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.
Visiting Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, identify plant and animal life at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, and stroll through Praia de Santa Barbara.

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

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Ponta Delgada. In September, daytime highs in Ponta Delgada are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 10 — 14:


— 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.
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Palacio da Bolsa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Douro River and Praia da Luz. There's much more to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, wander the streets of Rua Santa Catarina, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos, and go for a stroll along the water at Cais da Ribeira.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto holiday planning website.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 56°F in Porto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:


— 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Praia da Nazare and Portugal Bike. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belém Tower and Alfama. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, shop like a local with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, choose your vessel at Lisbon by Boat, and appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lisbon route planning tool.

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Porto in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Transportation

Side Trips

Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

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.