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 in touch with nature at Caldeira das Sete Cidades and Poca Da Dona Beija. Venture out of the city with trips to Furnas (Parque Terra Nostra & Pico do Ferro Viewpoint). And it doesn't end there: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, stroll through Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, get great views at Miradouro de Santa Iria, and contemplate the waterfront views at Furnas.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada driving holiday planning app.

Philadelphia, USA to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. Traveling from Philadelphia to Ponta Delgada, you'll lose 4 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in August, expect nights in Ponta Delgada to be about the same, around 65°F, while days are slightly colder, around 78°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can catch the flight 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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Ribeira do Porto and Palacio da Bolsa. Step out of the city life by going to Douro River and Mindelo Beach. And it doesn't end there: snap pictures at Ponte de Dom Luis I, admire the masterpieces at Museu Serralves, take a stroll through Rua Santa Catarina, and stop by Livraria Lello.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Porto itinerary planner.

You can fly from Ponta Delgada to Porto in 3 hours. The time zone difference moving from Azores Standard Time to Western European Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Ponta Delgada in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 56°F in Porto. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to fly 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.
Get some cultural insight at Belém Tower and Castelo de S. Jorge. Step out of the city life by going to Praia da ursa and Nosso Tejo. Change things up with a short trip to Praia Grande in Sintra (about 44 minutes away). Next up on the itinerary: visit Alfama, meet the residents at Lisbon Oceanarium, make a trip to Elevador de Santa Justa, and tour the water at your own pace with Sea Sky Portugal Charter.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Lisbon trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Porto to Lisbon takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Porto in September, expect nights in Lisbon to be about the same, around 61°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can 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.