17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

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17 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Curitiba
Fly:  18​h
1
Funchal, Madeira
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
3
Angra do Heroismo, Terceira
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + subway + train:  7​h 15​min
4
Evora
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Lisbon
— 5 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: Curitiba

1
night
Funchal, Madeira

Funchal ©
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Ponta de Sao Lourenco and then contemplate the waterfront views at Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools. On the 17th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: do a tasting at Blandy's Wine Lodge, tour the pleasant surroundings at Santa Catarina Park, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Funchal trip planner.

Curitiba, Brazil to Funchal is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Curitiba to Funchal. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Funchal when traveling from Curitiba in October, with lows around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Thu) early enough to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools
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Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools ©
Dolphin & Whale Watching

2
nights
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Ponta Delgada ©
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.
On the 18th (Fri), stroll through Mosteiros Beach, take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, then take some stellar pictures from Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo. On the 19th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Poca Da Dona Beija, take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Terra Nostra, and then contemplate the geological forces at Lagoa das Furnas.

To see reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Ponta Delgada day trip planner .

You can fly from Funchal to Ponta Delgada in 5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Azores Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Funchal in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Ponta Delgada, with lows around 19°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Angra do Heroismo.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Furnas, Mosteiros Beach, Boca do Inferno Viewpoint
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Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Poca Da Dona Beija ©
Poca Da Dona Beija
Lagoa do Fogo ©
Lagoa do Fogo

2
nights
Angra do Heroismo, Terceira

Angra do Heroismo ©
Angra do Heroísmo, generally known as Angra, is a municipality and city on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores. Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Serra de Santa Barbara Interpretation Centre, explore the fascinating underground world of Algar do Carvao, stop by Ceramica da Praia, then get to know the fascinating history of Rua da Se, and finally stroll through Monte Brasil. Here are some ideas for day two: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, see the vivid underwater world at Piscina das Quatro Ribeiras, then take in the exciting artwork at Olaria de S. Bento, and finally get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Angra do Heroismo online visit planner .

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Angra do Heroismo in 4 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Evora.

Things to do in Angra do Heroismo

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Centro de Interpretacao da Serra de Santa Barbara, Ceramica da Praia, Algar do Carvao
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Algar do Carvao ©
Algar do Carvao
Swim with Dolphins
Rua da Se ©
Rua da Se

1
night
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 22nd (Tue), take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), don't miss a visit to Centro Historico de Evora, then steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), then stop by Olarias of Sao Pedro do Corval, and finally step into the grandiose world of Monsaraz Castle and Walls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Garcia de Resende Theater (Evora), surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, steep yourself in history at Menir do Monte dos Almendres (Evora), then explore the ancient world of Almendres Cromlech, and finally don't miss a visit to Capela dos Ossos.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Evora travel route planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and train from Angra do Heroismo to Evora takes 7.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Angra do Heroismo to Evora. In October, daily temperatures in Evora can reach 29°C, while at night they dip to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Olarias of Sao Pedro do Corval, Monsaraz Castle and Walls
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Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora
Monsaraz Castle and Walls ©
Monsaraz Castle and Walls

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.
Visiting Falesia Beach and Ponta da Piedade will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cape Saint Vincent and Praia do Camilo. Get out of town with these interesting Lagos side-trips: Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Praia dos Olhos de Água (in Olhos de Agua). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana and stop by Casa do "Vo" Serafim.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Lagos trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Evora to Lagos takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. Traveling from Evora in October, Lagos is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sat) so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Albufeira, Cape Saint Vincent
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Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Shop till you drop at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Rua Augusta. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cabo da Roca and Basilica da Santissima Trindade. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Batalha Monastery (in Batalha) and Shrine of our Lady of the Rosary of Fatima (in Fatima). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Belém Tower, admire the striking features of Jeronimos Monastery, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and get a taste of the local shopping with Rossio Square.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Lagos in October since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 17°C. On the 31st (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trips

Fatima, Batalha Monastery, Cabo da Roca
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca

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