24 days in Portugal Itinerary

24 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 4 nights
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Porto
— 4 nights
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Albufeira
— 3 nights
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Portimao
— 3 nights
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Faro
— 3 nights
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Lagos
— 2 nights
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Lisbon
— 3 nights
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

— 4 nights
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 Furnas. Get a sense of the local culture at Nossa Senhora da Paz and Igreja do Santo Cristo. Step out of Ponta Delgada to go to Furnas and see Poca Da Dona Beija, which is approximately 50 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Barbara, take some stellar pictures from Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, and make a trip to 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-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 fly to Porto.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

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Find places to stay Dec 1 — 5:

Porto

— 4 nights

Unvanquished City

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 Museu Serralves. Get outdoors at Praia do Carneiro and Praia da Luz. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, contemplate the long history of Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, 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 3 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 fly to Albufeira.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Wineries · Tours · Outdoors

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Find places to stay Dec 5 — 9:

Albufeira

— 3 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Centro Historico de Albufeira and Igreja Matriz (Parish Church Nossa Senhora da Conceição) are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Escape the urban bustle at Praia da Falesia and Praia dos Salgados. Go for a jaunt from Albufeira to Silves to see Misericordia Church about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: stroll through Praia dos Olhos de Água, kick back and relax at Praia do Peneco, and pause for some serene contemplation at Sant'Ana Church.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Albufeira tour site.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Albufeira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in December, plan for a bit warmer nights in Albufeira, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Portimao.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Dec 9 — 12:

Portimao

— 3 nights
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 Marinha and Praia Da Rocha. Get some cultural insight at Quinta Do Frances Winery and Museu de Portimao. And it doesn't end there: take in the waterfront at Alvor Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Silves Cathedral, delve into the distant past at Municipio de Silves, and make a trip to Ermida de Nossa Senhora da Encarnacao.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Portimao day trip planning app.

Drive from Albufeira to Portimao in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can go by car to Faro.

Things to do in Portimao

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Beaches

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Find places to stay Dec 12 — 15:

Faro

— 3 nights

Portuguese Venice

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, then look 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 · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Dec 15 — 18:

Lagos

— 2 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

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, then don't miss a visit to Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, then tour 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 · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Dec 18 — 20:

Lisbon

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

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, then choose your vessel at Lisbon by Boat, then contemplate 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 the flight back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Tours

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Find places to stay Dec 20 — 23:

Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.