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. Step out of Ponta Delgada with an excursion to Poca Da Dona Beija in Furnas--about 50 minutes away. Spend the 28th (Tue) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, take in the spiritual surroundings of Nossa Senhora da Paz, take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Boca do Inferno, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre.

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Chicago, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Azores Standard Time, which is usually a 5 hour difference. When traveling from Chicago in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Ponta Delgada, with highs around 22°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to catch the flight to Porto.
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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 29th (Wed): enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos, then take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, and then explore the activities along Douro River.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Porto trip site.

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Porto by flight takes about 3 hours. The time zone changes from Azores Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Porto, with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to fly to Lisbon.
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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 Alfama. Visiting Portugal Bike and Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours will get you outdoors. Take a break from Lisbon with a short trip to Praia de Carcavelos in Carcavelos, about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

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Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 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 28°C to lows of 15°C. On the 3rd (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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Azores travel guide

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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.