35 days in Nazare, Azores & Madrid Itinerary

35 days in Nazare, Azores & Madrid Itinerary

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35 days in Nazare, Azores & Madrid Itinerary

Start: Sacramento, United States
+3
Train + Subway + Fly + Bus:  21​h
1
Nazare, Portugal
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Train + Subway + Fly:  7​h 45​min
2
Angra do Heroismo, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Velas, Portugal
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Angra do Heroismo, Portugal
— 8 nights
Drive + Fly:  3​h
5
Santa Cruz das Flores, Portugal
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  10​h
6
Horta, Portugal
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  18​h 30​min
7
Corvo, Portugal
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  17​h 15​min
8
Santa Cruz Da Graciosa, Portugal
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
9
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 2 nights
Fly + Drive:  2​h 30​min
10
Praia da Vitoria, Portugal
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  11​h 15​min
11
Madrid, Spain
— 2 nights
Fly:  17​h
End: Sacramento, United States

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nights
Nazare, Portugal

Nazare ©
Nazaré is a town and a municipality in subregion Oeste and Leiria District, in Portugal.It is one of the most popular seaside resorts in the Silver Coast/Costa de Prata, Portugal. On the 26th (Fri), get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré, get great views at Miradouro do Suberco, then don't miss a visit to O Sitio, and finally make a trip to Forte de Sao Miguel.

To find out how to plan a trip to Nazare, use our trip itinerary maker.

Sacramento, USA to Nazare is an approximately 21-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of train, flight, and bus; or do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 8 hours traveling from Sacramento to Nazare. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Sacramento in June: highs in Nazare hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Angra do Heroismo.

Things to do in Nazare

Historic Sites
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Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré ©
Church of Nossa Senhora da Nazaré
O Sitio
O Sitio
Forte de Sao Miguel ©
Forte de Sao Miguel

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nights
Angra do Heroismo, Portugal

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monte Brasil and Imperio do Espirito Santo de Sao Sebastiao. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Swim with Dolphins and Palacio dos Capitaes Generais. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Fortaleza De Sao Joao Baptista, pause for some serene contemplation at Santa Barbara Church, appreciate the history behind Monumento ao Toiro, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Da Misericordia.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Angra do Heroismo route planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Nazare to Angra do Heroismo in 8 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus, shuttle, and flight. The time zone difference moving from Western European Time to Azores Time is minus 1 hour. On the 1st (Wed), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Velas.

Things to do in Angra do Heroismo

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Centro de Interpretacao da Serra de Santa Barbara, Ponta dos Biscoitos, Trilha de Misterios Negros
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Monte Brasil ©
Monte Brasil
Swim with Dolphins

4
nights
Velas, Portugal

Velas ©
Velas is a municipality in the São Jorge Island, in the Portuguese autonomous region of Azores. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museu dos Baleeiros (Whaler’s Museum) and Adega A Buraca. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Igreja de Santa Barbara and Museu da Industria Baleeira. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Velas: Reserva Florestal de Recreio da Prainha (in Sao Roque do Pico), Miradouro Sobre a Calheta (in Calheta) and Lajes do Pico (Ponta do Admoiro, Parque Florestal de Sao Joao, & more). Next up on the itinerary: see the interesting displays at Casa do Parque de Sao Jorge, enjoy breathtaking views from Miradouro para a Faja do Ouvidor, and take in the dramatic natural features at Arco Natural de Velas.

For ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Velas trip itinerary site .

Getting from Angra do Heroismo to Velas by car takes about 4.5 hours. July in Velas sees daily highs of 75°F and lows of 67°F at night. On the 5th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Angra do Heroismo.

Things to do in Velas

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Lajes do Pico, Sao Roque do Pico, Miradouro Sobre a Calheta, Adega A Buraca
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Parque Florestal de Sao Joao ©
Parque Florestal de Sao Joao
Museu da Industria Baleeira ©
Museu da Industria Baleeira

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nights
Angra do Heroismo, Portugal

Angra do Heroismo ©
Explore hidden gems such as Algar do Carvão - Monumento Natural Regional and Furnas do Enxofre. Appreciate the collections at Museu de Angra do Heroismo and Olaria de S. Bento. Enjoy Angra do Heroismo some more: don't miss a visit to Rua da Se, head off the coast to Cabras Islets, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se Cathedral, and see the interesting displays at Museu do Vinho.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Angra do Heroismo tour itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Velas to Angra do Heroismo takes 4.5 hours. On the 13th (Mon), you'll travel to Santa Cruz das Flores.

Things to do in Angra do Heroismo

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Terceira, Porto Judeu, Adega Simas, Cabras Islets
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Furnas do Enxofre ©
Furnas do Enxofre
Museum of Angra do Heroismo ©
Museum of Angra do Heroismo
Rua da Se ©
Rua da Se

3
nights
Santa Cruz das Flores, Portugal

Santa Cruz das Flores ©
Santa Cruz das Flores is a municipality situated in the north half of the island of Flores, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. Boqueirao Environmental Interpretation Centre and Museu das Flores will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Museu da Fabrica da Baleia do Boqueirao and Cascata do Poco do Bacalhau. There's still lots to do: don't miss a visit to Faja Grande, get great views at Miradouro do Monte das Cruzes, visit a coastal fixture at Lighthouse of Ponta do Albernaz, and identify plant and animal life at Morro Alto and Pico do Se Natural Forest Reserve.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Santa Cruz das Flores online route maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Angra do Heroismo to Santa Cruz das Flores. In July in Santa Cruz das Flores, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 66°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Thu) before leaving for Horta.

