View of Porto and the River Douro in Portugal

7 Day Portugal Itinerary: Porto, Douro, Lisbon & Algarve!

Step into Portugal and you step into an enchanting world where old-world charm meets vibrant modernity, where traditional Fado melodies waft through ancient cobblestone streets, and the stunning coastline beckons with adventure and relaxation alike.

Tucked away pleasantly on the western edge of Europe, Portugal is home to surreal landscapes, sun-drenched vineyards, cosmopolitan cities, and historical wonders. It is where the aroma of freshly baked Pastéis de Nata teases your senses, and world-class Port wine leaves an unforgettable taste on your lips.

Centuries-old castles sport a majestic stand against vibrant blue skies in Portugal – a silent reminiscence of conquests and explorations. Their cobblestone-laden towns echo fascinating stories of a rich past while their modern cities carve out great tales of contemporary lifestyles.

Whether you’re getting lost in Lisbon’s picturesque Alfama neighborhood, surfing some of Europe’s biggest waves along the Algarve coast, cruising past terraced vineyards on a Douro River wine tasting tour, or just simply immersing yourself in the slow-paced life of charming hilltop villages, Portugal’s irresistible allure is bound to captivate your heart and soul.

In Portugal, more than just visiting, you experience. It is a journey of diverse experiences – one that is as richly varied as the local Bacalhau recipes. So come, explore, and fall in love with the vibrant colours, picturesque landscapes, friendly locals, and rich culture of Portugal!

About this 7 Day Portugal Itinerary

Portugal is easily one of those places you could spend two or three weeks exploring and not get bored. In fact, I intended to visit for just a few days but up staying for months!

Many travelers reach the Algarve and end up rebooking their flights home when they realize just how beautiful the beaches and cave formations actually are. So don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to stay.

Still, one week in Portugal is enough time to see a fair bit of the country. This itinerary starts in the intriguing city of Porto and ends in the charming town of Faro. It covers a little bit of everything – cities, wine regions and beautiful beaches. I noticed a lot of one week itineraries only include Porto, Lisbon and the Douro Valley, but it would be an absolute shame to miss the Algarve, especially if it’s your first time visit.

The best way to experience this 7 day Portugal itinerary is by flying into Porto and flying out of Faro. Both places have busy international airports with a good number of flights from countries all over Europe.

However, I do understand that sometimes it’s cheaper to book a round-trip ticket in and out of the same city. If you plan on flying in and out of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon, then you may want to jiggle this itinerary around a bit. You can start with a couple of days in Lisbon, then venture to Porto, then down to Lagos and the Algarve.

A Quick Overview of Your Week

  • Day 1: Porto sightseeing and port wineries
  • Day 2: Douro Valley tour from Porto
  • Day 3: Lisbon sightseeing
  • Day 4: Day trip to Sintra
  • Day 5: Lagos and Praia Dona Ana
  • Day 6: Lagos and Benagil Cave
  • Day 7: Faro

Getting Around on Your 7 Days in Portugal

This itinerary doesn’t require you to rent a car. Getting around Portugal is a breeze, thanks to its comprehensive and efficient transportation system. You can easily complete this itinerary by taking the high-speed train or bus.

However, if you do want to rent a car, prices can be pretty affordable. You’ll just need to drive back to your starting point to return the car.

Use sites like Omio or Rome2Rio to search and book the best ways to get between each city.

By Train

Major cities like Lisbon, Porto, and Faro are well connected through the country’s extensive rail network, which also includes scenic routes along the coastline and through the countryside, offering you not just travel, but an experience.

The trains are efficient, punctual, and comfortable, propelling you from city to city with ease. Whether it’s the fast Alfa Pendular, the intercity trains, or the regional ones, each promises a unique experience savoring the Portuguese landscapes along the way.

