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The Best Boutique Hotels in Évora

You can feel the history that overflows in Évora at every turn, especially in its lodgings. The best hotels in the city and its surroundings have impressive histories of their own, ranging from noble houses to olive oil production facilities to famous historic convents. Choose whether you want to stay in the city center or out in the Alentejo countryside, and see where the story takes you.

Walk among olive tree plantations in the Alentejo
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Portugal: Food Tour of Lisbon & Alentejo - 7 Days

Taste your way through Portugal's delights on this dynamic weeklong trip, where you'll savor local flavors, history, and culture. Foodies will love navigating Lisbon with the help of a guided food walking tour followed by a cooking class and a market visit with a local chef. Enjoy the sounds of iconic Fado music, explore spectacular castles and gardens in towns like Sintra, then lose yourself in the tranquility of Évora and the quiet tempo of rural Alentejo. 

Settle into the peaceful 5-star surroundings of Lourenço do Barrocal (photo courtesy Lourenço do Barrocal)
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Off-the-Beaten-Path Luxury in Portugal: Alentejo & Comporta - 7 Days

Step off Portugal's well-trodden tourist path with this luxury, weeklong road trip. Drive from Lisbon to the unspoiled Alentejo region, where you'll soar over the ancient city of Évora in a hot-air balloon, stargaze in Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve, and explore the region's wineries and cork forests by private Jeep. The road trip continues to Comporta on the sparkling Atlantic coast for a boat trip in Arrábida Marine Reserve and horseback riding along deserted, white-sand beaches.

Explore vineyards and olive oil estates on this journey through Iberian culture and cuisine
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Luxury Journey Through Portugal & Spain: Culture, Countryside & Gastronomy - 10 Days

Discover the cultural and gastronomic highlights of Portugal and Spain on this luxury 10-day trip. You'll take private tours of UNESCO-listed landmarks, from Sintra's hilltop castles to Seville's Alcázar, and a stay at Granada's Alhambra fortress. Culinary adventures include wine tasting in Portugal's rural Alentejo region, an Iberian ham experience, and touring a historic Andalusian olive oil estate. Along the way, stay in historic hotels, gorge on tapas, and witness traditional flamenco performances.

Lisbon, Portugal
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Gastronomy and Wine in Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Douro Valley - 10 Days

Indulge your tastebuds in this tour of Portugal's gastronomy and wine, starting in vibrant Lisbon with a visit to the famous Mercado do Livramento in Setúbal, followed by a wine tasting tour in the charming city of Évora. Next you'll explore Portugal's rural countryside with visits to a historic olive grove, a cork farm, and the humble Schlist Mountain Villages, plus take a cooking class amongst the ruins of Marialva and drive out to the gorgeous vineyards of the Douro River Valley. End your trip in Porto where you'll watch the fishermen barter their daily catch and tour a sardine cannery.

Enjoy luxury stays, such as Casa do Rio Wine Hotel
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Off-the-Beaten-Path Luxury in Portugal: Douro Valley, Alentejo & Comporta - 10 Days

Discover Portugal's lesser-visited treasures on this luxury 10-day tour. Begin by road-tripping to a remote corner of the Douro Valley to taste fine wines and uncover the region's prehistoric rock art. Next, continue to rural Alentejo for stargazing in Alqueva Dark Sky Reserve and a hot-air balloon ride over the UNESCO-listed town of Évora. The trip ends in peaceful Comporta on the Atlantic coast, where you'll sail the Arrábida Marine Reserve and ride horses along the rugged coastline.

Explore Porto's Old Town that sits on the Douro River
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Lisbon, Porto & Évora: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting Lisbon, Porto, and Évora spend about 10 to 13 days in Portugal, which usually includes some time in the Algarve. If you're only headed to Lisbon, Porto, and Évora, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in 9 to 11 days. With less time, however, it's still possible to see the highlights in as few as six to eight days. Read on for the best itineraries, including Lisbon, Porto, and Évora.

A scenic road near the village of Sintra
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Portugal Relaxed Self-Drive: Lisbon, Porto, Évora - 10 Days

This road trip is ideal for those who want to experience Portugal's two biggest cities and rural countryside at a relaxed pace. After strolling around Lisbon with a guide, you'll make your way north to UNESCO-listed Porto and its nearby mountains and vineyards. Finish off in the medieval town of Évora with plenty of free time to explore the Alentejo—a vast region known for olive groves, cork production, and rustic cuisine.

The Algarve's golden beaches near Lagos
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Essential Portugal: Lisbon, Alcobaça, Évora & Lagos - 12 Days

In just 12 days, this action-packed Portugal itinerary introduces you to charming cities, unspoiled countryside, and world-class beaches. Get to know Lisbon in-depth with a series of walking, biking, and culinary tours, then set off on a road trip—winding your way south from medieval Alcobaça through the cork groves and vineyards of the Alentejo. Your journey comes to an end in Lagos, with boat trips and beach time on the stunning Algarve coast.

