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
— 3 nights
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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.
Visiting Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Relax by the water at Mosteiros Beach and Piscinas Naturais. Venture out of the city with trips to Sao Nicolau Church (in Sete Cidades) and Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas (in Furnas). Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja de Sao Miguel Arcanjo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nossa Senhora da Paz.

For ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Ponta Delgada sightseeing planner.

Chicago, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 11.5-hour 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 and about the same nights in Ponta Delgada: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors · Parks · 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Taylor's Port. Visiting Douro River and Praia da Luz will get you outdoors. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, contemplate the long history of Fortress Sao Joao Baptista, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Porto online itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 3 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 fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping

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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.
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, view the masterpieces at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and tour the water at your own pace with Lisbon by Boat.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon travel tool.

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. 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 fly back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Transportation

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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.