12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

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Lisbon
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Porto
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
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Lisbon — 4 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Belém Tower and Castelo dos Mouros. Step out of Lisbon with an excursion to Praia da ursa in Sintra--about 44 minutes away. There's lots more to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, wander the streets of Alfama, shop like a local with Rossio Square, and don't miss a visit to Elevador de Santa Justa.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Lisbon tour planning site.

New York City, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Lisbon. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Lisbon, with lows around 63°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) 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. 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 Wine Tours & Tastings and Palacio da Bolsa. Visiting Oporto Buggy Adventure and Douro River will get you outdoors. Step out of Porto with an excursion to Praia Fluvial de Burgaes in Vale de Cambra--about 50 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: do a tasting at Pocas Vinhos, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and get the lay of the land with Walking tours.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Porto itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Lisbon in August, with highs in Porto at 76°F and lows at 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can catch the flight to Ponta Delgada.
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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. 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 Mosteiros Beach will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia de Santa Barbara and Piscinas Naturais. Step out of Ponta Delgada with an excursion to Igreja de Sao Nicolau in Sete Cidades--about 36 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Bela Vista, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada trip planner.

Getting from Porto to Ponta Delgada by flight takes about 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Porto to Ponta Delgada is minus 1 hour. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Porto in August since evenings lows in Ponta Delgada dip to 65°F. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading 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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