12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

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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 Alfama. Step out of the city life by going to Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours and Lisbon by Boat. There's much more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, pedal to the sights with Portugal Bike, contemplate the long history of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon travel planning site.

Philadelphia, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Lisbon. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, expect a bit cooler with lows of 60°F in Lisbon. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · Historic Sites

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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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Taylor's Port. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Torre dos Clerigos, steep yourself in history at Fortress Sao Joao Baptista, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Porto trip maker.

Fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Lisbon, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Porto, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Outdoors

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Ponta Delgada's surroundings by going to Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, and kick back and relax at Praia de Santa Barbara.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada road trip planner.

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. In June in Ponta Delgada, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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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.