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


Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel — 1 night

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): admire the striking features of Igreja de Sao Pedro, then ride a horse along Quinta da Terca, and then stroll through Praia do Populo. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lagoa do Canario, explore the activities along 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 Miradouro da Boca do Inferno.

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.
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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.
Visit Praia de Machico and Praia de Garajau for some beach relaxation. Explore hidden gems such as Scuba & Snorkeling and Balcoes de Ribeiro Frio. The adventure continues: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, take an exotic tour of Safari Madeira Island, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and take a stroll through Zona Velha.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Funchal online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Ponta Delgada to Funchal takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Azores Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in September, Funchal is a bit warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can fly to Evora.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Wildlife
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Evora — 1 night

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 28th (Mon), learn about winemaking at Casa Relvas, then enjoy unforgettable views with Balonissimo, and then relax and rejuvenate at In Acqua Veritas.

To find reviews, photos, and tourist information, read Evora road trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Evora takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Funchal in September: highs in Evora hover around 35°C, while lows dip to 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Tavira.
Outdoors · Tours · Spas · Wineries
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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.
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.
You'll get in some beach time at Praia de Alvor and Praia Grande. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia do Tonel and Vau Beach. Change things up with these side-trips from Lagos: Praia dos Caneiros (in Ferragudo) and Sagres (Mareta Beach & Praia do Beliche). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at Swan Day Spa, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Misericordia of Alvor, kick back and relax at Praia do Canavial, and stroll through Praia da Batata.

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You can drive from Tavira to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Spas
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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.