18 days in Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Lisbon
— 4 nights
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Furnas, Sao Miguel
— 2 nights
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Funchal, Madeira
— 4 nights
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Lagos
— 4 nights
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Tavira
— 2 nights
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Evora
— 1 night
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Lisbon — 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Relax by the water at Praia da Nazare and Praia Grande. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Guincho Beach and Spas. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca), Waterskiing & Jetskiing (in Nazare) and Castelo dos Mouros (in Sintra). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, wander the streets of Alfama, observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, and pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo.

To see traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon tour planning tool.

Tel Aviv, Israel to Lisbon is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Israel Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is minus 2 hours. In September, Lisbon is little chillier than Tel Aviv - with highs of 32°C and lows of 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) to allow time to fly to Furnas.
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Furnas, Sao Miguel — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): get close to the beloved marine mammals with Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL, then contemplate the waterfront views at Furnas, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Caldeiras Vulcânicas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Thu): explore the activities along Poca Da Dona Beija, admire the natural beauty at Parque Terra Nostra, and then experience rural life at Plantacoes de Cha Gorreana.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Furnas trip planner.

You can fly from Lisbon to Furnas in 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT) is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Lisbon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Furnas, ranging from highs of 28°C to lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Funchal.
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Funchal, Madeira — 4 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.
Get outdoors at Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Discover out-of-the-way places like Ponta de Sao Lourenco and Safaris. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Funchal: Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela (in Ribeira da Janela) and Pico do Facho viewpoint (in Canical). There's lots more to do: get outside with Outdoor Activities, get great views at Balcoes de Ribeiro Frio, see Off-Road Tours, and admire the natural beauty at Municipal Gardens.

For maps, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Funchal driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Furnas to Funchal in 3.5 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Furnas to Funchal due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Funchal when traveling from Furnas in September, with lows around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly 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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia Da Rocha and Praia Dona Ana. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ponta da Piedade and Praia do Camilo. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Praia Gale (in Gale), Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira) and Praia Sao Rafael (in Albufeira). There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Meia Praia, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Olhos de Água, add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour, and take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk.

For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Lagos trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Lagos takes 5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Lagos can reach 28°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to drive to Tavira.
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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 8th (Sat): enjoy the sand and surf at Cabanas de Tavira Beach, then step off the mainland to explore Tavira Island, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Barril. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at Praia de Monte Gordo and then see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Tavira trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Lagos to Tavira in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. In October, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can drive to Evora.
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Evora — 1 night

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Evora trip planning site.

Getting from Tavira to Evora by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Tavira in October, Evora is slightly colder at night with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow time for the flight 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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