15 days in Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Portugal Itinerary

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15 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  11​h 30​min
1
Albufeira
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon
— 4 nights
3
Coimbra
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
4
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly:  10​h
End: Toronto

2
nights
Albufeira

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Get out of town with these interesting Albufeira side-trips: Ponta Da Piedale (in Lagos), Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres) and Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (in Lagoa). Next up on the itinerary: get in on the family fun at Zoomarine Algarve, stroll around Ria Formosa, get your game on at Hot Wheels Raceway, and identify plant and animal life at Lagoa dos Salgados.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Albufeira trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Albufeira is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Traveling from Toronto to Albufeira, you'll lose 5 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Albufeira is a bit warmer than Toronto - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Olhao, Ponta Da Piedale, Cape Saint Vincent, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, Algarve
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Belém Tower, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

For photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip builder app .

Getting from Albufeira to Lisbon by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albufeira in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lisbon, with lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Coimbra: Convent of Christ (in Tomar) and Nazare (Monte de Sao Bartolomeu, Miradouro do Suberco, & more). Next up on the itinerary: admire the natural beauty at Jardim Botanico, don't miss a visit to Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia, see the interesting displays at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro, and pause for some serene contemplation at Chapel of St Michael.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Coimbra trip itinerary builder .

You can take a train from Lisbon to Coimbra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Lisbon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Coimbra, ranging from highs of 24°C to lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nazare, Convent of Christ
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
Praca do Comercio ©
Praca do Comercio

4
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.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto trip builder .

You can take a train from Coimbra to Porto in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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