21 days in Portugal Itinerary

21 days in Portugal Itinerary

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21 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Quebec City, Quebec
Fly:  13 h 30 min
1
Lisbon
— 2 nights
Drive:  30 min
2
Sintra
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
3
Peniche
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
4
Nazare
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h
5
Obidos
— Few hours
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Coimbra
— 1 night
Train:  1 h
7
Porto
— 2 nights
Drive:  5 h 30 min
8
Lagos
— 5 nights
Drive:  3 h
9
Lisbon
— Few hours
Fly:  4 h
10
Funchal, Madeira
— 6 nights
Fly:  4 h
11
Lisbon
— 1 night
Fly:  13 h 30 min
End: Quebec City, Quebec

2
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes LX Factory, Miradouro da Senhora do Monte and Bairro Alto. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): take a stroll through Bairro Alto. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, then make a trip to Rossio Square, then take a stroll through Alfama, and finally take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Senhora do Monte.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Lisbon road trip planning tool.

Quebec City, Canada to Lisbon is an approximately 13.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of flight and train. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Quebec City to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Quebec City in May, expect Lisbon to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to take a bus to Sintra.

Things to do in Lisbon

Neighborhoods Historic Sites Shopping
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
nights
Sintra

Sintra ©
Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Park and National Palace of Pena as well as Quinta da Regaleira. On the 22nd (Fri), step into the grandiose world of Quinta da Regaleira. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Castelo dos Mouros, then admire the landmark architecture of Park and National Palace of Pena, and then admire the striking features of Palacio Nacional de Sintra.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Sintra trip maker tool.

Sintra is just a stone's throw from Lisbon. In May, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Peniche.

Things to do in Sintra

Historic Sites Parks
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Park and National Palace of Pena ©
Park and National Palace of Pena
Quinta da Regaleira ©
Quinta da Regaleira
Castelo dos Mouros ©
Castelo dos Mouros

few
hours
Peniche

Peniche
Peniche is a seaside municipality and a city in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): enjoy the sand and surf at Baleal Beach.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Peniche trip planning tool.

You can drive from Sintra to Peniche in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sintra in May: highs in Peniche hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 13°C. You'll have a few hours on the 24th (Sun) to wrap things up before traveling to Nazare.

Things to do in Peniche

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Baleal Beach
Baleal Beach

few
hours
Nazare

Nazare ©
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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Sun): kick back and relax at Praia da Nazare.

For where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Nazare day trip tool.

Drive from Peniche to Nazare in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daytime highs in Nazare are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Obidos.

Things to do in Nazare

Beaches Parks Outdoors
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Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare

few
hours
Obidos

Obidos
Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
For ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Obidos trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Nazare to Obidos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daytime highs in Obidos are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 13°C. You will leave for Coimbra on the 24th (Sun).

Things to do in Obidos

Outdoors Tours Historic Sites
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1
night
Coimbra

Coimbra
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Coimbra vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Obidos to Coimbra takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, daily temperatures in Coimbra can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. You will have some time to spend on the 25th (Mon) before leaving for Porto.

Things to do in Coimbra

Outdoors Parks Tours
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2
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cafe Majestic, Liberdade Square, Ribeira Square, and other attractions you added. On the 25th (Mon), take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, make a trip to Liberdade Square, then look for gifts at Livraria Lello, and finally take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I. On the 26th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire the striking features of Sao Bento Railway Station, join in the after-dark buzz at Cafe Majestic, get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, then take a leisurely stroll along Ribeira Square, and finally go for a stroll along the water at Cais da Ribeira.

For ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Porto travel itinerary planner.

You can take a train from Coimbra to Porto in an hour. Other options are to take a bus; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 13°C. On the 27th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Lagos.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites Shopping Nightlife
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Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Sao Bento Railway Station ©
Sao Bento Railway Station

5
nights
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.
Get out of town with these interesting Lagos side-trips: Praia da Rocha (Casa do "Vo" Serafim & Praia Da Rocha), Praia do Zavial (in Vila do Bispo) and Sagres (Fortaleza de Sagres & Cape Saint Vincent). There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape at Ponta Da Piedale, kick back and relax at Falesia Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Alvor, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Church of St. Anthony (Igreja de Santo Antonio).

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lagos day trip tool.

Getting from Porto to Lagos by combination of flight and bus takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of train, flight, and bus. In May, Lagos is a bit warmer than Porto - with highs of 28°C and lows of 18°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can go by car to Lisbon.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Albufeira, Portimao, Sagres, Forte de Almádena, Praia do Zavial
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Kayaking & Canoeing
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha

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hours
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Start off your visit on the 1st (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Lisbon vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Lisbon takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and flight. Traveling from Lagos in June, Lisbon is slightly colder at night with lows of 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Funchal.

Things to do in Lisbon

Museums
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Carmo Archaeological Museum ©
Carmo Archaeological Museum

6
nights
Funchal, Madeira

The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Change things up with a short trip to Ponta de Sao Lourenco in Machico (about 36 minutes away). There's still lots to do: see Off-Road Tours, take in the dramatic natural features at Cabo Girao, head outdoors with Gnomos da Atlantida, and admire the natural beauty at Botanická zahrada Madeira.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Funchal using our trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Funchal takes 4 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Lisbon in June: highs in Funchal hover around 28°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Laurissilva Forest, Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Cabo Girao, Pico Ruivo
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Off-Road Tours
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours
Pico do Arieiro ©
Pico do Arieiro

1
night
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo and then explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lisbon online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Funchal to Lisbon in 4 hours. While traveling from Funchal, expect a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 32°C to lows of 18°C. You'll have a few hours on the 8th (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping Museums Historic Sites
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Museu Calouste Gulbenkian ©
Museu Calouste Gulbenkian
Arco do Triunfo
Arco do Triunfo
Igreja de Santa Luzia ©
Igreja de Santa Luzia

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