Metro, Buses and Trams

Once inside a city or town, you have a handful of options for local commuting. You can utilize the local metro services in Lisbon and Porto, which not only are prompt and widespread but also quite wallet-friendly. Bustling Lisbon and charismatic Porto also boast a network of charming trams — a ride on one of these is virtually a step back in time.

Frequent buses ply through the streets of these cities, where operators like Carris in Lisbon and STCP in Porto offer regular services that connect all major attractions. In the Algarve’s capital, Faro, you can rely on the Proximo bus services to get around.

Uber and Taxis

Need more flexibility and private commuting options? Taxis are widely available, though they do run the meter. Alternatively, you could whip out your smartphone and book a ride through Uber, which operates extensively in urban Portugal.

Car Rental

Consider renting a car if you plan to venture into the geographically diverse hinterlands or want to indulge in the panoramic vistas of Portugal’s coastal routes at your own pace. Although this opens up opportunities for countless pit stops and detours, do note that most Portuguese motorways are toll roads.

On Foot

Finally, let’s not forget the joy of exploration on foot! It’s the perfect way to immerse yourself in the local culture, as you wind through narrow cobblestone streets, stumble upon quaint cafés, and soak in the rich historical aura of Portugal’s cities and towns.

Day 1: Sightseeing in Porto and Visit to Port Wineries

Kickstart your trip in Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city. Spend the first half of your day exploring the city, then cross the river to explore the port wineries. Dive into the traditions of port wine making, followed by a tantalizing tasting session.

Here are some of the top sights to see:

Porto Cathedral

Perched atop a hill overlooking the city, Porto’s Cathedral, Sé do Porto, stands as a historical gem in Portugal. This Romanesque architectural marvel, with its intricate Baroque detailing, is an enduring symbol of Porto’s storied past. As you step inside, the cathedral’s wide nave and rose-stained glass windows welcome you into a world of tranquil reverence. Don’t miss the Gothic cloister adorned with beautiful azulejos, blue-and-white tiles depicting religious scenes. Its lofty position also offers breathtaking views of the city and the Douro River, making the Porto Cathedral a must-visit on your Porto adventure.

Church of São Francisco

The Church of São Francisco in Porto is an extraordinary masterpiece of Gothic architecture with a unique blend of Baroque interior design. Known for its lavish gold-leaf covered carvings and ornate wooden decorations, the church is truly a sight to behold. Its most compelling feature is the spectacular Tree of Jesse, a polychrome wood sculpture demonstrating Christ’s lineage in remarkable detail. This historical monument, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers an inspiring glimpse into Porto’s rich religious heritage and artistic grandeur. Stepping into the Church of São Francisco is like entering a world of golden awe.

Ribeira Waterfront

Located along the Douro River, the Ribeira Waterfront is one of Porto’s most vibrant and picturesque zones. It’s the city’s heart and soul, bursting with energy, color, and life. Traditional boats bob on the water, while narrow, cobbled streets lead to a lively square filled with quaint houses, charming cafés and restaurants. The area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers stunning views, especially of the iconic Dom Luís I Bridge.

Cruise on the Duoro River

Want an unforgettable way to see Porto? Jump on a Douro River cruise! As you gently glide along the water, you’ll enjoy stunning views of lush vineyards, steep terraces, and quaint villages. Look out for the iconic Ribeira waterfront and the dramatic curves of the Dom Luís I Bridge. And don’t forget to toast the journey with a glass of local port wine on board. Whether you pick a sunny day or a romantic sunset sail, a cruise on the Douro River is the perfect way to relax and soak in the beauty of Portugal’s wine country.

Have a Pastel de Nata at Natas D’Ouro

Fancy a delicious treat in Porto? You’ve got to try the pastel de nata at Natas D’Ouro! Imagine this: a perfectly crispy pastry shell filled with creamy, custard that melts in your mouth. Each bite takes you on a heavenly journey through one of Portugal’s most beloved sweets. And the best part? They’re perfectly golden and just the right amount of sweet! Whether you’re a devoted pastel de nata aficionado or your first-ever taste, Natas D’Ouro’s take on this classic is a must-try!

