28 days in Azores Itinerary

28 days in Azores Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Seattle
Fly + Drive:  15 h 30 min
1
Angra do Heroismo, Terceira
— 6 nights
Fly:  3 h 45 min
2
Horta, Faial Island
— 7 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 13 nights
Fly:  15 h 15 min
End: Seattle

6
nights
Angra do Heroismo, Terceira

Angra do Heroísmo, generally known as Angra, is a municipality and city on the island of Terceira in the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores. Step out of the city life by going to Trilha de Misterios Negros and Photography Tours. Get some historical perspective at Rua da Se and Imperio do Espirito Santo de Sao Sebastiao. The adventure continues: head outdoors with Gruta do Natal, get engrossed in the history at Museum of Angra do Heroismo, explore the striking landscape at Ponta dos Biscoitos, and enjoy the sand and surf at Vitoria Beach.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Angra do Heroismo travel planning website.

Seattle, USA to Angra do Heroismo is an approximately 22.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time (PST) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT) is 7 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel to Horta.

Things to do in Angra do Heroismo

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Praia da Vitoria, Terceira, Centro de Interpretacao da Serra de Santa Barbara, Ponta dos Biscoitos, Furnas do Enxofre
Find places to stay May 24 — 30:
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Photography Tours
Praia dos Biscoitos ©
Praia dos Biscoitos
Trilha de Misterios Negros ©
Trilha de Misterios Negros

7
nights
Horta, Faial Island

Horta is a single municipality and city in the western part of the Archipelago of the Azores, encompassing the island of Faial. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Dolphin & Whale Watching and Pico Mountain (Montanha do Pico). Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Parque de Campismo da Praia do Almoxarife and Poca das Mujas. Venture out of the city with trips to Lajes do Pico (Vigia da Queimada, Parque Florestal de Sao Joao, &more), Trilha de Vinhas (in Criacao Velha) and Sao Roque do Pico (Reserva Florestal de Recreio da Prainha, Lagoa do Capitao, &more). Next up on the itinerary: Head underground at Gruta das Torres, step off the mainland to explore Vulcão dos Capelinhos, take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira, and take in the architecture and atmosphere at Church of Santa Barbara.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Horta vacation planning site.

You can fly from Angra do Heroismo to Horta in 4 hours. Another option is to ride a ferry. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in May, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Ponta Delgada.

Things to do in Horta

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Lajes do Pico, Sao Roque do Pico, Pico, Faial Island, Piscinas Naturais do Varadouro
Find places to stay May 30 — Jun 6:
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Praia do Porto Pim ©
Praia do Porto Pim
Pico Mountain (Montanha do Pico) ©
Pico Mountain (Montanha do Pico)

13
nights
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

Ponta Delgada ©
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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Igreja do Santo Cristo and Igreja de Sao Jose. Visiting Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeiroes and Praia de Santa Barbara will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Ponta Delgada: Mosteiros (Mosteiros Beach & Piscinas Naturais), Furnas (Poca Da Dona Beija, Jose do Canto Forest Garden, &more) and Nordeste (Farol do Arnel & Miradouro da Ponta do Sossego). There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Pinhal da Paz, contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa Azul, Sao Miguel Acores, get outside with Jardim Antonio Borges, and see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ponta Delgada road trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Horta to Ponta Delgada takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can ride a ferry. In June in Ponta Delgada, expect temperatures between 70°F during the day and 61°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Sao Miguel, Furnas, Ribeira Grande, Vila Franca do Campo, Sete Cidades
Find places to stay Jun 6 — 19:
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Lagoa das Furnas ©
Lagoa das Furnas
Fishing Charters & Tours
Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeiroes ©
Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeiroes

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