11 days in Portugal Itinerary

11 days in Portugal Itinerary

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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. 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 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 Zona Velha. Next up on the itinerary: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, see exotic creatures in open habitats at Safari Madeira Island, scramble along the landscape with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and get great views at Balcoes de Ribeiro Frio.

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Traveling by flight from Ponta Delgada to Funchal takes 3.5 hours. Traveling from Ponta Delgada to Funchal, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Funchal, with lows around 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to fly to Evora.
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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), 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.
Tours · Outdoors · Baths · Spas
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Find places to stay Sep 27 — 28:

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.
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Lagos — 4 nights

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 de Alvor and Praia Grande. Step off the beaten path and head to Praia do Tonel and Praia da Batata. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Sagres (Mareta Beach & Praia do Beliche) and Praia dos Caneiros (in Ferragudo). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Seadolphins Algarve, kick back and relax at Vau Beach, pause for some serene contemplation at Church of Misericordia of Alvor, 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.
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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.