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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— 1 night
— 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Poca Da Dona Beija. Take a break from Ponta Delgada with a short trip to Parque Terra Nostra in Furnas, about 46 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, Head underground at Gruta do Carvao, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, and don't miss a visit to Portas da Cidade.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada online route maker.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT), which is usually a 4 hour difference. In September in Ponta Delgada, expect temperatures between 76°F during the day and 63°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly to Porto.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
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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. 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.
On the 14th (Fri), take in the architecture and atmosphere at Torre dos Clerigos, then admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, and then explore the activities along Douro River.

For photos, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Porto trip builder website.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 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 September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Porto, with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Lisbon.
Tours · Wineries · Parks · Nature
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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.
Castelo de S. Jorge and Belém Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of the city life by going to Praia de Carcavelos and Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours. There's still lots to do: take a stroll through Alfama, pedal to the sights with Portugal Bike Tours, make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos.

To find photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Lisbon online trip builder.

Getting from Porto to Lisbon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Porto in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow time for the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · Parks
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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.