12 days in Porto District, Lisbon & Azores Itinerary

12 days in Porto District, Lisbon & Azores Itinerary

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— 1 night
— 6 nights
Fly to Lajes Airport, Drive to Praia da Vitoria
Praia da Vitoria, Terceira
— 1 night
Drive to Lajes Airport, Fly to Ponta Delgada
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 2 nights


Porto — 1 night

Unvanquished City

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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): enjoy the sand and surf at Praia do Carneiro, take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and finally admire the landmark architecture of Palacio da Bolsa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Fri): kick back and relax at Mindelo Beach.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Porto trip planner.

Toronto, Canada to Porto is an approximately 10-hour flight. You'll lose 5 hours traveling from Toronto to Porto due to the time zone difference. In September, daytime highs in Porto are 27°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to fly to Lisbon.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Historic Sites
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Lisbon — 6 nights

City of Seven Hills

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Castelo dos Mouros. Step off the beaten path and head to Capela dos Ossos and Batalha Monastery. Get out of town with these interesting Lisbon side-trips: Evora (Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), Sao Joao Evangelista Church (Evora), &more), Ginginha do Castelo (in Ourem) and Cabo da Roca (in Colares). And it doesn't end there: take a tour by water with Nosso Tejo, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, admire the landmark architecture of Panteao Nacional, and contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge.

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You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a train. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Porto in September: highs in Lisbon hover around 32°C, while lows dip to 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Praia da Vitoria.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Transportation · Parks
Side Trips
Find places to stay Sep 21 — 27:

Praia da Vitoria, Terceira — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): kick back and relax at Escaleiras Beach and then enjoy the sand and surf at Vitoria Beach.

To see reviews, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Praia da Vitoria sightseeing planner.

Explore your travel options from Lisbon to Praia da Vitoria with the Route module. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT) is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Lisbon in September, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Praia da Vitoria: temperatures range from 28°C by day to 22°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) so you can travel to Ponta Delgada.
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel — 2 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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): explore the activities along Piscinas Naturais, enjoy the sand and surf at Mosteiros Beach, and then explore the striking landscape at Caldeira das Sete Cidades. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, then take in nature's colorful creations at Parque Terra Nostra, and then explore the striking landscape at Poca Da Dona Beija.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ponta Delgada trip builder site.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Praia da Vitoria to Ponta Delgada. In September, plan for daily highs up to 28°C, and evening lows to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) to allow time to fly back home.
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Porto District travel guide

Bridges · Gift & Specialty Shops · Wineries & Vineyards
Long accustomed to welcoming visitors from around the world, Porto District boasts a blend of attractions that include museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, historic monuments, and World Heritage-listed archaeological sites. The district's eponymous capital city serves as the gateway to the country's famed wine region, a leading supplier of some of the world's finest fortified wines. A paradise for sightseeing on foot, the historical city also features a well-preserved medieval quarter built over the foundations of ancient Roman ruins. Discover the city and its surrounding region on a boat tour along the Douro River, or head for the district's less-frequented interior to explore its pristine natural parks and rugged mountain regions.

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.