11 days in Lisbon, Algarve & Azores Itinerary

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Drive to Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport), Fly to Ponta Delgada
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 1 night


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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belém Tower and Castelo dos Mouros. Change things up with a short trip to Cabo da Roca in Colares (about 42 minutes away). The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, examine the collection at National Museum of Ancient Art, take a stroll through Alfama, and don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa.

For photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon driving holiday planner.

Toronto, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Toronto, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to drive to Albufeira.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums
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Albufeira — 2 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Step off the beaten path and head to Praia Da Rocha and Praia da Marinha. Visit Praia dos Olhos de Água and Algarve for some beach relaxation. Step out of Albufeira with an excursion to Castelo de Silves in Silves--about 32 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Centro Historico de Albufeira, stroll through Praia da Falesia, and kick back and relax at Praia do Peneco.

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You can drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can go by car to Rogil.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Rogil — 3 nights

On the 27th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Vale Dos Homens and then enjoy the sand and surf at Odeceixe Beach. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Cape Saint Vincent, then steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Sagres, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Luz, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Aljezur.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Rogil attractions planning app.

You can drive from Albufeira to Rogil in 1.5 hours. In September in Rogil, expect temperatures between 30°C during the day and 21°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel to Ponta Delgada.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel — 1 night

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Sat): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Santo Cristo and then stroll through Mosteiros Beach.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Rogil to Ponta Delgada with the Route module. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Rogil to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Ponta Delgada are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Algarve travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Occupying the southernmost portion of Portugal's mainland, Algarve is wholeheartedly devoted to tourism and continuously ranks among Europe's top holiday destinations. Nearly 10 million annual visitors include Algarve on their itineraries, drawn mostly by the region's developed coastline, boasting nearly 200 km (125 mi) of impeccable beaches. Farther away from the water, the region offers an extensive network of hiking trails, ideal for active vacationers seeking a chance to explore a rugged southwestern corner of Europe once considered the very end of the world. If you need a few urban things to do on your vacation, head for the regional capital Faro, featuring a lively Old Town full of plazas, pedestrian lanes, and outdoor cafes.

Azores travel guide

Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
Mountain Island
Composed of nine volcanic islands scattered in the Atlantic some 1,300 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, the Azores represent one of Europe's remotest vacation destinations. Settled sporadically over a span of several centuries, the islands in this archipelago retain much of their isolated feel, each one boasting its own distinct culture, dialect, and cuisine. Long overlooked by even the most adventurous travelers, the islands now surprise a growing number of visitors with their lavish natural beauty, good roads, and hospitable towns providing comfortable accommodations and modern amenities. Place the island of Pico at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's highest mountain, a picture-perfect volcanic cone rising above a landscape of World Heritage-listed vineyards.