46 days in Portugal Itinerary

46 days in Portugal Itinerary

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46 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Porto
— 7 nights
train:  1​h
2
Coimbra
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Evora
— 8 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Tavira
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Lagos
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Lisbon
— 9 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto

7
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.
Visit Palacio da Bolsa and Guides In Portugal for their historical value. Shop till you drop at Maus Habitos - Espaco de Intervencao Cultural and Galeria Municipal do Porto. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), kick back and relax at Praia do Homem do Leme, snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and stroll through Praia de Lavadores.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto trip builder tool .

Toronto, Canada to Porto is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Toronto to Porto, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Porto, with lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors Museums Parks

Side Trip

Mindelo Beach
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

7
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Convent of Christ and Museu da Santa Casa da Misericordia de Coimbra. Shop till you drop at Casa Medieval - Coimbra Welcome Center and Mercado Municipal de Nazare. Venture out of the city with trips to Nazare (Praia da Nazare, Praia do Norte, & more), Praia Fluvial de Vimieiro (in Penacova) and Batalha Monastery (in Batalha). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Choupal National Forest, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of St Michael, see the interesting displays at Museu da Ciencia, and steep yourself in history at Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Coimbra online road trip planner .

You can take a train from Porto to Coimbra in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Coimbra are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Coimbra

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nazare, Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco, Praia Fluvial de Vimieiro, Convent of Christ, Batalha Monastery
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Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco ©
Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco

8
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Take a break from the city and head to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Rota Vicentina. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Capela dos Ossos and Megalithica Ebora. Go for a jaunt from Evora to Minas do Lousal to see Centro Ciencia Viva do Lousal - Mina de Ciencia about 1h 25 min away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, examine the collection at Museu de Evora, steep yourself in history at Aqueduto da Agua de Prata, and explore the world behind art at Museu do Artesanato e do Design -MADE.

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Traveling by car from Coimbra to Evora takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Coimbra in August, you will find days in Evora are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Arraiolos, Centro Ciencia Viva do Lousal - Mina de Ciencia, Rota Vicentina
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

6
nights
Tavira

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Get some cultural insight at Art & Image Studio and Fortaleza de Cacela. Escape the urban bustle at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Cabanas de Tavira beach. Get out of town with these interesting Tavira side-trips: Caramelo Beach Club (in Vila Real de Santo Antonio) and Garrao Nascente Beach (in Vale do Garrao). There's still lots to do: head outdoors with Praia da Terra Estreita, kick back and relax at Praia de Monte Gordo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Barril, and find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tavira attractions planner.

You can drive from Evora to Tavira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Evora in September, you will find days in Tavira are a bit cooler (30°C), and nights are a bit warmer (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Tavira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Praia de Monte Gordo, Garrao Nascente Beach, Praia Verde, Praia da Alagoa, Fortaleza de Cacela
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Cabanas de Tavira beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira beach
Caramelo Beach Club ©
Caramelo Beach Club
Garrao Nascente Beach ©
Garrao Nascente Beach

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.
Head to Souvenir da Luz and Laboratorio de Actividades Criativasfor plenty of shopping. Step out of the city life by going to Ponta Da Piedale and Pro Putting Garden. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha), Falesia Beach (in Olhos de Agua) and Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (in Lagoa). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Marinha, stroll through Praia dos Tres Irmaos, explore the gorgeous colors at Praia do Carvalho, and get interesting insight from Tours.

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You can drive from Tavira to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Portimao, Vila do Bispo, Sagres, Carvalho Beach
Highlights from your plan
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach

9
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Belém Tower and Castelo de S. Jorge. Do some cultural sightseeing at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Palacio Nacional de Sintra, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more), Parque Natural da Arrabida (in Setubal) and Forte de Santa Maria da Arrabida (in Portinho da Arrabida). Next up on the itinerary: take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, wander the streets of Alfama, and explore the world behind art at Museu Colecao Berardo.

To find reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon road trip planning tool .

Drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. In September in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Sintra, Parque Natural da Arrabida, Cabo da Roca, Forte de Santa Maria da Arrabida
Highlights from your plan
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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