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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Algarve Essentials

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The Best Hotels in the Algarve

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

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

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.

Faro old town
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Portugal: The Algarve Region - 5 Days

Spend five days exploring the spectacular 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 will discover gorgeous churches in Tavira, stunning beaches, phenomenal cliffside panoramas, and the area's 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.

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.

Seafood Cataplana
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Food Tour of the Algarve - 7 Days

Spend a week exploring the culture, nature, and history of the Algarve through a culinary lense. Eat and drink your way through Portugal's favorite dishes, visit olive farms, and try your hand at preparing a 3-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.

Sagres, Algarve
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Portugal: the Algarve Region - 7 Days

Explore the sensational Algarve on this comprehensive seven-day itinerary that takes you all around Portugal famed region. You'll have ample time in Faro, the Algarve's main hub, and will travel out to see incredible nature parks, tiny towns off-the-beaten-path, and a collection of the best beaches in all of Portugal. Enjoy breathtaking views from coastal cliffs, tackle world-famous surf breaks, wander cobblestone streets in centuries-old towns, or relax on the warm sands of this beautiful region.

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.

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!

Play on the beaches of the Algarve in Portugal
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Family Vacation to Spain & Portugal - 14 Days

This two-week family vacation combines Portugal's beaches, palaces, and flavors with Spain's flamenco, royalty, and parks. Start your trip in Portugal with highlights kids and adults love, including playing on the beach, sailing in the ocean, and spotting dolphins. Then, make your way to Spain, where unique cultural experiences await, including sites like Granada's Alhambra, Madrid's Plaza Mayor, and Seville's Royal Alcázar.

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.

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.

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 up-and-coming 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 Évora's inner-walled town known for its university and dining scene. Finish the adventure with a train ride to 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.

Beach in Albufeira
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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. As soon as you land in Lisbon, drive north to gorgeous Porto and the Douro Valley. Spend multiple days enjoying wine and taking in riverside views. Then, go back 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 a generous helping 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 along the way.

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 9-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.

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 perfect 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.

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.

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.

Camilo Beach in Lagos
Map of Lisbon, Porto & the Algarve - 10 Days
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 white-washed villages in the Algarve.

The glow of sunset along Portugal's coast
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Coastal Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, & The Algarve - 10 Days

Escape to the coast on this gorgeous 10-day exploration, that includes ample time is 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 hot-spot of Sagres, and laze in the sand on the Instagram-worthy beaches of 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 wonderful vibrancy of Portugal. You'll also visit tiny villages, imposing palaces, and dramatic beach towns that off-the-beaten-path. This trip plan is a wonderful option if it's your first time in the country!

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.

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.

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 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.

Wildflowers overlooking Praia do Camilo in Lagos
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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.

Lisbon, Portugal
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Romantic Portugal: Lisbon, Porto, Évora, Douro Valley, Algarve - 14 Days

Experience the beauty, depth, and romanticism of Portugal, in this 14-day road trip that will show you the variety of the Portuguese landscape, from the city to villages and beaches.  You'll experience the art and culture of Lisbon, see the fairytale village of Sintra, sip wine in Porto, and explore the wonders of Évora.

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 off in up-and-coming Lisbon to explore ancient ruins and trendy districts before making your way 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 their own medieval attractions and dining scenes—before kicking back for a few days in the Algarve.

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 fairytale 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.

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

Get a full Portuguese experience with this 15-day tour 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
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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.

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