12 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

12 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Chicago
Fly:  12 h
1
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 4 nights
Bus + Fly:  4 h 30 min
2
Porto
— 3 nights
Fly:  3 h
3
Lisbon
— 3 nights
Fly:  14 h 15 min
End: Chicago

4
nights
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Ponta Delgada ©
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 Praia de Santa Barbara will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Mosteiros Beach and Piscinas Naturais. Venture out of the city with trips to Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas (in Furnas) and Sao Nicolau Church (in Sete Cidades). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nossa Senhora da Paz, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Miguel Arcanjo.

To find photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada vacation app.

Chicago, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 12.5- hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Ponta Delgada is 5 hours. When traveling from Chicago in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Ponta Delgada, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Mosteiros, Vila Franca do Campo, Sete Cidades, Ribeira Grande
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Boca do Inferno Viewpoint ©
Boca do Inferno Viewpoint
Caldeira das Sete Cidades ©
Caldeira das Sete Cidades
Mosteiros Beach ©
Mosteiros Beach

3
nights
Porto

Porto ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Palacio da Bolsa. Visiting Praia da Luz and Douro River will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, explore the world behind art at Museu Serralves, contemplate the long history of Fortress Sao Joao Baptista, and take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Porto online itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 5 hours. The time zone changes from Azores Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 73°F in June, and nighttime lows around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Wineries Historic Sites

Side Trip

Vila Nova de Gaia
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Douro River ©
Douro River
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Palacio da Bolsa ©
Palacio da Bolsa

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Belém Tower and Castelo de S. Jorge. Step out of the city life by going to Praia da Nazare and Portugal Bike. There's lots more to do: take a stroll through Alfama, pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, admire the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and tour the water at your own pace with Lisbon by Boat.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon travel tool.

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in June: highs in Lisbon hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Tours Beaches

Side Trips

Praia da Nazare, Portugal Bike
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Alfama ©
Alfama
Castelo de S. Jorge ©
Castelo de S. Jorge
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower

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