12 days in Portugal, Santorini & Barcelona Itinerary

12 days in Portugal, Santorini & Barcelona Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Portugal
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Oia, Greece
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Barcelona, Spain
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Porto, Portugal
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Poca Da Dona Beija & Parque Terra Nostra). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, don't miss a visit to Portas da Cidade, get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, and contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Ponta Delgada trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT) is 4 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ponta Delgada when traveling from Toronto in September, with lows around 20°C. You will have some time to spend on the 19th (Tue) before leaving for Oia.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Nature · Wildlife · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Oia, Greece

Every day hundreds of visitors come to Oia just to experience its sunsets.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Mnemossyne Gallery, then kick back and relax at Kamari Beach, and then explore the ancient world of Akrotiri. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Sunset in Oia, then kick back and relax at Perissa Black Sand Beach, and then kick back and relax at Red Beach.

To see maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Oia online holiday builder.

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Oia by flight takes about 14 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ponta Delgada to Oia is 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ponta Delgada in September: high temperatures in Oia hover around 32°C and lows are around 24°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Barcelona.

Things to do in Oia

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Historic Sites

Side Trips

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Barcelona, Spain

Jewel of the Mediterranean

Barcelona, the country’s second-largest city, is a cosmopolitan urban center known for its throbbing youthful energy and stellar architecture.
On the 22nd (Fri), make a trip to The Magic Fountain, then admire the landmark architecture of Basilica of the Sagrada Familia, then make a trip to Casa Batllo, and finally take a stroll through El Barri Gòtic. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Parc Guell, then catch a live event at Camp Nou, and then admire the landmark architecture of Casa Mila - La Pedrera.

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Barcelona visit website.

Getting from Oia to Barcelona by flight takes about 7.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and ferry; or do a combination of car, ferry, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Oia in September, Barcelona is a bit cooler at night with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Porto.

Things to do in Barcelona

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods
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Porto, Portugal

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.
Dedicate the 26th (Tue) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, take in the waterfront activity at Cais da Ribeira, and make a trip to Liberdade Square.

To find traveler tips and other tourist information, you can read our Porto vacation maker app.

You can fly from Barcelona to Porto in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Barcelona to Porto. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Barcelona in September, with highs in Porto at 27°C and lows at 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Porto

Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping
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Portugal travel guide

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Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

Santorini travel guide

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Beaches · Landmarks · Ruins
Wine Island
Known for dramatic views and romantic sunsets, the island of Santorini draws visitors with its long string of black, white, and red beaches. The largest and most significant of a small group of volcanic islands located just 200 km (120 mi) southeast of Greece's mainland, Santorini boasts just over 15,000 permanent residents. Created by a massive volcanic eruption that likely destroyed a single large island, the archipelago still features an active volcano, which saw its last eruption in the 1950s. The easiest way to explore Santorini's craggy coastline is on foot. Start by visiting the archaeological sites on the island's southwestern side, which offer a chance to discover the area's ancient past with unobstructed views of the famed volcano.