Sao Miguel, Azores: 4 Day Itinerary

 Trip Report: Portugal
Review: JetBlue Even More Space SFO – JFK
Review: Airspace Lounge
Review: TAP Economy JFK – LIS
WithLocals: Lisbon 10 Tastings Food Tour
Day Trip: Lisbon to Sintra
Lisbon: 3 Day Itinerary
Review: Azor Hotel

I absolutely loved my time in the Azores, a set of volcanic islands off the coast of Portugal. The food was delicious, the landscape felt so unique, and there were many times when I felt like we had the whole island to ourselves.

Getting There

From Lisbon, you can fly direct to Ponta Delgada airport (PDL) on Azores Airlines, Ryanair, or TAP Portugal. My one-way flight on Ryanair LIS-PDL was $61, booked three months in advance.

From the US, you can fly directly to PDL from Boston and Providence on Azores Airlines and from JFK on Delta (starting May 24, 2018). The flight from JFK is just under 6 hours, making it shorter than the flight to SFO and an ideal extended weekend getaway.

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Day Trip: Lisbon to Sintra

Trip Report: Portugal
Review: JetBlue Even More Space SFO – JFK
Review: Airspace Lounge
Review: TAP Economy JFK – LIS
WithLocals: Lisbon 10 Tastings Food Tour

For our last day in Lisbon, we took a day trip to Sintra, which is only a 40 minute train ride away. I decided to do this day trip on a Tuesday, since I heard Sintra is crowded on the weekends. (It was crowded on this Tuesday as well). After browsing through Instagram, I was super excited about Pena Palace. But I ended up falling in love with a different Sintra site.

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WithLocals: Lisbon 10 Tastings Food Tour

Trip Report: Portugal
Review: JetBlue Even More Space SFO – JFK
Review: Airspace Lounge
Review: TAP Economy JFK – LIS

I love doing food tours whenever I get to a new city. It’s a great way to kick off a trip, walk around to see sights, and learn about the local culture through food. I’ve done them in Barcelona, Osaka, Bangkok, and now Lisbon.

I booked Lisbon’s 10 Tastings food tour through WithLocals for 49€ per person. Looking back at the description, we actually didn’t get two of the tastings (gizzards and sardines). That’s ok, though — gizzards freak me out and I had sardines the evening prior. We were so full by the end, I can’t imagine adding two more food items to the itinerary.

Below is a map of all the places we stopped for food and drink. Our guide also took us to a few sights and miradouros (viewpoints).

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Review: TAP Economy JFK – LIS

 

TP 208
New York City to Lisbon
Depart: Aug 30, 11:25 PM
Arrive: Aug 31, 11:20 AM
Aircraft: Airbus A330-200
Duration: 6 hr, 55 min
Seat: 31A

Boarding

After leaving the lounge, we headed to the gate which was a total mess. Even though only Zone 1 was boarding, passengers blocked the boarding line, so we had to push our way through.

The economy cabin is in a 2-4-2 layout. We were seated in seats 31A and 31B, which were in the rear economy cabin.

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Review: Aeromexico Clase Premier MEX – SFO

Trip Report: 36 Hours in Mexico
Review: Alaska Airlines First Class SJC – GDL
Review: Intercontinental Presidente Guadalajara
Alcalde Restaurante
Review: VIP Lounge (East) GDL
Review: Aeromexico Clase Premier GDL – MEX
Review: Hyatt Regency Mexico City

I arrived at the airport around 7:15am. Using the kiosk, I printed my boarding pass. My previous flight from GDL – MEX made me a Delta Silver. So I was pleased to see that reflected on my boarding pass, which read SILVER ELITE. However, I was not pleased to see SSSS was printed on it:

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Review: Hyatt Regency Mexico City

Trip Report: 36 Hours in Mexico
Review: Alaska Airlines First Class SJC – GDL
Review: Intercontinental Presidente Guadalajara
Alcalde Restaurante
Review: VIP Lounge (East) GDL
Review: Aeromexico Clase Premier GDL – MEX

I stayed just one night in Mexico City, so my priority was to be near the office which is located in the trendy Polanco area. Ultimately, I only spent about ~6 hours in the hotel. I got back to my room at 1am and left around 7am.

Booking

About 4 days before check-in, I booked a Standard King room for $175. If I were traveling for leisure, I would probably book an Airbnb instead.

For this stay, I earned 2,889 Hyatt points (889 base + 2,000 Q3 bonus).

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