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 Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore Ponta Delgada's surroundings by going to Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Barbara, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre.

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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. Traveling from Philadelphia in May, expect nights in Ponta Delgada to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are little chillier, around 66°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can 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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Ribeira do Porto and Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). 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 Graham's Port Lodge.

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.
Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Museums
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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 Portugal Bike and Lisbon by Boat. Get a sense of the local culture at Belém Tower and Castelo de S. Jorge. Go for a jaunt from Lisbon to Nazare to see Praia da Nazare about 1h 30 min away. There's much more to do: wander the streets of Alfama, pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, and take in the exciting artwork at Museu Calouste Gulbenkian.

To find photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Lisbon attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Porto in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can fly 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.