10 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

10 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
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— 4 nights


Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel — 4 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.
Get outdoors at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Praia de Santa Barbara. Change things up with these side-trips from Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, make a trip to Portas da Cidade, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, and Head underground at Gruta do Carvao.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Ponta Delgada trip itinerary builder.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Azores Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. While traveling from Philadelphia, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ponta Delgada, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Porto.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
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Porto — 1 night

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sun): pause for some serene contemplation at Torre dos Clerigos, then admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, and then explore the activities along Douro River.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Porto online day trip planner.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 3 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Porto when traveling from Ponta Delgada in July, with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can fly to Lisbon.
Tours · Wineries · Nature · Parks
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 5:

Lisbon — 4 nights

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Get some cultural insight at Belém Tower and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Visiting Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours and Praia de Carcavelos will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, choose your vessel at Lisbon by Boat, and take a spin around town with Portugal Bike.

For traveler tips, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Lisbon road trip planning app.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Porto, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon, ranging from highs of 85°F to lows of 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Jul 5 — 9:

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.