São Bento Train Station

The São Bento Train Station is more than just a transport hub – it’s an artistic masterpiece. When you step inside, you’re greeted by a stunning array of blue and white “azulejos” tiles which depict important events in Portugal’s history. And don’t forget to look up, as the ornate beaux-arts ceiling is also undoubtedly eye-catching. This celebrated landmark beautifully blends functionality with ornate interior design. Seeing a train station has never been this exciting, so make sure you don’t miss São Bento on your Porto journey.

Livraria Lello

There’s a reason Livraria Lello is considered one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores. Walking in, you’re transported into a literary wonderland, with its stunning neo-gothic architecture, a breathtaking red spiral staircase, and ornate wood carvings. The stained glass ceiling illuminating rows of timeless classics and latest picks is simply magical. Often linked with J.K. Rowling’s inspiration for the Harry Potter series, this bookstore holds a unique charm. Book-lover or not, Livraria Lello in Porto is a spectacle to behold, both a cultural gem and a journey into the realm of exquisite architectural design.

Vila Nova de Gaia

In the afternoon, take a leisurely stroll across the Dom Luís I Bridge to Vila Nova de Gaia. This charming city is home to renowned Port wine cellars. Fancy a tasting? Visit Sandeman, known for its rich history and iconic logo. For a more contemporary experience, head to Espaço Porto Cruz, combining tastings with multimedia presentations. If you prefer family-owned wineries, Graham’s offers tours followed by tastings overlooking the Douro river. Walking in Gaia and visiting these ports will unfold the deep wine heritage of the region while gifting you with unforgettable views.

For a full list, check out my post on things to do in Porto. Wondering whether you should skip Porto? I’ve also written a detailed post on whether I think Porto is worth visiting (short answer: yes).

Day 2: Day Trip to Douro Valley

On day two of your week in Portugal, embark on an enchanting day trip to the terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley. A guided tour will usually include wine tastings at various quintas (vineyards), a traditional Portuguese lunch, and a gentle boat ride down the Douro River, offering stunning views of the valley’s landscapes.

There are tons of day trips from Porto to Douro Valley available on GetYourGuide.

Many of them visit Peso da Régua and Pinhão. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the wine production process and enjoy tastings of the best wines in the region. Admire century-old vineyards, terraced vineyards and the production methods that make Douro wines unique around the world.

Peso da Régua

Peso da Régua commonly known as Régua, is the unofficial capital of the Douro Valley. Once a bustling port for wine casks heading downriver to Porto, Régua is now a major wine-tourism hub. With its sun-drenched slopes covered in terraced vineyards, it warmly welcomes visitors seeking world-class Port and Douro wines. The town further delights with its riverside promenade, numerous wine estates, and the Douro Museum, offering deep insights into the region’s wine production history. Régua introduces you to authentic Portuguese wine culture, amidst a stunning tapestry of landscapes.

Pinhão

Pinhão holds an unwavering charm that’s intrinsically linked to the Douro Valley’s wine culture. Its picturesque setting — lodged within terraced vineyards and overlooking the peaceful Douro River — is truly enchanting. Pinhão is famed for its vintage train station adorned with blue-and-white tiled murals depicting scenes of the local vineyard life. The town serves as a perfect base for exploring nearby quintas (wine estates), where visitors get a taste of the region’s renowned Port and Douro wines. A trip to Pinhão offers an immersive experience into Portugal’s celebrated viniculture.

Day 3: Lisbon Sightseeing

On the third day, hop on an early train to Lisbon. Engage the day by exploring its rich heritage, starting at the Moorish Saint George’s Castle (Castelo de São Jorge). From there, roam around the historic neighbourhoods of Alfama and Baixa. Top-off your day at Bairro Alto for its vibrant nightlife and exceptional restaurants.

