13 days in Porto, Azores & Lisbon Itinerary

13 days in Porto, Azores & Lisbon Itinerary

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— 3 nights
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 3 nights
— 4 nights


Porto — 3 nights

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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): awaken your taste buds at some of the top wineries in the area. Keep things going the next day: enjoy the sand and surf at Praia da Costa Nova, then steep yourself in history at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and then contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River.

To find traveler tips, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Porto route planner.

Phoenix, USA to Porto is an approximately 16-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is 7 hours. In September, Porto is colder than Phoenix - with highs of 74°F and lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to fly to Ponta Delgada.
Tours · Wineries · Parks · Outdoors
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel — 3 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 Lagoa do Fogo. Visit Praia de Santa Barbara and Mosteiros Beach for some beach relaxation. When in Ponta Delgada, make a side trip to see Piscinas Naturais in Mosteiros, approximately Mosteiros away. Spend the 10th (Sat) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at AlmondTree Therapies.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada online day trip planner.

You can fly from Porto to Ponta Delgada in 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 September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 63°F in Ponta Delgada. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) so you can fly to Lisbon.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Nature
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Lisbon — 4 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 Alfama. Take a break from the city and head to Praia da ursa and Lisbon by Boat. Explore Lisbon's surroundings by going to Sintra (Quinta da Regaleira, Park and National Palace of Pena, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, take a stroll through Rossio Square, get to know the fascinating history of Avenida da Liberdade, and take an in-depth tour of Carmo Archaeological Museum.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Lisbon itinerary builder tool.

Traveling by flight from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon takes 3 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon is 1 hour. In September, daytime highs in Lisbon are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Neighborhoods · Parks · Outdoors
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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.