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 Poca Da Dona Beija will get you outdoors. Go for a jaunt from Ponta Delgada to Furnas to see Parque Terra Nostra about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, stroll through Praia de Santa Barbara, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, and see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ponta Delgada trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Azores Standard Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in September, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to fly to Porto.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips
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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.
Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Museu Serralves are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get in touch with nature at Douro River and Praia da Luz. There's much more to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, wander the streets of Rua Santa Catarina, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

For where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Porto holiday planning website.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in September, expect a bit cooler with lows of 56°F in Porto. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.
Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Shopping
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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 Nazare and Lisbon by Boat. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Castelo de S. Jorge and Museu Calouste Gulbenkian. There's lots more to do: wander the streets of Alfama, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, appreciate the history behind Arco do Triunfo, and take a spin around town with Portugal Bike.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip tool.

Getting from Porto to Lisbon by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: 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 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Transportation
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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.