45 days in Portugal Itinerary

45 days in Portugal Itinerary

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45 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
Fly:  12​h 45​min
1
Lisbon
— 9 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Alcobaca
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​min
3
Nazare
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Figueira da Foz
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Braganca
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Braga
— 6 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
7
Tavira
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h
8
Albufeira
— 4 nights
Drive:  45​min
9
Lagos
— 10 nights
Drive:  3​h
End: Lisbon

9
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore and learn at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Museu do Fado / Fado Museum. Popular historic sites such as Castelo de S. Jorge and Belém Tower are in your itinerary. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Evora (Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana) & Capela dos Ossos) and Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Sintra National Palace, & more). Spend the 10th (Fri) on two wheels at Portugal Bike. And it doesn't end there: admire the striking features of Jeronimos Monastery, take in the spiritual surroundings of Carmo Convent, explore the world behind art at Museu Colecao Berardo, and take a stroll through Chiado.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lisbon vacation planner.

Atlanta, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 13-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Atlanta to Lisbon is 5 hours. Traveling from Atlanta in November, expect a bit warmer with lows of 50°F in Lisbon. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Alcobaca.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites Museums Neighborhoods

Side Trips

Sintra, Evora, National Palace of Queluz, Portugal Bike
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Museu Nacional do Azulejo ©
Museu Nacional do Azulejo
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos ©
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge

2
nights
Alcobaca

Alcobaca ©
Alcobaça is a city and a municipality in Oeste Subregion, region Centro in Portugal, formerly included in the Estremadura Province. On the 13th (Mon), take in the spiritual surroundings of Convento da Ordem de Cristo, steep yourself in history at Batalha Monastery, then enjoy the sand and surf at Paredes da Victoria Beach, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu Monografico do Barrio. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilica of Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima and then see the interesting displays at Casa-Estudio Carlos Relvas.

To find where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Alcobaca travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Lisbon to Alcobaca in 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Nazare.

Things to do in Alcobaca

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Convent of Christ, Batalha Monastery, Casa-Estudio Carlos Relvas, Basilica de Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima
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Convent of Christ ©
Convent of Christ
Batalha Monastery ©
Batalha Monastery

3
nights
Nazare

Nazare ©
Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. On the 15th (Wed), don't miss a visit to Buddha Eden Garden, kick back and relax at Baleal Beach, then delve into the distant past at Aqueduto da Usseira, and finally make a trip to Santuario do Senhor Jesus da Pedra. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Obidos Village, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santa Maria Church, make a trip to O Sitio, then get great views at Miradouro do Suberco, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré.

To see photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Nazare sightseeing planner.

Nazare is very close to Alcobaca. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Figueira da Foz.

Things to do in Nazare

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Obidos, Baleal Beach, Bacalhoa Buddha Eden
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Praia da Nazare ©
Praia da Nazare
Igreja de Santa Maria ©
Igreja de Santa Maria
Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré ©

2
nights
Figueira da Foz

Figueira da Foz ©
Figueira da Foz, also known as Figueira for short, is a city and a municipality in the Coimbra District, in Portugal. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): admire the striking features of Mosteiro de Santa Clara-a-Velha. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia da Figueira (Figueira Beach), then contemplate the long history of Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz, and then see the interesting displays at Cience Museum.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Figueira da Foz travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Nazare to Figueira da Foz in an hour. On the 19th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Braganca.

Things to do in Figueira da Foz

Historic Sites Outdoors Beaches

Side Trip

Coimbra
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Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz ©
Igreja e Mosteiro da Santa Cruz
Quinta das Lagrimas ©
Quinta das Lagrimas
Museu da Ciencia ©
Museu da Ciencia

2
nights
Braganca

Braganca ©
Bragança is a city and municipality in north-eastern Portugal, capital of the district of Bragança, in the Alto Trás-os-Montes subregion of Portugal. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): explore the striking landscape of Parque Natural de Montesinho. Here are some ideas for day two: step into the grandiose world of Castle of Braganza and then learn about all things military at Museu Militar De Bragança.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Braganca itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Figueira da Foz to Braganca takes 3.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Braga.

