11 days in Portugal Itinerary

11 days in Portugal Itinerary

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11 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Brussels
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Funchal, Madeira
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Lisbon
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Evora
— 1 night
5
Portimao
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Brussels

2
nights
Funchal, Madeira

Funchal ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools and then identify plant and animal life at Ponta de Sao Lourenco.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Funchal trip itinerary planning app .

Brussels, Belgium to Funchal is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Traveling from Brussels to Funchal, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Brussels in October, you will find days in Funchal are a bit warmer (28°C), and nights are much hotter (22°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Camara De Lobos, Ponta de Sao Lourenco, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools
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Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Valley of the Nuns ©
Valley of the Nuns

2
nights
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Ponta Delgada ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): take some stellar pictures from Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, then take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, then contemplate the waterfront views at Poca Da Dona Beija, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Caldeira das Furnas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps and other tourist information, refer to the Ponta Delgada driving holiday website .

Fly from Funchal to Ponta Delgada in 4.5 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Time to Azores Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Funchal in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Ponta Delgada, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Tours Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Furnas, Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, Caldeira das Sete Cidades
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Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Poca Da Dona Beija ©
Poca Da Dona Beija

2
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
On the 16th (Fri), admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, wander the streets of Belém Tower, then take a stroll through Bairro Alto, and finally steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, take in nature's colorful creations at Quinta da Regaleira, then enjoy the sea views from Cabo da Roca, and finally admire nature's wide array of creatures at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To find where to stay, maps, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon road trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon takes 5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon. In October, daytime highs in Lisbon are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can take a train to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Quinta da Regaleira, Cabo da Roca
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Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Cabo da Roca ©
Cabo da Roca
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

1
night
Evora

Evora ©
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 18th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), delve into the distant past at Centro Historico de Evora, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Francisco, then delve into the distant past at Cromeleque dos Almendres, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana).

For traveler tips, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Evora vacation planning tool .

You can take a train from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 29°C, and evening lows to 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Portimao.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites
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Capela dos Ossos ©
Capela dos Ossos
Centro Historico de Evora ©
Centro Historico de Evora

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Portimao

Portimao ©
Originally a small fishing village, Portimão today serves as one of the most populated towns in the Algarve and also a favorite spot for sailing.
On the 19th (Mon), kick back and relax at Praia Dona Ana, then explore the striking landscape at Ponta Da Piedale, then see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and finally discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Praia Da Rocha and then enjoy the sand and surf at Falesia Beach.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read Portimao vacation app .

Getting from Evora to Portimao by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In October, daytime highs in Portimao are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Wed) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Portimao

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Lagos, Falesia Beach, Cape Saint Vincent, Carvoeiro Boardwalk
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Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach

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