Best of the Algarve

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Algarve
Stretched along the southern coast, the sun-drenched Algarve region is home to Portugal’s loveliest beaches. The options here are staggering. You’ll find wild and unspoiled beaches along the Costa Vicentina, from fine white sands and calm azure waters to golden sands backed by red cliffs. The waterfront towns offer plenty of variety, from sleepy settlements perched near sea cliffs to vibrant nightlife-loving towns popular with expats. There are also historic towns like Tavira that offer a little of everything, including superb restaurants, medieval architecture and excursions to a nearby island.

Though the beaches get all the attention, there’s much to explore beyond the sandy shoreline. Previous kimkim travelers have made excursions to the Serra do Caldeirão, a mountain range that begins just inland. There you can hike to Foia, the Algarve’s highest peak, for breathtaking views on clear days. The region is also famous for its honey and medronho, a brandy made from the fruit of the arbutus tree. Tours of the Parque Natural da Ria Formosa showcase another jewel of the Algarve. The protected reserve is home to salt pans, lagoons and islands, with abundant birdlife.
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The Algarve, Portugal
The Best Hotels in the Algarve

Head south to the golden beaches of the Algarve at one of these seaside retreats. Whether you stay in charming Tavira, along the cliffs of Carvoeiro, or at a wellness retreat just off the Ponta da Piedade, these hotels range from former convents to sprawling resorts and can provide a vacation for any taste.

Photo courtesy of Cascade Wellness Resort
The Best Boutique Hotels in Lagos

The key to a stay in the city of Lagos is easy access to the sea. If you want to stay within the city, a spot along the marina will give you water views and easy walking access to shops and restaurants, or go just a bit farther along the cliffs to immerse yourself in a wellness retreat.

Algarve Itineraries

Take two days to explore historic Faro in Portugal's popular Algarve
Map of Portugal: The Algarve Region - 5 Days
Portugal: The Algarve Region - 5 Days

Spend five days exploring the stunning Algarve region, Portugal's southernmost area that sweeps westward to the Atlantic. You'll spend quality time in the region's two main cities—Faro and Lagos—and discover beautiful churches in Tavira, gorgeous beaches, phenomenal cliffside panoramas, and incredible food. Plus, you'll have plenty of time to lounge on the sand, cruise along the coast, and unwind amid urban charm and natural splendor.

Vila Joya 2* Michelin Star Restaurant
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Michelin Star Dining in the Algarve - 7 Days

Spend a week exploring world-class cuisine at five of the top Michelin Star restaurants in the Algarve. Visit a world-famous wine cellar, explore medieval town squares, and try go-karting on Europe's largest race track. Spend the day with a traditional clam picker and discover Portugal's diverse culinary traditions.

The sun sets over the Ria Formosa and Faro
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Sailing the Algarve: Lagos to Faro - 4 Days

Spend four days enjoying nature and the Algarve coast on this relaxed itinerary. Enjoy sweeping views of the coastline from Lagos to Albufeira, taking in stunning rock formations and pristine beaches, stopping to snorkel, swim, and paddleboard as you like. End the trip in Faro after sailing through the Ria Formosa Natural Park, spotting endemic wildlife, exploring islands, and picnicking on Culatra Island.

Enjoy delicious plates like this seafood cataplana on a foodie tour of Olhão
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Food Tour of the Algarve - 7 Days

Spend a week exploring the Algarve's culture, nature, and history through a culinary lens. Eat and drink your way through Portugal's favorite dishes, visit olive farms, and try your hand at preparing a three-course meal from scratch. Foodies and nature lovers will love sampling Mediterranean cuisine and relaxing at night in luxurious accommodations.

Surfing in the Atlantic Ocean
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Adventure in the Algarve - 7 Days

Escape the hustle and bustle and discover adventure in the Algarve on this packed 7-day itinerary. Try rock-climbing, line fishing for your lunch, and horseback riding on shallow beaches. Spend the night on a sailing boat, paddle in hidden coves, and relax in the warm Mediterranean sunshine.

A quiet cove at Praia da Marinha
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Luxury Wellness Escape in Algarve - 8 Days

Pamper yourself on this eight-day getaway to a resort in sun-soaked southern Portugal. Recharge your body, indulge in rejuvenating spa treatments, and explore the natural beauty of Ria Formosa National Park. You'll bask on Mediterranean beaches, stretch your muscles on a yoga retreat, dine on gourmet food and more on this blissful week in paradise.