Things to do in Santa Cruz das Flores

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Lajes das Flores, Cascata do Poco do Bacalhau, Poco da Ribeira do Ferreiro
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Cascata do Poco do Bacalhau ©
Cascata do Poco do Bacalhau
Museu da Fabrica da Baleia do Boqueirao ©
Museu das Flores ©
Museu das Flores

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Horta, Portugal

Horta ©
Horta is a single municipality and city in the western part of the Archipelago of the Azores, encompassing the island of Faial. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): steep yourself in history at Horta Regional Museum, examine the collection at Museu Scrimshaw, and then kick back and relax at Praia do Porto Pim.

For maps and more tourist information, go to the Horta trip planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Santa Cruz das Flores to Horta. In July, daytime highs in Horta are 75°F, while nighttime lows are 67°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Corvo.

Things to do in Horta

Parks Outdoors Beaches
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Praia do Porto Pim ©
Praia do Porto Pim
Horta Regional Museum ©
Horta Regional Museum
Museu Scrimshaw ©
Museu Scrimshaw

1
night
Corvo, Portugal

Corvo
Vila do Corvo is the smallest municipality in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores, constituting the island of Corvo in its entirety. To see more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Corvo trip itinerary tool .

Explore your travel options from Horta to Corvo with the Route module. July in Corvo sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 66°F at night. You will leave for Santa Cruz Da Graciosa on the 19th (Sun).

Things to do in Corvo

Museums
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nights
Santa Cruz Da Graciosa, Portugal

Santa Cruz Da Graciosa ©
Santa Cruz da Graciosa is a Portuguese municipality on the island of Graciosa, in the archipelago of the Azores. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): Head underground at Furna do Enxofre.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Santa Cruz Da Graciosa vacation planning app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Corvo to Santa Cruz Da Graciosa. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Tue) before leaving for Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Santa Cruz Da Graciosa

Parks Nature
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nights
Ponta Delgada, Portugal

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 22nd (Wed): get great views at Boca do Inferno Viewpoint, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Sinagoga Sahar Hassamain, examine the collection at Museu Militar dos Acores, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja do Santo Cristo, then pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Jose, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ponta Delgada vacation tool .

Explore your travel options from Santa Cruz Da Graciosa to Ponta Delgada with the Route module. In July, daily temperatures in Ponta Delgada can reach 75°F, while at night they dip to 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can travel to Praia da Vitoria.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

Boca do Inferno Viewpoint
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Boca do Inferno Viewpoint ©
Boca do Inferno Viewpoint
Museu Militar dos Acores ©
Museu Militar dos Acores
Igreja do Santo Cristo ©
Igreja do Santo Cristo

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night
Praia da Vitoria, Portugal

Praia da Vitoria ©
Praia da Vitória, translated as the Beach of the Victory, is a municipality in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): get great views at Miradouro da Serra do Cume, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Escaleiras Beach, and finally contemplate the long history of Forte de Santa Catarina. On your second day here, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Junco and then laugh and play at Praia da Vitoria Old City.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Praia da Vitoria trip itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Ponta Delgada to Praia da Vitoria. In July, plan for daily highs up to 77°F, and evening lows to 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Madrid.

Things to do in Praia da Vitoria

Outdoors Parks Beaches
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Escaleiras Beach ©
Escaleiras Beach
Photography Tours
Miradouro da Serra do Cume ©
Miradouro da Serra do Cume

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nights
Madrid, Spain

Madrid ©
Madrid is known for its cultural and artistic heritage, lively nightlife, and a dynamic culinary scene.
Explore hidden gems such as Alcazar de Segovia and Catedral de Segovia. Your inner history buff will appreciate The Walls of Avila and The Four Posts. Get out of town with these interesting Madrid side-trips: Toledo (Monastery of San Juan de los Reyes, MQM Museo del Queso Manchego Toledo, & more), Embalse del Guajaraz (in Arges) and Chorrera de los Litueros (in Somosierra). Next up on the itinerary: explore the world behind art at Museo Sorolla, admire the striking features of Real Monasterio de Santo Tomas, and contemplate the long history of Cathedral of Avila.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Madrid online trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Praia da Vitoria to Madrid. The time zone difference when traveling from Praia da Vitoria to Madrid is 2 hours. When traveling from Praia da Vitoria in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Madrid: temperatures range from 94°F by day to 68°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Madrid

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Avila, Toledo, Segovia, Chorrera de los Litueros, Embalse del Guajaraz
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Alcazar of Segovia ©
Alcazar of Segovia
The Walls of Avila ©
The Walls of Avila
Catedral de Segovia ©
Catedral de Segovia

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