13 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

13 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
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Porto
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Lisbon
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

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.
Visiting Lagoa do Fogo and Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. Get a sense of the local culture at Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas and Nossa Senhora da Paz. Venture out of the city with trips to Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). Spend the 2nd (Thu) among aquatic life with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Santo Cristo, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Barbara, and get great views at Boca do Inferno Viewpoint.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 11-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Azores Standard Time is 4 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in July, with highs in Ponta Delgada at 75°F and lows at 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to travel to Porto.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

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Porto

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.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Mindelo Beach and Praia de Lavadores. Escape the urban bustle at Douro River and Praia dos Ingleses. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, learn about winemaking at Porto Augusto's, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Carneiro.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Porto trip planner.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Porto, with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Lisbon.

Things to do in Porto

Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours

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Lisbon

City of Seven Hills

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 7th (Tue): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da ursa, tour the water at your own pace with Nosso Tejo, and then step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge. On the next day, admire the landmark architecture of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and finally wander the streets of Alfama.

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You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in August, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (63°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Parks · Beaches

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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.