These are the top things to see in Lisbon. For a more detailed guide to Lisbon, check out my 3 days in Lisbon itinerary.

Santa Justa Lift

Constructed in 1902, the Santa Just Lift was designed by Raoul Mesnier du Ponsard, an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel. The wrought-iron edifice, a fusion of Neo-Gothic and industrial aesthetics, connects the lower streets of the Baixa with the higher-level Carmo Square. It stands as an iconic symbol of Lisbon and offers panoramic views of the city, making it a popular tourist attraction. Today, the Santa Justa Lift is considered a National Monument in Portugal.

Praça do Comércio

The Praça do Comércio, often called Terreiro do Paço, is a grand, riverfront square in Lisbon, Portugal. Flanked by impressive, architrave-yellow buildings consistently arranged in a u-shape and crowned by an equestrian statue of King José I in its center, it exemplifies Pombaline style architecture. The square, historically functioning as the city’s main maritime entrance, enables direct access to the heart of the city via Augusta Street. Today, the Praça do Comércio is a vibrant hub for local events, brimming with restaurants, and serving as an essential point of interest for tourists.

Tram 28

Hopping aboard this bright-yellow, historic tram is an all-in-one sightseeing ticket – expect to whizz past timeless landmarks, wanderlust-inducing streets, and panoramic viewpoints. From the intricate tiles of Alfama to the thriving vibes of Bairro Alto, there’s a lot to see on the way. One hint: Avoid rush hour to snag a window seat, because every twist and turn with Tram 28 is a snapshot opportunity.

Alfama

Alfama, one of Lisbon’s oldest districts, is a maze of narrow streets, steep staircases, and charming alleys intertwined like a well-worn tapestry. Boasting a rich history, it is believed to have originated as a Moorish settlement before emerging as a bustling fishing village. Surviving the devastating 1755 earthquake, Alfama’s medieval layout remains largely intact. With whitewashed houses adorned with iconic azulejos (Portuguese tiles), Fado music echoing through the streets, and the stunning views from Miradouro das Portas do Sol, Alfama rewards visitors with an immersive and authentic taste of Lisbon’s enchanting past.

Castelo de Sao Jorge

Perched atop Lisbon’s highest hill, the Castelo de São Jorge is a compelling fortress that traces back to the Moorish era. Its robust walls and towers dominate the city’s skyline, beckoning history aficionados and tourists alike. Visitors are rewarded with breath-taking panoramic views of Lisbon’s terracotta rooftops, the Tagus River, and beyond. Inside, the castle’s history unfurls with archaeological sites, medieval ruins, and an informative museum. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll through the beautifully-maintained gardens or watching the sunset paint the city, the Castelo de São Jorge offers a tranquil retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Evening in Barrio Alto

Barrio Alto, Lisbon’s cultural heart, comes alive in the evenings with a unique medley of sounds, sights and flavors. As the sun dips, the narrow, cobbled lanes bustle with locals and tourists exploring its eclectic mix of quirky boutiques, art studios, and traditional Fado houses. The lively bar scene caters to all tastes; whether it’s a local vinho verde in an old-school tasca or a cocktail in a hip rooftop bar. Buzzing with energy yet retaining its intimate charm, spending an evening in Barrio Alto seamlessly merges the old-fashioned and the trendy for a memorable nightcap.

Day 4: Belem, Sintra, and Time Out Market

Visit the Belem district, home to Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Don’t miss out on the world-famous Pastéis de Belém.

Next, catch a short train to Sintra and visit Pena Palace and the enchanting Quinta da Regaleira. In the evening, head back to Lisbon and dine at Time Out Market for a variety of foods from top-notch chefs.

Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery

Belém Tower and Jerónimos Monastery are iconic landmarks that showcase the country’s rich maritime history and Manueline architectural style. The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Belém Tower once served as a fortress in the Tagus River, while the stunning Jerónimos Monastery, with its intricate carvings and grand cloister, is a testament to Portugal’s Age of Discovery. Both are must-visit destinations, offering fascinating insights into Portuguese history and culture.

