18 days in Portugal & Costa Rica Itinerary

18 days in Portugal & Costa Rica Itinerary

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Lisbon, Portugal
— 4 nights
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Albufeira, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly
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Porto, Portugal
— 4 nights
Fly to Liberia, Shuttle to La Fortuna de San Carlos
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
— 4 nights
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Lisbon, Portugal

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Sintra National Palace will appeal to history buffs. Get some cultural insight at Belém Tower and Museu Nacional do Azulejo. Venture out of the city with trips to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira & Park and National Palace of Pena). There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, pause for some serene contemplation at Basilica da Estrela, take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum, and pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon trip itinerary planner.

If you are flying in from Portugal, the closest major aiport is Humberto Delgado Airport (Lisbon Portela Airport). In April, daily temperatures in Lisbon can reach 24°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Albufeira.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Museums

Side Trips

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Albufeira, Portugal

Garden of Portugal

Along Portugal's southern Algarve region sits Albufeira, a city boasting 20 beaches for visitors to choose from.
Get outdoors at Praia Da Rocha and Praia da Falesia. You'll get in some beach time at Praia da Marinha and Praia Gale. There's much more to do: kick back and relax at Praia dos Olhos de Água, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz (Parish Church Nossa Senhora da Conceição), get your game on at Hot Wheels Raceway, and stroll through Praia da Coelha.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, use the Albufeira visit planning tool.

Traveling by car from Lisbon to Albufeira takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In April, daytime highs in Albufeira are 24°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. On the 28th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Albufeira

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Porto, Portugal

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names. Portugal's second-largest metropolis dates back to the 4th century, representing both a rich cultural past and industrial present through its architecture and style.
Popular historic sites such as Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Palacio da Bolsa are in your itinerary. Appreciate the collections at Museu Nacional de Soares dos Reis and Museu Serralves. Dedicate the 1st (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's much more to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, stroll through Praia da Luz, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Carmo.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Porto trip maker app.

Traveling by flight from Albufeira to Porto takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Albufeira in April, plan for little chillier nights in Porto, with lows around 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to La Fortuna de San Carlos.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Wineries · Parks · Museums

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Set against the backdrop of the imposing Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos offers visitors a chance to explore diverse natural landscapes and sample some delicious local produce.
Take a break from the city and head to Tabacon Hot Springs and River Rafting & Tubing. There's lots more to do: contemplate the geological forces at Arenal Volcano, look for gifts at Souvenir Leo, stroll through Proyecto Asis, and hike along Natura Eco Park Costa Rica.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and shuttle from Porto to La Fortuna de San Carlos takes 19.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 6 hours traveling from Porto to La Fortuna de San Carlos. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in La Fortuna de San Carlos

Parks · Nature · Spas · Outdoors

Side Trip

Portugal travel guide

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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.

Costa Rica travel guide

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Beaches · Nature & Parks · Zipline
Tiny in terms of land area, Costa Rica is astoundingly diverse when it comes to culture and natural attractions. In a country called "Rich Coast", it's no surprise most Costa Rica vacations dedicate at least a few days to picturesque Pacific and Caribbean beaches, ideal for water sports and relaxation. Few small countries offer such a range of landscapes, allowing tourists to observe towering volcanoes while soaking away their worries in a hot spring, or hike into dense rainforests in the morning and surf at a modern resort in the afternoon. A trip to Costa Rica also lets you discover pristine national parks, ensuring plenty of chances to view wildlife from the comfort of eco-friendly lodges packed with amenities even ardent nature lovers secretly desire.