20 days in Portugal Itinerary

20 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Start: Toronto
Fly:  11 h 30 min
1
Albufeira
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Sagres
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
3
Evora
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  4 h 45 min
6
Braga
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  10 h 30 min
End: Toronto

3
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Falesia Beach and Praia dos Salgados. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia do Barril and Praia de Cacela Velha. Step out of Albufeira with an excursion to Faro Cathedral in Faro--about 42 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: head outdoors with Family Golf Park, find your balance on the water with categoryPhrases.alias.some_of_the_best_stand_up_paddleboarding_in_the_area, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and stroll through Algarve.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Albufeira trip itinerary site.

Toronto, Canada to Albufeira is an approximately 11.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Albufeira due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Toronto in May, with highs in Albufeira at 28°C and lows at 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sagres.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Faro Cathedral, Algarve, Family Golf Park, Praia do Barril, Praia de Cacela Velha
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Praia dos Salgados ©
Praia dos Salgados
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia do Barril ©
Praia do Barril

2
nights
Sagres

Sagres ©
Though the town of Sagres has roots in the Portuguese Age of Discovery, it is better known by visitors as a peaceful, rugged resort spot with great surfing beaches.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Thu): enjoy the sea views from Cape Saint Vincent, then steep yourself in history at Fort of Santo Antonio de Belixe, then kick back and relax at Telheiro Beach, and finally see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Vale Dos Homens and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Amado.

For reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Sagres trip planner.

You can drive from Albufeira to Sagres in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In May, daily temperatures in Sagres can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Sagres

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Telheiro Beach, Praia do Amado, Praia Vale Dos Homens
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Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Praia Vale Dos Homens ©
Praia Vale Dos Homens

4
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Capela dos Ossos and Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana). Popular historic sites such as Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora) and Monsaraz Castle and Walls are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Igreja da Misericordia (in Mourao), Corktrekking (in Redondo) and Castelo da Rainha Santa Isabel (in Estremoz). There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Tomar, delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, steep yourself in history at Castelo de Almourol, and admire the striking features of Garcia de Resende Theater (Evora).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Evora day trip website.

Traveling by car from Sagres to Evora takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Sagres in May since evenings lows in Evora dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Igreja da Misericordia, Castelo de Tomar, Herdade Grande, Castelo de Almourol, Corktrekking
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora
Castelo de Tomar ©
Castelo de Tomar

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Castelo dos Mouros and Guincho Beach. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Park and National Palace of Pena. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Quinta da Regaleira (in Sintra). There's still lots to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, visit Bairro Alto, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, and snap pictures at Ponte 25 de Abril.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip maker app.

You can drive from Evora to Lisbon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Sintra, Cabo da Roca, Guincho Beach
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Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nossa Senhora da Paz and Igreja de Sao Miguel Arcanjo. Escape the urban bustle at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Scuba & Snorkeling. Get out of town with these interesting Ponta Delgada side-trips: Mosteiros Beach (in Mosteiros) and Poca Da Dona Beija (in Furnas). There's much more to do: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Divino Espirito Santo, look for all kinds of wild species at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo.

To see maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada trip builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada takes 5 hours. Traveling from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lisbon in May: highs in Ponta Delgada hover around 22°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Braga.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Ribeira Grande, Vila Franca do Campo, Mosteiros Beach, Poca Da Dona Beija
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Poca Da Dona Beija ©
Poca Da Dona Beija
Scuba & Snorkeling
Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades

3
nights
Braga

Braga ©
Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city. Situated in northwest Portugal, Braga boasts many narrow pedestrian streets, plazas, and spiritual pilgrimage destinations.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): pause for some serene contemplation at Sao Bento da Porta Aberta, then look for all kinds of wild species at Cabril Eco Rural, then explore the historical opulence of Guimaraes Castle, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Guimaraes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): head outdoors with Cascata da Portela do Homem and then learn about winemaking at Quinta Santa Eufemia.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Braga trip itinerary maker website.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Ponta Delgada to Braga in 5.5 hours. The time zone changes from Azores Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ponta Delgada in May since evenings lows in Braga dip to 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Quinta Santa Eufemia, Sao Bento da Porta Aberta, Cabril Eco Rural, Cascata da Portela do Homem
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Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Guimaraes Castle ©
Guimaraes Castle
Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga

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