12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Lisbon
— 2 nights
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Albufeira
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rogil
— 2 nights
Drive
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Porto
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sagres
— 3 nights
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Lisbon — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Belém Tower, Castelo de S. Jorge and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. On the 2nd (Fri), see Solfun Surf School, tour the water at your own pace with Lisbon by Boat, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. On the next day, steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, kick back and relax at Praia da ursa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Guincho Beach, and finally get the lay of the land with Wild Walkers.

For maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip itinerary maker tool.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major aiport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). In December, daytime highs in Lisbon are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.
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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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): kick back and relax at Praia da Marinha, then enjoy the sand and surf at Vale de Covo Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Da Rocha. On the next day, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Falesia, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Olhos de Água.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Albufeira tour builder website.

You can drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus; or take a train. December in Albufeira sees daily highs of 63°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rogil.
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Rogil — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Da Amoreira and then enjoy the sand and surf at Arrifana Beach. On your second day here, kick back and relax at Odeceixe Beach and then stroll through Praia da Carriagem.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Rogil visit planner.

You can drive from Albufeira to Rogil in 1.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In December, daytime highs in Rogil are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Porto.
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Porto — 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Carneiro, explore the activities along Douro River, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Catraio Craft Beer Shop.

To find where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Porto trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Rogil to Porto takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Rogil in December, Porto is a bit cooler at night with lows of 44°F. On the 10th (Sat), you'll travel to Sagres.
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Sagres — 3 nights

End of the World

Though the town of Sagres has roots in the Portuguese Age of Discovery, it is better known by visitors as a peaceful, rugged resort spot with great surfing beaches.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): stroll through Telheiro Beach, get active on the water at Sea Kayaking Sagres, and then get a taste of local nightlife at Pau de Pita. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Mon): discover the deep blue sea with Divers Cape.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sagres trip planner.

Traveling by car from Porto to Sagres takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Traveling from Porto in December, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Sagres, with lows around 50°F. On the 13th (Tue), you're off to home.
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Portugal travel guide

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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.
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