16 days in Azores Itinerary

16 days in Azores Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: New York City
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  16 h 15 min
1
Santa Maria
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  7 h 15 min
2
Angra do Heroismo, Terceira
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  4 h
3
Nordeste, Sao Miguel
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 5 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  9 h 45 min
End: New York City

2
nights
Santa Maria

Santa Maria ©
Get outdoors at Gruta do Figueiral and Miradouro da Macela. Do some cultural sightseeing at Farol de Goncalo Velho and Dalberto Pombo Environmental Interpretation Centre.

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Santa Maria online trip itinerary planner.

New York City, USA to Santa Maria is an approximately 15- hour combination of car and flight. Traveling from New York City to Santa Maria, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Maria can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Angra do Heroismo.

Things to do in Santa Maria

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Gruta do Figueiral ©
Gruta do Figueiral
Farol de Goncalo Velho ©
Farol de Goncalo Velho
Barreiro da Faneca ©
Barreiro da Faneca

3
nights
Angra do Heroismo, Terceira

Angra do Heroismo ©
Angra do Heroísmo, generally known as Angra, is a municipality and city on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores. Duke of Terceira Garden and Igreja Da Misericordia are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museum of Angra do Heroismo and Ponta dos Biscoitos. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Rua da Se, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, contemplate the long history of Fortaleza De Sao Joao Baptista, and get great views at Miradouro da Serra de Santa Barbara.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and tourist information, go to the Angra do Heroismo online trip itinerary planner.

Explore your travel options from Santa Maria to Angra do Heroismo with the Route module. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Nordeste.

Things to do in Angra do Heroismo

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Praia da Vitoria, Terceira, Ponta dos Biscoitos, Centro de Interpretacao da Serra de Santa Barbara
Find places to stay May 14 — 18:
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Rua da Se ©
Rua da Se
Photography Tours
Museum of Angra do Heroismo ©
Museum of Angra do Heroismo

3
nights
Nordeste, Sao Miguel

Nordeste ©
Nordeste is a municipality on the northeastern part of São Miguel Island in the Azores. Visiting Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeiroes and Pico da Vara will get you outdoors. Your inner history buff will appreciate Farol Ponta do Arnel and Church of Nossa Senhora da Alegria. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Nordeste: Castelo Branco (in Vila Franca do Campo) and Furnas (Jose do Canto Forest Garden & Caldeiras Vulcânicas). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Lagoa das Furnas, get great views at Miradouro da Ponta do Sossego, get curious at Priolo Environmental Center, and don't miss a visit to Viewpoint of Ponta da Madrugada.

To find traveler tips, ratings, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Nordeste trip planning tool.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Angra do Heroismo to Nordeste. In May, daily temperatures in Nordeste can reach 66°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to drive to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Nordeste

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Furnas, Castelo Branco, Salto do Prego
Find places to stay May 18 — 21:
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Lagoa das Furnas ©
Lagoa das Furnas
Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeiroes ©
Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeiroes
Salto do Prego ©
Salto do Prego

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Nossa Senhora da Paz and Igreja de Sao Jose. Popular historic sites such as Igreja do Santo Cristo and Sinagoga Sahar Hassamain are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Ponta Delgada side-trips: Mosteiros (Piscinas Naturais & Mosteiros Beach). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with Espirito Azul, look for gifts at Louvre Michaelense, look for all kinds of wild species at Pinhal da Paz, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Ponta Delgada trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nordeste to Ponta Delgada takes an hour. In May, daytime highs in Ponta Delgada are 66°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trips

Vila Franca do Campo, Mosteiros, Sao Miguel, Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, Miradouro de Santa Iria
Find places to stay May 21 — 26:
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Pinhal da Paz ©
Pinhal da Paz
Espirito Azul ©
Espirito Azul
Nossa Senhora da Paz ©
Nossa Senhora da Paz

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