12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Lisbon — 4 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Castelo dos Mouros, Park and National Palace of Pena, &more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Belém Tower, observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, and steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Lisbon is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Amsterdam in September, with highs in Lisbon at 81°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Albufeira.
Historic Sites · Parks · Tours · Neighborhoods
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Albufeira — 2 nights

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
On the 6th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at Thai Massage Vilamoura, then make a splash at Aquashow Park, and then head off the coast to Tavira Island. Here are some ideas for day two: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and then get in on the family fun at Zoomarine Algarve.

For reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Albufeira trip planner.

Drive from Lisbon to Albufeira in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In September, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) so you can drive to Portimao.
Theme Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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Portimao — 2 nights

Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
On the 8th (Thu), make a splash at Slide & Splash - Parque Aquatico - Water Slide Park. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get outside with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Marinha, and then kick back and relax at Praia Da Rocha.

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You can drive from Albufeira to Portimao in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. September in Portimao sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to drive to Lagos.
Theme Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Parks
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Lagos — 3 nights

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: Sagres (Cape Saint Vincent & Fortaleza de Sagres). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Camilo, head outdoors with Pro Putting Garden, and stop by Mar d'Estorias.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lagos travel itinerary planner.

Lagos is just a short distance from Portimao. September in Lagos sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 65°F at night. On the 13th (Tue), you'll travel back home.
Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches
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Portugal travel guide

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.

Faro District travel guide

Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Although the city of Faro remains its main attraction, Faro District also boasts a string of small towns made for sightseeing on foot. Medieval Europeans considered this southernmost part of Portugal the edge of the world, but today the tourism-oriented district serves as one of the country's liveliest vacation destinations. The coastline's modern resorts draw huge crowds at the peak of the season, while the quieter interior lures mostly cyclists and walkers eager to discover the more traditional side of Portugal. As an alternative vacation idea to staying in a single resort, use the well-connected city of Faro as your base and divide your time among the district's quaint villages, which preserve their local culture and traditional cooking.