13 days in Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Porto
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Lisbon
— 1 night
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Horta
— 2 nights
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Ponta Delgada
— 3 nights
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Porto
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Porto — 2 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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): savor the flavors at Food & Drink, then contemplate the long history of Igreja da Ordem Terceira de São Francisco, and then do a tasting at Porto Calem. On the 3rd (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn the secrets of beer at a beer tour and tasting, then wander the streets of Rua Santa Catarina, and then pick up some local products at Mercado do Bolhao.

To find ratings, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, read our Porto trip planner.

Washington DC, USA to Porto is an approximately 12.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Western European Standard Time (WET) is 5 hours. Traveling from Washington DC in August, things will get little chillier in Porto: highs are around 76°F and lows about 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to catch the flight to Lisbon.
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Lisbon — 1 night

Built on seven hills, Lisbon has experienced a renaissance in recent years, making it the cultural star of Portugal.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Castelo de S. Jorge, then don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Mosteiro dos Jeronimos, and finally observe the fascinating underwater world at Lisbon Oceanarium.

To see traveler tips, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Lisbon day trip planner.

You can fly from Porto to Lisbon in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Porto in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Lisbon, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Horta.
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Horta — 2 nights

Horta is a single municipality and city in the western part of the Archipelago of the Azores, encompassing the island of Faial. Start off your visit on the 5th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Centro de Interpretacao do Vulcao dos Capelinhos, step off the mainland to explore Vulcão dos Capelinhos, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira. Keep things going the next day: take in the waterfront activity at The Marina of Horta and then examine the collection at Museu Scrimshaw.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Horta online trip itinerary maker.

You can fly from Lisbon to Horta in 4.5 hours. The time zone difference when traveling from Lisbon to Horta is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Lisbon, expect a bit cooler days and somewhat warmer nights in Horta, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 69°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) so you can fly to Ponta Delgada.
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Ponta Delgada — 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Furnas (Poca Da Dona Beija & Parque Terra Nostra). Spend the 7th (Mon) observing fascinating marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, get great views at Miradouro da Boca do Inferno, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada trip maker website.

Traveling by flight from Horta to Ponta Delgada takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In August, daytime highs in Ponta Delgada are 78°F, while nighttime lows are 65°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Wed) so you can catch the flight to Porto.
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Porto — 3 nights

Dedicate the 11th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. See even more of Porto: take in the views from Ponte de Dom Luis I, make a trip to Livraria Lello, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral), and contemplate the waterfront views at Douro River.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Porto trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 3 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Ponta Delgada to Porto. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in August, plan for little chillier nights in Porto, with lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
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Portugal travel guide

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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.
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