44 days in Portugal Itinerary

44 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Funchal, Madeira
— 6 nights
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Evora
— 7 nights
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Albufeira
— 10 nights
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Lisbon
— 7 nights
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Coimbra
— 6 nights
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Porto
— 6 nights
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Funchal, Madeira — 6 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museu Militar da Madeira and CR7 Museum. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Funchal: Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools (in Porto Moniz) and Ponta de Sao Lourenco (in Canical). The adventure continues: don't miss a visit to Miradouro Pico Dos Barcelos, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and pause for some photo ops at Anjo da Praca da Assicom.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Funchal road trip app.

Vancouver, Canada to Funchal is an approximately 18-hour flight. You'll lose 8 hours traveling from Vancouver to Funchal due to the time zone difference. Prepare for much hotter weather when traveling from Vancouver in December: high temperatures in Funchal hover around 23°C and lows are around 18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time to fly to Evora.
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Evora — 7 nights

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Monsaraz Castle and Walls and Forum Eugenio de Almeida. Step off the beaten path and head to Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres and Museum of Sacred Art of the Cathedral of Evora. Change things up with these side-trips from Evora: Museu Do Fresco de Monsaraz (in Monsaraz), Centro de Interpretacao da Batalha de Atoleiros (in Fronteira) and Museu Rural da Casa do Povo de Santa Maria de Estremoz (in Estremoz). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Evora, explore the world behind art at Museu do Artesanato e do Design -MADE, and see the interesting displays at Arquivo Fotografico de Evora.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Evora online travel planner.

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Evora takes 3.5 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Funchal in January; daily highs in Evora reach 17°C and lows reach 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Albufeira.
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Albufeira — 10 nights

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Step off the beaten path and head to Odeceixe Beach and Praia Sao Rafael. Popular historic sites such as Faro Cathedral and Old Town Faro are in your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albufeira: Atelier Vincent (in Sao Luis), Spas (in Sao Bras de Alportel) and Sagres (Fort of Santo Antonio de Belixe & Cape Saint Vincent). And it doesn't end there: don't miss a visit to Capela da Nossa Senhora da Rocha, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia dos Olhos de Água, stroll through Praia Da Rocha, and take in the waterfront activity at Marina de Vilamoura.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Albufeira journey planner.

Drive from Evora to Albufeira in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Evora in January, expect a bit warmer with lows of 10°C in Albufeira. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lisbon.
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Lisbon — 7 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Pavilhao do Conhecimento and Museu Nacional do Azulejo will appeal to museum buffs. Explore hidden gems such as Palácio Nacional da Ajuda and Museu de Marinha. Venture out of the city with trips to Cabo da Roca (in Colares), Sintra (Parque e Palacio de Monserrate, Castelo dos Mouros, &more) and Praia Foz do Arelho (in Caldas da Rainha). Dedicate the 22nd (Sat) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: examine the collection at National Coach Museum, admire the striking features of Panteao Nacional, take a stroll through Parque das Nacoes, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lisbon online day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 17°C in January, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Coimbra.
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Coimbra — 6 nights

The university town of Coimbra exudes modern flair while embracing its roots as the medieval capital of Portugal.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Castelo de Tomar and Basilica da Santissima Trindade. Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro and Capela Das Aparicoes are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Coimbra's surroundings by going to Monastery of Alcobaca (in Alcobaca), Castelo de Almourol (in Praia do Ribatejo) and Fatima (Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima, Museu Vida de Cristo, &more). The adventure continues: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Leiria, take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento de Cristo, contemplate the long history of Batalha Monastery, and appreciate the history behind Largo do Pelourinho.

For ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Coimbra trip planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Coimbra in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In January, daily temperatures in Coimbra can reach 17°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to drive to Porto.
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Porto — 6 nights

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Paco dos Duques de Braganca and Capela das Almas. Popular historic sites such as Igreja do Carmo and Santuario de Santa Luzia are in your itinerary. Explore Porto's surroundings by going to Se de Braga (in Braga), O Navio Gil Eannes (in Viana do Castelo) and Guimaraes (Centro Historico de Guimaraes & Guimaraes Castle). The adventure continues: examine the collection at FC Porto Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, do a tasting at Casa Ramos Pinto, and push the limits with Porto Bridge Climb.

For maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Porto trip itinerary maker website.

Drive from Coimbra to Porto in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In February, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 16°C, while at night they dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Mon) so you can fly back home.
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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.
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