Crashing waves in Porto, Portugal's second largest city
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Best of Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Douro Valley & More - 14 Days

This exciting two-week itinerary combines cosmopolitan cities, medieval architecture, and spectacular beaches for a Portuguese trip of a lifetime. After exploring Lisbon with a local guide, you'll stay in the fairy tale village of Sintra and the surf town of Nazaré. Then work your way north to UNESCO-listed Porto and its nearby wine region before heading to the university town of Évora. End the trip in pure bliss with some beach time in the western Algarve.

Join a walking tour of Portugal's capital to see the sights
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Romantic Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Évora, Douro Valley & Algarve - 14 Days

Experience Portugal's beauty and romanticism in this two-week road trip that showcases the variety of the Portuguese landscape, from the city to villages and beaches. You'll experience the art and culture of Lisbon, see the fairy-tale town of Sintra, sip wine in Porto, and explore the wonders of Évora.

Roman Temple, UNESCO World Heritage Site in Évora
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Discover Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Évora & the Algarve - 10 Days

See the highlights of Portugal's cities, beaches, and gorgeous towns on this fantastic itinerary that takes you through the country's must-see gems. Explore the urban centers of Lisbon and Porto with the help of experts, in-the-know-locals, and unique opportunities to see—and taste!—the incredible vibrancy of Portugal. You'll also visit tiny villages, imposing palaces, and picturesque beach towns off the beaten path. This trip plan is an excellent option if it's your first time in the country!

Views across the Alentejo from Évora's medieval cathedral
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Explore Portugal's Culture & Cuisine: Évora, Porto & Lisbon - 9 Days

Combining equal parts history, culture, and gastronomy, this nine-day itinerary is the perfect introduction to Portugal. Start in the captivating city of Évora before moving on to Porto and Lisbon—discovering the plentiful highlights and hidden corners in between. Marvel at the ancient ruins of Templo Romano, refine your palate with a day of wine tasting in the Douro Valley, get lost in the medieval walls of Óbidos, and save room for an unforgettable food tour through Lisbon's most authentic neighborhoods.

See the red-roofed buildings of historic Alfama neighborhood in Lisbon
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Lisbon, Porto, Évora & the Douro Valley: Best Itinerary Ideas

Eight to 12 days is an excellent length for a Portugal trip, with stops in Lisbon, Porto, Évora, and the Douro Valley. If you don't mind a fast-paced adventure, you can see the highlights of this route in less time—as few as a week. Alternatively, extend your trip and explore more of the country—some of the best-loved trip extensions include Lagos, Tomar, or Coimbra. Get inspired with the Lisbon, Porto, Évora, and Douro Valley trip ideas below.

Tour UNESCO-listed cities, such as Lisbon on a luxury tour that also includes Spain
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Luxury Journey Through Portugal & Spain: Culture, Countryside & Gastronomy - 14 Days

Get a taste of Portugal and Spain's diverse cuisine and culture on this luxury, two-week tour. You'll sample everything from traditional tapas in Seville to Porto's world-famous wines and Andalusian olive oils. Take a traditional Portuguese cooking class and catch a flamenco performance in Granada, staying at historic, 5-star hotels en route. Cultural highlights include private tours of UNESCO-listed landmarks in the history-steeped cities of Seville, Granada, Lisbon, and Porto.

 Head to Coimbra and explore its historic and impressive university
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Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto & Évora: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers will find that 11 to 14 days is perfect for a well-paced Portugal trip with stops in Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, and Évora. It's also possible to hit the highlights in 9 or 10 days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Algarve, Douro Valley, or Lagos. Keep reading for more inspiring Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, and Évora itineraries.

 Roman Temple of Diana in Évora
Map of Lisbon, Porto, Évora & the Algarve: Best Itinerary Ideas
Lisbon, Porto, Évora & the Algarve: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most travelers, 10 to 13 days is the perfect time for a Portugal trip with stops in Lisbon, Porto, Évora, and the Algarve. It's possible to hit the highlights in eight or nine days if you don't mind a fast-paced journey. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each stop or a few days in another region like Cascais, Coimbra, or the Douro Valley. See below for more itinerary ideas for Lisbon, Porto, Évora, and the Algarve.

