12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Abu Dhabi
Fly:  13​h 30​min
1
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
2
Olhao
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Lagos
— 3 nights
4
Lisbon
— 4 nights
Fly:  12​h 45​min
End: Abu Dhabi

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.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Carneiro, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, then contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally appreciate the history behind Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular. On your second day here, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Porto online trip itinerary builder .

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates to Porto is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Abu Dhabi to Porto. In July, Porto is much colder than Abu Dhabi - with highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to travel to Olhao.

Things to do in Porto

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

2
nights
Olhao

Algarve Region's largest fishing port, Olhao occupies a strategically important coastal area inhabited since prehistoric times.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): stroll through Praia do Barril and then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. On the next day, take in panoramic vistas at Camera Obscura, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Verde, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cabanas de Tavira beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Olhao trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by flight from Porto to Olhao takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Porto in July, with highs in Olhao at 34°C and lows at 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Olhao

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Tavira, Praia Verde
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Cabanas de Tavira beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira beach
Praia do Barril ©
Praia do Barril

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.
Get in touch with nature at Praia Da Rocha and Praia do Carvalho. You'll get in some beach time at Praia da Marinha and Praia da Cordoama. Venture out of the city with trips to Albufeira (Praia do Peneco & Dolphin & Whale Watching) and Falesia Beach (in Olhos de Agua). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta Da Piedale.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lagos holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Olhao to Lagos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in July, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Praia da Cordoama, Praia Da Rocha, Praia do Carvalho, Praia da Marinha
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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Belém Tower. Head to Avenida da Liberdade and Rossio Squarefor plenty of shopping. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Alfama, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa.

To find photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Lisbon trip planning tool .

You can drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect slightly colder evenings in Lisbon when traveling from Lagos in July, with lows around 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

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

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