10 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

10 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
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Porto
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Lisbon
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island. Known for its historical buildings, the city offers 17th- and 18th-century convents and churches, as well as cobbled pedestrian streets and hidden squares.
Visiting Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Igreja do Santo Cristo and Nossa Senhora da Paz. Get out of town with these interesting Ponta Delgada side-trips: Oficina - Museu (in Capelas) and Poca Da Dona Beija (in Furnas). There's much more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Santa Barbara, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, take some stellar pictures from Miradouro de Santa Iria, and identify plant and animal life at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre.

To find traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Ponta Delgada trip itinerary planning site.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Ponta Delgada is 4 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Philadelphia in August: highs in Ponta Delgada hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Porto

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Wed): steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River, and then take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto trip maker site.

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Porto by flight takes about 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto is 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Porto when traveling from Ponta Delgada in August, with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Lisbon

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some cultural insight at Belém Tower and Alfama. Step out of the city life by going to Praia da ursa and Nosso Tejo. Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Cascais to see Guincho Beach about 34 minutes away. There's still lots to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, tour the water at your own pace with Lisbon by Boat, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos.

To see other places to visit and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon visit planning app.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in August, expect nights in Lisbon to be about the same, around 20°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 35°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Azores travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water · Lookouts
Mountain Island
Composed of nine volcanic islands scattered in the Atlantic some 1,300 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, the Azores represent one of Europe's remotest vacation destinations. Settled sporadically over a span of several centuries, the islands in this archipelago retain much of their isolated feel, each one boasting its own distinct culture, dialect, and cuisine. Long overlooked by even the most adventurous travelers, the islands now surprise a growing number of visitors with their lavish natural beauty, good roads, and hospitable towns providing comfortable accommodations and modern amenities. Place the island of Pico at the top of your itinerary to discover Portugal's highest mountain, a picture-perfect volcanic cone rising above a landscape of World Heritage-listed vineyards.