Cacela Velha at low tide
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Secrets of the Eastern Algarve - 8 Days

Enjoy discovering the unspoiled nature of the eastern Algarve on this eight-day itinerary. Starting in Tavira, you'll work your way east along the coast to Castro Marim. You'll watch dolphins in the wild, hand pick oysters with local fishermen, horseback ride through lagoons, and soak in a mudbath on the expansive salt plains.

Praia da Estaquinha
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Nature & Food in the Algarve - 8 Days

Spend a week enjoying nature and the warm Mediterranean coast on this relaxed 7-day itinerary. Sail with wild dolphins, go horseback riding along the crystal waters of the Ria Formosa lagoons, and relax with a nourishing spa in a remote natural preserve. Round out your trip with a visit to the Castro Marim salt marshes, a tour of a beekeeping farm, and a sampling of freshly harvested oysters.

Sail to Cabo São Vicente and Sagres
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Algarve Highlights: From Lagos to Sagres - 7 Days

Once thought to be the edge of the world, this seven-day itinerary highlights the southwesterly corner of the Algarve. Packed with adventurous activities, you will sail, snorkel, horseback ride, fish, and rock climb your way from Lagos to Sagres.

View from the village of Cacela Velha in Ria Formosa
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Algarve Luxury Wellness Escape - 4 Days

Leave your worries behind and treat yourself to a relaxing getaway on Portugal's stunning southern coast. Recharge in the spa at your five-star hotel, dine on gourmet food, and go on a cycling tour of Ria Formosa National Park on this long weekend break. Nourish your mind and body in the turquoise waters and Iberian sunshine of Algarve.

Food Tour in Olhão
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Taste, Cook & Experience the Real Algarve - 7 Days

This seven-day food-inspired itinerary is designed for travelers passionate about learning the history and culture of Portuguese gastronomy. Experience the real Algarve as you eat, cook, and drink your way around Olhão and its neighboring villages.

Relaxation & Wellness
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Body Balance Retreat in Monchique Hills - 8 Days

Spend eight days lounging in the Monchique Hills with this wellness-focused itinerary. Located in the Algarve region of Portugal, a trip to this spa town features fitness activities, revitalizing spa treatments, and a thorough exploration of the surrounding natural landscape.

A typical street in the Algarve's regional capital, Faro
Map of The Algarve: Best Itinerary Ideas
The Algarve: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most people visiting the Algarve spend about 9 to 11 days in Portugal, which usually includes some time in Lisbon and Porto as well. For travelers wanting to visit the Algarve exclusively, plan five days to a week for a well-paced trip. Even travelers with limited time can see the highlights in as few as four days. For the best itineraries, including Algarve, keep reading below.

Discover the many beaches of the Algarvie, like this one in Sagres
Map of Portugal: the Algarve Region - 7 Days
Portugal: the Algarve Region - 7 Days

See the best of the Algarve with this week-long trip that explores the 93-mile-long (150 km) southern coastline of Portugal. This area is famous for its dramatic cliffs, rugged rock formations, hidden caves, picturesque sandy beaches, and charming whitewashed villages. Explore natural parks, visit off-the-beaten-path towns, and see the best beaches. Enjoy breathtaking views, wander cobblestone streets, or relax on the golden sands.

Marinha Beach in Portimão
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Best of Portugal, from Porto to Algarve - 8 Days

This tour mixes Portugal's vibrant cities with the incredible natural scenery of the Algarve region, starting with guided tours of Porto and Lisbon's hilly and historic neighborhoods. Enjoy a day trip to the Douro Valley for a tasting of the region's wine and port varietals, then head south to Algarve to explore its water sports, preserved coastal parks, and endless coastline filled with sandy beaches and rock formations. Spend hours relaxing on the beach, hiking along the coast, or meandering the historic fishing villages, all before watching dramatic sunsets and experiencing the area's exceptional nightlife.

Ponta da Piedade
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Portugal: Lisbon City & Lagos Coast - 5 Days

Discover Portugal's dynamic capital and explore the country's sunny south on this trip plan, which takes you from Lisbon to Lagos in the Western Algarve. Soak up the sun, take delicious and authentic cuisine, and lose yourself either wandering through historic streets or eating through the waves. If you're passionate about beautiful beaches and capturing stunning landscapes, this itinerary is for you!

