Thu) to allow enough time to take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nazare, Convent of Christ, Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco
Highlights from your plan
Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Praia do Norte ©
Praia do Norte
Room Escape Games

7
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Porto: Peneda-Geres National Park (Pincaes Cascate & Peneda-Geres National Park). Dedicate the 6th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, see where the action happens at Estadio do Dragao, don't miss a visit to Livraria Lello, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

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Take a train from Coimbra to Porto in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. January in Porto sees daily highs of 16°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Tours Nature

Side Trip

Peneda-Geres National Park
Highlights from your plan
Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Room Escape Games
Peneda-Geres National Park ©
Peneda-Geres National Park

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