11 days in Lisbon, Porto & Sao Miguel Itinerary

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Lisbon
— 2 nights
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Porto
— 3 nights
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Furnas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Sete Cidades
— 1 night
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Lisbon — 2 nights

City of Seven Hills

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 Park and National Palace of Pena. Popular historic sites such as Castelo de S. Jorge and Castelo dos Mouros are in your itinerary. Change things up with a short trip to Cabo da Roca in Colares (about 42 minutes away). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Alfama, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, visit Bairro Alto, and admire the local landmark of Rossio Square.

To find reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon tour planner.

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. When traveling from Boston in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Lisbon, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Porto.
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Porto — 3 nights

Unvanquished City

Called "Oporto" by many, the city of Porto along the Duoro River lent the country and Port wine their names.
Centro Historico de Guimaraes and Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Graham's Port Lodge and Palacio da Bolsa. Step out of Porto with an excursion to Santuario de Santa Luzia in Viana do Castelo--about 1h 15 min away. Dedicate the 27th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: do a tasting at Taylor's Port, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Porto trip builder site.

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in May, you will find days in Porto are a bit cooler (68°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Furnas.
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Furnas — 2 nights

Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Igreja de Sao Miguel Arcanjo and Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Parque Terra Nostra and Lagoa das Furnas.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Furnas trip planner.

Getting from Porto to Furnas by flight takes about 3 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Porto in May since evenings lows in Furnas dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to drive to Sete Cidades.
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Sete Cidades — 1 night

On the 1st (Sat), explore the activities along Piscinas Naturais, enjoy the sand and surf at Mosteiros Beach, then take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Viewpoint of the Ridge, and finally take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Boca do Inferno.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Sete Cidades route planning website.

You can drive from Furnas to Sete Cidades in 1.5 hours. In May in Sete Cidades, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 58°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.
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Sao Miguel travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water · Gardens
Green Island
Known as The Green Island, Sao Miguel is the largest of the nine islands of Azores and is considered a natural paradise. These islands were discovered in the 15th century and, according to myth, are reputed to be part of the lost empire of Atlantis. Sao Miguel's most prominent feature is a set of twin lakes, one of which is blue and the other green. Visitors also enjoy the island's park, golf courses, beaches, mountains, marina, and ocean views. Stop for a look at the city's monuments and architecture, and experience the cobbled streets lined with a variety of restaurants, shops, bars, and cafes.
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