22 days in Portugal Itinerary

22 days in Portugal Itinerary

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22 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Montreal
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Lisbon
— 4 nights
2
Lagos
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Tavira
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Porto
— 6 nights
Fly:  9​h
End: Montreal

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Belém Tower and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros, Palacio Nacional de Sintra, & more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, wander the streets of Avenida da Liberdade, and admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo.

For maps, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon sightseeing website .

Montreal, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. While traveling from Montreal, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 34°C to lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Museums

Side Trip

Sintra
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Alfama ©
Alfama

5
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Praia Da Rocha and Falesia Beach. Visiting Praia da Marinha and Praia Vale Dos Homens will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Lagos: Bordeira Beach (in Carrapateira), Praia Gale (in Gale) and Aljezur (Praia do Amado & Praia Da Amoreira). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Ponta Da Piedale, kick back and relax at Praia dos Careanos, and stroll through Tres Castelos Beach.

For photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Lagos online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Lisbon to Lagos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. In July, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 34°C, while at night they dip to 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Tavira.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Portimao, Albufeira, Aljezur, Bordeira Beach, Praia da Marinha
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

5
nights
Tavira

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
You'll get in some beach time at Cabanas de Tavira beach and Praia do Barril. Get in touch with nature at Praia de Monte Gordo and Dolphin & Whale Watching. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Tavira: Praia Fluvial do Pego Fundo (in Alcoutim), Caramelo Beach Club (in Vila Real de Santo Antonio) and Praia da Alagoa (in Altura). Next up on the itinerary: enjoy the sand and surf at Costabeach Tavira Island and Tours, don't miss a visit to Camera Obscura, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza de Cacela, and stroll through Praia Cacela Velha.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Tavira travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Tavira takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. July in Tavira sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Tavira

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Vila Real de Santo Antonio, Praia Fluvial do Pego Fundo, Praia de Monte Gordo, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Fortaleza de Cacela
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Cabanas de Tavira beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira beach
Praia de Monte Gordo ©
Praia de Monte Gordo
Praia da Alagoa ©
Praia da Alagoa

6
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Praia do Carneiro and Praia do Homem do Leme. Get a sense of the local culture at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Palacio da Bolsa. Change things up with a short trip to Mindelo Beach in Mindelo (about 32 minutes away). Dedicate the 6th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. Spend the 7th (Wed) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, and browse the collection at Livraria Lello.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto itinerary planning app .

Getting from Tavira to Porto by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tavira in August; daily highs in Porto reach 28°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Mindelo Beach
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Praia do Carneiro ©
Praia do Carneiro
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
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