13 days in Northern Portugal, Algarve & Central Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Northern Portugal, Algarve & Central Portugal Itinerary

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13 days in Northern Portugal, Algarve & Central Portugal Itinerary

Start: Brasilia
Fly:  14​h
1
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Tavira
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Vila do Bispo
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h
End: Brasilia

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.
Visit Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Casa do Infante for their historical value. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museu Serralves and Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco. There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Carneiro, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Homem do Leme, see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum, and snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Porto tour planning website .

Brasilia, Brazil to Porto is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Western European Time (WET) is 3 hours. When traveling from Brasilia in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Porto: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Tavira.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Outdoors Museums
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Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis ©
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis

2
nights
Tavira

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabanas de Tavira beach, kick back and relax at Praia da Alagoa, and then get engrossed in the history at Igreja do Antigo Convento de Santo Antonio dos Capuchos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Caramelo beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Monte Gordo.

For where to stay and tourist information, read Tavira vacation planner.

You can fly from Porto to Tavira in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Porto in June; daily highs in Tavira reach 32°C and lows reach 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Vila do Bispo.

Things to do in Tavira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Praia da Alagoa, Praia de Monte Gordo, Caramelo Beach Club
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Caramelo Beach Club ©
Caramelo Beach Club
Cabanas de Tavira beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira beach
Praia de Monte Gordo ©
Praia de Monte Gordo

3
nights
Vila do Bispo

Vila do Bispo ©
Vila do Bispo is a municipality in the Portuguese Algarve. You'll get in some beach time at Telheiro Beach and Bordeira Beach. Cape Saint Vincent and Belixe Fortress will appeal to history buffs. There's lots more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Zavial, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Sagres, stroll through Praia da Ingrina, and head outdoors with Praia da Cordoama.

For photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Vila do Bispo trip planner .

Getting from Tavira to Vila do Bispo by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daily temperatures in Vila do Bispo can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Vila do Bispo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Sagres, Carrapateira
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Telheiro Beach ©
Telheiro Beach
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Fortaleza de Sagres ©
Fortaleza de Sagres

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Tile Museum and Igreja de Sao Roque. Quinta da Regaleira and Belém Tower will appeal to history buffs. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena & Castelo dos Mouros). The adventure continues: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, see the interesting displays at Pharmaceutical Museum, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, and view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

For traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Vila do Bispo to Lisbon in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Vila do Bispo in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lisbon, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

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