12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Albufeira
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
2
Lagos
— 3 nights
3
Sintra
— 2 nights
bus:  30​min
4
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: London


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1
night
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): wander the streets of Centro Historico de Albufeira.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Albufeira trip planner .

London, UK to Albufeira is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from London in July: high temperatures in Albufeira hover around 34°C and lows are around 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Porches Pottery, Pescadores Beach, Armacao de Pera Beach
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Pescadores Beach ©
Pescadores Beach
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Praia do Peneco ©
Praia do Peneco

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 discover tucked-away gems like Scuba & Snorkeling and Praia do Camilo. Visit Praia Dona Ana and Vau Beach for some beach relaxation. Change things up with these side-trips from Lagos: Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha), Ilha do Pessegueiro (in Porto Covo) and Molhe Beach (in Ferragudo). Next up on the itinerary: take some stellar pictures from Ponta Da Piedale, take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Anthony (Igreja de Santo Antonio), find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and don't miss a visit to Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Lagos itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Lagos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Lagos, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Sintra.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Ilha do Pessegueiro, Molhe Beach, Stand-Up Paddleboarding
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Praia Dona Ana ©
Praia Dona Ana
Praia do Camilo ©
Praia do Camilo

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 5th (Mon), step into the grandiose world of Park and National Palace of Pena, then stroll through Quinta da Regaleira, and then kick back and relax at Praia Grande. On the 6th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Vale dos Lagos at Parque de Pena, kick back and relax at Praia da Rainha, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Sintra trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Lagos to Sintra takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. Traveling from Lagos in August, Sintra is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can catcht the bus to Lisbon.

Things to do in Sintra

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Cascais
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Praia Grande ©
Praia Grande
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Visiting Troia Beach and Cabo Espichel will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Parque Natural da Arrabida and Cordoaria Nacional. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Belém Tower, stop by Papabubble Lisboa, shop like a local with Rua Augusta, and make a trip to Rossio Square.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary maker tool .

Lisbon is just a stone's throw from Sintra. Expect a daytime high around 35°C in August, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping Parks Nature

Side Trips

Troia Beach, Parque Natural da Arrabida, Cabo Espichel
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Parque Natural da Arrabida ©
Parque Natural da Arrabida
Troia Beach ©
Troia Beach
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sat): get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, stop by Garrafeira do Carmo, then stroll around Parque da Cidade do Porto, and finally pick up some local products at Mercado Bom Sucesso. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sun): buy something for everyone on your list at NorteShopping and then do a tasting at Porto Augusto's.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read our Porto sightseeing planner .

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon in August, things will get slightly colder in Porto: highs are around 28°C and lows about 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Shopping Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Porto Augusto's
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Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa
Porto Augusto's ©
Porto Augusto's
Mercado Bom Sucesso ©
Mercado Bom Sucesso

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