31 days in Portugal Itinerary

31 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal trip planner
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Lisbon
— 14 nights
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Albufeira
— 4 nights
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Funchal
— 4 nights
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Porto
— 7 nights
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Lisbon — 14 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Belém Tower and Park and National Palace of Pena. Take a break from the city and head to Praia da Nazare and Guincho Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sesimbra (Castelo de Sesimbra & Cabo Espichel), Praia de Carcavelos (in Carcavelos) and Evora (Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres, Capela dos Ossos, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Alcobaca, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

For photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon road trip planning site.

Washington DC, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Washington DC to Lisbon is 5 hours. In September in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Albufeira.
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Find places to stay Sep 2 — 16:

Albufeira — 4 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Get some historical perspective at Church of Misericordia of Alvor and Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ponta da Piedade and Praia da Coelha. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albufeira: Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha), Praia dos Tres Irmaos (in Alvor) and Portimao (Tres Castelos Beach & Vau Beach). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, trek along Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Barranco das Belharucas, and explore the fascinating underground world of Vale de Centeanes Beach.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Albufeira trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 20th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Funchal.
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Funchal — 4 nights

The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Step off the beaten path and head to Swim with Dolphins and Valley of the Nuns. Popular historic sites such as Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte and Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse are in your itinerary. When in Funchal, make a side trip to see Church of Sao Pedro in Ponta do Pargo, approximately Ponta do Pargo away. There's still lots to do: take in the awesome beauty at Pico Ruivo, kick back and relax at Praia de Machico, examine the collection at Universo de Memorias Joao Carlos Abreu, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Funchal road trip tool.

Fly from Albufeira to Funchal in 5 hours. In September, daily temperatures in Funchal can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can fly to Porto.
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Porto — 7 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Do your shopping at Palacio da Bolsa and Casa da Guitarra. Popular historic sites such as Paco dos Duques de Braganca and Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra) are in your itinerary. Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Lamego (Catedral de Lamego & Quinta Santa Eufemia), Museu do Douro (in Peso Da Regua) and Igreja de São Gonçalo (in Amarante). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua das Flores.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Porto day trip planning site.

Fly from Funchal to Porto in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Funchal in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Porto, with lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Find places to stay Sep 24 — Oct 1:

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.
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