12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Recife
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
2
Faro
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Porto
— 5 nights
Fly:  13​h
End: Recife


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3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Freeport Lisboa Fashion Outlet. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: appreciate the history behind Belém Tower, then contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, and finally revel in the low prices at Freeport Lisboa Fashion Outlet.

To find reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lisbon online journey planner .

Recife, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Western European Time (WET) is 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Recife in August, with lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 2nd (Mon) before leaving for Faro.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trips

Freeport Lisboa Fashion Outlet, Quinta da Regaleira
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Faro

Faro ©
The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Change things up with these side-trips from Faro: Tavira (Tavira Island & Praia do Barril) and Cabanas de Tavira beach (in Cabanas). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head off the coast to Ilha Deserta, pause for some serene contemplation at Faro Cathedral, and take in the waterfront activity at Marina de Faro.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Faro trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Faro takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a bus. September in Faro sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Faro

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Tavira, Olhao, Aquashow Park
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Tavira Island ©
Tavira Island
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Aquashow Park ©
Aquashow Park

5
nights
Porto

Porto ©
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.
Go for a jaunt from Porto to Braga to see Bom Jesus do Monte about 52 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Douro, and get advice or help at Livraria Lello.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Porto trip builder tool .

Getting from Faro to Porto by flight takes about 4 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, Porto is slightly colder than Faro - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. On the 10th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Tours Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bom Jesus do Monte
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Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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