24 days in Portugal Itinerary

24 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Start: Montreal
Fly:  9 h
1
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 4 nights
Fly:  5 h 30 min
2
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly:  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.
Get in touch with nature at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Poca Da Dona Beija. Get a sense of the local culture at Nossa Senhora da Paz and Igreja do Santo Cristo. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, get great views at Miradouro de Santa Iria, stroll through Praia de Santa Barbara, and experience rural life at Plantacoes de Cha Gorreana.

For reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada tour itinerary planner.

Montreal, Canada to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Montreal to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Expect much hotter temperatures when traveling from Montreal in December; daily highs in Ponta Delgada reach 20°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up 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, Ribeira Grande, Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, Poca Da Dona Beija, Nossa Senhora da Paz
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Boca do Inferno Viewpoint ©
Boca do Inferno Viewpoint
Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Praia de Santa Barbara ©
Praia de Santa Barbara

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Wine Tours & Tastings and Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco. Get outdoors at Praia do Carneiro and Praia da Luz. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Porto trip itinerary builder site.

Fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 5.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Azores Standard Time (AZOT) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Porto, with lows of 7°C. On the 9th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Albufeira.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Wineries Tours

Side Trip

Taylor's Port
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Douro River ©
Douro River
Wine Tours & Tastings
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Centro Historico de Albufeira and Sant'Ana Church are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Falesia Beach and Praia dos Salgados. Go for a jaunt from Albufeira to Silves to see Misericordia Church about 38 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Olhos de Água, kick back and relax at Praia do Peneco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz (Parish Church Nossa Senhora da Conceição).

For maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Albufeira tour planner.

Fly from Porto to Albufeira in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in December, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 11°C in Albufeira. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Portimao.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Misericordia Church
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Gale ©
Praia Gale
Praia dos Salgados ©
Praia dos Salgados

3
nights
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.
We've included these beaches for you: Praia Da Rocha and Praia da Marinha. Get some cultural insight at Quinta Do Frances Winery and Misericordia Church. There's still lots to do: take in the architecture and atmosphere at Municipio de Silves, see the interesting displays at Museu de Portimao, take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk, and make a trip to Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Encarnacao.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Portimao travel site.

Getting from Albufeira to Portimao by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Portimao are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 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 Outdoors

Side Trips

Silves, Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Encarnacao, Praia da Marinha
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Castelo de Silves ©
Castelo de Silves
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

3
nights
Faro

Faro ©
The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
On the 16th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabanas de Tavira Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Ermida de Sao Sebastiao, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Ria Formosa, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Town Faro. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Barril.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Faro trip site.

You can drive from Portimao to Faro in an hour. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Faro

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Tavira, Ria Formosa, Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil
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Cabanas de Tavira Beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira Beach
Praia do Barril ©
Praia do Barril
Ria Formosa ©
Ria Formosa

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. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, thendon't miss a visit to Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Meia Praia, and finally take in the exciting artwork at LAC - Laboratorio de Actividades Criativas.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Lagos journey maker app.

Getting from Faro to Lagos by car takes about 1.5 hours. 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sagres, Church of St. Anthony
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Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da ursa, tour the water at your own pace with Nosso Tejo, and then take a stroll through Bairro Alto. On the 22nd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, thenchoose your vessel at Lisbon by Boat, thencontemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally make a trip to Belém Tower.

To find traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon holiday planner.

Getting from Lagos to Lisbon by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Lagos in December since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

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

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