17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Evora
— 1 night
3
Tavira
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lagos
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
5
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 5 nights
Fly:  17​h 30​min
End: Sao Paulo

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Visit Castelo de S. Jorge and Belém Tower for their historical value. The adventure continues: take a stroll through Alfama, kick back and relax at Costa de Caparica, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and learn about all things military at Museum of National Republican Guard.

For reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon day trip planning tool .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. The time zone difference moving from Brasilia Time (BRT) to Western European Time (WET) is 3 hours. In August, Lisbon is somewhat warmer than Sao Paulo - with highs of 35°C and lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

1
night
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Francisco, delve into the distant past at Cromeleque dos Almendres, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos, then delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana).

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Evora day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Lisbon in August, expect nights in Evora to be about the same, around 19°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 39°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites
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Cromeleque dos Almendres ©
Cromeleque dos Almendres
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

3
nights
Tavira

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
For shopping fun, head to Canastra or Tavira d'Artes. Escape the urban bustle at Cabanas de Tavira beach and Tavira Island. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tavira: Museu Municipal de Olhao (in Olhao), Old Town Faro (in Faro) and Cerro da Vila (in Vilamoura). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Praia do Barril, take an in-depth tour of Igreja do Antigo Convento de Santo Antonio dos Capuchos, browse the fresh offerings at Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908), and shop like a local with Art & Image Studio.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Tavira vacation planner.

You can drive from Evora to Tavira in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Evora in August, expect nights in Tavira to be a bit warmer, around 23°C, while days are little chillier, around 34°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Tavira

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Museu Municipal de Olhao, Canastra, Old Town Faro, Cerro da Vila, Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908)
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Tavira Island ©
Tavira Island
Cabanas de Tavira beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira beach
Praia do Barril ©
Praia do Barril

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Praia da Marinha and Ponta Da Piedale. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Praia Dona Ana and Praia do Camilo. Take a break from Lagos with a short trip to Cape Saint Vincent in Sagres, about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, contemplate the long history of Antigo Mercado de Escravos, and look for gifts at Aqua Portimao.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Lagos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Tavira to Lagos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Saint Vincent, Aqua Portimao, Praia da Marinha
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Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent

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nights
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Take a break from the city and head to Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Nossa Senhora da Paz and Igreja de Sao Jose. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ponta Delgada: Mosteiros (Mosteiros Beach & Piscinas Naturais). Next up on the itinerary: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, stroll through Praia de Santa Barbara, and pause for some photo ops at Estatua Goncalo Velho Cabral.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read Ponta Delgada trip planning website .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Lagos to Ponta Delgada takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Lagos to Ponta Delgada, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Ribeira Grande, Mosteiros, Nossa Senhora da Paz, Vista do Rei Miradouro
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Scuba & Snorkeling

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