9 days in Portugal Itinerary

9 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 1 night
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Funchal, Madeira
— 1 day
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Lisbon
— 3 nights
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Evora
— 1 night
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Albufeira
— 2 nights
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stop by Louvre Michaelense, look for gifts at O Principe dos Queijos, and then stop by Maviripa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at O Rei Dos Queijos, pick up some local products at Mercado da Graca, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mosteiros Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, and finally stop by Azorean Gift Shop.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Ponta Delgada trip planner.

Frankfurt, Germany to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Frankfurt to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Frankfurt in September, expect Ponta Delgada to be a bit warmer, temps between 28°C and 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can fly to Funchal.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Shopping · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Funchal, Madeira

— 1 day
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 14th (Fri): stop by Dona Nita, then hunt for treasures at Mercado dos Lavradores, then do a tasting at Blandy's Wine Lodge, and finally get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Funchal trip itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Funchal in 3.5 hours. The time zone changes from Azores Standard Time (AZOT) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in September, Funchal is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 24°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Funchal

Tours · Wildlife · Outdoors · Shopping
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Lisbon

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Avenida da Liberdade are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Head to Rossio Square and Port and Douro Wines Institutefor some retail therapy. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, look for gifts at Ana Salazar, make a trip to Belém Tower, and get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lisbon route builder website.

Getting from Funchal to Lisbon by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Funchal in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Lisbon, with lows of 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Evora.

Things to do in Lisbon

Shopping · Neighborhoods · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums
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Evora

— 1 night
The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
On the 18th (Tue), stop by Divinus Gourmet, take in the spiritual surroundings of Capela dos Ossos, stop by Gente da Minha Terra, appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Evora, then contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana).

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Evora tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Evora in 1.5 hours. Other options are to take a train; or take a bus. In September, daily temperatures in Evora can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Evora

Historic Sites · Shopping
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Albufeira

— 2 nights

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stop by By Nature, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Falesia, and then kick back and relax at Praia dos Olhos de Água. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Bolodoce & Cafe and then kick back and relax at Praia Dona Ana.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Albufeira trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Evora to Albufeira takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Evora in September, expect nights in Albufeira to be a bit warmer, around 21°C, while days are slightly colder, around 30°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Shopping

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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Beaches · Sacred & Religious Sites
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.