16 days in Portugal Itinerary

16 days in Portugal Itinerary

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16 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
2
Porto
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Sintra
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Albufeira
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get a sense of the local culture at Belém Tower and Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Nacional do Azulejo and National Coach Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Batalha Monastery (in Batalha) and Convent of Christ (in Tomar). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, take an in-depth tour of Igreja de Sao Roque, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church and Convent of Madre de Deus.

To find ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Lisbon. Traveling from Toronto in November, things will get a bit warmer in Lisbon: highs are around 21°C and lows about 11°C. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

National Coach Museum, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Batalha Monastery, Convent of Christ
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
National Coach Museum ©
National Coach Museum

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at O Navio Gil Eannes, then contemplate the long history of Largo da Oliveira, then examine the collection at FC Porto Museum, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find reviews, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In December, daytime highs in Porto are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Porto

Museums Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trips

Lamego, O Navio Gil Eannes, Largo da Oliveira, Alianca Underground Museum
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O Navio Gil Eannes ©
O Navio Gil Eannes
Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira
FC Porto Museum ©
FC Porto Museum

2
nights
Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
On the 6th (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros, brush up on your military savvy at Museu do Ar - Sintra, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Museu Condes de Castro, steep yourself in history at Palacio Nacional de Sintra, then explore the historical opulence of Park and National Palace of Pena, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Convent of the Capuchos.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Sintra trip builder tool .

Getting from Porto to Sintra by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: fly; or take a train. December in Sintra sees daily highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Convent of the Capuchos, Museu Condes de Castro
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Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©

3
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Falesia Beach and Praia dos Salgados. Let the collections at Museu de Portimao and Cerro da Vila capture your imagination. Get out of town with these interesting Albufeira side-trips: Church of Misericordia of Alvor (in Alvor), Lagos (Ponta Da Piedale & Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade) and Odeceixe Beach (in Odeceixe). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Coelha and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Peneco.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Albufeira itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Sintra to Albufeira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in December, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lagos, Portimao, Odeceixe Beach, Cerro da Vila
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Odeceixe Beach ©
Odeceixe Beach
Praia dos Salgados ©
Praia dos Salgados

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Wed): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Monastery of Alcobaca, wander the streets of Bairro Alto, and then do a tasting at The Best Portugal. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, then see the interesting displays at Electricity Museum, then take a stroll through Rossio Square, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Tomar.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Albufeira in December, Lisbon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums Historic Sites Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Monastery of Alcobaca, Castelo de Tomar
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The Best Portugal ©
The Best Portugal
Castelo de Tomar ©
Castelo de Tomar
Monastery of Alcobaca ©
Monastery of Alcobaca

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