59 days in Portugal Itinerary

59 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada
— 4 nights
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Vila Real
— 5 nights
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Braganca
— 1 night
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Serra da Estrela
— 2 nights
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Beja
— 5 nights
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Mertola
— 2 nights
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Faro
— 5 nights
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Lagos
— 6 nights
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Odeceixe
— 2 nights
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Sesimbra
— 2 nights
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Costa da Caparica
— 3 nights
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Cascais
— 4 nights
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Obidos
— 4 nights
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Coimbra
— 5 nights
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Aveiro
— 2 nights
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Porto
— 6 nights
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Ponta Delgada

— 4 nights
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.
Get some historical perspective at Nossa Senhora da Paz and Igreja do Santo Cristo. Escape the urban bustle at Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeiroes and Lagoa das Furnas. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Caldeiras Vulcânicas & Pico do Ferro Viewpoint). There's lots more to do: stroll through Praia de Santa Barbara, make a trip to Portas da Cidade, get great views at Miradouro de Santa Iria, and fulfill a lifelong dream with Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Ponta Delgada tour builder website.

Glasgow, UK to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10-hour flight. Traveling from Glasgow to Ponta Delgada, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Glasgow in October, expect Ponta Delgada to be a bit warmer, temps between 26°C and 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Vila Real.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

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Vila Real

— 5 nights
Popular historic sites such as Ponte Romana de Trajano and Castelo de Chaves are in your itinerary. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Quinta da Pacheca and Igreja de São Gonçalo. Venture out of the city with trips to Lamego (Santuario Nossa Senhora dos Remedios & Catedral de Lamego), Miradouro de Sao Leonardo de Galafura (in Peso Da Regua) and Pinhao (Boat Tours & Water Sports & The Douro Valley).

To find where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Vila Real road trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ponta Delgada to Vila Real. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Vila Real due to the time zone difference. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Braganca.

Things to do in Vila Real

Historic Sites · Tours · Wineries · Outdoors

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Braganca

— 1 night
Bragança is a city and municipality in north-eastern Portugal, capital of the district of Bragança, in the Alto Trás-os-Montes subregion of Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): step into the grandiose world of Castle of Braganza, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Maria, admire the landmark architecture of Domus Municipalis, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Iglesia de la Misericordia, and finally look for gifts at Mercearia da Se.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Braganca day trip planning website.

Getting from Vila Real to Braganca by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Serra da Estrela.

Things to do in Braganca

Historic Sites · Shopping
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Serra da Estrela

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Torre and then admire the sheer force of Poco da Cesta - praia fluvial de Casal Novo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Covao Dos Conchos, then kick back and relax at Praia Fluvial de Loriga, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Serra da Estrela.

To find ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Serra da Estrela trip planning website.

Traveling by car from Braganca to Serra da Estrela takes 3 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can travel to Beja.

Things to do in Serra da Estrela

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Nature

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Beja

— 5 nights
Beja is a city and a municipality in the Alentejo region, Portugal. Get outdoors at Comporta Beach and Skydive Portugal. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Igreja de Sao Francisco and Castelo de Beja. Explore Beja's surroundings by going to Castelo da Rainha Santa Isabel (in Estremoz), Aldeia da Terra (in Arraiolos) and Evora (Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres, Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), &more). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Herdade do Esporao, appreciate the history behind Pelourinho de Beja, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora Dos Prazeres E Museu Episcopal, and explore the historical opulence of Monsaraz Castle and Walls.

For ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Beja road trip planner.

You can drive from Serra da Estrela to Beja in 4.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Beja are 29°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can drive to Mertola.

Things to do in Beja

Historic Sites · Wineries · Outdoors · Beaches

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Mertola

— 2 nights
Mértola is a municipality in southeastern Portuguese Alentejo near the Spanish border. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Alcacova do Castelo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Anunciacao, then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Mertola, then steep yourself in history at Ponte de Mertola / Torre do Rio, and finally make a trip to Cooperativa Oficina de Tecelagem de Mertola. On the next day, take a stroll through Pomarao, then explore the activities along Pulo do Lobo, and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Paroquial de Aldeia Nova de Sao Bento.

For photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Mertola holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Beja to Mertola takes an hour. October in Mertola sees daily highs of 29°C and lows of 16°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Faro.

Things to do in Mertola

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Faro

— 5 nights

Portuguese Venice

The most well-known city in the Algarve, Faro boasts a cliffside location with popular beaches and a thriving cultural scene.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Faro Cathedral and Praia de Cacela Velha. Igreja do Carmo and Igreja de Sao Lourenco de Almancil will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Faro: Praia do Barril (in Tavira), Cabanas de Tavira Beach (in Cabanas) and Praia de Monte Gordo (in Monte Gordo). And it doesn't end there: see Hugo's Quad Bike Adventure, view the masterpieces at Galeria Municipal Trem, tee off at Dom Pedro Old Course - Golf Club, and get outside with Outdoor Activities.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Faro travel planner.

You can drive from Mertola to Faro in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Mertola in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Faro, with lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Faro

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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Lagos

— 6 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 dos Tres Irmaos and Praia da Coelha. Discover out-of-the-way places like Praia dos Salgados and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get out of town with these interesting Lagos side-trips: Albufeira (Praia Sao Rafael, Praia de Santa Eulalia, &more), Praia Gale (in Gale) and Carvoeiro (Vale de Centeanes Beach & Algar Seco). There's lots more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Luz, get outside with Pro Putting Garden, and take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see ratings, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lagos planner.