Venture deep into the Douro Valley to find a vineyard-set retreat (photo courtesy of Casa do Rio Wine Hotel)
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Off-the-Beaten-Path Luxury in Portugal: Porto, Douro Valley, Alentejo, Comporta & Lisbon - 14 Days

Experience Portugal's hidden gems on this two-week luxury tour. You'll journey to far-flung regions off the tourist trail, from Portugal's only national park, Peneda-Gerês, to rural Alentejo and the wild Comporta coastline. Along the way, uncover prehistoric rock art and visit vineyards in the UNESCO-listed Douro Valley, go stargazing and enjoy hot-air balloon rides over the countryside, and charter a private boat to explore the wonders of Arrábida Marine Reserve.

Freshly grilled Portuguese fish with lemon and herbs
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Food and Wine in Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Évora, Douro Valley - 10 Days

This trip is perfect for the epicurean and all-around bon vivant! Spend ten days traveling through Portugal's culinary epicenters and exploring its dynamic and unforgettable wine regions. You'll take food tours in city centers, visit a marketplace with a chef (then take a cooking class!), go wine tasting, and learn the stories and traditions behind Portuguese cuisine and libations. And, of course—no trip to Portugal would be complete without a lesson (and tasting or two) of iconic Port wine.

Moorish Castle in Sintra
Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 10 Days

This 10-day tour guides you through Portugal's Jewish heritage, starting in quintessential villages like Marvão and Castelo de Vide, as well as the hillside medieval towns of Monsanto, and Sortelha. Explore the historic sites of Évora and Belmonte, then make your way to the Douro Valley for a wine tasting and a river cruise. End your trip with walking tours in the cities of Porto and Lisbon, plus a visit to the Pena Palace in Sintra and the Portuguese Riviera.

A view of the cliffs and beach of Cabo de Roca or the "edge of the world"
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Self-Drive Portugal: Lisbon, Évora & the Algarve - 11 Days

Adventurous and independent travelers will love this 11-day itinerary that takes you on the road through Portugal's fascinating history and epic landscape. You'll spend some time exploring Lisbon, one of the oldest cities in the world, before driving north to Évora, where you will find prehistoric sites and towns fit for queens. You'll then head back down south to the Algarve, where you'll be blown away by the wild ruggedness and incredible beaches of southern Portugal's famous coastline.

Medieval Synagogue in Castelo de Vide, Portugal
Portugal's Jewish Heritage, Lisbon, Porto and the Douro Valley - 8 Days

Starting with visits to synagogues, museums, and monuments in the small towns of Belmonte, Marvão, and Castelo de Vide, this tour takes you through the history of the Jewish communities in Portugal. Along the way, visit the Douro River Valley to taste wine and ride Rabelo boats, then enjoy a guided tour of Sintra and its National Palace of Pena. End in Porto and Lisbon, where you'll explore architecture, culture, and Jewish heritage.

Explore the coves and grottoes of the Algarve by kayak and private catamaran
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Luxury Adventure in Portugal: Lisbon, Lagos & Évora- 10 Days

Experience the laid-back luxury of Portugal with this 10-day trip that takes you from Lisbon to the coast and countryside. Start in the capital, where you'll explore the city with private e-bike and Segway tours. Take a day trip to mystical Sintra, then venture south to the Algarve to sail through the stunning Benagil Caves and paddle around Ponta da Piedade. Finally, head inland to Évora and cap off the adventure with a hike along an ancient Roman aqueduct.

Sip port wine along Porto's historic riverfront
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Luxury Portugal Flavors & Culture Tour - 10 Days

Savor the best of Portuguese luxury, gastronomy, and culture with this 10-day trip. You'll explore the country's rich cuisine and heritage, going deeper with tasting tours, a premium port wine cellar experience, a day trip to the Douro Valley, and multiple Michelin-starred dining experiences. Best of all, as you eat your way across Lisbon, Porto, Évora, and Cascais, you'll stay exclusively in lavish 5-star hotels, including historic palaces and forts that add an element of culture to your adventure.

Grape vines and vineyards in the Douro Valley
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Portugal for Food & Wine Lovers: Lisbon, Alentejo, Douro Valley & Porto - 15 Days

Taste your way through Lisbon, Évora, the Douro Valley, and Porto on this gastronomic 15-day tour of Portugal. Besides hitting up landmarks, see Lisbon's local markets and taste national delicacies. Enjoy agritourism in the Alentejo region as you visit wineries, cork farms, and olive oil estates. Ride a bike through the vineyards of the Douro Valley, then head to Porto for a private cooking class and more wine tasting.

Lisbon
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Highlights of Portugal and Marrakech - 11 Days

Indulge your senses as you take in the unforgettable sights, flavors, and sounds of Portugal and Marrakech, Morocco on this adventure. Explore the vibrant cities of Lisbon and Porto before making your way to the charming towns and villages of the countryside. Then pop over to Marrakech to roam the souks and the medina before heading back to artsy Lisbon.

