13 days in Portugal Itinerary

13 days in Portugal Itinerary

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Lisbon
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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.
Appreciate the collections at Pavilhao do Conhecimento and Carmo Archaeological Museum. Your inner history buff will appreciate Mosteiro dos Jeronimos and Igreja de Sao Roque. There's lots more to do: contemplate the long history of Castelo de S. Jorge, get up close and personal with brilliant marine life at Lisbon Oceanarium, don't miss a visit to Belém Tower, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Santo Antonio de Lisboa.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Lisbon itinerary maker tool.

Brussels, Belgium to Lisbon is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Brussels to Lisbon is minus 1 hour. In December, Lisbon is a bit warmer than Brussels - with highs of 18°C and lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can fly to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Lisbon

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Neighborhoods

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

— 7 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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Nossa Senhora da Paz and Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao. Get outdoors at Caldeiras Vulcânicas and Reserva Florestal de Recreio do Pinhal da Paz. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Jose do Canto Forest Garden & Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas), Mosteiros (Piscinas Naturais & Mosteiros Beach) and Farol do Arnel (in Nordeste). There's still lots to do: cast your line with a fishing tour, get outside with Outdoor Activities, kick back and relax at Praia de Santa Barbara, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Sao Jose.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Ponta Delgada tour app.

Traveling by flight from Lisbon to Ponta Delgada takes 3 hours. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time (WET) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Lisbon in December since evenings lows in Ponta Delgada dip to 15°C. You'll have a few hours on the 28th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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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.

Sao Miguel travel guide

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Geologic Formations · Bodies of Water · Gardens
Green Island
Known as The Green Island, Sao Miguel is the largest of the nine islands of Azores and is considered a natural paradise. These islands were discovered in the 15th century and, according to myth, are reputed to be part of the lost empire of Atlantis. Sao Miguel's most prominent feature is a set of twin lakes, one of which is blue and the other green. Visitors also enjoy the island's park, golf courses, beaches, mountains, marina, and ocean views. Stop for a look at the city's monuments and architecture, and experience the cobbled streets lined with a variety of restaurants, shops, bars, and cafes.