11 days in Lisbon, Algarve & Azores Itinerary

11 days in Lisbon, Algarve & Azores Itinerary

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Lisbon
— 3 nights
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Albufeira
— 2 nights
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Rogil
— 3 nights
Drive to Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport), Fly to Ponta Delgada
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 1 night
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Lisbon

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Quinta da Regaleira and Castelo dos Mouros. Change things up with a short trip to Centro Historico de Sintra in Sintra (about 34 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Domingos (Santa Justa e Rufina), step into the grandiose world of Palácio Nacional da Ajuda, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, and take a stroll through Alfama.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon travel planning website.

Toronto, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Toronto in August, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks

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Albufeira

— 2 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Step off the beaten path and head to Praia da Falesia and Praia dos Aveiros. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia da Marinha and Praia dos Olhos de Água. Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Pescadores, stroll through Praia do Peneco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz (Parish Church Nossa Senhora da Conceição).

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You can drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Rogil.

Things to do in Albufeira

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Find places to stay Aug 10 — 12:

Rogil

— 3 nights
On the 13th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Carriagem and then stroll through Praia Vale Dos Homens.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Rogil route website.

You can drive from Albufeira to Rogil in 1.5 hours. August in Rogil sees daily highs of 85°F and lows of 68°F at night. You will leave for Ponta Delgada on the 15th (Thu).

Things to do in Rogil

Beaches · Parks · Outdoors
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

— 1 night
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.
On the 15th (Thu), pause for some photo ops at Estatua Goncalo Velho Cabral, take in the spiritual surroundings of Sinagoga Sahar Hassamain, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Jose, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Santo Cristo.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ponta Delgada road trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Rogil to Ponta Delgada. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Rogil in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Ponta Delgada, with highs around 78°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Historic Sites · Beaches · Parks · Outdoors

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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

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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.