Portuguese Road Trip: Porto, Évora, Algarve & Lisbon

Includes flights & accommodation in Évora, Lisbon, the Algarve and Porto.

Visit four fabulous and very distinctive locations in Portugal with this amazing deal!

What's Included?

All flights and connections
Accommodations for your destinations
Rental Car
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All taxes & fees

Why we love this deal:

  • Enjoy the Freedom of Portugal's Open Roads: With a rental car at your disposal, explore these amazing destinations at your own pace and schedule. 
  • First Stop: Porto's Wine Heritage (3-nights). Make sure to indulge in the world-renowned port wine. Plus, you'll be just a short drive away from the Douro Valley, Guimarães, and Bragança, offering even more opportunities to explore Portugal's diverse beauty.
  • Next, the UNESCO City of Évora (2-nights). You'll explore a city rich in history and home to the unique Capela dos Ossos, a chapel adorned with human bones that draws curiosity from around the world. You can easily venture to nearby vineyards and savor the exquisite wines of the Alentejo region. 
  • Algarve, Europe's Best Beach Destination (3-nights): Head south and be mesmerized by striking cliffs like Ponta da Piedade, and pristine beaches like Praia da Marinha. Don't miss a captivating sunset at the "end of the world" viewpoint, Cabo de Sagres, and relish the region's abundant seafood delicacies along your journey.
  • Experience Lisbon's Diversity (3-nights): Embrace the chance to visit nearby gems like Sintra, where fairytale palaces stand, and Óbidos, a charming walled medieval town. Insider tip: add a delightful fado dinner to your trip for the ultimate cultural experience! 
  • Customizable: You have the flexibility to adjust the number of nights, and destinations, incorporate exciting local tours, or opt for a train journey instead of a car, all to create your perfect travel experience.

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Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrival in Porto

Welcome to Portugal! Collect your car rental from the airport and embark on your adventure.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Explore Porto's historic center, including landmarks like São Bento Station, Clérigos Tower, and Livraria Lello
  • Wander through the charming streets of Ribeira and enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Douro River
  • Visit the Porto Cathedral (Sé do Porto) and enjoy panoramic views from its terrace
  • Indulge in a traditional Portuguese dinner at a local restaurant: why not a francesinha?

Suggestion for the day:

  • Take a day trip to the Douro Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its vineyards and stunning landscapes
  • Visit vineyards and wine estates, and enjoy wine tastings of the famous Porto wine
  • Cruise along the Douro River and admire the terraced vineyards and picturesque villages
  • Optionally, visit the Douro Museum in Peso da Régua to learn about the region's wine production

Suggestion for the day:

  • Explore Guimarães

Drive to Guimarães (33 mi/ 54 km, approximately 40 minutes). Guimarães is known as the "Cradle City" of Portugal since it was here that the first King of Portugal, D. Afonso Henriques, was born. Associated with the formation of Portugal, the historic center of Guimarães was classified as an official World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The city is remarkably well-preserved, and its rich heritage and history is demonstrated by the graceful iron balconies, granite balconies, and porches, manor houses, arches connecting narrow streets, floor slabs smoothed by time, towers and cloisters that abound everywhere the eye can see. In this city, for a moment, it seems as if you stepped back in time to a medieval setting, where nobility built jaw-dropping villas, like the Casa Mota Prego, the Palácio de Vila Flor, do Toural and many others--all of which give Guimarães a unique and awe-inspiring atmosphere.

Highlights in Guimarães: 

  • Palace of the Dukes of Bragança
  • Guimarães Old Town
  • Guimarães Castle
  • Citânia dos Briteiros

The drive from Porto to Évora typically takes around 3 hours and 30 minutes to complete, covering a distance of approximately 405 kilometers (252 miles).

If you're looking for interesting stops along the route from Porto to Évora, both Aveiro and Coimbra make excellent choices:

  • Aveiro (The driving distance from Aveiro to Porto is 77 kilometers/ 48 miles)
    • Known as the "Venice of Portugal," Aveiro is famous for its picturesque canals, colorful moliceiro boats, and beautiful architecture.
    • Don't miss the opportunity to explore the historic city center, visit the Aveiro Museum, and savor traditional Portuguese cuisine, especially the regional delicacy, ovos moles.
  • Coimbra (The driving distance from Porto to Coimbra is approximately 122 kilometers/ 76 miles) 
    • Coimbra is home to one of Europe's oldest universities, the University of Coimbra, with its stunning architecture and libraries.
    • The city also boasts a rich history, and you can explore the Coimbra Old Cathedral, the Royal Palace of Coimbra, and the beautiful botanical gardens.
    • Take a stroll through the charming streets of Coimbra's old town and enjoy a meal at one of the local restaurants.

