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 Dolphin & Whale Watching. 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 Miradouro de Santa Iria, 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.
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Porto — 4 nights

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 Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). Get outdoors at Praia do Carneiro and Douro River. The adventure continues: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, learn about winemaking at Taylor's Port, walk around Museu Serralves, and take a stroll through Ribeira do Porto.

To see ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Porto trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Ponta Delgada to Porto takes 3 hours. Traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in December, plan for little chillier nights in Porto, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow time for the flight to Albufeira.
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Albufeira — 3 nights

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 Praia da Falesia and Praia Gale. 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 3 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.
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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 Municipio de Silves. There's lots more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Misericordia Church, see the interesting displays at Museu de Portimao, and delve into the distant past at Castelo de Silves.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Portimao road trip planning tool.

Getting from Albufeira to Portimao by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Faro.
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Faro — 3 nights

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 stroll through 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.
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Lagos — 2 nights

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 where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Lagos attractions website.

You can drive from Faro to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Lagos sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 11°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Lisbon.
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Lisbon — 3 nights

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.
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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.