12 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

12 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

— 4 nights
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.
Take a break from the city and head to Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Venture out of the city with trips to Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Barbara.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ponta Delgada trip itinerary site.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Ponta Delgada is 4 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Philadelphia in April since evenings lows in Ponta Delgada dip to 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Douro River and Praia da Luz. Get some cultural insight at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Graham's Port Lodge. Next up on the itinerary: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, shop like a local with Rua Santa Catarina, don't miss a visit to Fortress Sao Joao Baptista, and browse the collection at Museu Serralves.

To find traveler tips and tourist information, use the Porto road trip planning site.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto. In April, plan for daily highs up to 65°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

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Lisbon

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Belém Tower and Alfama. Take a break from the city and head to Praia da Nazare and Lisbon by Boat. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, and take a spin around town with Portugal Bike.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · Parks

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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.