16 days in Portugal Itinerary

16 days in Portugal Itinerary

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16 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: East London
Fly:  19​h
1
Lisbon
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
2
Coimbra
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
3
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
4
Lagos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Evora
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: East London

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian will appeal to museum buffs. Quinta da Regaleira and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Palacio Nacional de Sintra, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Belém Tower, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church and Convent of Madre de Deus, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, and step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip planner .

East London, South Africa to Lisbon is an approximately 19-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from East London to Lisbon is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from East London in August; daily highs in Lisbon reach 35°C and lows reach 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
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Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Portugal dos Pequenitos, steep yourself in history at Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, examine the collection at Museu da Ciencia, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), and finally examine the collection at Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museu Academico / Academic Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Chapel of St Michael, contemplate the long history of Sala dos Capelos, then see the interesting displays at Museu da Santa Casa da Misericordia de Coimbra, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Santo Antonio dos Olivais.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Coimbra itinerary planner .

Take a train from Lisbon to Coimbra in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in August, expect nights in Coimbra to be about the same, around 18°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Museums
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Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz ©
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz
Portugal dos Pequenitos ©
Portugal dos Pequenitos

2
nights
Porto

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): stroll around Museu Serralves, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), then see the interesting displays at Casa-Museu Marta Ortigao Sampaio, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular. On the 14th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, explore the world behind art at MMIPO - Museu da Misericordia do Porto, get a taste of the local shopping with Belomonte 20, then explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, and finally don't miss a visit to Jardim da Rotunda da Boavista.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto trip builder site .

Traveling by train from Coimbra to Porto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. August in Porto sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Porto

Museums Historic Sites Parks
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Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis ©
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis

2
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.
On the 15th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Cerro da Vila, then contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Sagres, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Saint Vincent, and finally see the interesting displays at Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at Museu de Portimao, examine the collection at Museu Municipal de Arqueologia, explore the ancient world of Castelo de Silves, then stop by Casa do "Vo" Serafim, and finally take some stellar pictures from Ponta Da Piedale.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Lagos trip website .

Getting from Porto to Lagos by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Porto in August, expect Lagos to be somewhat warmer, temps between 34°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Sagres, Silves, Portimao, Cerro da Vila
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Cerro da Vila ©
Cerro da Vila
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Fortaleza de Sagres ©
Fortaleza de Sagres

4
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Capela dos Ossos and Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora). Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo and Megalithica Ebora are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, steep yourself in history at Walls of Evora, do a tasting at Monte da Ravasqueira, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Francisco.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Evora online trip maker .

Getting from Lagos to Evora by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Lagos in August, you will find days in Evora are a bit warmer (39°C), and nights are little chillier (19°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trip

Arraiolos
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

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