Lisbon & Sunny Algarve: Road Trip

Visit the Algarve and Lisbon in one go.

Whether it's relaxing days spent by the beach or exploring iconic landmarks, this charming part of Europe has something to suit everyone’s tastes!

What's Included?

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

Why we love this deal:

  • This is not just a journey, it's a curated collection of extraordinary experiences. The Algarve and Lisbon are the perfect destinations for a memorable road trip. With stunning coastlines, breathtaking mountain ranges, vibrant cities, and captivating rural villages, this travel package is sure to delight any traveler.
  • Unveil the enchanting charms of the Algarve, with crystal-clear waters that will make you feel like you're in paradise. Go explore the local culture through ancient towns and villages where time has stood still.
  • Lisbon is filled with culture and excitement. Prepare to be captivated by the electric energy and rich history of Lisbon, Portugal's radiant capital city. Lose yourself amidst the cobbled streets of the Alfama district, where every corner reveals a new story waiting to be discovered.
  • We understand that value matters. Immerse yourself in the magic of Portugal worry-free with our exceptional value, leaving you free to embrace the unforgettable experiences that await.
  • Customize your adventure and let us tailor your itinerary to match your preferences, spending more or less time in each destination based on your interests and desired level of exploration.
Please note:
  • The itinerary is also available by train! Please reach out to our Customer Support team for further information. 

Itinerary

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Day 1
Arrive in Lisbon & Drive to the Algarve

Touch down in Lisbon and hit the road with a car rental to kickstart your adventure. Cruise to the Algarve (280 km / 173 miles), a scenic journey that takes around 3 hours.

Suggestion for the day:

  • Take the day to explore your hotel, its facilities and surrounding areas. 

Suggestion for the day:

  •  Explore Albufeira: With its sun-kissed beaches, stunning cliffs, secluded coves and centuries-old cobblestone streets, Albufeira never fails to capture its visitors’ hearts. Enjoy world–class seafood restaurants or take part in water activities such as swimming, surfing, boating and fishing. Explore historic landmarks such as Castelo de Paderne or shop like a local at the vibrant market stalls found around the city. 

Highlights include:

  • Albufeira City Centre
  • Pescadores beach
  • Oura Beach
  • São Rafael beach
  • Olhos da Água Beach
  • Falésia beach
  • Marina de Albufeira. 

Suggestion for the day: 

  • Explore Portimão: Take a stroll through historic sites and embrace the culture that surrounds you. Go further into nature while hiking or biking along winding trails in Rocha da Pena Park or explore the wide variety of bird species at the Rio Arade Nature Reserve.

 Highlights include:

  • Rocha Beach
  • Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar
  • Vau Beach
  • Fortaleza de Santa Catarina
  • Alvor Beach 

Suggestion for the day:

  • Visit Lagoa: Take a boat ride to the nearby grottoes of Benagil and Ponta de Piedade, or go for a swim on its lush beaches. Explore the cultural heritage of Lagoa by visiting museums, monuments, and historic sites such as Branquinha Church and Silves Castle. Enjoy fresh seafood, local Portuguese dishes, and international flavors all within reach – from small restaurants overlooking the river to Michelin-starred eateries. 

Highlights include:

  • Marina Beach & Rock Formations
  • Benagil Caves & Benagil Beach
  • Nossa Senhora da Rocha Beach
  • Vale Centeanes Beach
  • Carvalho Beach
  • Carvoeiro Beach

Check out from the hotel in the Algarve and drive to Lisbon (173 miles/ 280 km, approximately 3h).

