9 days in Funchal & Azores Itinerary

9 days in Funchal & Azores Itinerary

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9 days in Funchal & Azores Itinerary

Start: Lisbon
Fly:  4​h
1
Funchal, Madeira
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Ponta Delgada, Sao Miguel
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Sao Roque do Pico
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Praia da Vitoria
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Porto

2
nights
Funchal, Madeira

Funchal ©
The capital of the island of Madeira for more than 500 years, Funchal represents a laid-back city made popular by its historical sites and climate.
Caravel Art Center and Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Let the collections at CR7 Museum and Monte Palace Museum capture your imagination. Explore Funchal's surroundings by going to Ponta do Pargo (Church of Sao Pedro & Capela Nossa Senhora da Boa Morte - Capela do Cabo). There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Pico do Arieiro, take in nature's colorful creations at Botanická zahrada Madeira, explore the striking landscape at Cabo Girao, and pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Funchal road trip planner .

Lisbon to Funchal is an approximately 4-hour flight. Traveling from Lisbon in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 69°F in Funchal. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 14th (Mon) to allow time for travel to Praia da Vitoria.

Things to do in Funchal

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Calheta, Cabo Girao
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Pico do Arieiro ©
Pico do Arieiro
Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse ©
Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse
Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte ©
Igreja de Nossa Senhora do Monte

4
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 list of things to see and do now includes Centro de Interpretacao da Cultura do Ananas, Igreja de Sao Jose, Tabaco da Maia Museum, and other attractions. Museum-lovers will appreciate Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas and Museu Militar dos Acores. Do some cultural sightseeing at Nossa Senhora da Paz and Igreja do Santo Cristo. There's lots more to do: explore the activities along Lagoa do Fogo, pause for some serene contemplation at Igreja Matriz de Sao Sebastiao, and look for all kinds of wild species at Caldeira Velha Environmental Interpretation Centre.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ponta Delgada trip planner .

Traveling by flight from Funchal to Ponta Delgada takes 4.5 hours. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Funchal to Ponta Delgada. Traveling from Funchal in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 63°F in Ponta Delgada. On the 18th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Sao Roque do Pico.

Things to do in Ponta Delgada

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Vila Franca do Campo, Ribeira Grande, Centro de Monitorizacao e Investigacao das Furnas, Lagoa do Fogo
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Museu Militar dos Acores ©
Museu Militar dos Acores
Nossa Senhora da Paz ©
Nossa Senhora da Paz
Igreja de Sao Miguel Arcanjo ©
Igreja de Sao Miguel Arcanjo

1
night
Sao Roque do Pico

Sao Roque do Pico ©
São Roque do Pico is a municipality in the northern part of the island of Pico, in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. On the 19th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Pico Mountain (Montanha do Pico), then contemplate the waterfront views at Lagoa do Capitao, and then examine the collection at Museu dos Baleeiros (Whaler’s Museum).

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sao Roque do Pico driving holiday planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Ponta Delgada to Sao Roque do Pico. Expect a daytime high around 75°F in September, and nighttime lows around 67°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) early enough to travel to Praia da Vitoria.

Things to do in Sao Roque do Pico

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Pico Mountain (Montanha do Pico), Museu dos Baleeiros (Whaler’s Museum)
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Pico Mountain (Montanha do Pico) ©
Pico Mountain (Montanha do Pico)

1
night
Praia da Vitoria

Praia da Vitoria ©
Praia da Vitória, translated as the Beach of the Victory, is a municipality in the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. On the 20th (Sun), get outside with Praia dos Biscoitos, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at Se Cathedral, then get engrossed in the history at Museu de Angra do Heroismo, and finally get great views at Miradouro da Serra do Cume.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Praia da Vitoria travel route planning website .

Traveling by car from Sao Roque do Pico to Praia da Vitoria takes 5.5 hours. September in Praia da Vitoria sees daily highs of 76°F and lows of 66°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Praia da Vitoria

Outdoors Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Angra do Heroismo
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Praia dos Biscoitos ©
Praia dos Biscoitos
Se Cathedral ©
Se Cathedral
Museum of Angra do Heroismo ©
Museum of Angra do Heroismo

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