11 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

11 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
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— 3 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.
Step out of the city life by going to Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Mosteiros Beach. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia de Santa Barbara and Piscinas Naturais. Spend the 24th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Nossa Senhora da Paz.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ponta Delgada tour itinerary planner.

Minneapolis, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Ponta Delgada is 5 hours. Traveling from Minneapolis in June, you will find days in Ponta Delgada are little chillier (70°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to fly to Porto.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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Porto — 3 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 a sense of the local culture at Ribeira do Porto and Museu Serralves. Get outdoors at Douro River and Praia da Luz. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), take a stroll around Palacio da Bolsa, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Torre dos Clerigos.

To find ratings, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Porto tour itinerary site.

Traveling by flight from Ponta Delgada to Porto takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Azores Standard Time to Western European Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In June, daily temperatures in Porto can reach 73°F, while at night they dip to 57°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Lisbon.
Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Beaches
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Praia da ursa and Nosso Tejo. Get some cultural insight at Belém Tower and Mosteiro dos Jeronimos. When in Lisbon, make a side trip to see Cabo da Roca in Colares, approximately Colares away. And it doesn't end there: wander the streets of Alfama, step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, admire the local landmark of Rossio Square, and make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon online trip itinerary builder.

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 81°F to lows of 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can fly back home.
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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.