You can drive from Faro to Lagos in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Odeceixe.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Odeceixe

— 2 nights
Odeceixe is a civil parish in the northern part of the municipality Aljezur, in the Portuguese Algarve, lying within the Nature Park of the Southwest Alentejo and Vincentine Coast. On the 3rd (Tue), kick back and relax at Praia da Carriagem, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then kick back and relax at Odeceixe Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Wed): kick back and relax at Praia Da Amoreira, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Monte Clérigo, then kick back and relax at Arrifana Beach, and finally step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Aljezur.

To find out how to plan a trip to Odeceixe, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Lagos to Odeceixe in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 22°C in November, and nighttime lows around 14°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Sesimbra.

Things to do in Odeceixe

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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Sesimbra

— 2 nights
Sesimbra is a municipality of Portugal, in the Setúbal District, lying at the foothills of the Serra da Arrábida, a mountain range between Setúbal and Sesimbra. Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then enjoy the sand and surf at Ribeira do Cavalo Beach. On the 6th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Sesimbra, then explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Palmela, and then kick back and relax at Praia da California.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Sesimbra trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Odeceixe to Sesimbra takes 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 21°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Costa da Caparica.

Things to do in Sesimbra

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Historic Sites

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Costa da Caparica

— 3 nights
Costa da Caparica is a Portuguese civil parish, located in the municipality of Almada along the western coast of the district of Sétubal. Explore hidden gems such as Troia Beach and Feathers & Scales. National Coach Museum and National Palace of Queluz are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Parque da Paz.

To find more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Costa da Caparica trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Sesimbra to Costa da Caparica takes an hour. In November, daily temperatures in Costa da Caparica can reach 21°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Cascais.

Things to do in Costa da Caparica

Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Museums

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Cascais

— 4 nights

Town of Kings and Fishes

A mere 32 km (20 mi) from Lisbon, the coastal town of Cascais has a long history of entertaining royals.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Praia do Tamariz and Praia da ursa. Relax by the water at Praia da Rainha and Guincho Beach. When in Cascais, make a side trip to see Palacio Nacional de Mafra in Mafra, approximately Mafra away. And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Adraga, visit a coastal fixture at Farol da Guia, examine the collection at Museu Condes de Castro, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Paroquial de Nossa Senhora da Assuncao.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Cascais journey maker site.

Traveling by car from Costa da Caparica to Cascais takes an hour. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in November, and nighttime lows around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Obidos.

Things to do in Cascais

Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Tours

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Obidos

— 4 nights

Wedding Present Town

Striking views of the Estremadura area and a famous medieval castle gave Obidos the name of Wedding Present Town.
Explore hidden gems such as Grutas de Mira de Aire and Igreja de Santa Maria. Castelo de Almourol and Castelo de Óbidos are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Change things up with these side-trips from Obidos: Praia do Norte (in Nazare), Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca) and Grutas da Moeda (in Sao Mamede). There's lots more to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Valinhos Sanctuary, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de Ourém, kick back and relax at Baleal Beach, and go for a walk through Rua Direita.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Obidos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cascais to Obidos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 20°C in November, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Coimbra.

Things to do in Obidos

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Beaches

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Coimbra

— 5 nights
The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz and Museu Monografico de Conimbriga. Discover out-of-the-way places like Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro and Capela de Sao Miguel. Venture out of the city with trips to Fatima (Paroquia de Fatima e dos Pastorinhos & Basilica da Santissima Trindade), Tomar (Aqueduto dos Pegoes, Igreja de Sao Joao Baptista, &more) and Aldeia do Talasnal (in Lousa). The adventure continues: admire the striking features of Torre da Universidade de Coimbra, let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour, steep yourself in history at Quinta das Lagrimas, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Old Cathedral of Coimbra (Se Velha de Coimbra).

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Coimbra vacation builder tool.

You can drive from Obidos to Coimbra in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or take a train. November in Coimbra sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aveiro.

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Aveiro

— 2 nights
Aveiro is a city and a municipality in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): take in the waterfront at Ria de Aveiro, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Costa Nova, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Igreja da Misericordia de Aveiro. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Palheiros da Tocha, examine the collection at The Maritime Museum of Ilhavo, and then get engrossed in the history at Museu de Aveiro.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Aveiro trip maker app.

Getting from Coimbra to Aveiro by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Porto.

Things to do in Aveiro

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Nature

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Porto

— 6 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Get a sense of the local culture at Igreja do Carmo and O Navio Gil Eannes. Popular historic sites such as Capela das Almas and Rua das Flores are in your itinerary. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Porto: Guimaraes (Largo da Oliveira, Paco dos Duques de Braganca, &more), Santuario de Santa Luzia (in Viana do Castelo) and Ponte Romana (in Ponte de Lima). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sameiro Sanctuary, do a tasting at Cockburn’s Port Wine Lodge, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and pause for some photo ops at Monumento aos Herois da Guerra Peninsular.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Porto trip maker website.

Getting from Aveiro to Porto by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In November, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Porto

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Outdoors

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Portugal travel guide

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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.