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 Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Alfama. Take a break from the city and head to Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours and Portugal Bike. Next up on the itinerary: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, pause for some photo ops at Padrao dos Descobrimentos, wander the streets of Rossio Square, and make a trip to Belém Tower.

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Philadelphia, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Lisbon is 5 hours. Traveling from Philadelphia in July, Lisbon is slightly colder at night with lows of 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can fly to Porto.
Outdoors · Tours · 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.
Get some cultural insight at Ribeira do Porto and Museu Serralves. Visiting Douro River and Praia da Luz will get you outdoors. There's still lots to do: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa, wander the streets of Rua Santa Catarina, and indulge in some culinary diversions at a local gastronomic tour.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Porto tour itinerary builder.

Getting from Lisbon to Porto by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a train. When traveling from Lisbon in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Porto, with highs around 75°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Ponta Delgada.
Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Beaches
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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.
Take a break from the city and head to Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Praia de Santa Barbara. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre.

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You can fly from Porto to Ponta Delgada in 3 hours. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Porto to Ponta Delgada due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ponta Delgada when traveling from Porto in July, with lows around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to fly 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.