21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

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21 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly:  13​h 45​min
1
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Evora
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Lagos
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Faro
— 3 nights
Fly:  3​h 45​min
5
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly:  14​h
End: Sao Paulo

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Quinta da Regaleira, & more). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Belém Tower, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja de Sao Roque, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of National Republican Guard.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon route planner.

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Lisbon is an approximately 14-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Sao Paulo to Lisbon. Traveling from Sao Paulo in January, things will get much colder in Lisbon: highs are around 17°C and lows about 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Fri) so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

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

4
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Appreciate the collections at Megalithica Ebora and Aldeia da Terra. Visit Capela dos Ossos and Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora) for their historical value. The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at Arquivo Fotografico de Evora, explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), and explore the world behind art at Museum of Sacred Art of the Cathedral of Evora.

To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Evora sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, plan for daily highs up to 17°C, and evening lows to 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Evora

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo
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Museu de Evora ©
Museu de Evora
Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

4
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.
Museu Pintor Jose Cercas and Leonel Telo- ceramica- are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visit Cape Saint Vincent and Antigo Mercado de Escravos for their historical value. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Olaria Pequena (in Porches) and Ferragudo (Galeria Arte Algarve & Studio Bongard). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Malcolm Museum, get engrossed in the history at Portuguese Discoveries Wax Museum, take in the exciting artwork at LAC - Laboratorio de Actividades Criativas, and get a taste of the local shopping with Secret Spot Gallery.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Lagos trip planner.

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. In January, daytime highs in Lagos are 19°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Faro.

Things to do in Lagos

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Ferragudo, Museu Pintor Jose Cercas, Cape Saint Vincent, Leonel Telo- ceramica-, Olaria Pequena
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Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Museu de Portimao ©
Museu de Portimao

3
nights
Faro

Faro ©
The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Visit Old Town Faro and Paroquia de Sao Pedro for their historical value. Museum-lovers will get to explore Archaeological Museum and Atelier Zea. Change things up with these side-trips from Faro: Tavira (Igreja do Antigo Convento de Santo Antonio dos Capuchos & Museu Islamico). There's still lots to do: see the interesting displays at Museu do Traje, take in the exciting artwork at Soulful Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Galeria Municipal Trem, and take an in-depth tour of Museu Municipal de Faro.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Faro online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Faro takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January in Faro, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 9°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Faro

Museums Shopping Historic Sites

Side Trips

Tavira, Atelier Zea, Archaeological Museum, Museu do Traje
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Centro Ciencia Viva do Algarve ©
Centro Ciencia Viva do Algarve
Old Town Faro ©
Old Town Faro
Paroquia de Sao Pedro ©
Paroquia de Sao Pedro

4
nights
Porto

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 Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Misericordia de Coimbra Museum will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Museu Serralves and FC Porto Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga (about 52 minutes away). The adventure continues: admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, browse the collection at Livraria Lello, and take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Porto trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Faro to Porto takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. When traveling from Faro in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Porto, with highs around 16°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 7°C. You'll have a few hours on the 25th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Porto

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Bom Jesus do Monte, Misericordia de Coimbra Museum
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Museu Serralves ©
Museu Serralves
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis ©
Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis

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