Finish the trip with three nights in the Algarve, on the southern coast of Portugal
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Follow the Sun in Portugal: Azores, Lisbon & the Algarve - 14 Days

Discover Portugal's sun-blessed landscapes on this relaxed 14-day adventure. Start in the far-flung Azores islands, where you'll hike among sparkling crater lakes, soak in steamy thermal pools, and stroll along black-sand beaches. Then fly to the mainland to enjoy Lisbon's cultural and culinary delights before touring the UNESCO-listed towns of Sintra and Évora. Your journey ends in the idyllic Algarve, where you'll laze on stunning golden beaches and explore whitewashed seaside towns.

Take the family to the Algarve for a little sea and surf
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Relaxing Family Summer Vacation in Portugal - 14 Days

If you want to combine Portugal's cultural highlights with plenty of laid-back beach time, this two-week family-friendly tour is ideal. Start in Lisbon and Porto, and get a feel for their cuisine, history, and arts on a range of family-focused tours by tuk-tuk and vintage car. Make day trips to the palaces of Sintra, the caves at Mira De Aire, and Portugal's only national park, Peneda-Gerês. Then, spend the rest of the trip on the Algarve coast, where you can swim, cruise, go dolphin watching, and much more.

Go hiking along the mountainous trails of Sete Cidades in the Azores
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Adventure in Mainland Portugal & the Azores - 10 Days

Explore the diverse coastal landscapes of the Algarve, the rich history and culture of Lisbon, and the natural wonders of the Azores with this 10-day adventure through Portugal. This active itinerary includes a kayaking expedition to the mesmerizing Benagil Cave, a challenging ascent to São Miguel's highest peak, and plenty of outdoor adventure. Get ready for a journey that will leave you with lifelong memories of Portugal's breathtaking landscapes and vibrant urban charm.

Family trip to Portugal
Map of Family Getaway to Lisbon & the Algarve - 7 Days
Family Getaway to Lisbon & the Algarve - 7 Days

Check off some of Portugal's most famous sights on this seven-day family adventure. Start in Lisbon with a guided tour via electric tuk-tuk and a ride on an amphibious land-to-water bus. Take a relaxing sunset cruise, see the historic castles of Sintra, then head to the golden beaches of the Algarve region. Sail to the wondrous Benagil Cave, learn to surf in the gentle waves, see friendly dolphins at play on a dolphin-watching tour, and pick clams straight from the waters of Ria Formosa Lagoon.

See golden beaches and cliffside towns like Carvoeiro in the Algarve
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Epic Coastal Tour of Portugal, Spain & Morocco - 14 Days

Embark on a 14-day journey through vibrant and culturally-rich Portugal, Spain, and Morocco. Explore Lisbon's charming neighborhoods, the stunning Algarve beaches, and the historic Spanish cities of Málaga, Granada, and Cádiz. Cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco and discover exotic cities such as Tangier, Rabat, Safi, Essaouira, and finally, Marrakesh. Private transfers will take care of the logistics while you enjoy a carefully-curated itinerary of immersive tours, excursions, and plenty of beach time.

Journey around the Iberian and Moroccan coast
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Epic Coastal Tour of Portugal, Spain & Morocco - 21 Days

This unforgettable three-week adventure will take you around the sun-kissed coast of the Iberian Peninsula and to the bazaars of Morocco. Travel from the seven hills of Lisbon down to Portugal's golden Algarve coast and into Spain to see medieval history in Cádiz, Seville, and Granada. Then hop over to Morocco, where you'll tour highlights like Marrakesh, Tangier, and the famous "Blue City" of Chefchaouen.

Soak up the golden light and clifftop views of Portugal's Algarve coast
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Luxury Adventure in Portugal: Lisbon & the Algarve - 7 Days

Savor the best of Lisbon and the Algarve, Portugal's southern coast, with this luxurious weeklong adventure. This luxe itinerary steps it up to make your Portugal escape extraordinary, with stays in 5-star hotels and plenty of private experiences, from an exhilarating e-bike tour of Lisbon's historic streets to a boat excursion to the famous Benagil Cave. Discover the hidden coves of Ponta da Piedade while kayaking, relax by the beach, or play golf with plenty of free time.

