12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

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Lisbon

— 4 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 Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Belém Tower. Change things up with these side-trips from Lisbon: Sintra (Park and National Palace of Pena, Castelo dos Mouros, &more). There's still lots to do: wander the streets of Alfama, don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa, learn about winemaking at The Best Portugal, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

To see ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon vacation planner.

London, UK to Lisbon is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and bus; or take a train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from London in September, with highs in Lisbon at 32°C and lows at 19°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Outdoors

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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.
Escape the urban bustle at Douro River and Praia da Luz. Get some cultural insight at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Museu Serralves. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, do a tasting at Graham's Port Lodge, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos, and don't miss a visit to Fortress Sao Joao Baptista.

To find maps, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Porto trip builder tool.

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Lisbon in September; daily highs in Porto reach 27°C and lows reach 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to fly to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Historic Sites · Shopping · Outdoors

Side Trip

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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. It doesn't end there: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo and tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia de Santa Barbara.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada trip app.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Ponta Delgada takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Porto in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 20°C in Ponta Delgada. You'll set off for home on the 22nd (Wed).

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · 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.