Sintra and the Pena Palace

Sintra, a picturesque town nestled in the hills of Portugal, is known for its fairytale-like architecture and breathtaking natural beauty. Its crown jewel, the Pena Palace, is a stunning example of 19th-century Romanticism. Perched atop a high peak and adorned with vibrant colours and decorative battlements, the palace offers panoramic views of the lush forests below and the Atlantic Ocean. Both Sintra and Pena Palace are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, reflecting their historical significance and unique charm.

You can also visit the Quinta da Regaleira – a fascinating estate known for its Gothic features and mysterious grottoes. Its lush gardens hide intriguing tunnels and underground pathways leading to enchanting wells, symbolizing the connection between heaven and earth. The estate’s captivating romantic palace is a journey through decorative facades and stunning interiors, enticing all who visit.

Time Out Market

Time Out Market, situated in Lisbon’s bustling Cais do Sodré district, is a food lover’s heaven. A vibrant gastronomic hub, the market houses over 40 stalls offering a wide variety of local and international cuisines. Visitors can indulge in the best of Portuguese food with celebrated chefs showcasing their culinary prowess all under one roof. Whether you crave seafood, traditional pastries, or gourmet dishes, the Time Out Market is a delectable journey through Portugal’s rich culinary scene. The lively, open-plan market also offers cooking workshops, making it a go-to for both food and culture enthusiasts.

Looking for an irresistible culinary adventure in Lisbon? Say hello to Time Out Market in the lively Cais do Sodré district! It’s like a food festival with over 40 stalls brimming with scrumptious local and international dishes curated by top chefs. Whether your taste buds are dancing for seafood, traditional pastries, or gourmet dishes, Time Out Market has got you covered. Fancy learning some Portuguese cooking tricks? They’ve got fun-filled cooking workshops too! Trust me, your taste buds will thank you for a visit to this friendly, buzzing corner of Portugal’s rich food scene.

Day 5: Lagos

Leave Lisbon early for Lagos, one of the most attractive locations in the Algarve region. Explore the historic sites within the city like the Church of St. Anthony and Lagos Castle. Relax in the afternoon at Praia de Dona Ana, renowned for its stunning rock formations.

Here are some of the top things to see in Lagos:

Igreja de Santo António

Considered a national monument, the Igreja de Santo António in Lagos is a fascinating blend of history and art. This 18th-century Baroque marvel is famed for its detailed gilded woodwork, traditional azulejos tiles, and intricate painted ceiling. Though it looks modest from the outside, its interior is a visual treat. Dedicated to Saint Anthony, the church hosts a mini-museum showcasing religious artifacts bringing a historical air to your visit. Whether you’re interested in architecture, history, or simply fascinated by unique sights, Igreja de Santo António offers a captivating peek into Portugal’s rich cultural past.

Mercado de Escravos

A poignant yet significant place in Portugal’s history, Mercado de Escravos in Lagos stands as Europe’s first slave market. Now a museum, it documents the heartbreaking era of the Atlantic Slave Trade. Inside, visitors find a collection of information panels and multimedia displays, recounting the grim details and significance of this period. While stark and somber, it serves as a stark reminder of human rights atrocities, fostering a deeper understanding of the pain endured. Visiting Mercado de Escravos leaves a lasting impression, underscoring the importance of remembering such dark chapters from our past.

Church of Santa Maria de Lagos

Situated in the heart of Lagos, the Church of Santa Maria de Lagos is an iconic symbol of the area’s rich history. Dating back to the 16th century, this church boasts a blend of Gothic, Manueline, and Baroque styles. Inside, worshippers and visitors are captivated by a tranquil atmosphere, the altar’s intricate gilt carving, and a notable Renaissance portal. The church also houses a statue of São Gonçalo, Lagos’ patron saint. Although it has seen multiple reconstructions, the Church of Santa Maria de Lagos still stands proudly, serving as a testament to the town’s resilient spirt.

