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.
Get in touch with nature at Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours and Lisbon by Boat. Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Belém Tower are good opportunities to explore the local culture. The adventure continues: step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, wander the streets of Alfama, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and pedal to the sights with Portugal Bike.

To find photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Lisbon due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, Lisbon is a bit cooler at night with lows of 20°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.
Tours · Outdoors · Transportation · Historic Sites
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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.
Ribeira do Porto and Museu Serralves are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Douro River and Praia da Luz. There's lots more to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, enjoy breathtaking views from Torre dos Clerigos, contemplate the long history of Fortress Sao Joao Baptista, and do a tasting at Taylor's Port.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Porto online visit planner.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Porto takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Lisbon in July, expect nights in Porto to be about the same, around 17°C, while days are little chillier, around 28°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Ponta Delgada.
Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours
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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Poca Da Dona Beija. Go for a jaunt from Ponta Delgada to Furnas to see Parque Terra Nostra about 46 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Santa Barbara, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao.

To find more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ponta Delgada travel website.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Ponta Delgada takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Porto in July, Ponta Delgada is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 21°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife
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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.