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Funchal, Madeira — 3 nights

The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Safaris will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: see Off-Road Tours, skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour, and view the masterpieces at Caravel Art Center.

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Johannesburg, South Africa to Funchal is an approximately 19.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from South Africa Standard Time (SAST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a -2 hour difference. When traveling from Johannesburg in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Funchal, with highs around 23°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Lagos.
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Lagos — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): stroll through Odeceixe Beach, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia Dona Ana, and then explore the striking landscape at Ponta da Piedade. On your second day here, see majestic marine mammals with Zawaia Experience, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia Da Rocha, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Falesia.

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You can fly from Funchal to Lagos in 5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Funchal in December: high temperatures in Lagos hover around 20°C and lows are around 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) to allow time to fly to Porto.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
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Porto — 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
On the 22nd (Fri), take in the local highlights with Walking tours and then get a taste of the local shopping with Livraria Lello. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pick up some local products at Mercado do Bolhao, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, then snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, then wander the streets of Ribeira do Porto, and finally see the interesting displays at Museu Pedagogico Luso Brasileiro.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto sightseeing planner.

You can fly from Lagos to Porto in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lagos in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Porto, with lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Nazare.
Tours · Shopping · Historic Sites · Parks
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Nazare — 1 night

Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): stroll through Praia da Nazare, then zoom along the surf with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure, then enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Norte, and finally stop by Nazaret - Artesanato e design de Autor.

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Getting from Porto to Nazare by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train; or take a bus. In December, daytime highs in Nazare are 18°C, while nighttime lows are 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) early enough to drive to Lisbon.
Outdoors · Beaches · Parks · Adventure
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Lisbon — 5 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
You'll explore and learn at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Quinta da Regaleira. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Safaris & Praia da ursa). And it doesn't end there: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, wander the streets of Alfama, engage your brain at Pavilhao do Conhecimento, and make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nazare to Lisbon takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to 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.