16 days in Portugal Itinerary

16 days in Portugal Itinerary

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16 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Natal
Fly + bus:  17​h 45​min
1
Sagres
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Albufeira
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Natal

2
nights
Sagres

Sagres ©
Though the town of Sagres has roots in the Portuguese Age of Discovery, it is better known by visitors as a peaceful, rugged resort spot with great surfing beaches.
Get out of town with these interesting Sagres side-trips: Aljezur (Pontal da Carrapateira, Praia do Amado, & more) and Ponta do Castelo (in Carrapateira). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sea views from Cape Saint Vincent, get outside with Praia do Beliche, steep yourself in history at Fortaleza de Sagres, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Cordoama.

To find ratings, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Sagres online vacation planner .

Natal, Brazil to Sagres is an approximately 18-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Natal to Sagres is 3 hours. In August in Sagres, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Sagres

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Aljezur, Vila do Bispo, Ponta do Castelo
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Praia do Beliche ©
Praia do Beliche
Praia da Cordoama ©
Praia da Cordoama
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent

4
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Explore Albufeira's surroundings by going to Praia da Rocha (Praia Da Rocha & Casa do "Vo" Serafim), Tavira Island (in Tavira) and Lagos (Ponta Da Piedale & Pro Putting Garden). Pack the 1st (Sun) with family-friendly diversions at Zoomarine Algarve. The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Algarve, get interesting insight from Tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Pescadores Beach.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Albufeira trip maker site .

Drive from Sagres to Albufeira in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In August, plan for daily highs up to 34°C, and evening lows to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Lagos, Portimao, Pescadores Beach, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, Algarve
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Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos ©
Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale

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.
Dedicate the 6th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, don't miss a visit to Liberdade Square, catch a live event at Estadio do Dragao, and get your bearings at Livraria Lello.

To see other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto day trip planning tool .

You can fly from Albufeira to Porto in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Albufeira in September, with highs in Porto at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Walking tours

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Castelo dos Mouros, & more). Next up on the itinerary: get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, and make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

To see photos, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip maker .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Porto, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 19°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

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

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