16 days in Portugal Itinerary

16 days in Portugal Itinerary

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16 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  7​h
1
Lisbon
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
2
Sintra
— 2 nights
3
Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Albufeira
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
5
Porto
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Pinhao
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Lisbon
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Montreal

2
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Lisbon Chill-Out Free Tour as well as Alfama. Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Next up on the itinerary: wander the streets of Belém Tower, take in panoramic vistas at Miradouro da Senhora do Monte, contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and make a trip to Rossio Train Station.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon online trip itinerary maker .

Montreal, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Montreal to Lisbon is 5 hours. While traveling from Montreal, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can take a bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Historic Sites Wildlife
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Lisbon Chill-Out Free Tour ©
Lisbon Chill-Out Free Tour

2
nights
Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museu do Ar - Sintra, contemplate the waterfront views at Vale dos Lagos at Parque de Pena, then steep yourself in history at Chalet da Condessa D’Edla, then take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira, and finally steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional de Sintra. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the landmark architecture of Palacio de Monserrate, then kick back and relax at Praia Grande, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Adraga Beach.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Sintra day trip tool .

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. In July, daytime highs in Sintra are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Sintra

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Palacio de Monserrate ©
Palacio de Monserrate
Palacio Nacional de Sintra ©
Palacio Nacional de Sintra

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia do Beliche and Cape Saint Vincent. Get out of town with these interesting Lagos side-trips: Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Sagres), Praia Da Amoreira (in Aljezur) and Odeceixe Beach (in Odeceixe). The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta Da Piedale, discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, pause for some photo ops at Statue of Gil Eanes, and stroll through Praia do Canavial.

To find photos, maps, and more tourist information, read Lagos road trip planner .

You can drive from Sintra to Lagos in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sagres, Praia Da Amoreira, Odeceixe Beach, Forte de Almádena
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Praia do Beliche ©
Praia do Beliche
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Scuba & Snorkeling

2
nights
Albufeira

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
On the 25th (Thu), take some stellar pictures from Pau da Bandeira Viewpoint, then wander the streets of Centro Historico de Albufeira, and then get in on the family fun at Zoomarine Algarve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): make a splash at XFlow Surf Spot Portugal, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Peneco, and finally find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Albufeira day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Albufeira takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In July, daily temperatures in Albufeira can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Albufeira

Theme Parks Outdoors Tours
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Stand-Up Paddleboarding
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Centro Historico de Albufeira ©
Centro Historico de Albufeira

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Passadicos do Paiva and Porto Bridge Climb. Get out of town with these interesting Porto side-trips: Miradouro da Pedra Bela (in Geres), Viagem Medieval em Terra de Santa Maria (in Santa Maria da Feira) and The Douro Valley (in Pinhao). Spend the 26th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Dedicate the 28th (Sun) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, walk around Parque da Cidade do Porto, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas, and hike along Praia Fluvial de Loriga.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Porto road trip planning app .

You can fly from Faro to Porto in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Faro in July: high temperatures in Porto hover around 28°C and lows are around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Passadicos do Paiva
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Passadicos do Paiva ©
Passadicos do Paiva
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I

1
night
Pinhao

Pinhao ©
On the 30th (Tue), learn about winemaking at Quinta do Bomfim and then admire the verdant scenery at The Douro Valley.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Pinhao trip tool .

Traveling by car from Porto to Pinhao takes 2 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Pinhao

Wineries Nature Parks
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Quinta do Bomfim ©
Quinta do Bomfim

1
night
Lisbon

Lisbon
To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon travel site .

Traveling by car from Pinhao to Lisbon takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. On the 31st (Wed), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours Outdoors Nightlife
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