Views over Lisbon and the Tagus River
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Highlights of Portugal & Spain: Lisbon to Madrid - 13 Days

Journey through the heart of the Iberian Peninsula on this epic, 13-day itinerary. Start in Portugal to wander Lisbon's atmospheric neighborhoods, discover the hilltop palaces of Sintra, and immerse yourself in Évora's ancient history. Then it's time to head east into Spain, where Andalusian culture and cuisine come alive in Seville and Granada. Your adventure ends in Madrid, where you'll get to know the Old Masters at the Prado Museum and take a flavorful tapas tour through the capital.

Panorama of Castelo de Vide
Portugal's Jewish Heritage, Lisbon, Porto and the Douro Valley - 7 Days

Start your exploration of Portugal's Jewish heritage in the small towns of Évora, Belmonte, Marvão, and Castelo de Vide, where you'll visit synagogues, museums, monuments, and cemeteries, all while learning about the history of the region. On your way to the Douro River Valley for a wine tasting and rabelo boat ride, you'll stop at the house of Sousa Mendes, a Portuguese resister during WWII. End your trip with guided architecture and Jewish heritage tours in Porto and Lisbon.

Medieval Sephardic Synagogue in Óbidos
Map of Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 9 Days
Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 9 Days

This trip combines small towns of significant Jewish heritage with big cities and tranquil nature. Start by exploring the city of Évora, stopping in the historic villages of Marvão, Castelo de Vide, and Belmonte as you make your way to the scenic Douro Valley for a wine tasting and river cruise. You'll discover Jewish history in Porto and Lisbon, then enjoy a guided tour of the Pena Palace in Sintra and the beautiful Portuguese Riviera along the coast.

Famous Yellow Trams of Lisbon
Portugal's Jewish Heritage: Lisbon, Porto & the Douro Valley - 6 Days

Discover Portugal's Jewish heritage, starting in the towns of Évora, Belmonte, Marvão, and Castelo de Vide, where you'll explore synagogues, museums, monuments, and old Jewish quarters while hearing stories of the region's history. Visit the house of Sousa Mendes, an unsung hero of the resistance, while you make your way to the picturesque Douro Valley. End your trip in Porto and Lisbon, where you'll enjoy guided tours through the cities, admiring the architecture and learning about the importance of Jewish culture.

 Once in Évora, check out the historic sites, like the Cathedral of Évora
Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Évora & the Algarve: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Portugal typically plan a trip for about 15 days when combining Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Évora, and the Algarve with Douro Valley. If you're not interested in Douro Valley, 13 to 15 days is enough for your Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Évora, and Algarve trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as 11 or 12 days. For the best itineraries, including Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Évora, and the Algarve, read below.

Walk in the footsteps of the Romans at Évora's Templo Romano
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Explore the History & Heritage of Portugal & Morocco - 21 Days

Discover the historic treasures and UNESCO World Heritage sites of Portugal and Morocco on this epic 21-day tour. Set off from Porto to uncover Knights Templar legends in Tomar, the ancient university town of Coimbra, and the Roman ruins of Évora. Wander colorful Lisbon before hopping over to Morocco, where the Imperial Cities of Marrakesh, Rabat, and Fes await. After day trips to historic highlights like Aït Benhaddou, Volubilis, and Chefchaouen, your trip winds down in coastal Casablanca.

Blue skies over Évora's medieval cathedral
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Historic Portugal: Évora, Coimbra, Douro Valley, Porto & Lisbon - 12 Days

This 12-day itinerary takes you on an epic journey through Portugal's cultural highlights and compelling history. Check off the major cities and iconic sites while seeking out a bounty of lesser-visited gems in between. Climb the towering, tiled staircase of Lamego, cruise down the Douro River in a traditional rabelo boat, cross the legendary bridge of Amarante, sip fortified wine in the riverside cellars of Porto, and gaze out over Lisbon's colorful rooftops from the medieval Castelo de S. Jorge.

Portugal's famous custard tarts are a must-try in Porto
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Explore Portugal's Culture & Cuisine: Porto, Lisbon, Évora & the Algarve - 12 Days

Enjoy Portugal's cultural highlights with the generous help of gastronomy on this delicious 12-day adventure. Start in Porto for wine tasting and river cruising, then head to Lisbon to see the city by tuk-tuk and sample its best street food and snacks. After a week of guided tours and transfers, switch to a rental car for a road trip through the Alentejo to the spectacular Algarve coast—visiting hilltop villages, historic vineyards, and world-class beaches.

Explore Portugal's Alentejo region and its historic center of Évora
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Gems of Portugal & Morocco - 21 Days

Uncover the highlights of Portugal and Morocco with this three-week exploration across two continents. Discover beauty in Porto and Lisbon, go wine tasting in the Douro Valley, swim at Algarve beaches, and unearth history and olive oil in Évora. Then board a plane for Marrakesh, where a fragrant world of spices and intrigue awaits. Join a street food tour, then begin a rewarding journey to the dunes of a Saharan desert camp. Spend two nights in the ever-shifting sands before ending in Fes.