Fort Ponta da Bandeira (Lagos Castle)

Fort Ponta da Bandeira, or Lagos Castle, is a picture-perfect example of 17th-century coastal defense architecture. Built to protect the port of Lagos, this fortress boasts a unique design with its four corner bastions and central patio. Cross the drawbridge and explore the vaulted rooms, which house a small maritime museum and host local art exhibitions. Climb the fort’s walls to enjoy panoramic views of the harbor and Lagos Bay. The castle is an ideal spot to experience both the town’s captivating history and the natural beauty of the coastline.

Afternoon on Praia Dona Ana Beach

Praia Dona Ana, cradled by towering golden cliffs and crystal-clear azure waters, is simply the jewel in Lagos’ crown. It’s consistently ranked among Portugal’s best beaches. This picturesque cove is famed for its unique rock formations, calm bathing waters, and abundant marine life, making it an idyllic spot for swimming or snorkeling. Accessible via wooden steps, the beach is a sun-soaked sanctuary for those seeking relaxation. Whether you’re a nature lover, a sun-seeker, or an adventure junkie, a visit to Praia Dona Ana is sure to be one of the highlights of any Lagos visit.

Dinner and Nightlife in Lagos Old Town

To cap off your day in Lagos, I’d suggest visiting one of Lagos’s best restaurants to try some Portuguese cuisine. My personal favorites are Casinha do Petisco, Don Sebastião and No Patio.

Once you’re done with dinner, it’s time to explore Lagos’ nightlife scene. Make sure you venture by 3 Monkeys Bar, which is a local institution in Lagos. I’ve written a guide to the best bars in Lagos, so you have plenty to choose from.

Day 6: Lagos, Benagil Cave

Begin your day with a relaxing breakfast in Lagos and a wander around the town. Soak up the sun on Batata Beach or Meia Praia Beach, and have a drink next to the marina.

In the afternoon, take a boat cruise to Benagil Cave, a natural wonder known for its impressive dome and beautiful beach within. Alternatively you could kayak to the Ponta da Piedade to explore the unique grottos and caves.

Batata Beach

Praia da Batata is one of the most popular beaches in Lagos, Portugal. Blessed with soft golden sand embraced by towering cliffs, it offers picture-perfect landscapes. It’s conveniently located within walking distance from the city center and is known for its calm waters, making it ideal for families with young children or for those looking to try water sports like paddleboarding.

Meia Praia

Meia Praia, the largest beach in the Lagos region of Portugal, is an expansive 4km stretch of golden sand offering ample space for relaxation and outdoor activities. Its crystal-clear waters are ideal for swimming and water sports, including surfing and kite-surfing.

Known for its stunning sunrises, this beach provides a serene ambiance away from city noise, while its beach bars and restaurants ensure visitors have all the amenities they need. Whether you’re sunbathing, strolling along the shoreline, or enjoying a beach picnic, Meia Praia is definitely a beach worth visiting.

Lagos Marina

Lagos Marina is a picturesque waterfront located just a stone’s throw from the train station and Meia Praia. This vibrant hub is host to numerous luxury yachts, sailing boats, and fishing vessels.

Offering a blend of cosmopolitan atmosphere and tranquil seaside charm, the marina is lined with a plethora of cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a leisurely lunch by the water, watching the boats gently sway. With stunning views and a laid-back ambiance, Lagos Marina is the perfect spot for a relaxed lunch or beer in the sun.

Benagil Cave Boat Tour

The Benagil Cave is a stunning natural wonder located on the Algarve coastline, just a short boat ride from Lagos. Featuring a charming beach nestled within a cave adorned with a natural skylight, it provides a unique and picturesque spot worth exploring.

Because the cave is only accessible by sea, you can book a boat tour from Lagos with services like GetYourGuide. Tours by speedboat usually last around 2 hours and you’ll be picked up and dropped off at your hotel.

