21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal trip planner

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Lisbon
— 5 nights
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Albufeira
— 4 nights
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Sagres
— 3 nights
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Nazare
— 2 nights
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Porto
— 5 nights
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Lisbon

— 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and National Museum of Ancient Art. Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo dos Mouros will appeal to history buffs. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Sintra National Palace, Quinta da Regaleira, &more) and Troia (Troia Beach & Sado Emotion). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, examine the collection at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, visit Alfama, and make a trip to Belém Tower.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon itinerary planner.

Vancouver, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Vancouver to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Vancouver in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 35°C by day to 20°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 1 — 7:

Albufeira

— 4 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Get outdoors at Praia Da Rocha and Praia Dona Ana. You'll get in some beach time at Praia da Marinha and Pescadores Beach. Get out of town with these interesting Albufeira side-trips: Lagos (Praia do Camilo & Ponta da Piedade). The adventure continues: kick back and relax at Praia da Falesia, stroll through Praia dos Olhos de Água, trek along Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, and make a splash at Aquashow Park.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read our Albufeira trip maker tool.

Drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In August in Albufeira, expect temperatures between 34°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Sagres.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 7 — 11:

Sagres

— 3 nights

End of the World

Though the town of Sagres has roots in the Portuguese Age of Discovery, it is better known by visitors as a peaceful, rugged resort spot with great surfing beaches.
Take a break from the city and head to Divers Cape and Praia da Cordoama. Popular historic sites such as Cape Saint Vincent and Fortaleza de Sagres are in your itinerary. Change things up with these side-trips from Sagres: Aljezur (Praia do Amado, Vale Figueiras Beach, &more). There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Bordeira Beach and tour the pleasant surroundings at Telheiro Beach.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Sagres trip itinerary site.

Getting from Albufeira to Sagres by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. August in Sagres sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Nazare.

Things to do in Sagres

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Nazare

— 2 nights
Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. On the 15th (Sun), kick back and relax at Praia do Norte, cool off at NORPARK-DIVERSÕES AQUÁTICAS-NAZARÉ, and then explore the activities along Lagoa de Obidos. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Nazare, examine the collection at Museu Dr. Joaquim Manso, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré, and finally get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Nazare journey app.

Getting from Sagres to Nazare by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Sagres in August, with highs in Nazare at 30°C and lows at 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Porto.

Things to do in Nazare

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Nature

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Porto

— 5 nights

Unvanquished City

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.
Get some historical perspective at Portugal dos Pequenitos and Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro and Museu Serralves. When in Porto, make a side trip to see Peneda-Geres National Park in Peneda-Geres National Park, approximately Peneda-Geres National Park away. Next up on the itinerary: admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Porto trip planner.

Traveling by car from Nazare to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. August in Porto sees daily highs of 28°C and lows of 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Nature · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 16 — 21:

Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.