12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

12 days in Lisbon, Porto & Azores Itinerary

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Lisbon — 4 nights

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 still lots to do: observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium, wander the streets of Alfama, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon day trip planning tool.

New York City, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from New York City to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can fly to Porto.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors
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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 Wine Tours & Tastings and Pocas Vinhos. 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: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take in the spiritual surroundings of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), get the lay of the land with Walking tours, and steep yourself in history at Palacio da Bolsa.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto online trip builder.

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in August, things will get little chillier in Porto: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Fri) early enough to catch the flight to Ponta Delgada.
Tours · Wineries · Outdoors · Parks
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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 Dolphin & Whale Watching will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia de Santa Barbara and Mosteiros Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ponta Delgada: Piscinas Naturais (in Mosteiros) and Igreja de Sao Nicolau (in Sete Cidades). There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre and get great views at Miradouro da Bela Vista.

To see maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Ponta Delgada takes 3 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Porto to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Porto in August since evenings lows in Ponta Delgada dip to 65°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Tue) before leaving for home.
Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours
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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.