Suggested stops on the way:

  • Setúbal (Moscatel Wine Tasting, Península de Tróia, Cabo Espichel, Palmela Castle, Creiro Beach)
  • Sesimbra (Califórnia Beach, Serra da Arrábida)
  • Almada (Cristo Rei)
  • Cascais

Suggestion for dinner: Lisbon Fado Night With Dinner

Suggestion for the day:

  • Visit Sintra: Historically known as being the illustrious home to Portugal’s most storied monarchs, the town of Sintra is not only historically relevant but aesthetically speaking, it is a true marvel of magnificence and romantic beauty. This dream destination is also known as being filled with heavenly mansions tucked among rolling green hillsides, and fantastical castles that make you feel as if you have stepped into an actual real-life fairytale, including must-see marvels of the Palácio Nacional de Sintra, Palácio da Pena, Quinta de Regaleira, the Castelo dos Mouros, and the Palácio de Monserrate.

Can’t Miss:

  • Pena National Palace
  • Local pastries (travesseiros de Sintra)
  • Ginginha (local licour)
  • Pena Palace
  • Quinta da Regaleira
  • Monserrate Palace
  • Moorish Castle
  • Old-Town 

Suggestion for the day:

  • Visit the UNESCO City of Évora: 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. 

Can’t Miss:

  • Sé Cathedral
  •  Roman Temple
  • Capela dos Ossos
  • Giraldo Square
  •  Évora university
  •  Água da Prata aquaduct
  • Cromlech of Almendres

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

Flexibility Policy

No Amendment Fees on Our End
We don’t charge for our work in changing the initial itinerary.
Full flexibility on Land Arrangements
Change the initial itinerary or cancel your land arrangements for any reason until 14 days before the trip, without penalty.
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Our experienced travel agents are available 7 days a week to help with any questions, requests, or issues from when you book until after you return from your trip.

About the Destinations:

Algarve

First, you'll visit Algarve, Portugal's premier holiday destination, with its breathtaking cliffs, golden beaches, scalloped bays and sandy islands. With this deal, you will get to know this amazing region, with 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.

When you're there take time to visit some of the most impressive beaches in Europe or lose yourself in fantastic trails in the middle of nature. When you need a break for lunch or dinner don't forget to try the fresh, and generally good priced fish and seafood.

Lisbon

Next you'll visit Lisbon, a city rich in history, architecture, culture and entertainment. It is a historical capital with a modern and vibrant atmosphere. In your stay in Lisbon, you will surely enjoy strolling on the black and white mosaic cobblestone sidewalks, large boulevards and quaint alleyways while feeling enticed by the city's many street-side cafes and delicious aroma of coffee and pastries.

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 also a melodic and typically Portuguese fado show in one of Alfama's Fado Houses accompanied by an elegant glass of Portugal's outstanding wine. Of course, a trip to Lisbon would not be complete without a taste of its famous pastries, Pastel de Belem and pastel de nata. Lisbon is a city for all the senses.

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7.9 Based on 70 reviews
Deborah, Florida
25 Oct 2023
We could not have been more pleased with the whole experience using Portugal Getaways.
Robert, South Carolina
04 May 2022
Overall good trip value and customer service from Portugal Getaways was attentive.
Donald Michael, Massachusetts
12 Mar 2019
This was our 3rd trip with Azores Getaways - Every aspect of the travel and vehicle rental went seamlessly ( 6 travelers/9 passenger van) . The accommodations were four star as promised, and everyone was cooperative with our lack of speaking Portuguese. The Algarve Area of Portugal was spectacular with its dramatic coastline - Each local community had its own unique beach with breathtaking views and best of all , public access to all beaches and waterfronts.
Deborah, Florida
25 Oct 2023
We could not have been more pleased with the whole experience using Portugal Getaways.
Robert, South Carolina
04 May 2022
Overall good trip value and customer service from Portugal Getaways was attentive.
Donald Michael, Massachusetts
12 Mar 2019
This was our 3rd trip with Azores Getaways - Every aspect of the travel and vehicle rental went seamlessly ( 6 travelers/9 passenger van) . The accommodations were four star as promised, and everyone was cooperative with our lack of speaking Portuguese. The Algarve Area of Portugal was spectacular with its dramatic coastline - Each local community had its own unique beach with breathtaking views and best of all , public access to all beaches and waterfronts.
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