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9-DAY ITINERARY

PORTUGAL

01/

Travel Day 

  • Travel to Lisbon, Portugal 

  • Rent car, spent night in Lisbon

02/

Explore Lagos & Algarve Coastline  

  • Drive to Lagos from Lisbon

  • Check-in lodging, lunch in Lagos

  • Explore by car:

    • Praia do Pinhão 

    • Forte da Ponta da Bandeira

    • Ponta da Piedade

    • Cape Saint Vincent

    • Fort of Santo Antonio

    • Fortaleza de Sagres de Belix

    • Salema Beach

03/

Coastal Trail Hike & More Exploration by Car

  • Morning: 

    • Drive to Carvoeiro to hike the Seven Hanging Valleys Trail​

  • Afternoon: Explore by Car- ​

    • ​Castelo de Silves

    • Monchique

    • Stop for pastry at Doce & Arte Pastelaria

    • Castelo de Aljezur

    • Pontal da Carrapateira

    • Estrada do Algar Seco

04/

Lagos Waterfront Walk & Day Trip to Tavira

  • Morning: 

    • Lago Waterfront Walk​

    • Coffee in Central Lagos

  • Afternoon In Tavira​

    • Roman Bridge​

    • Igreja da Misericórdia de Tavira

  • Return to Lago: ​

    • Praia da Coelha​

    • Stop in Carvoeiro for seaside happy hour

TIP:  Our original plan was to stay in Lisbon first and then go to the Algarve but when we had to reschedule due the pandemic, we had to flip-flop the plans. Either way works but if we had to do again, we'd start in Lisbon.  

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TIP: We used a tour guide but this could also be done on your own. 

05/

Road Trip from Algarve to Lisbon via the Coast

  • Drive from Lagos to Lisbon

  • Stop in: 

    • Vila Nova de Milfontes for lunch​

    • Sines for coffee at Vela D'ouro

  • Evening in Lisbon​

06/

Belém District of Lisbon

  • April Bridge

  • Belém Tower

  • The Monument of Discoveries

  • Monastery of Saint Jerome

  • Coffee at Pastéis de Belém

  • National Coach Museum

07/

Day Trip: Sintra

  • Early train to Sintra

  • Pena Palace

  • Castle of the Moors

  • Sintra National Palace

  • Central historic district of Sintra

08/

Lisbon

  • Castle Saint George

  • Free Walking Tour

  • Santa Justa Lift

  • Praça do Comércio

09/

Travel Home

  • Fly home

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TIP: Arrive early and start at Pena Palace to avoid worst of the crowds. Travel by train is easy and cheap. 

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