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

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.
You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia de Santa Barbara and Mosteiros Beach. Get in touch with nature at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre. Go for a jaunt from Ponta Delgada to Mosteiros to see Piscinas Naturais about 38 minutes away. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Santo Cristo, get great views at Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nossa Senhora da Paz.

For reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada route planner.

San Francisco, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll lose 7 hours traveling from San Francisco to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. In May, plan for daily highs up to 66°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Beaches

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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Douro River and Praia da Luz. Do some cultural sightseeing at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Museu Serralves. The adventure continues: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, do a tasting at Taylor's Port, get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, and go for a stroll along the water at Cais da Ribeira.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto trip maker tool.

Traveling by flight from Ponta Delgada to Porto takes 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 May, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Beaches

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belém Tower and Castelo de S. Jorge. Escape the urban bustle at Portugal Bike and Praia da Nazare. There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Alfama, explore the world behind art at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, tour the water at your own pace with Lisbon by Boat, and pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lisbon driving holiday tool.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 3 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. While traveling from Porto, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 75°F to lows of 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors · Tours · Beaches · 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.