The dramatic landscapes of the Douro Valley and its vineyards
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Portugal's Wine & Beaches: Porto, Douro Valley & Algarve - 9 Days

Explore Portugal from north to south on this 9-day adventure filled with wine, seafood, and astonishing scenery. Start in Porto, Portugal's second city, known for its sunsets, colorful houses, and sweet port wine. Then, spend a couple of days visiting wineries and vineyards in the beautiful Douro Valley before catching a plane to the Algarve, the southernmost region in the country. Here, a rental car will provide you the freedom to tour picturesque seaside towns at your own pace.

Beach paths along the Algarve's southern coast
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Lisbon & the Algarve - 7 Days

This weeklong itinerary covers Portugal's biggest metropolis and its southern coast for a city-beach combo that's hard to beat. Kick off in Europe's hottest capital—Lisbon—for a guided introduction to the 'City of Seven Hills', including nearby highlights like Sintra and Cascais. Then, take the train south for several days of glorious beach-hopping while based in a charming old city surrounded by stone walls: Lagos.

Views over Odeceixe Beach near Aljezur
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Self-Drive Southern Portugal: Lisbon, Alcácer do Sal, Aljezur & Lagos - 6 Days

Explore southwestern Portugal's stunning scenery on this six-day road trip from Lisbon to Lagos at your own pace. Set out from the capital to wind your way south through a land of sweeping beaches, whitewashed towns, and unspoiled countryside. Along the way, you'll stand at the edge of mainland Europe at Cabo da Roca, cross the Sado Estuary by ferry, and explore the wild beauty of Costa Vicentina National Park.

Spend some time on the pristine beaches of the Algarve
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Coastline & Culture in Portugal & Morocco: Lisbon to Casablanca - 10 Days

Combine two continents in 10 days with this scenic itinerary that follows the wild Atlantic coast south from Portugal to Morocco. Sample custard tarts and sightsee by iconic yellow tram in Lisbon, then head south to the golden beaches of the Algarve. Jet over to Marrakesh for a whirlwind tour of its culture and cuisine, spend a night in the laid-back coastal retreat of Essaouira, and end your trip strolling the seafront promenades of Casablanca.

Take in a sunset over Porto and the Douro River
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Best of Portugal from Porto to Albufeira - 9 days

This complete nine-day itinerary combines urban exploration in historic cities with stunning rural and coastal excursions for an exciting overview of Portugal. You'll begin in the north in charming Porto and, with a private driver, work your way south to Lisbon, ending your stay in the Algarve in Albufeira. Along the way, you'll explore the golden triangle of Sintra, Cascais, and Estoril outside of Lisbon and spend some time at the end of the world in Lagos, Sagres, and Cabo de São Vicente.

Sunset over golden cliffs and beaches of the Algarve
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Ultimate Portugal: Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve - 9 Days

This 9-day itinerary combines the culture and cuisine of Portugal's two largest cities with the rural countryside and golden beaches of the Algarve. Immerse yourself in Porto's thriving gastronomy scene with a food tour and cooking class, then head into the vineyards of the Douro Valley for a day of wine tasting and river cruising. Transfer south to Lisbon to tour the capital's streets by tuk-tuk, then continue to the Algarve to hike coastal trails and explore hidden beaches by catamaran.

A bougainvillea-lined walkway in the Algarve
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Lisbon & the Algarve - 10 Days

This 10-day trip splits time between Portugal's exciting capital and its southern coast while moving at a relaxed pace. Kick off the adventure in up-and-coming Lisbon for a guided introduction to the "City of Seven Hills," including nearby highlights like Sintra and Cascais. Then, choose your own day trip before taking the train to Lagos for several days of golden beaches and picturesque villages in the Algarve.

Marinha Beach in the Algarve
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Portugal Road Trip: Porto, Lisbon & the Algarve - 13 Days

Hit all the Portuguese essentials on this 13-day road trip. You'll start by driving to colorful Porto and the Douro Valley. Here, your adventures will be centered on wine and history. Make your way south to Lisbon for private walking tours of the capital and day trips to the country's most famous castles. Finally, spend some days in the untamed Algarve region, known for its unmatched beaches and seaside rock formations.

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Portugal Family Vacation: Porto, Lisbon & the Algarve - 10 Days

Explore Portugal from north to south on this 10-day family adventure. Start in Porto, where you'll tour the historic city, learn how to paint authentic Portuguese tiles, and visit the famous "Harry Potter Library." Head to Lisbon for tuk-tuk tours and the hilltop palaces of nearby Sintra, then take a road trip south to swim and snorkel on the pristine beaches of the Algarve, stroll the city streets of Lagos, and cruise via catamaran to the stunning Benagil Caves.

