12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  14 h 15 min
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly:  2 h 30 min
2
Porto
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  5 h
3
Lagos
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Evora
— 2 nights
+2
Train + Subway + Fly:  13 h 15 min
End: Chicago

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Step off the beaten path and head to Castelo dos Mouros and Batalha Monastery. You'll explore and learn at Museu Nacional do Azulejo and Igreja de Sao Roque. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Capelas Imperfeitas (in Batalha), Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca) and Quinta da Regaleira (in Sintra). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Tomar, take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

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Chicago, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from Chicago to Lisbon. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect Lisbon to be a bit warmer, temps between 70°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Batalha, Sintra, Monastery of Alcobaca, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Castelo de Tomar
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

1
night
Porto

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, explore the historical opulence of Paco dos Duques de Braganca, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se de Braga, learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela das Almas, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Carmo. Keep things going the next day: appreciate the extensive heritage of Rua das Flores, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Clara (Igreja de Santa Clara), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja de Santo Ildefonso, and finally see the interesting displays at FC Porto Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto tour itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Lisbon in April, expect nights in Porto to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are slightly colder, around 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) so you can travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Museums Wineries

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Porto Augusto's, Se de Braga
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FC Porto Museum ©
FC Porto Museum
Se de Braga ©
Se de Braga
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): hike along Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Misericordia of Alvor, enjoy the sea views from Lagos Farol da Ponta da Piedade, take some stellar pictures from Ponta Da Piedale, then see the interesting displays at Lagos Ciencia Viva Science Centre, and finally get outside with Praia do Pinhao. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Museu de Portimao, then head outdoors with Praia do Castelejo, and finally don't miss a visit to Cape Saint Vincent.

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Traveling by combination of flight and bus from Porto to Lagos takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. April in Lagos sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Museums Tours

Side Trips

Portimao, Praia do Castelejo, Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, Cape Saint Vincent
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Ponta da Piedade ©
Ponta da Piedade
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), then explore the ancient world of Centro Historico de Evora, then get engrossed in the history at Museu do Relogio - Polo de Evora, and finally don't miss a visit to Capela dos Ossos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra, surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, indulge your taste buds at Monte da Ravasqueira, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Visitacao (Montemor-o-Novo), and finally delve into the distant past at Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres.

To find maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Evora trip maker app .

You can drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and train. Traveling from Lagos in April, Evora is a bit cooler at night with lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites Museums Tours

Side Trips

Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Visitacao (Montemor-o-Novo), Monte da Ravasqueira
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

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