22 days in Portugal Itinerary

22 days in Portugal Itinerary

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22 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10​h
1
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Evora
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lagos
— 5 nights
bus + Fly:  12​h 15​min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Porto

Porto ©
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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate O Navio Gil Eannes and Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro. Head to Palacio da Bolsa and The Loja Amarelafor some retail therapy. Get out of town with these interesting Porto side-trips: Guimaraes (Guimaraes Castle, Centro Historico de Guimaraes, & more), Forum Aveiro (in Aveiro) and Braga (Se de Braga & Bom Jesus do Monte). The adventure continues: pause for some serene contemplation at Santuario de Santa Luzia, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, and do a tasting at Porto Augusto's.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Porto trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Porto is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also do a combination of ferry and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. In May in Porto, expect temperatures between 23°C during the day and 13°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Shopping Museums

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Viana do Castelo, Braga, Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, Forum Aveiro
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Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa
Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Santuario de Santa Luzia ©
Santuario de Santa Luzia

7
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Castelo dos Mouros and Batalha Monastery. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Convent of Christ. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lisbon: Alcobaca (Monastery of Alcobaca & Museu Raul Da Bernarda), Capelas Imperfeitas (in Batalha) and Palacio Nacional de Sintra (in Sintra). There's lots more to do: examine the collection at National Coach Museum, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, and explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon attractions planner .

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. When traveling from Porto in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Lisbon, with highs around 28°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trips

Sintra, Batalha, Fatima, Alcobaca, Caldas da Rainha
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Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ

4
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Capela dos Ossos and Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana). Centro de Interpretacao da Batalha de Atoleiros and Casa Museu de Alpalhao will appeal to museum buffs. Venture out of the city with trips to Marble Museum (in Vila Vicosa), Museu Regional do Vinho (in Redondo) and Castelo de Marvao (in Marvao). The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, and step into the grandiose world of Monsaraz Castle and Walls.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Evora road trip planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Evora can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Marble Museum, Museu Regional do Vinho, Monsaraz Castle and Walls, Casa Museu de Alpalhao, Centro de Interpretacao da Batalha de Atoleiros
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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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Saint Vincent and Old Town Faro. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908) and Praia do Camilo. Venture out of the city with trips to Falesia Beach (in Olhos de Agua), Misericordia Church (in Silves) and Carvoeiro Boardwalk (in Carvoeiro). There's still lots to do: stroll through Ponta Da Piedale, enjoy the sand and surf at Molhe Beach, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Misericordia of Alvor.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lagos online travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Evora to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Evora in May since evenings lows in Lagos dip to 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Albufeira, Molhe Beach, Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil, Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908)
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Old Town Faro ©
Old Town Faro

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