10 days in Lisbon, South of Spain & Azores Itinerary
Start: Boston, United States
— 2 nights
Fly to Malaga, Bus to Granada
— 3 nights
— 1 night
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 3 nights
End: Boston, United States
Thu, Dec 26 - Sat, Jan 4
Lisbon, Portugal — 2 nights
Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.On the 27th (Fri), admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, then make a trip to Belém Tower, then make a trip to Praca do Comercio (Terreiro do Paco), and finally meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium.
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Boston, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Boston to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Boston in December: high temperatures in Lisbon hover around 60°F and lows are around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sat) to allow time for travel to Granada.
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Granada, Spain — 3 nights
Granada boasts numerous well-preserved examples of exquisite Moorish architecture, not the least of which is the Alhambra, an ancient citadel and royal palace.On the 29th (Sun), steep yourself in history at Alhambra, then don't miss a visit to Plaza de Isabel La Catolica, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Royal Chapel of Granada, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Mirador de San Nicolas. On your second day here, make a trip to Carrera del Darro, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then steep yourself in history at Generalife, and finally take a stroll through Albayzin.
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You can do a combination of flight and bus from Lisbon to Granada in 7 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Lisbon in December, Granada is slightly colder at night with lows of 36°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Seville.
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Seville, Spain — 1 night
A city of rich Moorish heritage, Seville is the cultural and financial center of southern Spain, and the site of numerous festivals throughout the year.On the 31st (Tue), steep yourself in history at Royal Alcázar of Seville, then steep yourself in history at Royal Tobacco Factory, then contemplate the long history of Plaza de España, and finally test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at Catedral de Sevilla, then enjoy breathtaking views from Torre Giralda, then make a trip to Plaza de la Virgen de los Reyes, and finally admire the striking features of Setas de Sevilla (Metropol Parasol).
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You can drive from Granada to Seville in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. Traveling from Granada in December, expect a bit warmer with lows of 45°F in Seville. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly to Ponta Delgada.
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal — 3 nights
As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island.Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, then explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, then take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Boca do Inferno, and finally explore the striking landscape at Caldeira das Sete Cidades. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Parque Terra Nostra, appreciate the history behind Estatua Goncalo Velho Cabral, and then make a trip to Portas da Cidade.
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You can fly from Seville to Ponta Delgada in 8 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Seville to Ponta Delgada. Traveling from Seville in January, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Ponta Delgada, with lows around 55°F. You'll have a few hours on the 4th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.
Sao Miguel, Miradouro da Boca do Inferno, Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, Parque Terra Nostra
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Azores travel guide
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.