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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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 Piscinas Naturais. The adventure continues: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nossa Senhora da Paz, and get great views at Boca do Inferno Viewpoint.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ponta Delgada trip site.

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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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.
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. 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 3 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 catch the flight to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours

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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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelo de S. Jorge and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. 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 lots more to do: wander the streets of Alfama, make a trip to Belém Tower, and appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo.

For more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in May, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (75°F), and nights are about the same (55°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can catch the flight 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.