12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal vacation planner

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Lisbon
— 3 nights
Train
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Porto
— 2 nights
Fly to Madeira Airport, Drive to Santo da Serra
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Santo da Serra
— 2 nights
Drive to Madeira Airport, Fly to João Paulo II Airport
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 2 nights
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sat): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, tour the water at your own pace with Lisbon by Boat, then tour the water at your own pace with Boat Me Up, and finally make a trip to Belém Tower.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon day trip planning website.

San Francisco, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 15.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually an 8 hour difference. In March in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 64°F during the day and 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Zoos & Aquariums · Parks · Outdoors · Tours
Find places to stay Mar 30 — Apr 2:

Porto

— 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.
On the 2nd (Tue), take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then explore the activities along Douro River, and then get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Luz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Torre dos Clerigos, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally wander the streets of Rua Santa Catarina.

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You can take a train from Lisbon to Porto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in April, expect nights in Porto to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are little chillier, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santo da Serra.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature
Find places to stay Apr 2 — 4:

Santo da Serra

— 2 nights
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools and Focusnatura. Escape the urban bustle at Parque Ribeira Primeira and Vereda da Garganta Funda. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santo da Serra: Sao Vicente Caves (in Sao Vicente), Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse (in Ponta do Pargo) and Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela (in Ribeira da Janela).

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Santo da Serra day trip tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Porto to Santo da Serra. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Santo da Serra

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 3 — 6:

Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, and then discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Praia de Santa Barbara, then take some stellar pictures from Plantacoes de Cha Gorreana, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nossa Senhora da Paz, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Santo Cristo.

To find photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ponta Delgada online trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Santo da Serra to Ponta Delgada with the Route module. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Santo da Serra to Ponta Delgada. April in Ponta Delgada sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 6 — 8:

Portugal travel guide

4.3
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.

Azores travel guide

4.5
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.