16 days in Portugal Itinerary

16 days in Portugal Itinerary

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16 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Newark
Fly + Drive:  10 h 30 min
1
Vila Nova de Gaia
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Bus + Train:  5 h 30 min
3
Evora
— 3 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Lagos
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly:  10 h 15 min
End: Newark

2
nights
Vila Nova de Gaia

Vila Nova de Gaia ©
Across the Douro River from Porto, Vila Nova de Gaia touts famed Port wine lodges, where bottles are stored and aged.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in panoramic vistas at Clerigos Tower and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Vila Nova de Gaia itinerary maker.

Newark, USA to Vila Nova de Gaia is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Newark to Vila Nova de Gaia is 5 hours. In June, Vila Nova de Gaia is a bit cooler than Newark - with highs of 73°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Vila Nova de Gaia

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trip

Porto
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha and then explore the striking landscape at Caldeira das Sete Cidades. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Nossa Senhora da Paz, take in nature's colorful creations at Terra Nostra Gardens, then take in the dramatic natural features at Poca Da Dona Beija, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Furnas.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada vacation builder.

Traveling by combination of train and flight from Vila Nova de Gaia to Ponta Delgada takes 4 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Azores Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow time for travel to Evora.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Furnas, Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, Nossa Senhora da Paz
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Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Poca Da Dona Beija ©
Poca Da Dona Beija
Lagoa do Fogo ©
Lagoa do Fogo

3
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) and Se Catedral de Evora. Capela dos Ossos and Castelo de Viana do Alentejo will appeal to history buffs. Take a break from Evora with a short trip to Monsaraz Castle and Walls in Monsaraz, about 52 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Almendres Cromlech, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santo Antao, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Graca, and contemplate the long history of Universidade de Evora.

To see reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Evora trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Ponta Delgada to Evora takes 5.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Evora. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in June, you will find days in Evora are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (58°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Monsaraz Castle and Walls, Castle of Viana do Alentejo
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Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) ©
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

5
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Meia Praia and Praia Dona Ana. LiR Galeria Arte Algarve and Church of St. Anthony (Igreja de Santo Antonio) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Olhos de Agua ( Praia dos Olhos de Água & Falesia Beach), Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Praia da Marinha (in Carvoeiro). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Camilo Beach, explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lagos travel itinerary creator.

You can drive from Evora to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Evora in June, expect nights in Lagos to be a bit warmer, around 65°F, while days are little chillier, around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Praia da Marinha, Praia Da Rocha
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Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Castle of the Moors and Belém Tower. Visit Quinta da Regaleira and Park and National Palace of Pena for their historical value. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Sintra National Palace in Sintra--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, admire the striking features of Jeronimos Monastery, pause for some serene contemplation at Carmo Convent, and admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lisbon online itinerary creator.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 78°F in June, and nighttime lows around 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

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