Admire the views from Ponta da Piedade, near Lagos in the Algarve
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Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve: Best Itinerary Ideas

Most travelers find 9 to 11 days perfect for a well-paced Portugal trip with stops in Lisbon, Porto, and the Algarve. It's also possible to hit the highlights in five to eight days if you like a quicker-paced adventure. Travelers with more time can enjoy additional sights and activities at each stop or explore more of the country—some favorite itinerary extensions include the Alentejo or the Douro Valley. See more ideas for Lisbon, Porto, and the Algarve itineraries below.

Sample amazing food and wine from Porto to the Algarve
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Portugal's Ultimate Food & Wine Adventure - 10 Days

Unlock the secrets of Portuguese food and wine with this delectable 10-day journey through Porto, Lisbon, and the Algarve. This itinerary promises unforgettable culinary experiences, from educational wine tastings to indulgent fine dining, not to mention an exclusive cooking workshop led by a Michelin-starred chef. Best of all, you'll have free time to explore the sights and hit the stunning beaches of southern Portugal.

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.

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. 

São Jorge Castle overlooks the rooftops of Lisbon
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Ultimate Portugal: Porto, Lisbon & Lagos - 11 Days

Get to know the real Portugal on this immersive 11-day itinerary that blends culture, cuisine, and coastline. Savor world-class food and wine in Porto, then head south to discover Lisbon's authentic neighborhoods and traditional music. After a busy week of day trips and excursions, you'll trade the city for the coast and settle into a slower pace of life on the golden beaches of the Algarve.

Portugal's colorful and traditional tinned fish
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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.

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.

Views towards Portugal's colorful skyline and castle
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Ultimate Portugal: Porto, Lisbon & Lagos - 8 Days

Get to know three of Portugal's most iconic locales on this far-reaching but relaxed eight-day itinerary. Start in historic Porto, where you'll explore atmospheric riverside neighborhoods and go wine tasting in the nearby Douro Valley. Head to Lisbon to see the hilly capital by tram and stroll along the seafront in Cascais, then continue south to reach the Algarve—where the Mediterranean meets the Atlantic along a coastline of golden beaches and towering cliffs.

Consider checking out the beach in Albufeira for a relaxing few hours
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Portugal Road Trip: Porto, Lisbon & the Algarve - 15 Days

Road trip through some of the most beautiful places in Portugal on this exciting 15-day tour. When you land in Lisbon, drive north to Porto and the Douro Valley. Spend multiple days enjoying wine and taking in riverside views. Then, return to the capital for guided tours and side trips to castles and beaches. Finish in the wild Algarve, whose coastline is flanked by tall sea cliffs and impressive caves.

Ponta da Piedade near Lagos
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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.

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
Map of Gems of Portugal & Morocco - 21 Days
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.

Camilo Beach in Lagos
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Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve - 10 Days

Experience three of Portugal's most iconic destinations on this 10-day trip, starting in Lisbon, where you'll tour ancient ruins, cobbled streets, and a UNESCO-listed village in the forested hills. Next, head north to Porto—famous for wine production and colorful architecture along the Douro River. The hardest decisions fall at the end, where you can choose between spectacular beaches and whitewashed villages in the Algarve.

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!

Sunset over Praia do Camilo in Lagos
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Relaxed Portugal: Lisbon, Sintra, Porto & Lagos - 9 Days

Forget timetables and logistics—on this nine-day itinerary, you can sit back and focus on the beauty of Portugal's cities, countryside, and coast. With a private driver to whisk you between locations, you'll get lost in Lisbon's authentic alleys, spend a night among the romantic palaces of Sintra, tour Porto's riverside wine cellars, escape to the cork forests of Peneda-Gerês, and finish up on the golden beaches of the Algarve.

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.

Surf and sand at Comporta Beach, Portugal
Map of Journey  Along the Atlantic Coast: Portugal to Morocco - 21 Days
Journey Along the Atlantic Coast: Portugal to Morocco - 21 Days

Three weeks is the perfect amount of time to explore the Atlantic coastline of Portugal and Morocco at a relaxed pace. Ebb and flow with the tides as you make your way south from Porto to the Algarve via Lisbon, Matosinhos, Sintra, Cascais, and Comporta. Cross the Strait of Gibraltar by ferry, landing in Tangier, and continue south to Asilah, Rabat, Marrakesh, Essaouira, and Casablanca.

