15 days in Portugal Itinerary

15 days in Portugal Itinerary

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15 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Funchal, Madeira
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  5​h 45​min
3
Evora
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Lagos
— 3 nights
5
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Boston

2
nights
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Ponta Delgada ©
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre and Vila Franca Museum. Discover out-of-the-way places like Dolphin & Whale Watching and Parque Terra Nostra. Venture out of the city with trips to Mosteiros Beach (in Mosteiros), Igreja de Sao Miguel Arcanjo (in Vila Franca do Campo) and Poca Da Dona Beija (in Furnas). And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, witness a stunning natural landmark at Lagoa das Furnas, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Ponta Delgada trip planner .

Boston, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Azores Time (AZOT) is 4 hours. In August, daytime highs in Ponta Delgada are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Furnas, Vila Franca do Campo, Mosteiros Beach
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Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Poca Da Dona Beija ©
Poca Da Dona Beija

2
nights
Funchal, Madeira

Funchal ©
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Get some cultural insight at Blandy's Wine Lodge and Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte. Relax by the water at Faja do Rancho Beach and Lido Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Funchal: Sao Salvador Church (in Santa Cruz), Ponta do Pargo (Church of Sao Pedro & Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse) and Ponta de Sao Lourenco (in Machico). The adventure continues: explore the activities along Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and examine the collection at Madeira Film Experience.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Funchal trip maker .

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Funchal by flight takes about 5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ponta Delgada to Funchal is 1 hour. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Funchal, with lows of 69°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Evora.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Calheta, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Faja Do Rancho Beach, Sao Salvador Church
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Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

1
night
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), see the interesting displays at Museu de Evora, make a trip to Centro Historico de Evora, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), then see the interesting displays at Aldeia da Terra, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos. Keep things going the next day: admire the landmark architecture of eco Palacete Palma Borralho Relogio, then explore the ancient world of Almendres Cromlech, then examine the collection at Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo, and finally savor the flavors at Monte da Ravasqueira.

For more things to do, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Evora trip planning website .

You can do a combination of flight and train from Funchal to Evora in 6 hours. When traveling from Funchal in September, plan for somewhat warmer days in Evora, with highs around 86°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Arraiolos, eco Palacete Palma Borralho Relogio
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

3
nights
Lagos

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 itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia da Luz and Praia do Camilo. Visiting Praia dos Olhos de Água and Falesia Beach will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, take in the exciting artwork at Laboratorio de Actividades Criativas, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lagos holiday planner.

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 little chillier weather when traveling from Evora in September: highs in Lagos hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Praia da Luz
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Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
 Praia dos Olhos de Água ©
Praia dos Olhos de Água

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some historical perspective at Cabo da Roca and Castelo de S. Jorge. Museum-lovers will appreciate National Tile Museum and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Belém Tower, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Jeronimos Monastery, and admire the landmark architecture of Igreja de Sao Roque.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon trip planner .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. September in Lisbon sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 61°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca
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Alfama ©
Alfama
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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