12 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

12 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 4 nights
— 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.
Take a break from the city and head to Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. Venture out of the city with trips to Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Barbara, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ponta Delgada holiday builder app.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You'll lose 4 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in April, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ponta Delgada, with lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Douro River and Praia da Luz. Get some cultural insight at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Graham's Port Lodge. And it doesn't end there: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, learn about winemaking at Taylor's Port, take a stroll through Ribeira do Porto, and admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Porto visit planning app.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto is 1 hour. April in Porto sees daily highs of 65°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.
Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Belém Tower and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. Take a break from the city and head to Praia da Nazare and Lisbon by Boat. There's lots more to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, stop by Alfama, pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, and take a spin around town with Portugal Bike.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary planning website.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. In April in Lisbon, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 52°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · 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.