36 days in Portugal Itinerary

36 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal holiday maker

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Lisbon
— 6 nights
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Lagos
— 6 nights
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Tavira
— 5 nights
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Evora
— 5 nights
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Coimbra
— 6 nights
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Porto
— 6 nights
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Lisbon

— 6 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Fonte dos Pisoes, &more). There's much more to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), stop by Alfama, and steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see photos, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read Lisbon planner.

Tampa, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Tampa to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Tampa in August, things will get little chillier in Lisbon: highs are around 86°F and lows about 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Tours · Parks

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Find places to stay Aug 13 — 19:

Lagos

— 6 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

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 find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira), Zoomarine Algarve (in Guia) and Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, paddle through the water with a kayaking and canoeing tour, get outside with Praia da Batata, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Camilo.

For maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Lagos trip planner.

Getting from Lisbon to Lagos by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 68°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) so you can go by car to Tavira.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Theme Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 25:

Tavira

— 5 nights
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Tavira: Aquashow Park (in Quarteira) and Faro (Old Town Faro & Boat Tours & Water Sports). The adventure continues: head off the coast to Tavira Island, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Barril, take some stellar pictures from Miradouro do Alto da Arroteia, and make a trip to Ponte Romana.

For reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Tavira trip maker.

Drive from Lagos to Tavira in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Tavira are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 68°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Tavira

Outdoors · Parks · Theme Parks · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 30:

Evora

— 5 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Evora: Casa Amarela (in Castelo de Vide) and Marvao (Centro Cultural de Marvao & Aglomerado urbano Intra-muros). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Tapetes de Arraiolos - Centro Interpretativo, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Evora, explore the ancient world of Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres, and get outside with Evora Public Garden.

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Getting from Tavira to Evora by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tavira in August, you will find days in Evora are somewhat warmer (92°F), and nights are a bit cooler (61°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Coimbra.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 30 — Sep 4:

Coimbra

— 6 nights
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Coimbra: Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca), Tomar (Roda do parque do Mouchao & Convento de Cristo) and Nazare (Miradouro do Suberco, Ermida da Memoria, &more). Next up on the itinerary: make a trip to Praca do Comercio, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, take in the architecture and design of University of Coimbra, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Batalha Monastery.

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You can drive from Evora to Coimbra in 3 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Evora in September: highs in Coimbra hover around 76°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Thu) so you can go by car to Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 4 — 10:

Porto

— 6 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.
Porto is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, explore the activities along Douro River, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To find more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Porto trip planning site.

Getting from Coimbra to Porto by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in September, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Parks · Museums · Wineries

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 16:

Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
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.