12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

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Lisbon
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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.
Get in touch with nature at Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours and Lisbon by Boat. Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo de S. Jorge are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Alfama, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, get a taste of the local shopping with Rossio Square, and appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon online day trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Philadelphia in July since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can fly to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Tours · Outdoors · Transportation · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Jul 2 — 6:

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.
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Museu Serralves are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Douro River and Praia da Luz. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos, contemplate the long history of Fortress Sao Joao Baptista, and do a tasting at Taylor's Port.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Porto online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in July, expect nights in Porto to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 6 — 9:

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.
Step out of the city life by going to Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. Change things up with these side-trips from Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Barbara.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Ponta Delgada trip planning tool.

You can fly from Porto to Ponta Delgada in 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Ponta Delgada is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Porto in July, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ponta Delgada, with lows around 21°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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.