13 days in Portugal & Madrid Itinerary

13 days in Portugal & Madrid Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 2 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights


Madrid, Spain

— 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Step out of Madrid to go to Toledo and see Catedral Primada, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's much more to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Royal Palace of Madrid, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms.

For photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Madrid trip itinerary site.

New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 6 hours traveling from New York City to Madrid. In November, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.

Things to do in Madrid

Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping

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Porto, Portugal

— 2 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 is known for shopping, historic sites, and nightlife. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stop by Livraria Lello, and savor the flavors at Food & Drink.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Porto trip maker site.

Getting from Madrid to Porto by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Porto. Traveling from Madrid in November, Porto is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Porto

Tours · Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal

— 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, get great views at Viewpoint of Black Stones, then explore the striking landscape at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, and finally take some stellar pictures from Boca do Inferno Viewpoint. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Portas da Cidade, then take in the dramatic natural features at Poca Da Dona Beija, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Caldeiras Vulcânicas.

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Fly from Porto to Ponta Delgada in 3 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ponta Delgada when traveling from Porto in November, with lows around 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

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Lisbon, Portugal

— 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Change things up with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra (about 36 minutes away). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and wander the streets of Alfama.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip website.

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon by flight takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ponta Delgada in November since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Museums

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Portugal travel guide

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.

Azores travel guide

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.