12 days in Portugal Itinerary

12 days in Portugal Itinerary

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12 days in Portugal Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  17​h 45​min
1
Lisbon
— 3 nights
train:  3​h
2
Porto
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Santo da Serra
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
4
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 2 nights
Fly:  16​h
End: San Francisco

3
nights
Lisbon

Lisbon ©
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sat): explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge. Keep things going the next day: take in the spiritual surroundings of Jeronimos Monastery, then tour the water at your own pace with Lisbon by Boat, then choose your vessel at Boat Me Up, and finally make a trip to Belém Tower.

For more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon road trip planner.

San Francisco, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 18-hour flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Lisbon is 8 hours. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in March, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Jeronimos Monastery ©
Jeronimos Monastery
Belém Tower ©
Belém Tower
Lisbon Oceanarium ©
Lisbon Oceanarium

2
nights
Porto

Porto ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then contemplate the waterfront views at Rio Douro, and then admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa. Here are some ideas for day two: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Luz, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Clerigos Tower, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally wander the streets of Rua Santa Catarina.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Porto trip itinerary maker website .

Fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. While traveling from Lisbon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Porto, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Santo da Serra.

Things to do in Porto

Parks Beaches Outdoors
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Rio Douro ©
Rio Douro
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) ©
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral)
Praia da Luz ©
Praia da Luz

2
nights
Santo da Serra

Santo da Serra ©
Get in touch with nature at Ponta de Sao Lourenco and Sao Vicente Caves & Volcanism Centre. Get out of town with these interesting Santo da Serra side-trips: Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools (in Porto Moniz), Ponta do Pargo (Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse & Vereda da Garganta Funda) and Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela (in Ribeira da Janela).

To see ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Santo da Serra trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Porto to Santo da Serra with the Route module. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Santo da Serra

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Ponta do Pargo, Focusnatura, Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools, Ilheus da Ribeira da Janela, Ponta de Sao Lourenco
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Ponta de Sao Lourenco ©
Ponta de Sao Lourenco
Porto Moniz Natural Swimming Pools ©
Sao Vicente Caves & Volcanism Centre ©

2
nights
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Ponta Delgada ©
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): look for all kinds of wild species at Environmental Interpretation Centre of Caldeira Velha, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas. On the 8th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: kick back and relax at Praia de Santa Barbara, experience rural life at Gorreana Tea Plantation, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Nossa Senhora da Paz, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja do Santo Cristo.

To find where to stay, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada trip itinerary tool .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Santo da Serra to Ponta Delgada. The time zone difference when traveling from Santo da Serra to Ponta Delgada is minus 1 hour. Expect a daytime high around 63°F in April, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Ribeira Grande, Nossa Senhora da Paz
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Praia de Santa Barbara ©
Praia de Santa Barbara
Lagoa do Fogo ©
Lagoa do Fogo

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