Discover unique flavors and culinary traditions between Portugal and Morocco
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Culinary Journey Through Portugal & Morocco - 21 Days

This 21-day culinary trip through Portugal and Morocco serves up a spellbinding blend of flavors and traditions. Explore Portugal's countryside, coast, and cities with wine and olive oil tastings, foodie experiences, and beach time before flying south. In Morocco, you'll dine with local families, master traditional cooking techniques, eat street food, and indulge in the luxury of a Saharan desert camp. Over three weeks you'll get to know the culinary side of Porto, Lisbon, Évora, Algarve, Marrakesh, and Fes.

Sunset from the Cabo da Roca near Lisbon
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Ultimate Portugal Tour: Lisbon, Porto, The Algarve, Douro Valley & More - 14 Days

This itinerary includes Portugal's two biggest cities, a slew of historic villages, and some spectacular beaches for an epic adventure to remember. Start in up-and-coming Lisbon to explore ancient ruins and trendy districts before going north to UNESCO-listed Porto (and its nearby wine region). You'll also get time in the university towns of Évora and Coimbra—each with its medieval attractions and dining scenes—before kicking back for a few days in the Algarve.

Stroll past Porto's beautiful azulejo-tiled buildings
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Ultimate Portugal: Porto, Coimbra, Évora & Lisbon: 13 Days

Brimming with culture, history, gastronomy, and a dash of outdoor adventure, this 13-day itinerary has something for everyone. Start in Porto for food tours, wine tasting, and day trips into Portugal's unspoiled north, then continue through Coimbra and Évora to look at stately cities and the sweeping plains of the Alentejo. End in Lisbon to explore the capital and surrounding countryside—home to seaside villages, fairy tale castles, and nature parks.

Carvoeiro village in the Algarve
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Portugal Castles, Beaches & Vineyards: Lisbon to the Algarve - 13 Days

See Portugal from north to south and east to west on this incredible 13-day tour. Start in hilly Lisbon, made bright and airy by its colorful houses. Visit castles in Sintra, and indulge in wine-centric activities in the Douro Valley and Porto. Head down to Alentejo for Roman ruins and picturesque medieval towns. The last stop is the wild and beautiful Algarve, known for beaches marked by impressive cliffs and sea rocks.

Porto's colorful riverfront
Portugal Relaxed Self-Drive: Lisbon, Porto, Évora & Lagos - 14 Days

This two-week Portuguese odyssey combines cities, countryside, and coast for a road trip to remember. Savor traditional cuisine in Lisbon, lose yourself in the riverside neighborhoods of Porto, explore vineyards and cork forests around Évora, and soak up some sun on the golden beaches of Lagos. Along the way, a series of guided tours introduce you to the culture and customs of each city, while plenty of downtown means you can cut loose and choose your own adventure on day trips.

Enjoy time with the family on any of the beautiful beaches along the Algarve coast
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Ultimate Family Trip to Portugal: Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon, Évora & the Algarve - 14 Days

With two weeks in Portugal, you and your family can enjoy the ultimate child-friendly trip that combines cities, countryside, and plenty of beach time. Explore Lisbon and Porto's historic, vibrant cities, go hiking in the Peneda-Gerês National Park, and check out the fairy-tale towns of Sintra and Coimbra. Then it's time to grab a rental car and head south across the Alentejo plains to end your adventure dolphin-watching and beach-hopping on the sun-soaked Algarve coast.

Sunset over Lisbon's Alfama district
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Epic Portugal: Lisbon to the Algarve - 15 Days

From historic cities to rural countryside and rugged coastlines, you'll delve deep into Portugal on this 15-day grand tour. Hop between Lisbon and Porto for cosmopolitan cuisine and countless cultural highlights, then head south through Coimbra, Évora, and the Alentejo plains to reach the wild Algarve coast—where a relaxing itinerary of boat trips and beach time awaits.

Explore the cobbled streets in charming Óbidos
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Portugal from North to South: Porto, Lisbon, Algarve, Évora & Coimbra - 14 Days

This two-week itinerary explores Portugal's diverse landscapes and cultural treasures, journeying from the north to the south, ticking off coastal and countryside scenes. Start in captivating Porto and visit the Douro Valley before heading south to colorful Lisbon via Nazaré and Óbidos. Visit the enchanting village of Sintra, then continue to the sun-kissed beaches of the Algarve. Return north via a relaxed inland route, stopping at ancient Évora, charming Coimbra, and coastal Aveiro.

