60 days in Northern Portugal & Portugal Itinerary

60 days in Northern Portugal & Portugal Itinerary

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Porto
— 10 nights
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Fatima
— 3 nights
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Evora
— 7 nights
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Tavira
— 4 nights
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Lagos
— 8 nights
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Lisbon
— 8 nights
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Funchal, Madeira
— 8 nights
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 7 nights
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Porto

— 10 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Matosinhos Beach and Praia da Costa Nova. Discover out-of-the-way places like Palacio da Bolsa and Graham's Port Lodge. Explore Porto's surroundings by going to RedAnimal Surf Shop (in Ovar), Forum Aveiro (in Aveiro) and Viana do Castelo (Igreja Matriz de Viana do Castelo, Santuario de Santa Luzia, &more). On the 27th (Thu), give your taste buds a day to remember with a local gastronomic tour. And it doesn't end there: pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, make a trip to Sameiro Sanctuary, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios, and steep yourself in history at Largo da Oliveira.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Porto online trip builder.

New York City, USA to Porto is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. In May, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can go by car to Fatima.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Parks

Side Trips

Fatima

— 3 nights
Fátima is a civil parish in the municipality of Ourém, in the Portuguese Santarém District. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and Convento de Cristo. Visit Batalha Monastery and Basilica da Santissima Trindade for their historical value. Get out of town with these interesting Fatima side-trips: Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca), Praia da Nazare (in Nazare) and Castelo de Tomar (in Tomar). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Óbidos, make a trip to Obidos Village, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela Das Aparicoes.

For where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Fatima route app.

Traveling by car from Porto to Fatima takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 70°F in May, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Fatima

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks

Side Trips

Evora

— 7 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Capela dos Ossos and Centro Historico de Evora. Do some cultural sightseeing at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) and Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres. Explore Evora's surroundings by going to Centro de Interpretacao da Batalha de Atoleiros (in Fronteira), Museu Regional do Vinho (in Redondo) and Paco Ducal (in Vila Vicosa). There's lots more to do: step into the grandiose world of Monsaraz Castle and Walls, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Nossa Senhora da Lagoa, admire the masterpieces at Museu do Artesanato e do Design -MADE, and take an in-depth tour of Museu do Relogio - Polo de Evora.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Evora online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Fatima to Evora in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Fatima in May, you will find days in Evora are a bit warmer (79°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Evora

Museums · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Tavira

— 4 nights
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Do your shopping at Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908) and Fabrica do Queijo. Old Town Faro and Faro Cathedral are good opportunities to explore the local culture. When in Tavira, make a side trip to see Boat Tours & Water Sports in Faro, approximately Faro away. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Cabanas de Tavira Beach, contemplate the long history of Forte de Santo Antonio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Monte Gordo, and step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Tavira travel route site.

Traveling by car from Evora to Tavira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Evora, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Tavira, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Tavira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Lagos

— 8 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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Ponta da Piedade and Praia Da Rocha. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Saint Vincent and Castelo de Aljezur. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Odeceixe Beach (in Odeceixe), Carvoeiro (Carvoeiro Boardwalk & Carvalho Beach) and Praia do Beliche (in Sagres). There's still lots to do: stroll through Praia dos Pescadores, kick back and relax at Praia dos Salgados, get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, and see Off-Road Tours.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Tavira to Lagos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In June, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

Side Trips

Lisbon

— 8 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Popular historic sites such as Castelo dos Mouros and Palacio Nacional de Mafra are in your itinerary. Let the collections at Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Carmo Archaeological Museum capture your imagination. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Sintra National Palace & Palacio de Monserrate), Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Cascais (Guincho Beach & Boca do Inferno). Dedicate the 23rd (Wed) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Antonio de Lisboa, appreciate the extensive heritage of Miradouro de Santa Luzia, explore the striking landscape of Parque Natural da Arrabida, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip builder tool.

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in June, plan for little chillier nights in Lisbon, with lows around 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Tours · Wineries

Side Trips

Funchal, Madeira

— 8 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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ponta de Sao Lourenco and Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Blandy's Wine Lodge and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. Change things up with these side-trips from Funchal: Forte de Nossa Senhora do Amparo (in Machico), Praia Da Prainha (in Canical) and Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela (in Ribeira da Janela). There's still lots to do: identify plant and animal life at Safari Madeira Island, contemplate the waterfront views at Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Funchal holiday site.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Funchal takes 4.5 hours. While traveling from Lisbon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Funchal, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Funchal

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

— 7 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.
Appreciate the collections at Museu Militar dos Acores and Arquipelago - Centro De Artes Contemporaneas. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponta Delgada: Islet of Vila Franca do Campo (in Vila Franca do Campo), Furnas (Poca Da Dona Beija, Caldeiras Vulcânicas, &more) and Sao Nicolau Church (in Sete Cidades). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, get engrossed in the history at Maria dos Anjos Melo House Museum, don't miss a visit to Portas da Cidade, and look for gifts at Fábrica De Licores - Eduardo Ferreira & Filhos, Lda..

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada online travel route planner.

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Ponta Delgada takes 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Funchal to Ponta Delgada. In July, daytime highs in Ponta Delgada are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can travel to Angra do Heroismo.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Museums · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Angra do Heroismo, Terceira

— 4 nights
Angra do Heroísmo, generally known as Angra, is a municipality and city on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Monte Brasil and Museum of Angra do Heroismo. Shop till you drop at Loja do Parque de Angra do Heroismo and Duque de Braganca Market. There's much more to do: fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, pause for some photo ops at Monumento ao Toiro, step into the grandiose world of Forte de Sao Sebastiao, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Da Misericordia.

Start your trip to Angra do Heroismo by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Angra do Heroismo in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of ferry and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Angra do Heroismo

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trips

Portugal travel guide

4.3
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.

Central Portugal travel guide

4.4
Landmarks · Castles · Sacred & Religious Sites
Central Portugal contains some of the most prosperous and densely populated areas in Portugal, as well as thick pine and chestnut forests spread across a series of rugged mountain ranges. Inhabited since well before the Roman occupation of the Iberian Peninsula, this part of the country remains best known for its capital Coimbra, which features a historic Old Town retaining much of its medieval look and feel. Beyond the busy regional capital lies Portugal's tranquil countryside, frequently overlooked by foreign visitors despite its ancient sites and hospitable small towns. Along the region's mountainous border with Spain you can tour a series of age-old castles and fortified villages, once the first line of defense against foreign invaders.

Algarve travel guide

4.2
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.

Azores travel guide

4.5
Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
Mountain Island
Composed of nine volcanic islands scattered in the Atlantic some 1,300 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, the Azores represent one of Europe's remotest vacation destinations. Settled sporadically over a span of several centuries, the islands in this archipelago retain much of their isolated feel, each one boasting its own distinct culture, dialect, and cuisine. Long overlooked by even the most adventurous travelers, the islands now surprise a growing number of visitors with their lavish natural beauty, good roads, and hospitable towns providing comfortable accommodations and modern amenities. Place the island of Pico at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's highest mountain, a picture-perfect volcanic cone rising above a landscape of World Heritage-listed vineyards.