21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Funchal, Madeira
— 3 nights
2
Porto
— 3 nights
3
Faro
— 4 nights
4
Lagos
— 4 nights
5
Lisbon
— 5 nights

3
nights
Funchal, Madeira

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.
Caravel Art Center and Madeira Optics Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Visiting Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Off-Road Tours will get you outdoors. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Funchal: Miradouro da Ponta do Rosto (in Canical) and Ponta de Sao Lourenco (in Machico). There's lots more to do: take in the awesome beauty at Pico do Arieiro, glide through the air with a parasailing or paragliding tour, take a peaceful walk through Laurissilva Forest, and look for all kinds of wild species at Miradouros Do Paredao.

Before you visit Funchal, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Funchal is an approximately 17-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Funchal is 3 hours. Traveling from Sao Paulo in December, expect Funchal to be a bit cooler, temps between 23°C and 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Funchal

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Madeira, Miradouro da Ponta do Rosto, Cabo Girao, Ponta de Sao Lourenco
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Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Laurissilva Forest ©
Laurissilva Forest
Pico do Arieiro ©
Pico do Arieiro

3
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.
You'll explore and learn at Museu Serralves and Casa da Prelada. Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Douro River. The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, and get a tailor-made plan with Guides In Portugal.

To find out how to plan a trip to Porto, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Funchal to Porto by flight takes about 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Funchal in December, with highs in Porto at 18°C and lows at 7°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can travel to Faro.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Parks · Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves

4
nights
Faro

Faro ©
The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Get outdoors at Ria Formosa and Trilho da Fonte Benemola. Popular historic sites such as Paroquia de Sao Pedro and Sao Bras Chapel are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Faro: Tavira (Jardim do Coreto & Xiri Beach Bar) and Cabanas de Tavira Beach (in Cabanas). There's still lots to do: go all around town with Precious Time, enjoy some diversion at Algarve FootGolf, stroll through Clube Equestre A Palmeirinha, and view the masterpieces at Galeria Municipal Trem.

For maps, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Faro trip builder website.

You can fly from Porto to Faro in 3.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Porto in December since evenings lows in Faro dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Faro

Outdoors · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Tavira, Almancil, Olhao, Trilho da Fonte Benemola
Find places to stay Dec 19 — 23:
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Precious Time ©
Precious Time
Ria Formosa ©
Ria Formosa
Clube Equestre A Palmeirinha ©
Clube Equestre A Palmeirinha

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Falesia Beach and AlgarveXplorers. Change things up with these side-trips from Lagos: Algar de Benagil (in Benagil), Olaria Pequena (in Porches) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). There's much more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, look for all kinds of wild species at Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve, get outside with Portugal Walks, and hike along Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lagos trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Faro to Lagos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December in Lagos, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trips

Portimao, Falesia Beach, Portugal Walks, Algar de Benagil, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 27:
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Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos ©
Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach

5
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 Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Get some historical perspective at Castelo de S. Jorge and Igreja de Sao Roque. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Maria Madrugas, Park and National Palace of Pena, &more) and Parque Natural da Arrabida (in Setubal). There's still lots to do: explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, get a taste of the local shopping with Wozen, see the interesting displays at Fundacao Jose Saramago, and learn about all things military at Museum of National Republican Guard.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon route planning app.

Drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in December, plan for little chillier nights in Lisbon, with lows around 8°C. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trips

Sintra, Parque Natural da Arrabida
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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