9 days in Azores Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 4 nights
Horta, Faial Island
— 2 nights
Angra do Heroismo, Terceira
— 2 nights


Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel — 4 nights

As the busy capital of São Miguel, Ponta Delgada represents the most visited place on the island.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ponta Delgada: Lagoa Verde / Lagoa das Sete Cidades (in Sete Cidades) and Furnas (Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas, Caldeiras Vulcânicas, &more). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Caldeira das Sete Cidades, get great views at Plantacoes de Cha Gorreana, tour the pleasant surroundings at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre, and relax in the rural setting at Arruda Pineapple Plantation.

To see reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Ponta Delgada day trip planning website.

Madrid, Spain to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Central European Standard Time (CET) to Azores Standard Time (AZOT) is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Madrid in July, you will find days in Ponta Delgada are little chillier (28°C), and nights are about the same (21°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to fly to Horta.
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Horta, Faial Island — 2 nights

Horta is a single municipality and city in the western part of the Archipelago of the Azores, encompassing the island of Faial. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Caldeira, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Praia do Porto Pim. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): get great views at Miradouro da Ribeira das Cabras, step off the mainland to explore Vulcão dos Capelinhos, see the interesting displays at Centro de Interpretacao do Vulcao dos Capelinhos, then take in the waterfront activity at The Marina of Horta, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Igreja Matriz do Santissimo Salvador.

For ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Horta trip planner.

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Horta by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: fly. In July in Horta, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to fly to Angra do Heroismo.
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Angra do Heroismo, Terceira — 2 nights

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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): pause for some serene contemplation at Se Cathedral, take some stellar pictures from Monte Brasil, then look for gifts at Atlantic Souvenir, then explore the fascinating underground world of Algar do Carvão - Monumento Natural Regional, and finally view the masterpieces at Olaria de S. Bento.

To find other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Angra do Heroismo itinerary planner.

You can fly from Horta to Angra do Heroismo in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of ferry and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly back home.
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Azores travel guide

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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.