20 days in Portugal Itinerary

20 days in Portugal Itinerary

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20 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sault Ste. Marie
Fly:  16​h 45​min
1
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Funchal, Madeira
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Lisbon
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Evora
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Albufeira
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 15​min
End: Sault Ste. Marie

2
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.
Visiting Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Poca Da Dona Beija and Dolphin & Whale Watching. When in Ponta Delgada, make a side trip to see Caldeiras Vulcânicas in Furnas, approximately 40 minutes away. There's much more to do: don't miss a visit to Portas da Cidade, look for all kinds of wild species at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, take some stellar pictures from Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, and take an in-depth tour of Maria dos Anjos Melo House Museum.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada day trip planning site .

Sault Ste. Marie, Canada to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 17-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Sault Ste. Marie to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Sault Ste. Marie in November, with highs in Ponta Delgada at 22°C and lows at 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Furnas, Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, Maria dos Anjos Melo House Museum, Boca do Inferno Viewpoint
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Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Poca Da Dona Beija ©
Poca Da Dona Beija

3
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.
Get some cultural insight at Blandy's Wine Lodge and Caravel Art Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ponta de Sao Lourenco and Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Cabo Girao, see Off-Road Tours, and hike along 25 Fontes Falls.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Funchal day trip app .

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Funchal by flight takes about 4.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Funchal due to the time zone difference. In November, daily temperatures in Funchal can reach 25°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Camara De Lobos, Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, 25 Fontes Falls
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Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Swim with Dolphins
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.
Appreciate the collections at Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Convent of Christ and Batalha Monastery. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Fatima (Museu de Cera & Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima), Quinta da Regaleira (in Sintra) and Capelas Imperfeitas (in Batalha). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, examine the collection at Fundacao Jose Saramago, make a trip to Belém Tower, and take a stroll through Alfama.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon trip maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Lisbon takes 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Funchal in November, with highs in Lisbon at 21°C and lows at 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Fatima, Batalha, Convent of Christ, Monastery of Alcobaca, Quinta da Regaleira
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Capela dos Ossos and Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana). Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Centro Historico de Evora and Museu de Evora. Change things up with a short trip to Monsaraz Castle and Walls in Monsaraz (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), admire the striking features of Garcia de Resende Theater (Evora), explore the ancient world of Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres, and browse the collection at Biblioteca Publica de Evora.

For reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Evora holiday builder .

Drive from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Evora can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Monsaraz Castle and Walls, Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora
Monsaraz Castle and Walls ©
Monsaraz Castle and Walls

5
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Cape Saint Vincent and Olaria Pequena. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia Da Rocha and Falesia Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albufeira: Lagos (Praia Dona Ana, Ponta Da Piedale, & more), Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve (in Alvor) and Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira). There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Gale, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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Traveling by car from Evora to Albufeira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and flight. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Evora in November since evenings lows in Albufeira dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lagos, Portimao, Praia da Marinha, Olaria Pequena, Cape Saint Vincent
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

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