10 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel — 4 nights

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island.
Visiting Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Mosteiros Beach will get you outdoors. Do some cultural sightseeing at Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas and Igreja Matriz Ribeira Grande. The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, stroll through Praia de Santa Barbara, get great views at Miradouro da Boca do Inferno, and look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada online day trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT) is 4 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Ponta Delgada, with lows of 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.
Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks · Tours
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Porto — 1 night

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): pause for some serene contemplation at Torre dos Clerigos, take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, and then explore the activities along Douro River.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto road trip planner.

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Porto by flight takes about 3 hours. The time zone changes from Azores Standard Time (AZOT) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Porto when traveling from Ponta Delgada in October, with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can fly to Lisbon.
Wineries · Tours · Nature · Parks
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Lisbon — 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Take a break from the city and head to Portugal Bike Tours and Lisbon by Boat. Get a sense of the local culture at Castelo de S. Jorge and Carmo Archaeological Museum. When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Praia de Carcavelos in Carcavelos, approximately Carcavelos away. Next up on the itinerary: visit Alfama, observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, make a trip to Belém Tower, and tour the water at your own pace with Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Lisbon online trip builder.

Getting from Porto to Lisbon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. October in Lisbon sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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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.