12 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

12 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.
Visiting Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Praia de Santa Barbara will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, and head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ponta Delgada trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 4 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Ponta Delgada. In September, daytime highs in Ponta Delgada are 76°F, while nighttime lows are 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Porto.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips
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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.
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Palacio da Bolsa are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Douro River and Praia da Luz. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in panoramic vistas at Torre dos Clerigos, wander the streets of Rua Santa Catarina, and learn about winemaking at Taylor's Port.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Porto itinerary builder.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 3 hours. Traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Ponta Delgada in September since evenings lows in Porto dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to fly to Lisbon.
Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums
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Find places to stay Sep 14 — 17:

Lisbon — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

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 Nazare and Lisbon by Boat. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelo de S. Jorge and Belém Tower. The adventure continues: wander the streets of Alfama, shop like a local with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, pedal to the sights with Portugal Bike Tours, and appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Lisbon route planning tool.

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Porto in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 61°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to catch the flight back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Transportation · Parks
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Find places to stay Sep 17 — 20:

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.