Booking a tour takes you on an exciting journey to this hidden gem, while also allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of the surrounding coastline along the way.

Alternate Idea: Ponta da Piedade Caves

Or, instead of taking a boat ride to Benagil, why not try kayaking in the Ponta da Piedade caves! Paddling through crystal-clear waters, exploring hidden lagoons and navigating around stunning rock formations, you’ll witness the Algarve’s coastline at its best. These naturally formed caves, with their unique shapes and colours, are mesmerising to behold up close. Some even have names like “Love Cave!” It’s an unforgettable way to find hidden gems tucked away from the typical tourist trails. So grab a paddle and let the beauty of nature in the Ponta da Piedade caves create lasting memories!

Day 7: Explore Faro and Depart Home

Spend your last day in Faro, the capital of the Algarve region. Visit the Cathedral of Faro and explore the charming old town. Enjoy seafood at a local waterside restaurant and soak in your final moments in Portugal.

Here are some of the top things to do in Faro:

Faro Old Town

Faro’s Old Town, or Cidade Velha, is a glimpse into the city’s rich history. Adorned with cobblestone streets and well-preserved medieval architecture, the Old Town boasts attractions such as Faro Cathedral, the Arco da Vila, and Largo da Sé.

Ria Formosa Natural Park

A pristine haven for birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts, this park is home to unique flora and fauna. Explore the lagoon system and sandy islands by taking a boat tour or going on a guided walk.

Faro Maritime Museum

Housed in the beautiful 16th-century harbor building, the museum showcases the nautical history of Portugal. Explore the captivating maritime artifacts and detailed replicas of ships from various eras.

Capela dos Ossos

This small and intriguing chapel, located within the Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo, is adorned with bones and skulls of over 1,000 monks. A thought-provoking example of the transiency of life and a must-see for the curious visitor.

Estói Palace

Situated about 10 kilometers from Faro, this ornate Rococo palace dates back to the 19th century. With its opulent gardens and colorful façade, it’s a picturesque stop worth visiting.

Best Time to Visit Portugal

The best time to visit Portugal is during the spring (March-May) and fall (September-October) months when the weather is pleasant, featuring warm days and cool nights. These seasons experience fewer tourists, resulting in lower prices and less crowded attractions. The mild temperatures also make it ideal for beach activities, wine tasting, and exploring the historical sites.

Summer is also a great time to visit, when the weather is usually warm and sunny, with not a cloud in the sky. This is the best time to visit if you love soaking up the sun on the beach. It’ll just be a lot more crowded and prices tend to be higher during these months.

Weather in Portugal in winter is generally mild, but with more rainfall. If you visit during this time, make sure you bring a warm jacket as night time temperatures can be pretty chilly.

Where to Stay

This Portugal itinerary requires 2 nights in Porto, 2 nights in Lisbon and 2 nights in Lagos. Here’s where you can stay in each. I’ve included a mix of both hotels and hostels, depending on your budget and preferences.

Porto

Here’s a list of 5 best hotels in Porto, along with a brief description of each hotel:

Maison Albar Le Monumental Palace: A palatial 5-star hotel located in the heart of the city, Maison Albar Le Monumental Palace offers chic, elegant rooms, exceptional service, and a gastronomic experience at the on-site Le Monument restaurant. Step back in time as you submerge yourself in a rich 1920s ambiance.

Torel 1884 Suites & Apartments: A boutique hotel set in a beautifully refurbished 19th-century mansion, Torel 1884 offers stylish, individually designed suites and apartments. Guests will appreciate amenities like the on-site restaurant, bar, and stunning views of the Douro River.

PortoBay Flores: This luxurious 5-star property, an exquisite blend of a historic 16th-century building and contemporary architecture, radiates timeless charm. PortoBay Flores offers elegant rooms, an in-house restaurant, a spa, an indoor pool, and a prime location near top attractions.

