11 days in Lisbon, Porto & Sao Miguel Itinerary

11 days in Lisbon, Porto & Sao Miguel Itinerary

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Sete Cidades
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Drive to João Paulo II Airport, Fly to Boston


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 Castelo dos Mouros. Popular historic sites such as Castelo de S. Jorge and Park and National Palace of Pena 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.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Shopping
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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. 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.
Centro Historico de Guimaraes and Santuario de Santa Luzia will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco and Graham's Port Lodge. Dedicate the 27th (Mon) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Taylor's Port, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, admire the striking features of Palacio da Bolsa, and steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Porto journey site.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. While traveling from Lisbon, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Porto, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Tue) early enough to catch the flight to Furnas.
Wineries · Tours · Historic Sites · Shopping
Side Trips
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Furnas — 2 nights

Escape the urban bustle at Poca Da Dona Beija and Furnas. Get some cultural insight at Igreja de Sao Miguel Arcanjo and Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao 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.
Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Side Trips
Find places to stay May 28 — 31:

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.
Parks · Nature · Beaches · Outdoors
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Sao Miguel travel guide

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.