17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Drive to La Guardia Airport, Fly to João Paulo II Airport, Drive to Ginetes
Ginetes, Sao Miguel
— 4 nights
Drive to João Paulo II Airport, Fly to Porto
— 3 nights
— 1 night
— 2 nights
— 5 nights


Ginetes, Sao Miguel — 4 nights

Ginetes is a civil parish in the municipality of Ponta Delgada on the island of São Miguel in the Portuguese of the Azores. You've added Miradouro da Boca do Inferno, Lagoa do Canario, Terra do Pico, and other attractions to your itinerary. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Lagoa Azul and Miradouro da Ponta do Escalvado. There's more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Viewpoint of the Ridge and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Paroquial das Sete Cidades.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Ginetes route planner.

New York City, USA to Ginetes is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in August; daily highs in Ginetes reach 78°F and lows reach 66°F. You will have some time to spend on the 31st (Wed) before leaving for Porto.
Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Porto — 3 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Graham's Port Lodge and Quinta dos Corvos. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Porto Augusto's and Taylor's Port. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Casa Ramos Pinto, contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Porto day trip website.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ginetes to Porto. The time zone difference moving from Azores Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Ginetes in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 58°F in Porto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can catch the flight to Sintra.
Wineries · Historic Sites · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Aug 31 — Sep 3:

Sintra — 1 night

Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): kick back and relax at Praia da ursa, then kick back and relax at Praia da Rainha, then kick back and relax at Praia do Tamariz, and finally explore the activities along Vale dos Lagos at Parque de Pena. On the next day, stroll through Quinta da Regaleira and then see exotic creatures in open habitats at a safari tour.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Sintra trip planner.

Fly from Porto to Sintra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Porto, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Sintra, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours
Side Trip
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sun): visit Parque das Nacoes.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip planning tool.

Lisbon is just a stone's throw from Sintra. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lagos.
Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Shopping · Spas
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Lagos — 5 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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ponta da Piedade and Praia dos Tres Irmaos. Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade and Antigo Mercado de Escravos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Praia do Barranco das Belharucas (in Olhos de Agua), Praia de Santa Eulalia (in Albufeira) and Praia de Albandeira (in Porches). And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at Praia dos Salgados, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Pinhao, relax and rejuvenate at Swan Day Spa, and get a dose of the wild on Aurora Boat Trips.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Lagos online trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in September, and nighttime lows around 65°F. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Lisbon.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
Side Trips
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City of Seven Hills

Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip app.

Drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
Historic Sites
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Highlights from your trip

Portugal travel guide

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.

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.