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This itinerary is a 7 day adventurous beach bum’s dream trip to Portugal with the most spectacular scenery and a dash of city life. Nina, the Travel Honey Contributor, spent a month in the Algarve with her boyfriend and visited Lisbon at the end. This is her ultimate 4 days on the Algarve coast and 3 days in Lisbon. The days on this trip are chill and involve a lot of exploring on your own. There are plenty of active, outdoor activities in the Algarve and walking in Lisbon. Prices are gentle and accommodation is based at cozy Airbnbs.
Why Visit Lisbon & the Algarve?
Nina chose Portugal after she asked by blog readers for where to go in Europe in March/April that was warm as possible, near beaches, and not be too pricey. She decided on the Algarve because it was the most southern/warmest. She booked a flight to Faro, the cheapest airport to fly into and based herself out of Sagres (she couldn’t have been any more south!). It was the perfect place to chill, get work done, and take mini road trips to the stunning sites that surrounded Sagres. She also popped over to Lisbon to check out the famous (and my new favorite) European capital because, how could she not?
Here’s a preview of what this 7 Days in Portugal Itinerary from Nina:
7 Days in Portugal Itinerary – Day 1
Fly into Faro, Portugal and drive to your base, Sagres on the Algarve coast. Gaze upon quite possibly the most amazing beaches and rock formations and if you can pull yourself away from climbing the crazy cliffsides and rocks, wander through Lagos. 🐾 Day 1 Transport: Fly into Faro, Portugal and pick up your rental car, drive about an hour and 15 minutes to Sagres. The drive to Ponta da Piedade from Sagres was about 35 mintutes. Once in back in Sagres, you can walk to dinner.
7 Days in Portugal Itinerary – Day 2
Exploring one of the most famous caves in the country and maybe even chill on the beach inside! Take a boat or kayak tour, explore more cliffsides, and beach bum on one of the best beaches in the country. 🐾 Day 2 Transport: Benagil Cave is about an hour drive from Sagres and lunch is about 8 minutes from the cave on your way back to Sagres.
7 Days in Portugal Itinerary – Day 3
Hiking inland and around the highest point in the Algarve, some beach bumming and more trails along the coast, and then a dash of shopping if you’re up for it. 🐾 Day 3 Transport: Benagil Cave is about an hour drive from Sagres and lunch is about 8 minutes from the cave on your way back to Sagres.
7 Days in Portugal Itinerary – Day 4
Today is a beach day. Sagres is the chilled out town that surfers dream of and my favorite town in Portugal. There are a number of beaches to choose from and various activities, which I’ve describe below. 🐾 Day 4 Transport: Depends on which beach you go to, you can either walk or drive.
7 Days in Portugal Itinerary – Day 5
Arrive in Lisbon and get lost wandering in Lisbon’s Barrio Alto neighborhood. 🐾 Day 5 Transport: Fly from Faro to Lisbon, take an Uber to Lisbon center and walk from there!
7 Days in Portugal Itinerary – Day 6
Exploring the neighborhood just beyond Bairro Alto, Alfama. More viewpoints and gorgeous architecture! 🐾 Day 6 Transport: We walked to everything, and highly suggest doing the same, but you can take a tram or Uber if your legs get tired.
7 Days in Portugal Itinerary – Day 7
Play prince/princess and explore castles all day! 🐾 Day 7 Transport: We took an Uber to and from Sintra, which is about 30 minutes without traffic. You can always take a train or rent a car for the day