Escape to the Azores on this 11-day itinerary that combines a remote island getaway with some of mainland Portugal's essential cultural highlights. Start in the Atlantic archipelago for four days of whale watching, caving, and hiking in the otherworldly landscapes of São Miguel Island. Then it's time to switch gears and head back to the mainland, where sightseeing, food tours, and wine tasting are on the menu as you make your way north from Lisbon to Porto.
Best of São Miguel Island
There’s much to experience on São Miguel, and you’ll need four or five days to make the most of your stay. You can’t leave the island without visiting the region surrounding Sete Cidades, with stunning blue and green lakes and magnificent viewpoints over the ancient caldera. Previous kimkim travelers have also hiked or biked the Cumeeiras Trail, São Miguel’s most dramatic trail, with stunning views along the crater rim. The Furnas Valley is another of the island’s wonders, and home to a volcanic caldera and geothermal spots of gurgling mudpots and steaming fumaroles. The valley also hides a 19th-century chapel, a forest-fringed waterfall and mineral-rich thermal pools. For something completely different, take a subterranean journey into the intriguing Gruta do Carvão, a lava tube that was formed over 5000 years ago.
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In under a week, this adventurous itinerary takes you from the bustling streets of Lisbon to the remote Atlantic island of São Miguel. After visiting the highlights and hidden corners of Portugal's colorful capital, catch a flight to the Azores for three nights in a secluded paradise of lush greenery, volcanic lakes, and unspoiled beaches.
Experience two vacations in one on this diverse 13-day journey through Portugal. Start on the mainland to tour the highlights of Lisbon and Porto (with a slew of fascinating day trips to the Douro Valley, Coimbra, and Sintra in between). Then it's time to jet off toward the remote Azores archipelago, where you'll spend four days exploring the volcanic landscapes, verdant scenery, and wild beaches of São Miguel Island.
This 12-day adventure checks off Portugal's classic highlights before escaping to the untamed nature and remote beauty of the Azores. Embark on a perfect itinerary of day trips, culinary tours, and cultural excursions as you discover Lisbon and Porto, then set out across the Atlantic to explore volcanic valleys, crater lakes, and towering waterfalls on the magical island of São Miguel.