21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Lisbon — 5 nights

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 Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira will appeal to history buffs. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Sintra National Palace, Castelo dos Mouros, &more) and Troia (Troia Beach & Sado Emotion). Next up on the itinerary: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, visit Alfama, and get curious at Pavilhao do Conhecimento.

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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.
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Albufeira — 4 nights

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 Ponta da Piedade. You'll get in some beach time at Praia da Marinha and Praia do Camilo. When in Albufeira, make a side trip to see Praia Dona Ana in Lagos, approximately Lagos away. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Praia da Falesia, make a splash at Aquashow Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Olhos de Água, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

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Getting from Lisbon to Albufeira by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 34°C in August, and nighttime lows around 23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Sagres.
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Sagres — 3 nights

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 Bordeira Beach. 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 Praia da Cordoama and tour the pleasant surroundings at Telheiro Beach.

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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.
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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.

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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.
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Porto — 5 nights

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 Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz. Museum-lovers will appreciate Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro and Museu Serralves. Get out of town with these interesting Porto side-trips: Peneda-Geres National Park (in Peneda-Geres National Park) and Portugal dos Pequenitos (in Coimbra). There's lots more to do: explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, stop by Livraria Lello, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and explore the activities along Douro River.

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You can drive from Nazare to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In August, daytime highs in Porto are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
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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.