Sip port wine along the banks of Porto's Douro River
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Luxury Portugal Flavors & Culture Tour - 14 Days

This two-week journey is designed for those seeking a more luxurious style of travel, with 5-star hotels and bespoke food and wine experiences. Over 14 days, you'll partake in gastronomic walking tours, a premium port wine tasting, a hands-on cooking class, and dine at Michelin-starred restaurants. Explore the captivating cities of Lisbon and Porto, savor the natural wonders of Serra da Estrela, embrace the historic charm of Évora, and unwind in the coastal elegance of Cascais.

Your 5-star accommodations include a waterfront Algarve resort (photo courtesy of Palmares Beach Resort)
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Luxury Adventure in Portugal: Lisbon, Lagos, Évora, Porto & Cascais - 14 Days

Portugal is the perfect destination for a luxurious and laid-back adventure. This 14-day itinerary takes you across the nation, from Lisbon to Porto via the Algarve coast and Alentejo countryside. Start in the capital with private e-bike and Segway tours, then venture south to the Algarve, where you'll sail and kayak around rock formations and sea caves. Head inland to ancient Évora for an ancient aqueduct hike, tick off Porto with a bridge climb and river cruise, and finish in seaside Cascais.

The emerald landscape of São Miguel Island
Portugal: The Azores, Lisbon & Porto - 14 Days

Spend two weeks taking in the best of Portugal's scenery, history, food, and wine. This trip begins with three days in the Azores on the gorgeous green isle of São Miguel; discover the charming city of Ponta Delgada, sample local delicacies, go whale watching, and admire the island on a fantastic hike. You'll then head to Lisbon for two days of city life, followed by a string of beautiful towns and UNESCO World Heritage sites. End your stay with time in Porto and enjoy tasting flights of incredible Porto wine in the sweeping romance of the Douro Valley. 

Sandstone formations at Camilo Beach (two beaches connected through a tunnel)
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Portugal: Lisbon, Évora & Lagos - 7 Days

This is the ultimate weeklong introduction to Portugal's southern half. The trip starts in the vibrant capital of Lisbon, where you'll tour the city—and nearby villages—with a local. From here, drive into the Alentejo region for a night in ancient Évora's inner-walled town. Finish the adventure with a train ride to coastal Lagos for fabulous beaches and stunning views in and around the Algarve.

Camilo Beach in Lagos
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Portugal Grand Tour: Lisbon, Porto, the Algarve & More - 15 Days

Get a complete Portuguese experience with this 15-day trip that hits the country's north, south, and west. Begin with tours of Lisbon and the fairy-tale castles of Sintra, then head north to sample the wines and flavors of Porto and the Douro Valley. Meet Portuguese history in medieval Coimbra, fortified Óbidos, and the ancient Roman city of Évora. Venture back south to the pristine coast of the Algarve to end your journey relaxing on its world-famous beaches.

Porto's vibrant riverfront
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Ultimate Portugal: Porto, Lisbon, Évora & Lagos - 15 Days

From the north's winding rivers and wine country to the stunning southern coast, this epic 15-day itinerary gives you an in-depth look at Portugal's many wonders. Sample local wines and gastronomy in Porto, see the cobbled streets of Lisbon by foot and tram, and head into the Alentejo countryside for ancient history and medieval grandeur in Évora. After a busy schedule of tours, day trips, and excursions, settle into a slower pace of life amid the golden cliffs and sweeping beaches of the Algarve.

The Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte in Braga
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Explore the History & Heritage of Portugal & Morocco - 14 Days

Learn about the rich history of the Iberian peninsula and North Africa on this two-week trip. Begin with a foodie tour of Porto, then explore Évora's heritage. Move on to Lisbon to see the city's attractions and enjoy some fado music. Next, get to know the 19th-century palaces of Sintra before flying to Morocco. Savor Marrakesh's street food, visit the capital of Rabat, see the Roman ruins at Volubilis, and explore Fes' medina before finishing your journey with a tour of Casablanca's Hassan II Mosque.

Cycle past some of Sintra's most iconic landmarks, like Pena Palace
Map of Portugal Cities & Landscapes: Porto, Douro Valley, Evora, Lisbon & the Algarve - 16 Days
Portugal Cities & Landscapes: Porto, Douro Valley, Evora, Lisbon & the Algarve - 16 Days

Explore Portugal's iconic landscapes and colorful cities on this 16-day trip for culture and nature lovers. Kick things off in Porto with a food tour, then discover the city in style in a vintage car. With plenty of free time in between, you'll sample port wine and hop on a river cruise in the Douro Valley, dive into Lisbon's traditional fado music, cycle past the castles of Sintra, and relax on the golden beaches of the Algarve.

