15 days in Algarve, Azores & Lisbon Itinerary

15 days in Algarve, Azores & Lisbon Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal travel planner

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Lagos
— 3 nights
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Tavira
— 2 nights
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Drive to Faro Airport, Fly to João Paulo II Airport, Drive to Sete Cidades
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Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel
— 1 night
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Furnas, Sao Miguel
— 2 nights
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Lisbon
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Lagos

— 3 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 discover tucked-away gems like Ponta da Piedade and Kayaking & Canoeing. Escape the urban bustle at Praia da Falesia and Praia do Camilo. Change things up with these side-trips from Lagos: Praia Gale (in Gale) and Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira). There's more to do: kick back and relax at Praia Dona Ana and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Luz.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Lagos day trip planner.

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia to Lagos is an approximately 15-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 3 hours traveling from Riyadh to Lagos due to the time zone difference. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Riyadh in August; daily highs in Lagos reach 34°C and lows reach 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Tavira.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Adventure

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 19 — 22:

Tavira

— 2 nights
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): shop like a local with Mercado Municipal de Loulé (Desde 1908) and then kick back and relax at Praia de Monte Gordo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Cabanas de Tavira Beach, then head off the coast to Tavira Island, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Barril.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Tavira itinerary planner.

Getting from Lagos to Tavira by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In August, daytime highs in Tavira are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 23°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Sete Cidades.

Things to do in Tavira

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 22 — 24:

Sete Cidades, Sao Miguel

— 1 night
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, take in the awesome beauty at Viewpoint of the Ridge, enjoy the sand and surf at Mosteiros Beach, then surround yourself with nature on Terra do Pico, and finally get great views at Boca do Inferno Viewpoint.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Sete Cidades trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Tavira to Sete Cidades. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Tavira to Sete Cidades. When traveling from Tavira in August, plan for little chillier days in Sete Cidades, with highs around 29°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Furnas.

Things to do in Sete Cidades

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 24 — 25:

Furnas, Sao Miguel

— 2 nights
On the 26th (Thu), get outside with Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Terra Nostra, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Poca Da Dona Beija. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Islet of Vila Franca do Campo, explore the activities along Furnas, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Caldeiras Vulcânicas.

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Traveling by car from Sete Cidades to Furnas takes 1.5 hours. In August, daytime highs in Furnas are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Furnas

Parks · Nature · Tours · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 25 — 27:

Lisbon

— 6 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Visiting Guincho Beach and Praia do Tamariz will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Rua Augusta and Parque Natural da Arrabida. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Peniche (Baleal Beach & Porto da Areia Sul Beach), Cabo Espichel (in Sesimbra) and Mercado Biologico de Obidos (in Obidos). There's still lots to do: race across the water with a speed boat tour, take a stroll through Avenida da Liberdade, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, and appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon journey planner.

Traveling by flight from Furnas to Lisbon takes 6.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Furnas to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Furnas in August, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (35°C), and nights are about the same (20°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay Aug 27 — Sep 2:

Algarve travel guide

4.2
Beaches · Nightlife · Theme Parks
Occupying the southernmost portion of Portugal's mainland, Algarve is wholeheartedly devoted to tourism and continuously ranks among Europe's top holiday destinations. Nearly 10 million annual visitors include Algarve on their itineraries, drawn mostly by the region's developed coastline, boasting nearly 200 km (125 mi) of impeccable beaches. Farther away from the water, the region offers an extensive network of hiking trails, ideal for active vacationers seeking a chance to explore a rugged southwestern corner of Europe once considered the very end of the world. If you need a few urban things to do on your vacation, head for the regional capital Faro, featuring a lively Old Town full of plazas, pedestrian lanes, and outdoor cafes.

Azores travel guide

4.5
Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
Mountain Island
Composed of nine volcanic islands scattered in the Atlantic some 1,300 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, the Azores represent one of Europe's remotest vacation destinations. Settled sporadically over a span of several centuries, the islands in this archipelago retain much of their isolated feel, each one boasting its own distinct culture, dialect, and cuisine. Long overlooked by even the most adventurous travelers, the islands now surprise a growing number of visitors with their lavish natural beauty, good roads, and hospitable towns providing comfortable accommodations and modern amenities. Place the island of Pico at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's highest mountain, a picture-perfect volcanic cone rising above a landscape of World Heritage-listed vineyards.