11 days in Portugal & Birmingham Itinerary

11 days in Portugal & Birmingham Itinerary

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
— 1 night
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Albufeira, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive
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Rogil, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive
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Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly
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Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
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Birmingham, United Kingdom

— 1 night

City of a Thousand Trades

Britain's second-largest city, Birmingham was known as the City of a Thousand Trades and the Workshop of the World in the Victorian era.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): relax in the rural setting at Mary Arden's Farm, then contemplate the long history of Warwick Castle, and then get outside with The Knights of Middle England. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the long history of Birmingham Back to Backs, tour the pleasant surroundings at S&D Falconry, and then admire the landmark architecture of Shakespeare's Birthplace.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Birmingham day trip tool.

Ottawa, Canada to Birmingham is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and train. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) is 5 hours. When traveling from Ottawa in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Birmingham, with highs around 21°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly to Albufeira.

Things to do in Birmingham

Historic Sites · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

Albufeira, Portugal

— 1 night

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
On the 29th (Sat), get in on the family fun at Zoomarine Algarve. On the next day, stroll through Praia Da Rocha, then kick back and relax at Praia da Senhora da Rocha, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Marinha.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Albufeira trip planner.

You can fly from Birmingham to Albufeira in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and train; or do a combination of car and ferry. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Birmingham in September: high temperatures in Albufeira hover around 30°C and lows are around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Rogil.

Things to do in Albufeira

Theme Parks · Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Rogil, Portugal

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Carriagem, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Vale Dos Homens.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Rogil journey planner.

Drive from Albufeira to Rogil in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Rogil

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Lisbon, Portugal

— 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and take a stroll through Alfama.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planning site.

Getting from Rogil to Lisbon by car takes about 3 hours. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Zoos & Aquariums

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Porto, Portugal

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): make a trip to Estadio do Dragao, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, then don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Carneiro, contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, then take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, and finally snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I.

Make your Porto itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 26°C in October, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Historic Sites · Beaches · Outdoors
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Portugal travel guide

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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.