12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Ottawa
+2
train + bus + Fly:  10​h 45​min
1
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  7​h 45​min
4
Portimao
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Evora
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  13​h 45​min
End: Ottawa

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Tue): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela das Almas, and then see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo, then contemplate the long history of Largo da Oliveira, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

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Ottawa, Canada to Porto is an approximately 11-hour combination of train and flight. You can also fly; or do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Time is 5 hours. May in Porto sees daily highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Largo da Oliveira
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River Rafting & Tubing
Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira
FC Porto Museum ©
FC Porto Museum

2
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Belém Tower, then browse the exhibits of Igreja de Sao Roque, then get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, then view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and then visit a coastal fixture at Cabo da Roca.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online attractions planner .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Porto, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Cabo da Roca
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo

2
nights
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Jose, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Santo Cristo. On your second day here, look for all kinds of wild species at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre and then head outdoors with Jardim Antonio Borges.

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

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada takes 5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Lisbon in May, plan for little chillier days in Ponta Delgada, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Portimao.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jardim Antonio Borges ©
Jardim Antonio Borges

2
nights
Portimao

Portimao ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Mon): enjoy the sand and surf at Pescadores Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Falesia Beach, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Rocha. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: race across the water with a speed boat tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Tres Castelos Beach, then enjoy the sand and surf at Vau Beach, then pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Misericordia of Alvor, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta Da Piedale.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Portimao road trip app .

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ponta Delgada to Portimao in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of flight and train. Traveling from Ponta Delgada to Portimao, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in May, expect nights in Portimao to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Portimao

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Pescadores Beach, Falesia Beach, Ponta Da Piedale
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale

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Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, then explore the ancient world of Cromeleque dos Almendres, and finally examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, then indulge your taste buds at Monte da Ravasqueira, and finally see the interesting displays at Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Evora online attractions planner .

Getting from Portimao to Evora by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Portimao in May, Evora is a bit cooler at night with lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums Wildlife

Side Trip

Arraiolos
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Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

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