14 days in Portugal, Gran Canaria & Tenerife Itinerary

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Lagos, Portugal
— 4 nights
Evora, Portugal
— 2 nights
Maspalomas, Spain
— 2 nights
Costa Adeje, Spain
— 5 nights


Lagos, Portugal — 4 nights

Jewel of the Algarve

The allure of the beaches and the town's historical center draw visitors to Lagos, a coastal destination in the Barlavento region of the Algarve.
Get a sense of the local culture at Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Graca and Estacao Arqueologica Romana da Praia da Luz. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Praia Sao Rafael and Praia da Luz. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Lagos: Praia da Marinha (in Caramujeira), Olhos de Agua ( Praia dos Olhos de Água & Praia da Falesia) and Praia Gale (in Gale). And it doesn't end there: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Porto de Mos, take a leisurely stroll along Alvor Boardwalk, stroll through Praia do Camilo, and add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Lagos travel planning app.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands to Lagos is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is minus 1 hour. In April, Lagos is a bit warmer than Amsterdam - with highs of 24°C and lows of 15°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Evora.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Evora, Portugal — 2 nights

The city of Evora functions as a museum of Roman origins and medieval times.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): make a trip to Capela dos Ossos, get to know the fascinating history of Centro Historico de Evora, appreciate the history behind Busto Dr. Barahona, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), and finally don't miss a visit to Porta do Raimundo. On the 28th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Centro Interpretativo dos Almendres and then explore the historical opulence of Monsaraz Castle and Walls.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Evora day trip planning website.

Drive from Lagos to Evora in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in April, plan for a bit cooler nights in Evora, with lows around 11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can fly to Maspalomas.
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Maspalomas, Spain — 2 nights

Home to Gran Canary's Most Beautiful Beach

Fondly referred to as “El Sur” by the locals, Maspalomas serves as a hub of entertainment and beach activity on Gran Canary Island.
On the 29th (Sat), kick back and relax at Playa de Mogan, kick back and relax at Playa de Amadores, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Playa de San Agustin, enjoy the sea views from El Faro de Maspalomas, and then steep yourself in history at Vegueta.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, go to the Maspalomas online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Evora to Maspalomas in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. Traveling from Evora in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Maspalomas, with lows around 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to fly to Costa Adeje.
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Costa Adeje, Spain — 5 nights

Whether you're a sophisticated pleasure seeker with the taste for Canarian cuisine and classy shopping, or a nature lover hungry of adventures, you can have it all on a well-balanced Costa Adeje vacation.
Get outdoors at Los Gigantes and Playa de las Vistas. You'll visit kid-friendly attractions like Los Cristianos Harbour and Bangkok Thai Massage Tenerife. Step out of Costa Adeje to go to Masca and see Masca Gorge Trail, which is approximately 40 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Playa del Duque, kick back and relax at Playa El Medano, and admire the verdant scenery at Masca Valley.

For where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Costa Adeje travel route planner.

Fly from Maspalomas to Costa Adeje in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of bus and ferry. In April in Costa Adeje, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 19°C at night. On the 5th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Portugal travel guide

Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Gran Canaria travel guide

Often described as a "continent in miniature" because of its wildly varied landscapes and climates, Grand Canaria is mostly known for its long coastline where tourism thrives at modern resorts. The island is also a ideal for sightseeing by bike or on foot. A wide range of trails, from easy to challenging, link the island’s picturesque coastline and the quieter inland areas, which are dotted by green ravines and sleepy villages. Savvy travelers explore the island’s ancient but well-preserved cave dwellings, many of which have been turned into small restaurants serving a myriad of local delicacies unlikely to be found on the menu of any big-city eatery.

Tenerife travel guide

Water Parks · Beaches · Aquariums
Tenerife is the largest and most populous of the seven Canary Islands. With its abundance of sun-warmed beaches, deep gorges, dramatic cliffs, dense forests, and lush valleys filled with thriving banana plantations, the island offers an impressive variety of things to do: snorkeling, windsurfing, sailing, hiking, and cycling. You can even spelunk in the island’s volcanic caves and tunnels, among the largest in the world. Tenerife is also known for its nightlife, attracting thousands of weekend revelers from nearby European countries. The island is highly urbanized, though there are still pockets where visitors can enjoy the distinctive local culture and sightseeing at a slower pace.