17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  7​h
1
Funchal, Madeira
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Evora
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Olhao
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h
End: Zurich


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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Caravel Art Center and then explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Nuns. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Fri): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, explore the striking landscape at Cabo Girao, and then explore the activities along Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools.

For photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Funchal attractions planner .

Zurich, Switzerland to Funchal is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Time (CET) to Western European Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Zurich in August, Funchal is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Camara De Lobos, Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Valley of the Nuns ©
Valley of the Nuns

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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 11th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of Caldeira das Furnas, then explore the striking landscape at Poca Da Dona Beija, then take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, and finally take some stellar pictures from Boca do Inferno Viewpoint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Portas da Cidade, look for all kinds of wild species at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ponta Delgada trip itinerary builder website .

You can fly from Funchal to Ponta Delgada in 4.5 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Azores Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Funchal in August since evenings lows in Ponta Delgada dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Furnas, Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, Caldeira das Sete Cidades
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Poca Da Dona Beija ©
Poca Da Dona Beija
Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Dolphin & Whale Watching

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nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Cabo da Roca. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelo de S. Jorge and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Venture out of the city with trips to Batalha Monastery (in Batalha) and Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Belém Tower, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lisbon trip planner .

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon by flight takes about 5 hours. The time zone changes from Azores Time (AZOT) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. When traveling from Ponta Delgada in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 20°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Batalha Monastery, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 17th (Sat), don't miss a visit to Capela dos Ossos, steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), then see the interesting displays at Museu de Evora, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Loios Convent. On the 18th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the masterpieces at Museu do Artesanato e do Design -MADE, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then explore the ancient world of Cromeleque dos Almendres, and finally examine the collection at Megalithica Ebora.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Evora trip planning tool .

Traveling by train from Lisbon to Evora takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Lisbon in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Evora, with highs around 39°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

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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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Praia do Camilo. Step out of the city life by going to Praia dos Olhos de Água and Ponta Da Piedale. Get out of town with these interesting Lagos side-trips: Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira), Falesia Beach (in Olhos de Agua) and Silves (Misericordia Church & Algarve). Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Dona Ana.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Lagos holiday planner.

Drive from Evora to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. While traveling from Evora, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Lagos, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Olhao.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Silves, Praia da Marinha
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Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana

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nights
Olhao

Olhao ©
Algarve Region's largest fishing port, Olhao occupies a strategically important coastal area inhabited since prehistoric times.
Escape the urban bustle at Praia de Monte Gordo and Cabanas de Tavira beach. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Ermida de Sao Sebastiao. There's more to do: kick back and relax at Praia do Barril and step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Olhao tour builder site .

You can drive from Lagos to Olhao in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August, daily temperatures in Olhao can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Olhao

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tavira, Praia de Monte Gordo
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Praia de Monte Gordo ©
Praia de Monte Gordo
Cabanas de Tavira Beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira Beach
Praia do Barril ©
Praia do Barril

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