Pestana Vintage Porto: Situated along the picturesque Douro Riverbank in Ribeira Square, Pestana Vintage Porto’s unique charm stems from its historical buildings. This 4-star hotel features spacious rooms with classic décor, an on-site restaurant serving local cuisine, and remarkable views of the Dom Luís Bridge.

The Yeatman: A wine-themed luxury hotel with panoramic views of the Douro River and Porto’s historical city center, The Yeatman is a paradise for wine lovers. Enjoy sophisticated rooms, a two Michelin-starred restaurant, an extensive wine cellar, and the relaxing Caudalie Vinotherapie Spa.

Lisbon

Sure, here’s a list of the top 5 hotels in Lisbon, Portugal, featuring Brown’s, The One, Bairro Alto, Intercontinental, and The Lumiares:

Brown’s Central Hotel (4-star): Located in the heart of historic Lisbon, Brown’s Central Hotel combines modern luxury with 18th-century architecture. It offers chic rooms and suites with an artsy vibe. The hotel has an on-site bistro and bar where you can enjoy jazzy tunes, handcrafted cocktails, and Portuguese delicacies.

The One Palácio da Anunciada (5-star): This 5-star hotel is housed in a 16th-century palace, meticulously restored to its original glory. Features include a large garden with a pool, a luxurious spa, and fine dining options. Each room and suite is spacious and exquisitely decorated, offering a tranquil escape in the heart of the city.

Bairro Alto Hotel (5-star): A luxury boutique hotel located at the crossroads of the city’s three most vibrant districts, Chiado, Bairro Alto, and Principe Real. It offers plush rooms, a rooftop terrace with panoramic views, and a restaurant headed by a Michelin-starred chef.

InterContinental Lisbon (5-star): An upscale hotel offering panoramic views of the city and the Tagus River. Rooms and suites are spacious and elegantly appointed. Featured amenities include a world-class restaurant, a 24-hour fitness center, and an executive lounge.

The Lumiares Hotel & Spa (5-star): Nestled in the fashionable Bairro Alto district, this luxury hotel features stylish apartments with a kitchenette. It has a rooftop bar offering heart-stopping views over Lisbon, a casual café, and a small but serene spa where you can unwind after a long day exploring the city.

Lagos

Cascade Wellness Resort (5-star): Set on the cliffs with spectacular ocean views, this resort provides luxurious living spaces along with two swimming pools, restaurants, a fitness center, and a spa for a perfect retreat.

Belmar Spa & Beach Resort (4-star+): Overlooking the stunning Porto de Mós beach, Belmar offers beautifully-appointed apartments and townhouses, both an indoor and outdoor pool, the Belmar Spa for ultimate relaxation, and quality dining on-site.

Iberostar Selection Lagos Algarve (5-star): Surrounded by the scenic beauty of Meia Praia and the Marina, this hotel provides a variety of rooms, lush gardens, outdoor and indoor pool, spa, and a wide range of dining options.

Vila Gale Lagos (4-star): Located close to Meia Praia Beach, it offers spacious, modern rooms with sea, pool, or cityscape views as well as an outdoor pool, soothing spa, kids club, and a direct passage to the beach, perfect for both family and romantic getaways.

Lagos Avenida Hotel (4-star): Set on the city center’s main avenue, this hotel offers chic accommodation with panoramic views of the marina and the sea. Guests can enjoy facilities such as outdoor swimming pools, a restaurant, and a bar.

Casa Mãe (3-star): This trendy boutique hotel in Lagos’ old town is a fusion of traditional and contemporary design. It presents cosy rooms, a farm-to-table restaurant, an outdoor pool, and expansive gardens with a focus on sustainability and promoting local culture.

A Final Word

This one week Portugal itinerary offers a perfect mix of city exploration, historical visits, wine tasting, and beach relaxation. As you depart home, you’re bound to carry with you a treasure trove of memories from your Portuguese escapade.

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