13 days in Portugal & Madrid Itinerary

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Madrid, Spain
— 3 nights
Porto, Portugal
— 2 nights
Ponta Delgada, Portugal
— 2 nights
Lisbon, Portugal
— 3 nights


Madrid, Spain — 3 nights

Cultural Capital of Spain

Step out of Madrid to go to Toledo and see Catedral Primada, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. There's still lots to do: admire the masterpieces at Prado National Museum, contemplate the long history of Royal Palace of Madrid, examine the collection at Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, and make a trip to Puerta del Sol.

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New York City, USA to Madrid is an approximately 11.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Madrid is 6 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Madrid can reach 59°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can fly to Porto.
Museums · Historic Sites · Fun & Games · Shopping
Side Trip
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Porto, Portugal — 2 nights

Unvanquished City

Porto is known for sightseeing, shopping, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, get the lay of the land with Walking tours, stop by Livraria Lello, and contemplate the long history of Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral).

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Porto trip maker site.

Getting from Madrid to Porto by flight takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madrid to Porto. Traveling from Madrid in November, Porto is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sat) so you can fly to Ponta Delgada.
Tours · Parks · Wineries · Historic Sites
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Ponta Delgada, Portugal — 2 nights

Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Fogo, tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, get great views at Viewpoint of Black Stones, then explore the striking landscape at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, and finally take some stellar pictures from Miradouro da Boca do Inferno. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Portas da Cidade and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Caldeiras Vulcânicas.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Ponta Delgada attractions planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Ponta Delgada takes 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Western European Standard Time to Azores Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Porto in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Ponta Delgada, with lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Mon) early enough to catch the flight to Lisbon.
Parks · Nature · Wildlife
Side Trips
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Lisbon, Portugal — 3 nights

City of Seven Hills

Change things up with a short trip to Quinta da Regaleira in Sintra (about 34 minutes away). The adventure continues: meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, admire the striking features of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, appreciate the history behind Padrao dos Descobrimentos, and wander the streets of Alfama.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Lisbon trip website.

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon by flight takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Ponta Delgada to Lisbon, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Ponta Delgada in November since evenings lows in Lisbon dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Historic Sites · Parks · Neighborhoods · Zoos & Aquariums
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Portugal travel guide

Landmarks · Castles · Beaches
Small in size but rich in history, culture, and natural beauty, Portugal features contrasting landscapes that include long beaches, lush vineyards, verdant valleys, and rolling hills dotted with tiny settlements where old traditions still prevail. The country's serene interior, often overlooked by foreigners, remains largely unspoiled by mass tourism and offers visitors a chance to discover this less-trodden part of Europe at their own pace. Ripe for leisurely adventures on foot or by bicycle, Portugal's fertile countryside boasts well-preserved medieval castles and outstanding wineries, producing some of the world's finest ports. The country's cities offer a lively culinary scene known for its many award-winning restaurants, topping the itineraries of foodies from around the globe.

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.