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.
Get outdoors at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. When in Ponta Delgada, make a side trip to see Poca Da Dona Beija in Furnas, approximately Furnas away. And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, pause for some serene contemplation at Nossa Senhora da Paz, and enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Barbara.

To see where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada trip itinerary builder website.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT), which is usually a 4 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Philadelphia in November; daily highs in Ponta Delgada reach 22°C and lows reach 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to fly to Porto.
Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours
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.
Get some cultural insight at Wine Tours & Tastings and Ribeira do Porto. Step out of the city life by going to Douro River and Praia da Luz. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, learn about winemaking at Taylor's Port, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, and take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Porto trip planner.

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Porto by flight takes about 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Azores Standard Time (AZOT) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is 1 hour. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in December, plan for a bit cooler nights in Porto, with lows around 7°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to fly to Lisbon.
Wineries · Tours · Parks · Historic Sites
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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.
Visiting Praia da ursa and Guincho Beach will get you outdoors. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Belém Tower. Spend the 7th (Fri) wandering through the wild on a nature and wildlife tour. There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, tour the water at your own pace with Nosso Tejo, and take a tour by water with Lisbon by Boat.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Lisbon trip itinerary maker site.

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 18°C in December, and nighttime lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly back home.
Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Parks
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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.