14 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

14 days in Azores, Porto & Lisbon Itinerary

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


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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Igreja do Santo Cristo and Nossa Senhora da Paz. Get outdoors at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Praia de Santa Barbara. Change things up with these side-trips from Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra, Pico do Ferro Viewpoint, &more). There's still lots to do: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, take some stellar pictures from Plantacoes de Cha Gorreana, stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, and make a trip to Portas da Cidade.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Ponta Delgada trip itinerary planner.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Philadelphia to Ponta Delgada is 4 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Philadelphia in July, with highs in Ponta Delgada at 75°F and lows at 65°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to fly to Porto.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Porto — 4 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 a sense of the local culture at Ribeira do Porto and Porto Cathedral (Se Catedral). Relax by the water at Mindelo Beach and Praia dos Ingleses. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, enjoy the sand and surf at Praia de Lavadores, wander the streets of Rua Santa Catarina, and look for gifts at Livraria Lello.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Porto sightseeing tool.

Traveling by flight from Ponta Delgada to Porto takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Azores Standard Time (AZOT) to Western European Standard Time (WET), which is usually a 1 hour difference. 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 7th (Tue) so you can catch the flight to Lisbon.
Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Museums
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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.
Visiting Praia da ursa and Praia Grande will get you outdoors. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Alfama. There's still lots to do: explore the historical opulence of Castelo de S. Jorge, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, get engrossed in the history at Carmo Archaeological Museum, and take a tour by water with Sea Sky Portugal Charter.

To find where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Lisbon trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. When traveling from Porto in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Lisbon: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 63°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
Outdoors · Parks · Transportation · Tours
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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.