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 some cultural insight at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Rossio Square. Get in touch with nature at Pypas Cruises Lisbon Boat Tours and Lisbon by Boat. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, pause for some photo ops at Arco do Triunfo, and wander the streets of Alfama.

For reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Lisbon online sightseeing planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Lisbon is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 5 hour difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Philadelphia in July since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 63°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can 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.
Get in touch with nature at Douro River and Praia da Luz. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ribeira do Porto and Taylor's Port. There's much more to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, take a stroll through Rua Santa Catarina, learn about winemaking at Graham's Port Lodge, and steep yourself in history at Fortress Sao Joao Baptista.

To see more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Porto holiday builder.

You can fly from Lisbon to Porto in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Lisbon in July: highs in Porto hover around 75°F, while lows dip to 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Ponta Delgada.
Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites · Tours
Side Trip
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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 Lagoa do Fogo will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Ponta Delgada side-trips: Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Poca Da Dona Beija). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Praia de Santa Barbara, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao.

For maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Ponta Delgada trip maker site.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Ponta Delgada takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Azores Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Porto in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ponta Delgada, with lows of 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough 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.