17 days in Portugal Itinerary

17 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Braga
— 1 night
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 3 nights
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Funchal, Madeira
— 3 nights
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Sintra
— 3 nights
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Evora
— 2 nights
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Lagos
— 4 nights
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Braga — 1 night

Portuguese Rome

Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Mon): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Santa Cruz, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Marcos, steep yourself in history at Casa Rolao, then pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica dos Congregados, then ponder the design of Fonte do Campo das Hortas, and finally catch a live event at Estadio Municipal de Braga. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take some stellar pictures from Miradouro do Monte do Picoto, relax and rejuvenate at Deeplyzen Day Spa, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Misericordia de Braga, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja dos Terceiros, and finally admire the natural beauty at Garden da Avenida Central.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Braga online travel route planner.

London, UK to Braga is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of car and ferry. Traveling from London in September, things will get somewhat warmer in Braga: highs are around 27°C and lows about 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time to fly to Ponta Delgada.
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Historic Sites · Parks · Spas · Baths
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel — 3 nights

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island.
Take a break from the city and head to Lagoa das Furnas and Quinta da Terca. You'll get in some beach time at Mosteiros Beach and Piscinas Naturais. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponta Delgada: Pico do Ferro Viewpoint (in Furnas) and Vista do Rei Miradouro (in Sete Cidades). And it doesn't end there: stroll through Praia de Santa Barbara, get outside with Praia do Populo, take in nature's colorful creations at Jardim Botanico Antonio Borges, and explore the activities along Lagoa do Congro.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ponta Delgada trip planner.

Getting from Braga to Ponta Delgada by flight takes about 4 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Azores Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Ponta Delgada when traveling from Braga in September, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) 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.
Visiting 25 Fontes Falls and Scuba & Snorkeling will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Praia de Machico and Spas. There's much more to do: get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, take in the exciting artwork at Caravel Art Center, take some stellar pictures from Balcoes de Ribeiro Frio, and stroll through Valley of the Nuns.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Funchal trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Ponta Delgada to Funchal takes 3.5 hours. The time zone difference moving from Azores Standard Time (AZOT) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in September, Funchal is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Mon) so you can fly to Sintra.
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Sintra — 3 nights

Surrounded by rolling hills and old mansions and castles, Sintra has become known as the first center of the European Romantic style.
We've included these beaches for you: Praia Grande and Praia das Azenhas do Mar. Step out of the city life by going to Nature & Wildlife Tours and Vale dos Lagos at Parque de Pena. Venture out of the city with trips to Ericeira (Praia Foz do Lizandro & Praia do Sul) and Jardim do Cerco (in Mafra). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Lugar das Piscinas das Azenhas do Mar, see majestic marine mammals with Dolphin Explorers, admire the landmark architecture of Sintra Railway Station, and don't miss a visit to Ancient Duck Houses at Park of Pena.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sintra trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Sintra takes 3.5 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Sintra when traveling from Funchal in September, with lows around 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.
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Evora — 2 nights

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 2nd (Fri), learn about winemaking at Casa Relvas, do a tasting at Herdade do Freixo, then learn about winemaking at Tiago Cabaco Winery, and finally do a tasting at Joao Portugal Ramos Wines. Keep things going the next day: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, examine the collection at Aldeia da Terra, and then awaken your taste buds at Inalentejo Guided Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Evora trip website.

Getting from Sintra to Evora by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Lagos.
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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.
Relax by the water at Praia de Alvor and Vau Beach. Get outdoors at Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos and Praia do Canavial. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lagos: Subnauta Dive The Algarve (in Praia da Rocha), Lagoa dos Salgados (in Gale) and Vale de Centeanes Beach (in Carvoeiro). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Eulalia, indulge in some personalized pampering at Aguadream Mediterranean Baths, take the plunge with Skydive Seven, and stroll through Burgau Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Lagos sightseeing planner.

Drive from Evora to Lagos in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Evora in October, Lagos is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to fly back home.
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Portugal travel guide

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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.
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