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.
Get in touch with nature at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. Change things up with these side-trips from Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Praia de Santa Barbara, explore the activities along Furnas, explore the fascinating underground world of Gruta do Carvao, and make a trip to Portas da Cidade.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ponta Delgada online visit planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Azores Standard Time is 4 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, expect nights in Ponta Delgada to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are slightly colder, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to fly to Porto.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 8 — 12:

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 12th (Sun): 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 maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read Porto road trip app.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 3 hours. The time zone changes from Azores Standard Time (AZOT) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Porto, with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.
Tours · Wineries · Parks · Nature
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Portugal Bike and Lisbon by Boat. Get some cultural insight at Belém Tower and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Praia de Carcavelos in Carcavelos--about 32 minutes away. There's much more to do: take a stroll through Alfama, get a tailor-made plan with Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco).

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip builder.

Getting from Porto to Lisbon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in May: highs in Lisbon hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Transportation
Side Trips
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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.