12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Campinas
bus + Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Lisbon
— 2 nights
train:  1​h 30​min
2
Evora
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Olhao
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  13​h
End: Campinas

2
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Tile Museum and Castelo de S. Jorge. Popular historic sites such as Park and National Palace of Pena and Castelo dos Mouros are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Museu do Bonsai). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Igreja de Sao Roque, and take a stroll through Belém Tower.

To find ratings and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon itinerary planning site .

Campinas, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 14-hour combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Campinas to Lisbon, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 32°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Capela dos Ossos, admire the masterpieces at Museu do Artesanato e do Design -MADE, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally examine the collection at Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Silver Water Aqueduct, see the interesting displays at Museu de Evora, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and finally examine the collection at Megalithica Ebora.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Evora trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. September in Evora sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 17°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Museums Historic Sites Tours

Side Trip

Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo
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Museu de Evora ©
Museu de Evora
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos

3
nights
Lagos

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Cape Saint Vincent and Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade. Explore Lagos' surroundings by going to Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Armacao de Pera), Praia do Carvalho (in Carvoeiro) and Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Albufeira). There's still lots to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, cast your line with a fishing tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, and look for all kinds of wild species at Ria de Alvor Nature Reserve.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip maker tool .

Getting from Evora to Lagos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Evora in September: highs in Lagos hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Olhao.

Things to do in Lagos

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Portimao, Praia do Carvalho, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Cape Saint Vincent, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade ©
Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade

1
night
Olhao

Algarve Region's largest fishing port, Olhao occupies a strategically important coastal area inhabited since prehistoric times.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Ria Formosa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Quelfes, and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Olhao road trip planning tool .

Getting from Lagos to Olhao by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. September in Olhao sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 21°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Olhao

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Igreja Matriz de Quelfes ©
Igreja Matriz de Quelfes
Ria Formosa ©
Ria Formosa

2
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.
On the 12th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular, admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa.

To see ratings, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Porto trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Olhao to Porto takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Olhao in September: high temperatures in Porto hover around 27°C and lows are around 15°C. On the 13th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Bom Jesus do Monte
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa
Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves

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