Things to do in Braganca

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Parque Natural de Montesinho
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Parque Natural de Montesinho ©
Parque Natural de Montesinho
Castle of Braganza ©
Castle of Braganza
Museu Militar De Bragança ©
Museu Militar De Bragança

6
nights
Braga

Braga ©
Referred to as the Portuguese Rome for its number churches, Braga represents an old town that today is the country's third-largest city. Situated in northwest Portugal, Braga boasts many narrow pedestrian streets, plazas, and spiritual pilgrimage destinations.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Bom Jesus do Monte and Igreja de Sao Francisco. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Guimaraes Castle and Santuario de Santa Luzia. Change things up with these side-trips from Braga: O Navio Gil Eannes (in Viana do Castelo) and Vila Nova de Gaia (Sandeman Porto, Teleferico de Gaia, & more). There's still lots to do: appreciate the extensive heritage of Centro Historico de Guimaraes, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Cathedral of Santa Maria de Braga, admire the striking features of Paco dos Duques de Braganca, and steep yourself in history at Largo da Oliveira Square.

To find ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Braga travel planner.

Getting from Braganca to Braga by car takes about 2.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Braga can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 48°F. On the 27th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Tavira.

Things to do in Braga

Historic Sites Wineries Museums

Side Trips

Guimaraes, Vila Nova de Gaia, Viana do Castelo
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Bom Jesus do Monte ©
Bom Jesus do Monte
Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco ©
Igreja e Convento de Sao Francisco
Largo da Oliveira ©
Largo da Oliveira

5
nights
Tavira

Tavira ©
Tavira has succeeded at escaping the flood of tourism that has affected other coastal Portuguese towns over the years.
Get some historical perspective at Old Town Faro and Ermida de Sao Sebastiao. Church of Sao Lourenco de Almancil and Igreja do Carmo are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore Tavira's surroundings by going to Sunride (in Olhao), Faro (Câmara Municipal De Faro & Faro Cathedral) and Museu do Traje do Algarve (in Sao Bras de Alportel). The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Monte Gordo Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Cabanas de Tavira beach, explore the historical opulence of Castelo de Castro Marim, and play a few rounds at Monte Rei Golf & Country Club.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Tavira sightseeing planner.

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train from Braga to Tavira in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Braga in November, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 54°F in Tavira. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) early enough to drive to Albufeira.

Things to do in Tavira

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Faro, Vila Nova de Cacela, Castro Marim, Saberes do Algarve, Praia de Monte Gordo
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Cabanas de Tavira Beach ©
Cabanas de Tavira Beach
Old Town Faro ©
Old Town Faro
Igreja do Carmo ©
Igreja do Carmo

4
nights
Albufeira

Albufeira ©
Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Appreciate the collections at Corte-Real Gallery and Cerro da Vila. Your inner history buff will appreciate Castelo de Silves and Igreja Matriz (Parish Church Nossa Senhora da Conceição). You'll find plenty of places to visit near Albufeira: Praia da Marinha (in Carvoeiro) and Museu Municipal de Arqueologia de Silves (in Silves). Pack the 4th (Mon) with family-friendly diversions at Zoomarine Algarve. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Falesia Beach, enjoy some diversion at Hot Wheels Raceway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia dos Olhos de Água, and wander the streets of Centro Historico de Albufeira.

To find reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Albufeira itinerary maker.

Getting from Tavira to Albufeira by car takes about an hour. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In December in Albufeira, expect temperatures between 63°F during the day and 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lagos.

Things to do in Albufeira

Outdoors Beaches Parks

Side Trips

Silves, Cerro da Vila, Praia da Marinha
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Falesia  Beach ©
Falesia Beach
Castelo de Silves ©
Castelo de Silves
Praia da Marinha ©
Praia da Marinha

10
nights
Lagos

Lagos ©
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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Studio Bongard and Museu Pintor Jose Cercas. Quinta Do Frances Winery and Arte Bongard are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Venture out of the city with trips to Montes da Fóia (in Monchique), Praia Da Rocha (in Praia da Rocha) and Sagres (Fortaleza de Sagres & Cape Saint Vincent). There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Praia Da Amoreira, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Alvor, and take in the dramatic natural features at Ponta da Piedade.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Lagos travel planner.

Traveling by car from Albufeira to Lagos takes an hour. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. December in Lagos sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 49°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 16th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Lagos

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Aljezur, Portimao, Monchique, Sagres, Praia da Luz
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Praia Da Rocha ©
Praia Da Rocha
Cape Saint Vincent ©
Cape Saint Vincent
Fortaleza de Sagres ©
Fortaleza de Sagres

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