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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belém Tower and Alfama. Take a break from the city and head to Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours and Lisbon by Boat. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, get outside with Portugal Bike, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Lisbon, with lows around 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · Historic Sites

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Find places to stay Jul 7 — 11:

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.
Get some cultural insight at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Palacio da Bolsa. Visiting Douro River and Praia da Luz will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, do a tasting at Taylor's Port, contemplate the long history of Fortress Sao Joao Baptista, and let your taste buds guide you at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, go to the Porto online journey maker.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in July, you will find days in Porto are little chillier (75°F), and nights are about the same (59°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Porto

Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Beaches

Side Trip

Find places to stay Jul 11 — 14:

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Lagoa do Fogo and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, stroll through Praia de Santa Barbara, and look for all kinds of wild species at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Ponta Delgada visit planner.

You can fly from Porto to Ponta Delgada in 4.5 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Porto to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ponta Delgada when traveling from Porto in July, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

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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.