12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal tour itinerary planner

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Lisbon
— 3 nights
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Evora
— 2 nights
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Albufeira
— 4 nights
Fly
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Porto
— 2 nights
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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.
Get some historical perspective at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira. Explore hidden gems such as Sintra National Palace and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Change things up with a short trip to Park and National Palace of Pena in Sintra (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril.

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New York City, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in May, you will find days in Lisbon are a bit warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trip

Evora

— 2 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Evora, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora). Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, steep yourself in history at Aqueduto da Agua de Prata, and then explore the ancient world of Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres.

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You can drive from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Lisbon in June: highs in Evora hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites

Albufeira

— 4 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Explore hidden gems such as Ponta da Piedade and Praia Da Rocha. Step out of the city life by going to Praia da Falesia and Praia Dona Ana. Venture out of the city with trips to Praia do Camilo (in Lagos), Praia do Barril (in Tavira) and Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira). The adventure continues: race across the water with a speed boat tour, relax and rejuvenate at Thai Massage Vilamoura, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Sao Rafael, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Olhos de Água.

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Traveling by car from Evora to Albufeira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Evora, expect little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Albufeira, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

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. 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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Tue): take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, steep yourself in history at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then learn about winemaking at Taylor's Port, and finally do a tasting at Graham's Port Lodge. On your second day here, sample some tasty brews at Taste Porto Food Tours, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos.

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You can fly from Albufeira to Porto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albufeira in June, things will get a bit cooler in Porto: highs are around 73°F and lows about 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Wineries · Breweries & Distilleries · Tours · Historic Sites

Side Trip

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.