18 days in Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Portugal Itinerary

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18 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 30​min
1
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Funchal, Madeira
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Coimbra
— 2 nights
train:  1​h
6
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly:  11​h
End: Toronto

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Parque Terra Nostra. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Furnas Monitoring and Research Centre & Poca Da Dona Beija). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, and look for all kinds of wild species at Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Ponta Delgada day trip planning site .

Toronto, Canada to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Toronto to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Toronto in September since evenings lows in Ponta Delgada dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Furnas, Sao Miguel, Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre
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Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Lagoa do Fogo ©
Lagoa do Fogo
Parque Terra Nostra ©
Parque Terra Nostra

3
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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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools and VMT Madeira - Catamaran Trips. Step out of Funchal with an excursion to Ponta de Sao Lourenco in Machico--about 34 minutes away. There's lots more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, savor the flavors at Blandy's Wine Lodge, explore the striking landscape at Cabo Girao, and stroll through Santa Catarina Park.

To find traveler tips and more tourist information, you can read our Funchal travel itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Funchal in 5 hours. The time zone changes from Azores Time to Western European Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Funchal, with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Funchal

Wildlife Parks Tours

Side Trips

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

4
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Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Food Tours and Arco do Triunfo. Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra, about 36 minutes away. There's lots more to do: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), get to know the fascinating history of Belém Tower, and admire the masterpieces at National Tile Museum.

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Traveling by flight from Funchal to Lisbon takes 4 hours. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Funchal in September since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trip

Quinta da Regaleira
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Ponta da Piedade and Praia Dona Ana. Explore Lagos' surroundings by going to Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres), Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Olhos de Agua ( Praia dos Olhos de Água & Falesia Beach). There's more to do: take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk and explore the wide array of goods at Nandi Charity Shop.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Lagos online trip planner .

Getting from Lisbon to Lagos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Coimbra.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Portimao, Cape Saint Vincent
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana

2
nights
Coimbra

Coimbra ©
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): enjoy the scholastic atmosphere at University of Coimbra and then browse the collection at Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra. On the 19th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra), then admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha, and finally contemplate the long history of Portugal dos Pequenitos.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Coimbra trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Getting from Lagos to Coimbra by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Coimbra, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites Parks
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Portugal dos Pequenitos ©
Portugal dos Pequenitos
University of Coimbra ©
University of Coimbra

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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.
Step off the beaten path and head to Wine Tours & Tastings and Palacio da Bolsa. Change things up with these side-trips from Porto: Centro Historico de Guimaraes (in Guimaraes) and Braga (Bom Jesus do Monte & Cathedral of Santa Maria de Braga). And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, make a trip to Liberdade Square, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, and take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Porto trip builder tool .

Traveling by train from Coimbra to Porto takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September, plan for daily highs up to 27°C, and evening lows to 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

Braga, Centro Historico de Guimaraes
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I

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