16 days in Porto, Algarve & Lisbon Itinerary

16 days in Porto, Algarve & Lisbon Itinerary

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16 days in Porto, Algarve & Lisbon Itinerary

Start: Rio de Janeiro
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Tavira
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lisbon
— 6 nights
Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Rio de Janeiro

3
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.
Dedicate the 17th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto travel itinerary planner .

Rio de Janeiro, 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. Traveling from Rio de Janeiro to Porto, you'll lose 3 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, Porto is slightly colder than Rio de Janeiro - with highs of 23°C and lows of 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Tavira.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Museums Parks
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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)

2
nights
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 20th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Ria Formosa, then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Misericordia. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Costabeach Tavira Island and Tours, enjoy the sand and surf at Caramelo beach, and then get engrossed in the history at Igreja do Antigo Convento de Santo Antonio dos Capuchos.

To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Tavira trip site .

Getting from Porto to Tavira by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. In May, Tavira is a bit warmer than Porto - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Tavira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Olhao, Caramelo Beach Club
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Caramelo Beach Club ©
Caramelo Beach Club
Ria Formosa ©
Ria Formosa

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.
Explore Lagos' surroundings by going to Zoomarine Algarve - Theme Park (in Guia), Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (in Lagoa) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade, enjoy the sand and surf at Barranco das Canas Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Tres Castelos Beach, and take a leisurely stroll along Carvoeiro Boardwalk.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Lagos trip planning site .

You can drive from Tavira to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, Carvoeiro Boardwalk, Zoomarine Algarve
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Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

6
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 (Park and National Palace of Pena & Quinta da Regaleira). Dedicate the 28th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Belém Tower, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, make a trip to Santa Justa Lift, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon online trip planner .

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Lagos in May, Lisbon is little chillier at night with lows of 15°C. On the 30th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trip

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

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