Colorful houses in Porto's Ribeira district
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Discover Portugal & Southern Spain: Porto, Douro Valley, Lisbon, Évora & Seville - 12 Days

This 12-day Iberian adventure checks off the highlights of Portugal, then hops over the border for an interlude in southern Spain. Explore Porto's lively riverside Ribeira district, sip local wines in the Douro Valley, and lose yourself in the beauty of live fado music in Lisbon. After heading across the Alentejo plains to Évora, turn south for food tours and flamenco in the sunbaked streets of Seville.

The Old Quarter in Seville, Spain
Map of Porto, Lisbon, the Algarve & Sevilla - 21 Days
Porto, Lisbon, the Algarve & Sevilla - 21 Days

See the very best of Portugal and western Andalucía with a perfect mix of highlights and the off-the-beaten-track treasures. Start in Porto, then continue down the coast through historic Lisbon to the beautiful beaches of the Algarve. Continue to Seville to soak in Andalucia's culture and gastronomy, then end your trip in metropolitan Madrid for stunning art museums and bustling city avenues.

The glow of sunset along the canals of Aveiro
Map of Coastal Portugal: Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve - 10 Days
Coastal Portugal: Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve - 10 Days

Escape to the coast on this gorgeous 10-day exploration that includes ample time in Porto and Lisbon and stops through charming seafaring towns with fantastic beaches, delicious fresh seafood, and dramatic coastlines. Go hiking in the unparalleled beauty of Peneda-Gerês National Park, hit the waves in the surfing hotspot of Sagres, and laze in the sand on the Instagram-worthy beaches of the Algarve. 

The rocky coast of Lagos in Portugal's Algarve region
Map of Portugal from North to South: Porto to the Algarve - 11 Days
Portugal from North to South: Porto to the Algarve - 11 Days

Mix vibrant cities, stunning landscapes, and a dash of gastronomy for the ultimate 11-day Portuguese adventure. From the cobblestone alleys of Porto to the golden beaches of the Algarve, you'll wind your way south with an itinerary full of curated excursions. Sip world-class wines in the Douro Valley, browse the Baroque library of Coimbra, experience live fado music in Lisbon, and admire 2,000-year-old Roman ruins in Évora.

Wind through the terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley
Map of Portugal Road Trip: Lisbon, Évora, Douro & Porto - 10 Days
Portugal Road Trip: Lisbon, Évora, Douro & Porto - 10 Days

Portugal's historic cities and unspoiled countryside are the main focus of this 10-day, self-drive adventure. Heading north from Lisbon, you'll take your time exploring the hilltop villages of the Alentejo and the famed wine country of the Douro Valley before reaching riverside Porto and its vibrant culinary scene. Loop south again to return to the capital at a leisurely pace—discovering medieval towns, fishing villages, and the wild Atlantic coastline along the way.

Winding road through the Douro Valley
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Self-Drive Portugal & Santiago de Compostela - 11 Days

Hit the road in postcard-perfect Portugal on this 11-day itinerary that explores the rich history, curious culture, and delicious food and wine of the country's northern half. Start in the colorful capital Lisbon and weave your own pilgrimage north to Spain's Santiago de Compostela, before heading south again. Beyond ticking off the big cities of Lisbon and Porto, you'll soak up the history of Coimbra, Guimarães, Braga, Évora, and Tomar, and taste the country's famous port wine at the source.

Jewish Quarter in Castelo de Vide, Portugal
Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 13 Days

Explore the history and heritage of Portugal's Jewish communities in this 13-day tour, which guides you through cities like Porto, Lisbon, Évora, and Tomar, as well as Sintra and the National Palace of Pena. You'll enjoy a wine tasting and river cruise in the Douro Valley, plus visits to Almourol Castle, the Portuguese Riviera, and the monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça. Discover synagogues, old Jewish quarters, monuments, and museums in the country's small villages of Belmonte, Monsanto, and Sortelha, as well as Monsaraz, Elvas, and Castelo de Vide.

Bridge of S. Gonçalo in Amarante, Portugal
Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 14 Days

This trip takes you from north to south, discovering Portugal's Jewish heritage with city tours in Porto, Lisbon, Évora, and Tomar, plus a visit to Sintra with its National Palace of Pena and the Portuguese Riviera. Relax in the Douro Valley with a wine tasting and a river cruise, and then explore the monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça, the castle in Amourol, and the synagogue and old Jewish quarter of Castelo de Vide. Other highlights include the community museum in Belmonte, the Amoreira Aqueduct in Elvas, and Amarante's iconic stone bridge.

Almourol, Portugal
Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 11 Days

Explore Portugal's Jewish history with guided tours of cities like Porto, Lisbon, and Évora, visiting synagogues, museums, monuments, and castles. You'll learn all about Jewish heritage in the small villages of Portugal, such as Belmonte, Monsanto, Trancoso, and Sortelha, plus discover the Templar City of Tomar. Enjoy the Douro River Valley with a wine tasting and a boat cruise, then end your trip with a tour of Sintra, National Palace of Pena, and the Portuguese Riveria. 

