22 days in Portugal Itinerary

22 days in Portugal Itinerary

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22 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Sydney
+2
Fly + subway + train:  27​h
1
Coimbra
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
2
Porto
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
3
Tavira
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Lagos
— 4 nights
5
Lisbon
— 5 nights
Fly:  26​h
End: Sydney

3
nights
Coimbra

The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Venture out of the city with trips to Convent of Christ (in Tomar) and Nazare (Dolphin & Whale Watching, Monte de Sao Bartolomeu, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico, steep yourself in history at Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, and take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra.

To find ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Coimbra online trip planner .

Sydney, Australia to Coimbra is an approximately 27-hour combination of flight and train. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. The time zone changes from Australian Eastern Standard Time (New South Wales) (AEST) to Western European Time (WET), which is usually a -10 hour difference. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can take a train to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Nazare, Convent of Christ
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Jardim Botanico ©
Jardim Botanico
Praca do Comercio ©
Praca do Comercio

4
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.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, browse the collection at Livraria Lello, take in the local highlights with Walking tours, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Museu Serralves.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto vacation builder app .

You can take a train from Coimbra to Porto in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. September in Porto sees daily highs of 27°C and lows of 15°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Tavira.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Outdoors Parks
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

3
nights
Tavira

Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Explore Tavira's surroundings by going to Caramelo Beach Club (in Vila Real de Santo Antonio) and Aquashow Park (in Quarteira). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, head off the coast to Tavira Island, look for all kinds of wild species at Ria Formosa, and get outside with Praia da Terra Estreita.

For photos, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Tavira day trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Tavira takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in September, expect a bit warmer with lows of 21°C in Tavira. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Tavira

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Olhao, Aquashow Park, Caramelo Beach Club
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Tavira Island ©
Tavira Island
Aquashow Park ©
Aquashow Park

4
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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Albufeira (Waterskiing & Jetskiing, Dolphin & Whale Watching, & more), Zoomarine Algarve (in Guia) and Algarve (in Silves). There's much more to do: explore the striking landscape at Ponta Da Piedale, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Rocha, steep yourself in history at Forte de Almádena, and trek along Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos.

For traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Lagos trip site .

Getting from Tavira to Lagos by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 30°C, and evening lows to 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) so you can drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Portimao, Cape Saint Vincent, Forte de Almádena, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Zoomarine Algarve ©
Zoomarine Algarve
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Castelo dos Mouros, & more). There's much more to do: admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, wander the streets of Alfama, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon day trip planning website .

Drive from Lagos to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Expect a daytime high around 32°C in September, and nighttime lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

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