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Azores v. north coastal Portugal-Best use of time between Lisbon and Porto

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We are a travel adventurous family of 4. We will be in Portugal for 2.5 weeks in late June 2018, flying into Lisbon and leaving out of Porto. We will spend 4-5 nights in both Lisbon and Porto. For the rest of our time, should we fly to the Azores (so intriguing!) or should we spend that time exploring the rural areas between Lisbon and Porto? We enjoy big cities but are most happy in beautiful and less touristed natural areas, and our kids particularly love swimming holes, uncrowded beaches and rocks to jump off. If anyone is familiar, for comparison, one of my kids favorite places is Lavertezzo, Switzerland in the Verzasca Valley - they loved the crystal clear water, the jumping rocks and bridge and the stone villages. Any thoughts on the best use of our time? Is it worth going to the Azores or are there just as amazing things to see along the coast? We are not on a tight budget, but budget is a consideration. It looks like tickets to Azores will run the four of us at least $500 USD. We are very comfortable renting a car and driving. Best use of time is a big consideration.

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