21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

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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 Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira will appeal to history buffs. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Troia (Troia Beach & Sado Emotion) and Sintra (Sintra National Palace, Castelo dos Mouros, &more). There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, examine the collection at National Museum of Ancient Art, learn about all things military at Guarda Nacional Republicana Museum, and get curious at Pavilhao do Conhecimento.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read Lisbon trip app.

Vancouver, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Lisbon, you'll lose 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Vancouver in August: highs in Lisbon hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can drive to Albufeira.
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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 do Camilo. 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 (Ponta da Piedade & Praia Dona Ana). Plan for a day of cool, family-friendly fun on the 11th (Wed) at Aquashow Park. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Falesia, head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Olhos de Água, and trek along Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Albufeira itinerary planning tool.

Getting from Lisbon to Albufeira by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. August in Albufeira sees daily highs of 34°C and lows of 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to drive to Sagres.
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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 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.

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.
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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.
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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. The adventure continues: explore the world behind art at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and look for gifts at Livraria Lello.

To see maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Porto trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nazare to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In August in Porto, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 17°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can catch the flight 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.