12 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

12 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 4 nights
— 3 nights
— 3 nights


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.
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 Lagoa do Fogo. Go for a jaunt from Ponta Delgada to Mosteiros to see Piscinas Naturais about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nossa Senhora da Paz, get great views at Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Santo Cristo.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada day trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Azores Standard Time is 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Porto.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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— 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.
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 Graham's Port Lodge. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, browse the collection at Museu Serralves, do a tasting at Taylor's Port, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For maps, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Porto online route planner.

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. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ponta Delgada in May since evenings lows in Porto dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can fly to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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— 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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelo de S. Jorge and Belém Tower. Escape the urban bustle at Portugal Bike and Lisbon by Boat. Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Praia da Nazare in Nazare, about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Alfama, take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, and appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo.

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Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Porto in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 55°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · Beaches

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Azores travel guide

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.