An iconic yellow tram on Lisbon's colorful streets
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Portugal Panorama: Lisbon, Lagos, Coimbra & Porto - 13 Days

This 13-day itinerary showcases Portugal's many faces with a combination of guided experiences and a choose-your-own-adventure road trip. See the Lisbon skyline by sailboat and hike to the hilltop palaces of Sintra, then strike out toward the Algarve coast for golden beaches, hidden coves, and spectacular sunsets. Turn north to end your journey in Porto, where you'll trade the car for a driver as you sit back and enjoy day trips into the Douro Valley and Peneda-Gerês National Park.

Picturesque wine terraces of the Douro Valley
Map of Lisbon, Porto, the Douro Valley & Algarve: Best Itinerary Ideas
Lisbon, Porto, the Douro Valley & Algarve: Best Itinerary Ideas

Eleven to two weeks is the most popular trip length for travelers interested in visiting Lisbon, Porto, the Douro Valley, and Algarve, especially when including the Alentejo region. If you're only headed to Lisbon, Porto, the Douro Valley, and Algarve, you can enjoy a comfortably-paced trip in 10 to 13 days. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible for travelers with a limited time of a week to nine days. For the best itineraries, including Lisbon, Porto, the Douro Valley, and the Algarve, keep reading below.

 Peer through the arcade of columns over Coimbra from its famous university
Map of Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto & the Algarve: Best Itinerary Ideas
Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto & the Algarve: Best Itinerary Ideas

Travelers to Portugal typically plan a trip for 14 to 15 days when combining Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, and the Algarve with the Alentejo region. For travelers wanting to visit Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, and the Algarve exclusively, plan 10 to 14 days. A fast-paced highlights trip is possible for travelers with limited time in eight or nine days. Keep reading below for the best itineraries that include Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, and the Algarve.

Get yourself to Lagos in the Algarve and explore Praça Gil Eanes (Gil Eanes Square)
Map of Lisbon, Porto, Lagos & Sintra: Best Itinerary Ideas
Lisbon, Porto, Lagos & Sintra: Best Itinerary Ideas

For most, 9 to 10 days is ideal for a Portugal trip, with stops in Lisbon, Porto, Lagos, and Sintra. With more time, you can enjoy extra activities at each location or a few days in another region, like Évora in the Alentejo. Read below for more inspiring Lisbon, Porto, Lagos, and Sintra itineraries.

The lighthouse at Cabo Sao Vicente on Portugal's Algarve coast
Map of Coastline & Culture in Portugal & Morocco - 14 Days
Coastline & Culture in Portugal & Morocco - 14 Days

This 14-day journey along the Atlantic Coast takes you from postcard-perfect Portugal to enchanting Morocco—with plenty of seafood, coastal drives, and picturesque beaches in between. Start in Porto and head south, ticking off Aveiro, Nazaré, Lisbon, Sintra, and Cascais. Sail along the Algarve coast, then cross the Strait of Gibraltar to Morocco, where bustling Marrakesh awaits. Leave the city for the seaside and end this two-week adventure in Essaouira and Casablanca.

 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.

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
Map of Ultimate Family Trip to Portugal: Porto, Coimbra, Lisbon, Évora & the Algarve - 14 Days
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
Map of Epic Portugal: Lisbon to the Algarve - 15 Days
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
Map of Portugal from North to South: Porto, Lisbon, Algarve, Évora & Coimbra  - 14 Days
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.

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

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

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

 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.

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

Wildflowers overlooking Praia do Camilo in Lagos
Map of Ultimate Portugal: Porto, Lisbon & Lagos - 12 Days
Ultimate Portugal: Porto, Lisbon & Lagos - 12 Days

With 12 days to spare, you can see Portugal from north to south at a pleasantly relaxed pace. Explore Porto's riverside neighborhoods by vintage car, sip robust reds in the Douro Valley, and discover the north's lesser-visited gems like Guimarães and Aveiro. Take your time in colorful Lisbon to experience the capital through a local's eyes, then catch a train south to Lagos for sunbathing and sailing on the Algarve coast.

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

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

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

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.

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

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