18 days in Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Portugal Itinerary

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18 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  15​h 30​min
1
Albufeira
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Evora
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Funchal, Madeira
— 4 nights
Fly:  16​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

2
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Old Town Faro and Cape Saint Vincent. Discover out-of-the-way places like Falesia Beach and Praia Dona Ana. Venture out of the city with trips to Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha), Ponta Da Piedale (in Lagos) and Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Gale.

To find ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Albufeira holiday planner .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Albufeira is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Albufeira. In January, Albufeira is colder than Sao Paulo - with highs of 19°C and lows of 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Lagos, Cape Saint Vincent, Praia da Marinha, Praia Da Rocha, Old Town Faro
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

3
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Centro de Interpretacao da Batalha de Atoleiros and Museu Municipal de Ferreira do Alentejo. Get a sense of the local culture at Capela dos Ossos and Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora). Change things up with these side-trips from Evora: Monsaraz Castle and Walls (in Monsaraz) and Museu Jorge Vieira/Casa Das Artes (in Beja). There's still lots to do: delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), and make a trip to Porta do Raimundo.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Evora tour itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Albufeira to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of flight and train. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Evora when traveling from Albufeira in January, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Monsaraz Castle and Walls, Museu Jorge Vieira/Casa Das Artes, Centro de Interpretacao da Batalha de Atoleiros, Museu Municipal de Ferreira do Alentejo
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some cultural insight at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Batalha Monastery. National Coach Museum and Museu Nacional do Azulejo will appeal to museum buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Sintra (Palacio Nacional de Sintra & Castelo dos Mouros), Praia da Nazare (in Nazare) and Convent of Christ (in Tomar). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Alcobaca, take an in-depth tour of Igreja de Sao Roque, explore the world behind art at Casa Duarte Pinto Coelho, and take in the exciting artwork at art atelier ALEGRIA.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon route planner.

You can drive from Evora to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daytime highs in Lisbon are 17°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Beaches

Side Trips

Sintra, Cascais, National Coach Museum, Praia da Nazare, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro and O Navio Gil Eannes. Bom Jesus do Monte and Paco dos Duques de Braganca will appeal to history buffs. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Ponte Romana (in Ponte de Lima), Centro Historico de Guimaraes (in Guimaraes) and University of Coimbra (in Coimbra). Next up on the itinerary: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Santuario de Santa Luzia and learn about winemaking at Graham's Port Lodge.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Porto holiday planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. In January, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Coimbra, Guimaraes, Viana do Castelo, Vila Nova de Gaia, Bom Jesus do Monte
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Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Santuario de Santa Luzia ©
Santuario de Santa Luzia
O Navio Gil Eannes ©
O Navio Gil Eannes

4
nights
Funchal, Madeira

Funchal ©
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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Blandy's Wine Lodge and Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte. Step off the beaten path and head to Ponta de Sao Lourenco and Valley of the Nuns. Take a break from Funchal with a short trip to Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools in Porto Moniz, about 54 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, walk around Parque de Santa Catarina, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and take in nature's colorful creations at Municipal Gardens.

For other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Funchal vacation builder app .

Fly from Porto to Funchal in 4.5 hours. In January, Funchal is somewhat warmer than Porto - with highs of 22°C and lows of 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Valley of the Nuns, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, Ponta de Sao Lourenco
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Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Swim with Dolphins
Valley of the Nuns ©
Valley of the Nuns

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