12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
+2
Fly + subway + train:  17​h 45​min
1
Albufeira
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Lisbon
— 5 nights
Fly:  2​h 30​min
3
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly:  15​h 45​min
End: San Francisco

2
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Albufeira: Algar de Benagil (in Benagil), Lagos (Pro Putting Garden & Ponta Da Piedale) and Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos (in Lagoa). There's more to do: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Da Rocha and stroll through Algarve.

To see photos, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Albufeira tour itinerary maker website .

San Francisco, USA to Albufeira is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from San Francisco to Albufeira. Traveling from San Francisco in October, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Albufeira, with lows around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Lisbon.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Portimao, Lagos, Lagoa, Algarve
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Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos ©
Percurso dos Sete Vales Suspensos
Ponta Da Piedale ©
Ponta Da Piedale
Algar de Benagil ©
Algar de Benagil

5
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Quinta da Regaleira, & more). There's much more to do: wander the streets of Belém Tower, admire the masterpieces at Museu Nacional do Azulejo, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and don't miss a visit to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In October, plan for daily highs up to 76°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Sintra
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Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

3
nights
Porto

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.
Porto is known for historic sites, nightlife, shopping, nature, and museums. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, indulge your senses at some of the top wineries in the area, browse the collection at Livraria Lello, and explore the world behind art at Museu Serralves.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto trip planner .

Getting from Lisbon to Porto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in October, and nighttime lows around 56°F. On the 30th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Tours Parks Museums
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Wine Tours & Tastings
Ponte de Dom Luis I ©
Ponte de Dom Luis I
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)

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