Once in Évora, here is our suggestion for the day:

  • Take a leisurely stroll through its charming downtown area.
    • Capela dos Ossos: Explore the intriguing Chapel of Bones.
    • Évora Cathedral: Admire the grand Évora Cathedral.
    • Roman Temple of Évora: Step back in time at the Roman Temple.
    • Diana’s Garden: Find serenity in Diana’s Garden.
    • Évora’s Winding Streets: Get lost in the picturesque streets of Évora.
    • Évora University: Explore the intellectual heart of the city.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Visit Évora’s City Walls, Aquecut of Évora, Mosteiro da Cartuxa, Almendres Cromlech and Monsaraz. We also suggest taking some time for a wine tasting experience.

Hit the road for the Algarve, a scenic drive of approximately 127 miles (204 km), taking around 2.5 hours.

Once in Algarve, here is our suggestion for the day:

  • Explore Lagos: Begin your Algarve adventure by exploring the vibrant town of Lagos.
    • Black and White Coffee Shop: Start your day with a delightful coffee at the Black and White Coffee Shop.
    • Camilo Beach: Enjoy the sun and sea at Camilo Beach, known for its stunning cliffs and clear waters.
    • Ponta da Piedade: Discover the breathtaking rock formations and caves of Ponta da Piedade.
    • Sunset in Cabo de São Vicente, Sagres: Conclude your day with a mesmerizing sunset at Cabo de São Vicente in Sagres, a place where the land meets the ocean in a dramatic setting.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Explore Albufeira City Center: Start your day by exploring the charming Albufeira City Center, where you can stroll through historic streets, visit local shops, and immerse yourself in the town's atmosphere.
    • Pescadores Beach: Spend some relaxing hours at Pescadores Beach, one of Albufeira's iconic sandy shores.
    • Oura Beach: Explore the lively Oura Beach, known for its vibrant atmosphere and water sports.
    • São Rafael Beach: Discover the picturesque São Rafael Beach, with its intriguing rock formations and clear waters.
    • Olhos da Água Beach: Enjoy the unique experience of Olhos da Água Beach, where freshwater springs bubble up through the sand.
    • Falésia Beach: Marvel at the striking red cliffs of Falésia Beach, providing a stunning backdrop for your seaside adventures.
    • Marina de Albufeira: Wrap up your day with a visit to Marina de Albufeira, where you can enjoy a leisurely walk, dine at waterfront restaurants, or simply soak in the harbor views.

Suggestions for the day:

  • Algar de Benagil Boat Tour: Algar de Benagil is a mesmerizing sea cave along Portugal's Algarve coast, known for its stunning natural architecture and the iconic shaft of sunlight that filters through its ceiling.
  • Ponta da Piedade Boat Tour: Explore the captivating caves and rock formations along Lagos' renowned 'Ponta da Piedade' coast. Depart from the Marina de Lagos, where knowledgeable local skippers will unveil the hidden wonders of this extraordinary coastline.

The driving distance from the Algarve to Lisbon is approximately 277.8 kilometers (172.6 miles), and the estimated driving time is around 2.5 hours.

Suggested stops along the way:

  • Setúbal: Begin your journey with a visit to Setúbal, where you can indulge in Moscatel wine tasting, explore the beautiful Península de Tróia, admire the dramatic cliffs of Cabo Espichel, and visit the historic Palmela castle. (244km/ 151mi)
  • Sesimbra: Consider a stop in Sesimbra to enjoy the sun at Califórnia Beach and marvel at the natural beauty of the Serra da Arrábida. (278km/ 172mi)
  • Almada: Visit Almada for a glimpse of the iconic Cristo Rei statue, offering breathtaking views of Lisbon. (269km/ 167mi)
  • Cascais: Explore Cascais, a charming coastal town known for its sandy beaches and vibrant atmosphere. (301km/ 187mi)

Suggestion for the day:

  • Visit the Chiado, Baixa, Belém and Bairro Alto district (Bairro Alto is known for its nightlife scene). Highlights: São Roque church, São Pedro de Alcântara garden, the ruins of Carmo church, Santa Catarina viewpoint, Luís de Camões Square, Torre de Belém, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, Pastéis de Belém, Augusta street, Terreiro do Paço, Santa Justa lift. 

Suggestion for dinner: Lisbon Fado Night With Dinner

Suggestion for the day:

  • Journey to Sintra: Set out on an enchanting day trip to Sintra, a place that has captivated the hearts of travelers for centuries. Today's journey transports you to the realms of fairytales and history in the enchanting town of Sintra, where every corner is a piece of wonder. 
    • Pena National Palace: Begin your adventure with a visit to the vibrant and whimsical Pena National Palace, a fairytale castle atop a hill that promises stunning views and jaw-dropping architecture.
    • Local Delights: Treat your taste buds to the delectable local pastries, travesseiros de Sintra, and sip on the sweet Ginginha liqueur, both of which are delightful Sintra specialties.
    • Quinta da Regaleira: Explore the mysterious and enchanting Quinta da Regaleira, a palace and estate filled with hidden tunnels, gardens, and symbolism.
    • Monserrate Palace: Discover the unique beauty of Monserrate Palace, known for its exotic gardens and eclectic architecture.
    • Moorish Castle: Ascend to the Moorish Castle, where ancient walls and towers offer commanding views of the surrounding landscape.
    • Old-Town Stroll: Conclude your day with a leisurely stroll through Sintra's charming old town, where you can soak in the atmosphere of this historic gem.

