11 days in Portugal Itinerary

11 days in Portugal Itinerary

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11 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  11​h 15​min
1
Olhao
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Lagos
— 3 nights
3
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
4
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly:  9​h 45​min
End: Toronto

1
day
Olhao

Olhao ©
Algarve Region's largest fishing port, Olhao occupies a strategically important coastal area inhabited since prehistoric times.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): look for gifts at Canastra and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Olhao vacation website .

Toronto, Canada to Olhao is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Olhao. When traveling from Toronto in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Olhao: temperatures range from 34°C by day to 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Olhao

Shopping

Side Trip

Canastra
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Canastra ©
Canastra

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia Da Rocha and Praia do Peneco. Escape the urban bustle at Praia da Marinha and Stand-Up Paddleboarding. Venture out of the city with trips to Dolphin & Whale Watching (in Albufeira), Falesia Beach (in Olhos de Agua) and Praia do Carvalho (in Carvoeiro). There's more to do: take some stellar pictures from Ponta Da Piedale and look for gifts at Rocha Surf Shop.

Before you visit Lagos, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Getting from Olhao to Lagos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Portimao, Praia da Marinha, Carvalho Beach
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

4
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Belém Tower and Park and National Palace of Pena are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Carmo Archaeological Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Castelo dos Mouros). The adventure continues: take a stroll through Alfama, admire the local landmark of Rossio Square, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Lagos in August, expect a bit cooler with lows of 20°C in Lisbon. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Parks

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Sintra
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and then steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves, then kick back and relax at Praia do Carneiro, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Porto trip planner .

Fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Lisbon in August, with highs in Porto at 28°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

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