11 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

11 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 4 nights
— 2 nights
— 3 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.
Visiting Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Poca Da Dona Beija will get you outdoors. Step out of Ponta Delgada with an excursion to Parque Terra Nostra in Furnas--about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, don't miss a visit to Portas da Cidade, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, and kick back and relax at Praia de Santa Barbara.

For reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ponta Delgada sightseeing planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Ponta Delgada, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect a daytime high around 28°C in September, and nighttime lows around 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to fly to Porto.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches
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Porto — 2 nights

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.
Get in touch with nature at Douro River and Praia dos Ingleses. Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, go for a stroll along the water at Ribeira do Porto, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Carneiro, and look for gifts at Livraria Lello.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto holiday planner.

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Porto by flight takes about 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Azores Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is 1 hour. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ponta Delgada in September since evenings lows in Porto dip to 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.
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Lisbon — 3 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 Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Alfama. Get in touch with nature at Praia da ursa and Nosso Tejo. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Guincho Beach in Cascais--about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: steep yourself in history at Castelo de S. Jorge, choose your vessel at Lisbon by Boat, head outdoors with Sea Sky Portugal Charter, and make a trip to Belém Tower.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Lisbon driving holiday site.

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in September, you will find days in Lisbon are somewhat warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (19°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Transportation · Tours · Beaches
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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.