Castelo de Vide, Portugal
Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 12 Days

This trip takes you through Portugal's Jewish history, with guided tours of several cities and sites, including Lisbon, Porto, Évora, Belmonte, and the monasteries of Batalha and Alcobaça. You'll explore synagogues, museums, and old Jewish quarters throughout the country, including in the small villages of Monsanto, Sortelha, Marvão, and Castelo de Vide. Enjoy some time to relax with a wine tasting and river cruise in the Douro Valley, plus a tour of Almourol Castle, Sintra, the National Palace of Pena, and the Portuguese Riviera.

Coimbra Riverfront at Night
Portugal's Jewish Heritage - 15 Days

This 2-week trip takes you through Portugal, revealing its Jewish heritage with visits to synagogues, museums, monuments, and old Jewish quarters in towns like Belmonte, Monsanto, Sortelha, and Castelo de Vide. You'll enjoy guided tours of cities like Porto, Lisbon, Coimbra, and Évora, as well as Sintra with its National Palace of Pena and the Portuguese Riviera. Relax along the Douro River with a wine tasting and river cruise, plus explore the castle in Amarante, the monasteries in Batalha and Alcobaça, and the Amoreira Aqueduct in the walled city of Elvas.

Portugal's colorful and traditional tinned fish
Map of Explore Portugal's Culture & Cuisine: Lisbon, Porto, Évora & the Algarve - 11 Days
Explore Portugal's Culture & Cuisine: Lisbon, Porto, Évora & the Algarve - 11 Days

Portugal's gastronomy and history intertwine on this lively 11-day itinerary. A series of guided excursions and private transfers will start you off—from wine tasting in the Douro Valley to cruising the canals of Aveiro and exploring Porto by vintage car. Then it's time to switch to a rental car and head south toward the Algarve, where you'll explore spectacular beaches and charming villages at your own pace.

Sunset in Aveiro
Explore Portugal's Coast: Porto, Lisbon, The Algarve, & Peneda-Gerês National Park - 14 Days

Explore Portugal's epic coast and spend time discovering city centers, tiny towns, and picturesque beaches on this 14-day trip plan. You'll enjoy guided tours of Porto and Lisbon and will hike through the stunning landscapes in Peneda-Gerês National Park. With the Atlantic at your side, you'll discover beautiful towns like Viana do Castelo, Braga, and Aveiro (whose Venice-like canals are sure to charm you). Make the most of the coast with stops in gorgeous Lagos and surfing hotspots like Vila Nova de Milfontes and Sagres. 

Ponta da Piedade near Lagos
Map of Portugal Castles, Beaches & Vineyards: Lisbon to the Algarve - 15 Days
Portugal Castles, Beaches & Vineyards: Lisbon to the Algarve - 15 Days

Discover all four corners of Portugal in this epic 15-day road trip. Start in Lisbon, where the sounds of live fado music will lead you on a drive north to Porto and the wine country of the Douro Valley. Turn south and stop in historic towns like the Knights Templar-built Tomar and ancient Roman Évora on your way to coastal Lagos, where you'll beach-hop under the spectacular cliffs of the Algarve.

The beachside resort of Cascais
Map of Magic of Portugal:  Lisbon, Sintra, Évora - 4 Days
Magic of Portugal: Lisbon, Sintra, Évora - 4 Days

Embark on this tour of Lisbon and nearby sites to discover the reasons why people come back to Portugal over and over again. Enjoy new flavors and dishes in Lisbon, visit the unforgettable Chapel of Bones in Évora, explore the incredible palaces of Sintra, and more on this four-day itinerary.

Charming town of Cascais
Exploring Portugal's Heritage - 8 Days

Combining the exploration of vibrant cities like Porto, Lisbon, and Coimbra with exceptional nature in Tomar and the Portuguese Riviera, this trip showcases the unique and diverse culture of Portugal. You'll peruse historical city streets and monuments, plus UNESCO sites like the Roman ruins of Évora, the Pena National Palace and forest in Sintra, and the birthplace of Portugal, the town of Guimarães. Escape the city vibes with the impressive Almourol Castle along the Tejo River, the scenic town of Cascais along the Riviera, and the most westerly point in mainland Europe, Cabo da Roca.

Other popular travel destinations in Portugal
Lisbon · Porto · Algarve · Évora · Douro Valley · Lagos · Sintra · Coimbra · Cascais · The Azores · Nazaré · Madeira · São Miguel Island · Tomar · Braga · Funchal · Óbidos · Tavira · Sagres · Marvão · Guimarães · Peneda-Gerês National Park · Batalha · Mértola