16 days in Alentejo Itinerary

16 days in Alentejo Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Lisbon
Drive:  45 min
1
Setubal
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Carvalhal
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Odemira
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Mertola
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 45 min
5
Evora
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
End: Lisbon

4
nights
Setubal

Setubal ©
Setúbal is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Take a break from the city and head to Praia de Galapinhos and Ribeira do Cavalo Beach. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Figueirinha Beach and Scuba & Snorkeling. Venture out of the city with trips to Fonte da Telha Beach (in Almada), Praia de Melides (in Melides) and Grandola (Comporta Beach & Capela de Nossa Senhora de Troia). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Praia do Meco, ponder the design of Fonte dos Pasmados, get your bearings at Casa da Baia – Centro de Promocao Turistica, and pick up some local products at Mercado do Livramento.

For ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Setubal journey site.

Lisbon to Setubal is an approximately 1- hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or take a train. July in Setubal sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Carvalhal.

Things to do in Setubal

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sesimbra, Grandola, Almada, Castelo de Palmela, Fonte dos Pasmados
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Praia de Galapinhos ©
Praia de Galapinhos
Scuba & Snorkeling
Parque da Paz ©
Parque da Paz

1
night
Carvalhal

Carvalhal ©
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): make a trip to Cais Palafitico do Porto da Carrasqueira, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Carvalhal, and then kick back and relax at Pego Beach.

To see more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Carvalhal driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Setubal to Carvalhal takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Odemira.

Things to do in Carvalhal

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Cais Palafitico do Porto da Carrasqueira
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Praia do Carvalhal ©
Praia do Carvalhal
Pego Beach ©
Pego Beach
Cais Palafitico do Porto da Carrasqueira ©
Cais Palafitico do Porto da Carrasqueira

4
nights
Odemira

Odemira ©
Odemira is a town and a municipality in Beja District in the Portuguese region of Alentejo. Escape the urban bustle at Rota Vicentina and Praia dos Alteirinhos. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia de Zambujeira do Mar and Praia das Furnas. Explore Odemira's surroundings by going to Vila Nova de Milfontes (Praia do Malhao, Stand-Up Paddleboarding, &more), Praia de Sao Torpes (in Sines) and Ilha do Pessegueiro (in Porto Covo). There's much more to do: stroll through Praia do Carvalhal, make a trip to Farol Cabo Sardão, and admire the natural beauty at Jardim da Fonte Ferrea.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Odemira tour itinerary builder tool.

Getting from Carvalhal to Odemira by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Carvalhal in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Odemira: temperatures range from 39°C by day to 18°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mertola.

Things to do in Odemira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Milfontes, Praia de Sao Torpes, Ilha do Pessegueiro
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Rota Vicentina ©
Rota Vicentina
Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Praia de Zambujeira do Mar ©
Praia de Zambujeira do Mar

2
nights
Mertola

Mertola ©
Mértola is a municipality in southeastern Portuguese Alentejo near the Spanish border. On the 11th (Sat), step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Mertola, then contemplate the long history of Ponte de Mertola / Torre do Rio, then explore the activities along Pulo do Lobo, and finally get outside with Praia Fluvial da Mina de Sao Domingos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Sun): examine the collection at Museu do Relogio, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Anunciacao, and then stroll around Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana.

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You can drive from Odemira to Mertola in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Mertola are 39°C, while nighttime lows are 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Evora.

Things to do in Mertola

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Museu do Relogio
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Castelo de Mertola ©
Castelo de Mertola
Pulo do Lobo ©
Pulo do Lobo
Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana ©
Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana

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nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Museu de Evora and Igreja de Sao Francisco. Venture out of the city with trips to Ponte romana sobre a ribeira de Monforte (in Monforte), Elvas (Aqueduto Da Amoreira & Muralhas Seiscentistas) and Castelo da Rainha Santa Isabel (in Estremoz). The adventure continues: take in the architecture and design of University of Evora, see the interesting displays at Centro de Ciencia do Cafe, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and learn about winemaking at Monte da Ravasqueira.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Evora trip builder.

Traveling by car from Mertola to Evora takes 2 hours. July in Evora sees daily highs of 39°C and lows of 18°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Evora

Museums Historic Sites Wineries

Side Trips

Campo Maior, Elvas, Arraiolos, Ponte romana sobre a ribeira de Monforte, Castelo da Rainha Santa Isabel
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Museu de Evora ©
Museu de Evora
University of Evora ©
University of Evora
Walls of Evora ©
Walls of Evora