18 days in Portugal Itinerary

18 days in Portugal Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Portugal trip planner

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Lisbon
— 4 nights
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Funchal, Madeira
— 5 nights
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Lagos
— 5 nights
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Evora
— 3 nights
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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.
Attractions like Praia Foz do Arelho and Praia da Nazare make great kid-friendly stops. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spas and Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Cabo da Roca (in Colares), Obidos Village (in Obidos) and Castelo dos Mouros (in Sintra). There's lots more to do: make a trip to Parque das Nacoes, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and appreciate the history behind Santuario Nacional de Cristo Rei.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon trip maker.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates to Lisbon is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone changes from Gulf Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a -4 hour difference. In December, Lisbon is cooler than Dubai - with highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Funchal.

Things to do in Lisbon

Beaches · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Funchal, Madeira

— 5 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.
You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools and 25 Fontes Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Off-Road Tours. Change things up with a short trip to Ponta de Sao Lourenco in Machico (about 36 minutes away). There's much more to do: take in the local highlights with Walking tours, get a tailor-made plan with Safari Madeira Island, appreciate the history behind Anjo da Praca da Assicom, and walk around Parque de Santa Catarina.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Funchal travel route builder.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Funchal takes 3.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in December; daily highs in Funchal reach 23°C and lows reach 18°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lagos.

Things to do in Funchal

Tours · Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 20 — 25:

Lagos

— 5 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.
Attractions like Praia da Falesia and Praia Da Rocha make great kid-friendly stops. Step off the beaten path and head to Odeceixe Beach and Ponta da Piedade. Venture out of the city with trips to Cape Saint Vincent (in Sagres) and Radicaline (in Praia da Rocha). There's lots more to do: kick back and relax at Meia Praia, take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk, take in the waterfront activity at Marina de Vilamoura, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Dona Ana.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Lagos trip planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Lagos takes 5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Funchal in December; daily highs in Lagos reach 20°C and lows reach 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lagos

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Find places to stay Dec 25 — 30:

Evora

— 3 nights
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora) and then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Capela dos Ossos. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) and then get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Evora.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Evora trip itinerary builder website.

Traveling by car from Lagos to Evora takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect little chillier evenings in Evora when traveling from Lagos in December, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites
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Portugal travel guide

4.2
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.