20 days in Portugal Itinerary

20 days in Portugal Itinerary

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20 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Regina
Fly:  20​h
1
Porto
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Coimbra
— 4 nights
train:  1​h 45​min
3
Lisbon
— 4 nights
4
Lagos
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Tavira
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  22​h
End: Regina

3
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.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, stroll around Museu Serralves, don't miss a visit to Palacio de Cristal, and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto road trip site .

Regina, Canada to Porto is an approximately 20-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Regina to Porto is 6 hours. In September, Porto is somewhat warmer than Regina - with highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to take a train to Coimbra.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Historic Sites
Find places to stay Sep 20 — 23:
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

4
nights
Coimbra

The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Coimbra: Nazare (Monte de Sao Bartolomeu, Miradouro do Suberco, & more) and Convent of Christ (in Tomar). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, contemplate the long history of Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra, and take in the pleasant sights at Rua Ferreira Borges.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Coimbra day trip app .

You can take a train from Porto to Coimbra in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or drive. September in Coimbra sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 16°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can catch the train to Lisbon.

Things to do in Coimbra

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites

Side Trips

Nazare, Convent of Christ
Find places to stay Sep 23 — 27:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
Praca do Comercio ©
Praca do Comercio

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Park and National Palace of Pena, & more). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Belém Tower, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, and don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon online attractions planner .

Traveling by train from Coimbra to Lisbon takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In September in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Sintra
Find places to stay Sep 27 — Oct 1:
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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.
Explore Lagos' surroundings by going to Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (in Lagoa), Stand-Up Paddleboarding (in Albufeira) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape at Ponta Da Piedale, find something for the whole family at Zoomarine Algarve, get outside with Pro Putting Garden, and kick back and relax at Praia dos Tres Irmaos.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Lagos trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Lisbon to Lagos in 3 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in October, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Tavira.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Albufeira, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
Find places to stay Oct 1 — 4:
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve

4
nights
Tavira

Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Get out of town with these interesting Tavira side-trips: Caramelo Beach Club (in Vila Real de Santo Antonio) and Praia da Alagoa (in Altura). There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island, take in panoramic vistas at Camera Obscura, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Pedro Goncalves Telmo.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Tavira online attractions planner .

Drive from Lagos to Tavira in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, daily temperatures in Tavira can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Tavira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Caramelo Beach Club, Praia da Alagoa, Dolphin & Whale Watching
Find places to stay Oct 4 — 8:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Caramelo Beach Club ©
Caramelo Beach Club
Tavira Island ©
Tavira Island

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