12 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
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Porto
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Lisbon
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel — 4 nights

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island.
Step out of the city life by going to Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Lagoa do Fogo. Step out of Ponta Delgada with an excursion to Parque Terra Nostra in Furnas--about 46 minutes away. There's lots more to do: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, kick back and relax at Praia de Santa Barbara, stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ponta Delgada trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT) is 4 hours. When traveling from Philadelphia in May, plan for slightly colder days in Ponta Delgada, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Porto.
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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral) and Ribeira do Porto. Visiting Douro River and Praia da Luz will get you outdoors. There's much more to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, walk around Museu Serralves, get a taste of the local shopping with Rua Santa Catarina, and do a tasting at Taylor's Port.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Porto vacation builder app.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 3 hours. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto due to the time zone difference. In June, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to fly to Lisbon.
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Portugal Bike Tours and Praia da Nazare. Get a sense of the local culture at Belém Tower and Alfama. There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, shop like a local with Museu Calouste Gulbenkian, tour the water at your own pace with Lisbon by Boat, and pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Lisbon trip itinerary builder tool.

Fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Porto in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lisbon, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight back home.
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Azores travel guide

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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.
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