11 days in Portugal Itinerary

11 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal travel planner

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 1 night
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Funchal, Madeira
— 3 nights
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Evora
— 1 night
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Tavira
— 1 night
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Lagos
— 4 nights
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

— 1 night
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): admire the landmark architecture of Igreja de Sao Pedro, then ride a horse along Quinta da Terca, and then head outdoors with Praia do Populo. On your second day here, head outdoors with Lagoa do Canario, stroll through Piscinas Naturais, enjoy the sand and surf at Mosteiros Beach, then take some stellar pictures from Vista do Rei Miradouro, and finally get great views at Boca do Inferno Viewpoint.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada trip planner.

London, UK to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 8-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Ponta Delgada is minus 1 hour. In September, Ponta Delgada is somewhat warmer than London - with highs of 28°C and lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Thu) early enough to fly to Funchal.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Trails

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Funchal, Madeira

— 3 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Praia de Machico and Scuba & Snorkeling. Explore hidden gems such as Spas and Zona Velha. There's still lots to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Garajau, head outdoors with Safari Madeira Island, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and explore the striking landscape at Valley of the Nuns.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Funchal trip planner.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Funchal in 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Funchal due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Ponta Delgada in September since evenings lows in Funchal dip to 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can fly to Evora.

Things to do in Funchal

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 24 — 27:

Evora

— 1 night
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 28th (Mon), do a tasting at Casa Relvas, then soar above the sights with Balonissimo, and then relax and rejuvenate at In Acqua Veritas.

For photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Evora vacation planner.

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Evora takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Funchal in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Evora, with highs around 35°C, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Evora

Outdoors · Tours · Baths · Spas

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Tavira

— 1 night
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Costabeach Tavira Island and Tours, then head outdoors with Happy Tuk Tours, then don't miss a visit to A Joaninha, and finally tee off at Monte Rei Golf & Country Club.

To find reviews, maps, and tourist information, read Tavira online itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Evora to Tavira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. While traveling from Evora, expect a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Tavira, ranging from highs of 30°C to lows of 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Tue) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Tavira

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Wildlife

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Lagos

— 4 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

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 outdoors at Praia do Beliche and Praia de Alvor. Step off the beaten path and head to Praia Grande and Mareta Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Praia do Tonel (in Sagres), Praia dos Caneiros (in Ferragudo) and Church of St. Anthony (in Lisbon). There's lots more to do: stroll through Vau Beach, push the limits with Seadolphins Algarve, head outdoors with Praia da Batata, and indulge in some personalized pampering at Swan Day Spa.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lagos planning website.

You can drive from Tavira to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. In September, daytime highs in Lagos are 30°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas

Side Trips

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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.