Portugal Self-Drive Tours & Itineraries

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

Faro old town
Map of Portugal: The Algarve Region - 5 Days
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 glow of sunset along Portugal's coast
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 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. 

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

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.

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

Madeira's lush coastline
Map of Lisbon, Porto & Madeira - 9 Days
Lisbon, Porto & Madeira - 9 Days

This 9-day itinerary starts in Lisbon, where you'll savor local treats and traditional music as you explore the capital by foot and tram. Hit the road and head north to Porto, where world-class wine cellars and riverside views await, then hop over to Madeira to end your adventure among the verdant, volcanic landscapes of Portugal's "Island of Eternal Spring."

Views over Marvão from its medieval castle
Map of Self-Drive Portugal: Historic Cities & Rural Villages - 9 Days
Self-Drive Portugal: Historic Cities & Rural Villages - 9 Days

Independent adventurers will love this nine-day itinerary that takes you off the beaten path to discover Portugal's unspoiled countryside and medieval villages. After getting to know the colorful capital of Lisbon, you'll hit the road and head north—winding through the sweeping Alentejo and its whitewashed hilltop towns. Continue through the lush wine country of the Douro Valley, then end your journey in Porto, where you'll tour the city on foot and toast your travels with a tasting of its famous port wine.

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

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 take center stage on 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 make your way back to the capital at a leisurely pace—discovering medieval towns, fishing villages, and the wild Atlantic coastline along the way.

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.

Sun shines in the Douro Valley
Map of Portugal's Food & Wine: Lisbon, Porto & the Douro Valley - 8 Days
Portugal's Food & Wine: Lisbon, Porto & the Douro Valley - 8 Days

Discover the culinary and cultural heart of Portugal on this road trip through Lisbon, Porto, and the Douro Valley. Begin in the 2000-year-old capital, whose antique buildings and local delights like pasteis de Belém make it perfect for history and food lovers alike. Head north to the colorful city of Porto, home of port wine and local pastries whose origins are as rich as their taste. Finally, explore the world's oldest demarcated wine region of the Douro Valley, which produces some of the finest table wines in Portugal.

View of Câmara de Lobos in southeast Madeira
Map of Self-Drive Adventure in Madeira - 8 Days
Self-Drive Adventure in Madeira - 8 Days

This relaxed road trip introduces you to the Portuguese island of Madeira, whose volcanic landscapes and natural beauty make it a popular getaway from the mainland. Discover the charming Old Town and botanical gardens of its capital Funchal. Hike between Madeira's two highest peaks of Pico do Areeiro to Pico Ruivo, then decompress by taking a ferry to the island of Porto Santo—beaches renowned for their healing properties.

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

Explore southwestern Portugal's spectacular scenery at your own pace on this 6-day road trip from Lisbon to Lagos. Set out from the capital to wind your way south through a land of sweeping beaches, whitewashed villages, 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.