15 days in Azores Itinerary

15 days in Azores Itinerary

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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 6 nights
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Horta, Faial Island
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Lajes do Pico, Pico
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Angra do Heroismo, Terceira
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Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel

— 6 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.
Escape the urban bustle at Azores Whale Watching TERRA AZUL and Parque Natural da Ribeira dos Caldeiroes. Nossa Senhora da Paz and Farol do Arnel will appeal to history buffs. Change things up with these side-trips from Ponta Delgada: Furnas (Pico do Ferro Viewpoint, Poca Da Dona Beija, &more), Viewpoint of Ponta da Madrugada (in Nordeste) and Mosteiros (Piscinas Naturais & Mosteiros Beach). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, take in the dramatic scenery at Salto do Cabrito, stroll through Praia de Santa Barbara, and trek along Salto do Prego.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ponta Delgada trip builder website.

Lisbon to Ponta Delgada is an approximately 3-hour flight. The time zone changes from Western European Standard Time to Azores Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Lisbon in July, expect nights in Ponta Delgada to be about the same, around 21°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 28°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can catch the flight to Horta.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trips

Horta, Faial Island

— 3 nights
Horta is a single municipality and city in the western part of the Archipelago of the Azores, encompassing the island of Faial. Get a sense of the local culture at Centro de Interpretacao do Vulcao dos Capelinhos and Igreja Matriz do Santissimo Salvador. You'll get in some beach time at Porto Pim Bay and Parque de Campismo da Praia do Almoxarife. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, take in the waterfront activity at The Marina of Horta, head off the coast to Vulcão dos Capelinhos, and examine the collection at Museu Scrimshaw.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Horta vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Ponta Delgada to Horta by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: ride a ferry. In July, daytime highs in Horta are 28°C, while nighttime lows are 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to travel to Lajes do Pico.

Things to do in Horta

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trip

Lajes do Pico, Pico

— 2 nights
Lajes do Pico is a municipality in the southern part of the Azores. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): trek along atiPICO, then take some stellar pictures from Vigia da Queimada, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico Mountain (Montanha do Pico). Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri): don't miss a visit to Fort of Santa Catarina, see the interesting displays at Museu dos Baleeiros (Whaler’s Museum), and then take a tour by water with Espaco Talassa.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Lajes do Pico day trip app.

Travel from Horta to Lajes do Pico in 2 hours. In July in Lajes do Pico, expect temperatures between 28°C during the day and 22°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Angra do Heroismo.

Things to do in Lajes do Pico

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Angra do Heroismo, Terceira

— 3 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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Duke of Terceira Garden and Imperio do Espirito Santo de Sao Sebastiao. Take a break from the city and head to Praia dos Biscoitos and Scuba & Snorkeling. And it doesn't end there: hike along Trilha de Misterios Negros, take in the awesome beauty at Monte Brasil, don't miss a visit to Alto da Memoria, and take an in-depth tour of Museum of Angra do Heroismo.

For where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Angra do Heroismo day trip tool.

Traveling by journey from Lajes do Pico to Angra do Heroismo takes 6 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to fly back home.

Things to do in Angra do Heroismo

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Azores travel guide

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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.