Thank you for choosing us! Wishing you a safe journey back home, and we look forward to the opportunity to travel with you again in the future.


*itinerary presented is a suggestion and the length of stay may vary. All tours are suggestions unless clearly stated.

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About the Destinations:

Lisbon

Lisbon, the cosmopolitan capital of Portugal and Europe's second-oldest capital (after Athens), has now become the new "it" destination for tourists visiting Europe. This is "The City of the Sea", "The City of the Explorers", once home to the world's greatest explorers like Vasco da Gama, Magellan and Prince Henry the Navigator. Lisbon is also the first true world city, the capital of an empire spreading over all continents, from South America (Brazil) to Asia (Macao, China; Goa, India). 

The people are charming, the food is some of the best in Europe, and the combination of old cobbled streets with a modern vibe make it a delightful experience for any visitor. Rich in history, architecture, culture and entertainment, this historical capital will surely captivate you. Enjoy strolling on the black and white mosaic cobblestone sidewalks, large boulevards and quaint alleyways. Visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and Torre de Belém) and the Moorish São Jorge Castle. Enjoy a typically Portuguese fado show in one of Alfama's Fado Houses.

Algarve

With this deal you will get to know the amazing Algarve region, known for having a Mediterranean climate and a great temperature all year round. As you travel across the Algarve, amidst its hills and plains filled with places of great ecological interest, rich in biodiversity and ecosystems, you will feel as though you are passing through an area full of different traditions, unchanged for many centuries.

While enjoying the Algarve, be sure to take time to visit some of the most impressive beaches in Europe, or lose yourself on any of the many fantastic trails available nearby, which will allow you to bask in the peace and stillness found in the middle of nature. When you need a break for lunch or dinner, don't forget to try the fresh and generally well-priced local fish and seafood.

Évora, Alentejo

The Alentejo region of Portugal is a feast for all the senses, from its northernmost tip to its sunkissed southern shores. While the north offers visitors pastoral scenery, like horses grazing in the flatland, the central portion of the region is marked by the vast plain with rows of cornflowers blowing in the wind. As one makes their way to the Alentejo coast, wild and unmarred natural beauty awaits to awe and inspire. 

The entire town of Évora has been an official World Heritage Site, classified as an open-air museum according to UNESCO, since 1986. It is this significant historical and cultural wealth that attracts more and more Portuguese and foreign visitors to come and experience this truly special place year after year.

Porto

Porto is a city of endless charms that combine a rich history, old buildings covered in colorful azulejos (hand-painted tiles), modern architecture, a picturesque riverfront, and a high-spirited atmosphere that celebrates the joy of life.

With an outstanding urban landscape and a 2,000-year old history, it’s a great place to wander around, especially its alley-woven medieval city center. You can also look forward to visiting the extravagant baroque churches, strolling along Ribeira with its picturesque houses and lively atmosphere, and admiring one of the most beautiful libraries in Europe, Livraria Lello.

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Reviews

9.3 Based on 9 reviews
Mariano, Delaware
05 Jan 2024
My wife and I truly enjoyed this trip. This 2-wk tour around Portugal was fantastic and allowed us to get to know the main regions of the country. This is our third trip with Portugal Getaways, and we expect to travel with you again in the future. I have already recommended you to family, friends, and work colleagues - many of who are seriously planning to to book their trips with to you. I would like also to recognize your excellent customer service team, always responsive, courteous, and able to address any questions.
Kathleen, Colorado
31 May 2023
Beautiful country- very nice hotels- driving was relatively simple and rental car worked out well.
Sandra, New Jersey
02 May 2023
Great exploratory trip.
Mariano, Delaware
05 Jan 2024
My wife and I truly enjoyed this trip. This 2-wk tour around Portugal was fantastic and allowed us to get to know the main regions of the country. This is our third trip with Portugal Getaways, and we expect to travel with you again in the future. I have already recommended you to family, friends, and work colleagues - many of who are seriously planning to to book their trips with to you. I would like also to recognize your excellent customer service team, always responsive, courteous, and able to address any questions.
Kathleen, Colorado
31 May 2023
Beautiful country- very nice hotels- driving was relatively simple and rental car worked out well.
Sandra, New Jersey
02 May 2023
Great exploratory trip.
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