24 days in Portugal Itinerary

24 days in Portugal Itinerary

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24 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  9​h
1
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
2
Porto
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
3
Albufeira
— 3 nights
Drive:  30​min
4
Portimao
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
5
Faro
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h
6
Lagos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: Phoenix

4
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Praia de Santa Barbara. Explore Ponta Delgada's surroundings by going to Furnas (Poca Da Dona Beija & Caldeiras da Lagoa das Furnas). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, relax in the rural setting at Gorreana Tea Plantation, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nossa Senhora da Paz, and get great views at Miradouro de Santa Iria.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ponta Delgada sightseeing planner.

Montreal, Canada to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Montreal to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Plan for much warmer temperatures traveling from Montreal in December, with highs in Ponta Delgada at 20°C and lows at 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Furnas, Ribeira Grande, Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, Nossa Senhora da Paz
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Boca do Inferno Viewpoint ©
Boca do Inferno Viewpoint
Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Lagoa do Fogo ©
Lagoa do Fogo

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.
Escape the urban bustle at Rio Douro and Praia da Luz. Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Clerigos Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Dedicate the 7th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, don't miss a visit to Rua Santa Catarina, explore the world behind art at Museu Serralves, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco.

For reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Porto tour planner.

Fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 5.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Porto when traveling from Ponta Delgada in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Porto

#Parks, #Tours, #Beaches

Side Trip

Taylor's Port
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Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Praia da Luz ©
Praia da Luz

3
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Get outdoors at Falesia Beach and Praia Gale. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia dos Olhos de Água and Praia Sao Rafael. Go for a jaunt from Albufeira to Silves to see Misericordia Church about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Salgados, wander the streets of Centro Historico de Albufeira, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Peneco, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sant'Ana Church.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Albufeira trip builder .

You can drive from Porto to Albufeira in 5.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Porto in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Albufeira, with lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Portimao.

Things to do in Albufeira

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Misericordia Church
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Falesia Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia dos Salgados ©
Praia dos Salgados
 Praia dos Olhos de Água ©
Praia dos Olhos de Água

3
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Portimao

Portimao ©
Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia Da Rocha and Praia marinha. Get a sense of the local culture at Quinta Do Frances Winery and Castelo de Silves. The adventure continues: take in the waterfront at Alvor Boardwalk, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Misericordia of Alvor, delve into the distant past at Municipio de Silves, and make a trip to Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Encarnacao.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Portimao trip maker .

Portimao is just a short distance from Albufeira. In December, daily temperatures in Portimao can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Faro.

Things to do in Portimao

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Silves, Carvoeiro
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Praia marinha ©
Praia marinha
Quinta Do Frances Winery ©
Quinta Do Frances Winery

3
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Faro

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): kick back and relax at Cabanas de Tavira beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Ermida de Sao Sebastiao, then look for all kinds of wild species at Ria Formosa, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Town Faro. On the 17th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Barril.

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Traveling by car from Portimao to Faro takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, daytime highs in Faro are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Lagos.

Things to do in Faro

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Beaches

Side Trips

Olhao, Tavira, Church of Sao Lourenco de Almancil, Cabanas de Tavira beach
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cabanas de Tavira beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira beach
Praia do Barril ©
Praia do Barril

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sagres and then visit a coastal fixture at Cape Saint Vincent. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, visit a coastal fixture at Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, then enjoy the sand and surf at Meia Praia, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Laboratorio de Actividades Criativas.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lagos online itinerary planner .

Getting from Faro to Lagos by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. December in Lagos sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

#Parks, #Beaches, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Sagres
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Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Meia Praia ©
Meia Praia
Ponta da Piedade ©
Ponta da Piedade

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da ursa, then tour the water at your own pace with Nosso Tejo, and then take a stroll through Bairro Alto. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, then tour the water at your own pace with Lisbon by Boat, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, and finally take a stroll through Belém Tower.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon day trip tool .

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in December, expect little chillier with lows of 8°C in Lisbon. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Historic Sites

Side Trip

Praia da ursa
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

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