11 days in Lisbon, Porto & Sao Miguel Itinerary

11 days in Lisbon, Porto & Sao Miguel Itinerary

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Lisbon
— 2 nights
Fly
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Porto
— 3 nights
Fly
3
Furnas
— 2 nights
Drive
4
Sete Cidades
— 1 night
Drive to João Paulo II Airport, Fly to General Edward Lawrence Logan International Airport

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Lisbon

— 2 nights

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 Castelo de S. Jorge. Popular historic sites such as Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo dos Mouros are in your itinerary. Venture out of the city with trips to Cabo da Roca (in Colares) and Park and National Palace of Pena (in Sintra). And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Alfama, take in the views from Ponte 25 de Abril, shop like a local with Rossio Square, and visit Bairro Alto.

To find ratings, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon online route planner.

Boston, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is 5 hours. When traveling from Boston in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Lisbon, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 23 — 25:

Porto

— 3 nights

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.
Centro Historico de Guimaraes and Santuario de Santa Luzia will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Graham's Port Lodge and Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco. Dedicate the 27th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Taylor's Port, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, and steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Porto journey site.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Lisbon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Porto, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to travel to Furnas.

Things to do in Porto

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 25 — 28:

Furnas

— 2 nights
Escape the urban bustle at Poca Da Dona Beija and Lagoa do Fogo. Get some cultural insight at Igreja de Sao Miguel Arcanjo and Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Furnas trip planner.

Getting from Porto to Furnas by flight takes about 7 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Porto in May since evenings lows in Furnas dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Sete Cidades.

Things to do in Furnas

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

Sete Cidades

— 1 night
On the 1st (Sat), explore the activities along Piscinas Naturais, enjoy the sand and surf at Mosteiros Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Viewpoint of the Ridge, and finally take some stellar pictures from Boca do Inferno Viewpoint.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sete Cidades route planning website.

You can drive from Furnas to Sete Cidades in 1.5 hours. In May in Sete Cidades, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Sete Cidades

Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 31 — Jun 1:

Sao Miguel travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water · Gardens
Green Island
Known as The Green Island, Sao Miguel is the largest of the nine islands of Azores and is considered a natural paradise. These islands were discovered in the 15th century and, according to myth, are reputed to be part of the lost empire of Atlantis. Sao Miguel's most prominent feature is a set of twin lakes, one of which is blue and the other green. Visitors also enjoy the island's park, golf courses, beaches, mountains, marina, and ocean views. Stop for a look at the city's monuments and architecture, and experience the cobbled streets lined with a variety of restaurants, shops, bars, and cafes.