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

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 Alfama. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lisbon: Sintra (Praia da ursa & Castelo dos Mouros). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge.

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.
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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, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, get into the urban bustle at Palacio da Bolsa, and steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

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.
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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 Piscinas Naturais will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Praia de Santa Barbara and Mosteiros Beach. Step out of Ponta Delgada with an excursion to Igreja de Sao Nicolau in Sete Cidades--about 36 minutes away. Spend the 14th (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. It doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre and get great views at Miradouro da Bela Vista.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada online holiday planner.

You can fly from Porto to Ponta Delgada in 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Porto to Ponta Delgada. Traveling from Porto in August, plan for a bit warmer nights in Ponta Delgada, with lows around 65°F. You'll have a few hours on the 17th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling 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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