60 days in Northern Portugal & Portugal Itinerary

60 days in Northern Portugal & Portugal Itinerary

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Porto
— 10 nights
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Fatima
— 3 nights
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Evora
— 7 nights
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Tavira
— 4 nights
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Lagos
— 8 nights
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Lisbon
— 8 nights
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Funchal, Madeira
— 8 nights
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 7 nights
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Porto

— 10 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Matosinhos Beach and Praia da Costa Nova. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palacio da Bolsa and Taylor's Port. Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Viana do Castelo (Igreja Matriz de Viana do Castelo, Santuario de Santa Luzia, &more), RedAnimal Surf Shop (in Ovar) and Forum Aveiro (in Aveiro). On the 27th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. Next up on the itinerary: pause for some serene contemplation at Se Catedral de Viseu, take in the spiritual surroundings of Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, do a tasting at Porto Augusto's, and steep yourself in history at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco.

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New York City, USA to Porto is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from New York City to Porto, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 68°F in May, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Fatima.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Fatima

— 3 nights
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Batalha Monastery. Visit Convento de Cristo and Basilica da Santissima Trindade for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Fatima side-trips: Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca), Praia da Nazare (in Nazare) and Castelo de Tomar (in Tomar). Next up on the itinerary: appreciate the history behind Capela Das Aparicoes, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Óbidos, and don't miss a visit to Obidos Village.

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You can drive from Porto to Fatima in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May in Fatima, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Evora

— 7 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Capela dos Ossos and Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora). Do some cultural sightseeing at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) and Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres. Explore Evora's surroundings by going to Paco Ducal (in Vila Vicosa), Museu Regional do Vinho (in Redondo) and Centro de Interpretacao da Batalha de Atoleiros (in Fronteira). There's lots more to do: get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Evora, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora da Lagoa, admire the masterpieces at Museu do Artesanato e do Design -MADE, and take an in-depth tour of Museu do Relogio - Polo de Evora.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Evora online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Fatima to Evora in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fatima in May, you will find days in Evora are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Evora

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Tavira

— 4 nights
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Do your shopping at Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908) and Artcatto Gallery. Old Town Faro and Faro Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Tavira, make a side trip to see Boat Tours & Water Sports in Faro, approximately Faro away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Barril, look for gifts at Fabrica do Queijo, step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island, and go for a stroll along the water at Marina de Vilamoura.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Tavira trip itinerary app.

Traveling by car from Evora to Tavira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Evora, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Tavira, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Tavira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Lagos

— 8 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ponta da Piedade and Praia da Falesia. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Saint Vincent and Castelo de Aljezur. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Odeceixe Beach (in Odeceixe), Carvoeiro (Carvoeiro Boardwalk & Carvalho Beach) and Praia do Beliche (in Sagres). Next up on the itinerary: stroll through Praia dos Salgados, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Praia da Oura, and get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tavira to Lagos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Lisbon

— 8 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Popular historic sites such as Castelo dos Mouros and Rua Augusta are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Igreja de Sao Roque capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Cascais (Guincho Beach & Boca do Inferno), Sintra (Sintra National Palace & Palacio de Monserrate) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). Dedicate the 23rd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Antonio de Lisboa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Miradouro de Santa Luzia, see the interesting displays at National Coach Museum, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip builder tool.

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in June, plan for little chillier nights in Lisbon, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to fly to Funchal.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Funchal, Madeira

— 8 nights
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ponta de Sao Lourenco and Blandy's Wine Lodge. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. Change things up with these side-trips from Funchal: Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela (in Ribeira da Janela), Praia Da Prainha (in Canical) and Forte de Nossa Senhora do Amparo (in Machico). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, contemplate the waterfront views at Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, make a trip to Miradouro Pico Dos Barcelos, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Funchal trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Lisbon to Funchal in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Lisbon in June, you will find days in Funchal are slightly colder (75°F), and nights are about the same (65°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Funchal

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

— 7 nights
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museu Militar dos Acores and Maria dos Anjos Melo House Museum. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponta Delgada: Islet of Vila Franca do Campo (in Vila Franca do Campo), Furnas (Poca Da Dona Beija, Caldeiras Vulcânicas, &more) and Sao Nicolau Church (in Sete Cidades). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Paroquial das Sete Cidades, don't miss a visit to Portas da Cidade, and look for gifts at Fábrica De Licores - Eduardo Ferreira & Filhos, Lda..

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Ponta Delgada takes 3.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Funchal to Ponta Delgada. In July, daytime highs in Ponta Delgada are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Angra do Heroismo.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Angra do Heroismo, Terceira

— 4 nights
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Monte Brasil and Santa Barbara Church. Shop till you drop at Loja do Parque de Angra do Heroismo and Duque de Braganca Market. There's much more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, pause for some photo ops at Monumento ao Toiro, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Angra do Heroismo, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Da Misericordia.

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You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Angra do Heroismo in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Angra do Heroismo

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Museums

Side Trips

Portugal travel guide

4.3
Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Central Portugal travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites
Central Portugal contains some of the most prosperous and densely populated areas in Portugal, as well as thick pine and chestnut forests spread across a series of rugged mountain ranges. Inhabited since well before the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, this part of the country remains best known for its capital Coimbra, which features a historic Old Town retaining much of its medieval look and feel. Beyond the busy regional capital lies Portugal's tranquil countryside, frequently overlooked by foreign visitors despite its ancient sites and hospitable small towns. Along the region's mountainous border with Spain you can tour a series of age-old castles and fortified villages, once the first line of defense against foreign invaders.

Algarve travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Occupying the southernmost portion of Portugal's mainland, Algarve is wholeheartedly devoted to tourism and continuously ranks among Europe's top holiday destinations. Nearly 10 million annual visitors include Algarve on their itineraries, drawn mostly by the region's developed coastline, boasting nearly 200 km (125 mi) of impeccable beaches. Farther away from the water, the region offers an extensive network of hiking trails, ideal for active vacationers seeking a chance to explore a rugged southwestern corner of Europe once considered the very end of the world. If you need a few urban things to do on your vacation, head for the regional capital Faro, featuring a lively Old Town full of plazas, pedestrian lanes, and outdoor cafes.

Azores travel guide

4.5
Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
Mountain Island
Composed of nine volcanic islands scattered in the Atlantic some 1,300 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, the Azores represent one of Europe's remotest vacation destinations. Settled sporadically over a span of several centuries, the islands in this archipelago retain much of their isolated feel, each one boasting its own distinct culture, dialect, and cuisine. Long overlooked by even the most adventurous travelers, the islands now surprise a growing number of visitors with their lavish natural beauty, good roads, and hospitable towns providing comfortable accommodations and modern amenities. Place the island of Pico at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's highest mountain, a picture-perfect volcanic cone rising above a landscape of World Heritage-listed vineyards.