19 days in Portugal Itinerary

19 days in Portugal Itinerary

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19 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
Fly:  17​h
1
Porto
— 9 nights
Fly + bus:  5​h
2
Portimao
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Albuquerque

9
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.
Get some cultural insight at Palacio da Bolsa and Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). Shop till you drop at Belomonte 20 and Rua Santa Catarina. Get out of town with these interesting Porto side-trips: Quinta Santa Eufemia (in Lamego), Praia da Arda (in Afife) and Mindelo Beach (in Mindelo). Spend the 27th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. Dedicate the 28th (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. The adventure continues: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, kick back and relax at Praia do Carneiro, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Lavadores, and stroll around Museu Serralves.

To see maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Porto online trip itinerary planner .

Albuquerque, USA to Porto is an approximately 17-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Albuquerque to Porto. When traveling from Albuquerque in September, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Porto: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can travel to Portimao.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Vila Nova de Gaia, Braga, Mindelo Beach, Praia da Arda, Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

3
nights
Portimao

Portimao ©
Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
Escape the urban bustle at Praia Da Rocha and Falesia Beach. Do your shopping at Studio Bongard and Nandi Charity Shop. Venture out of the city with trips to Pescadores Beach (in Armacao de Pera), Lagos (Ponta Da Piedale & Praia Dona Ana) and Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres). It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Marinha and get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read Portimao sightseeing planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Porto to Portimao takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Porto in October since evenings lows in Portimao dip to 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Portimao

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lagos, Albufeira, Pescadores Beach, Studio Bongard, Praia da Marinha
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Alfama. Get some historical perspective at Castelo de S. Jorge and Park and National Palace of Pena. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Praia da ursa & Quinta da Regaleira). And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, see the interesting displays at Pharmaceutical Museum, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Convent of Madre de Deus, and wander the streets of Belém Tower.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon online vacation maker .

You can drive from Portimao to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. October in Lisbon sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira

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